A unique release tour: Raw Elegance: Percussion vs. Architecture in Denmark and Europe from 2018–2019
I am really happy to announce that my very first percussion album "Raw Elegance" will be released on October 12, 2018 under the label "Orlando Records". Raw Elegance includes 3 primordial contemporary percussion works based on Skin, Wood, and Metal: Rebonds (1989) by Iannis Xenakis, Mani.Matta (2008) by Pierluigi Billone, and Maskine (‘machine’, 2012) by Toke Odin, commissioned by me. These 3 are all “architectural” pieces which, in my opinion, speak very directly to people of all ages and interests because of their primordial qualities.
The name “Raw Elegance” came from my many years of fascination with and exploration of different combinations of polarities. “Raw Elegance” sums up the general polarities in my personal style and taste on the stage: I am a woman percussionist with a slim physique, yet by nature I perform with lots of primitive power, intuition, and speed.
I have found out from my previous experiences that the most outstanding concerts I have given during these years took place in locations where the architecture of the venue sustained and connected to the repertoire as well as my style of performing music, aiming at the deepest “reptile brain”. In such concerts, it literally felt as if my whole being was supported and lifted almost in a magical way, and contemporary music became effortlessly accessible for the audiences. Some audiences who normally would not go to contemporary music concerts would express that they were surprised that performance moved some primordial area in them. Some parents would express that there young kids became very attentive during the performances. I knew I reached somewhere deep in them. These experiences were the seed of the next project: Raw Elegance: Percussion vs. Architecture, and its forthcoming release tour.
In short, my vision for this tour is to invite audiences from all walks of life and all ages to have an immensely wholesome experience of contemporary art beyond time and space, a universal experience as if one returns home. Therefore I am planning and looking for venues for this unusual release tour. If you have suggestions or would like to inquire about the release tour, please contact me.
The plan for the release tour will be announced in the second half of 2018. Please stay in tune.