Jill Jarman: ‘Mindstream’ (& other works) | Europe Review: Dagens Nyheter

(Translated from Swedish)

[Hugo Ticciati’s] festival O/Modernt at Confidencen […] spun off in a chamber music series [where] one does not choose between either contemporary or classical music. Instead, they entwine the program showing how they are interrelated, from Pérotin’s Gregorian singing with organ […] to modern minimalism. […] In Áskell Másson’s “Prim” […] the outstanding Evelyn Glennie showed how to get a snare drum to sing. [In] James Tenney’s “Having Never Written a Note for Percussion”, [Glennie] really had the opportunity to teach the world to listen. This percussion solo on a giant gong starts barely audible, but challenges the audience’s concentration as it accelerates gradually in to a deafening storm strength […].

On Friday [Evelyn] premiered the commissioned work “Mindstream”, a dream-catching and Buddhist-influenced double concerto, by British composer Jill Jarman, for percussion (marimba and vibraphone), violin and chamber orchestra. It became a musical stream of consciousness, where the solo instruments sometimes responded, sometimes extended to each other in a dynamic and appealing dialogue.

O/Modernt Kammarorkester
Percussion: Evelyn Glennie
Violin: Hugo Ticciati
Conductor: David Lundblad
Musikaliska, Stockholm
22 May 2015

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