Simon Steen-Andersen (dk)

Black Box Music

Winner

“Black Box Music, by the innovative composer Simon Steen-Andersen (born 1976), is a unique and radically different work. Andersen plays, with great virtuosity, in the intersection between composition, installation art, electronica and performance. Black Box Music is a challenging piece of avant-garde music, quite unlike anything else, and yet embracing it requires no prior musical knowledge. It is unusual for a form of expression as personal as this to reach so many people. Andersen's works are played by musicians and at festivals all over the world, from Shanghai to South America and Europe. Black Box Music is captivating – an uncontrollable blend of craziness, humour, charm and exuberant inventiveness. The piece also meets this year’s criteria for the Nordic Council Music Prize: it is a work of high artistic quality and original in its genre. It has a clear structure and form, and its third movement contains elements that emerge spontaneously in the performance moment.”

In English

"Black Box Music" by the award-winning and highly innovate composer, Simon Steen-Andersen (born 1976), is a unique and radically different work. BBM was composed for solo percussion, an 'amplified' box, 15 instruments and video. On stage, the soloist has his hands buried in a black box with a built-in camera and various sound sources. From the box, he plays on everything from tuning forks to elastic bands and ventilators, while directing the 15 musicians with gigantic hands projected onto a screen behind him. BBM has a razor-sharp score, which combines - at one and the same time - unruly craziness; humour, playfulness and hardcore instrument noise. Simon Steen-Andersen has been awarded countless national and international prizes, most recently one of Denmark's major honorary awards, the Carl Nielsen Prize, in 2013. His works, especially “Black Box Music”, are performed all over the world.

På dansk

Med Black Box Music har den rigt prisbelønnede og innovative komponist, Simon Steen-Andersen (1976), skabt et enestående og radikalt anderledes værk. BBM er komponeret for solo percussion, en 'forstærket' boks, 15 instrumenter og video. På scenen står solisten med hænderne begravet i en sort boks med indbygget kamera og diverse lydkilder. Fra boksen spiller han på alt fra stemmegafler til elastikker og ventilatorer, og dirigerer samtidig de 15 musikere med gigantiske hænder, projiceret på et lærred bag ham. BBM er knivskarp partiturmusik, som både indeholder en ustyrlig craziness og er humoristisk, legende og hardcore instrumentstøjende. SSA har modtaget talrige nationale og internationale priser, senest en af Danmarks største hæderspriser, Carl Nielsen Legatet, i 2013. Hans værker, ikke mindst Black Box Music, bliver opført kloden rundt.