Photo by Lars-Gunnar Johansson.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - Sept 08-March 09: Thomas Bjelkeborn
FOUNDER: Thanks to Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse support, Novars Research Centre is happy to announce the Artistic Residency of Composer Thomas Bjelkeborn, from Sept 2008.
DESCRIPTION OF THE RESIDENCY: Commission of a new work to the Swedish composer Thomas Bjelkeborn to be realized at the Novars Research Centre, SAHC, University of Manchester.
Description of the Commissioned work: The work to be created consists of an electroacoustic piece for five channels. This work will research the following concepts: Illusory spatial movement in music through static placement of sounds, Rooms within rooms as means to create spacial movement, Creation of new sounds based on recordings of extended techniques on acoustic guitar.
Artistic and Educational Aims of the Residency: Thomas Bjelkeborns visit will strength the contact with the electroacoustic tradition of Scandinavia. An important subject during the Recidency is planning for the presentation of MANTIS in Sweden 2010. Thomas Bjelkeborn is developing contacts with interesting partners in Sweden among them the EMS Electroacoustic Music In Sweden and The Royal College of Music In Stockholm.
Curriculum Vitae of the Artist in Residence: THOMAS BJELKEBORN, born in Sweden and studied composition at EMS (Electro-Acoustic Music in Sweden) in Stockholm with Lars-Gunnar Bodin and Jan W Morthenson where he also has worked as assistant studiomanager.
In Sweden, Thomas Bjelkeborn is quite well known in modern music circles, and he has probably reached a wider audience than the average composer on account of his interactive installations in museums and some large-scale outdoor environmental musical projects. His music is characterised by border-crossing between different genres in encounters with other art forms. His works is performed all over the world and his electroacoustic piece Alpha Position U has been played at 14 important festivals in 8 countries since the first performance in Krakow Poland in november 2007.
In year 2001 he founded the Institutet for Digital Arts, IDKA in Sweden and was the manager until 2006. Today he is International Relations Cordinator and board member at IDKA. During 2008-2010 he is composer-in-recidence at Musiques Inventives d’Annecy in France.
Thomas Bjelkeborn is very active on the European scene for laptop live-electronics playing wii controllers in the French-Swedish ensemble The Sound Quartet together with Philippe Moenne-Loccoz and he has toured to many countries with the noise act BNUNC.