Unsuk Chin’s mysterious and dramatic sound universe – KLANG

At the KLANG Festival, Athelas Sinfonietta and Esbjerg Ensemble team up to celebrate the winner of the Léonie Sonnings Musikpris for 2021 and her demanding and virtuoso works

Friday 4 June 2021 at 20:00 Dronningesalen / The Queen's Hall
Photo: Priska Ketterer
Photo: Priska Ketterer

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For a long time, Unsuk Chin has been known for her dramatic and mysterious qualities which give rise to a special beauty when she draws on her South Korean background and mixes it with Western instruments. This creates a completely new dramatic world of sound, with surprising compositional leaps and cryptic changes of direction.

The day before Sonnings Musikpris is awarded at DR Koncerthuset, the KLANG Festival ‘jumps the gun’ and celebrates Unsuk Chin with the performance of, among other works, Grafitti, which was given its first performance in Los Angeles in 2013. Grafitti  requires two ensembles of both this calibre and size, since the music is incredibly virtuoso and demanding. In addition, the two ensembles make it possible to present a wide range of Unsuk Chin’s works. More information will be forthcoming.

Since 2009, KLANG has been a beacon in Danish cultural life, and each year it takes place at a whole series of the most exciting venues in the capital – including The Black Diamond.
The festival features music after the Second World War, but its prime focus is on the very latest music. 

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