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Soundfestival 2023 – Northern Connection

Join us for the Northern Connection concert at soundfestival 2023!
For the opening day of soundfestival 2023, Red Note is premiering ‘Flaskepost‘  a new work by Norwegian composer and interdisciplinary artist Tine Surel Lange. This new work is part of Northern Connection, a new and innovative project that aims to connect Nordic countries and Scotland by establishing and strengthening liaisons between composers, ensembles and festivals in contemporary music.

Flaskepost — message in a bottle — is inspired by the ocean connecting Scotland and Norway. Based on field recordings made in the Lofoten archipelago in Northern Norway (where Tine is based) the piece is diving into the depths of the ocean, exploring the musical potential of the ocean itself as well as imagining the creatures and other things you can encounter in the depths. The piece also reflects on the ocean as pathway, both for human travel throughout the times but also for enormous amounts of plastic waste that with the Gulf Stream end up in Lofoten from all over the world. 

We will also perform ‘Light and Matter’, an homage to composer Kaija Saariaho, who sadly passed away earlier this year, and ‘metamold’ by Canadian composer Bekah Simms.  

Tine Surel Lange Flaskepost (World Premiere)
Bekah Simms metamold
Kaija Saariaho Light and Matter 

Red Note Ensemble
Ruth Morley, flute (bass, c, alto)/ solo flute
Tim Lines, clarinet/bass clarinet
Tom Hunter, percussion
Simon Smith, piano
Jackie Shave, violin
Christian Elliott, cello

Matthew Swan, electronics

Geoffrey Paterson, conductor


Northern Connection is a partnership project between Music Finland, Musica nova Helsinki and defunensemble (Finland), Music Norway, Ultima Festival and Ensemble Temporum (Norway), Scottish Music Centre, soundfestival and Red Note Ensemble (Scotland)

25 October, 2023 - 18:00 to 19:00

The Lemon Tree

Aberdeen - AB24 5AT

Cost: Free – £12

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