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GAHLMM

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GAHLMM is a wonderful, crazy ensemble consisting of two amazing free improvisers, 2 new electronic musicians of which I am one, and 2 of the luminaries of the Swedish new art music scene. Three duos that play separately and together, playing works from our own worlds as well as those that are created for us. It is a pleasure and a privilege to play with Lisa Ullén (piano); Henrik Olsson (electronics/percussion); Mattias Petersson (electronics); Anna Svensadotter (flutes); and My Hellgren (cello). The pieces we play are really truly new, and we will be touring again in May 2020.

This Violin Must Die

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This Violin Must Die is a lecture performance consisting of the sounds of a violin being destroyed in front of an audience, along with a film of Chinese violin factories made by Libby Glanville of the Sydney String Centre. I developed this as part of a research project called “workawork” at the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm. My good friend Fredric Olofsson developed a Supercollider program that treats these resulting sounds and allows the violinist to play them without using any violin technique. There is a lot going on here; I jabber on about capitalism and the fable of the Grasshopper and the Ant for a while, and then the violin takes over.

 

CV in English

PROFILE 

The experimental violinist George Kentros studied at Yale University and the Mannes School of Music in the US as well as at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm. He has performed as a chamber musician, soloist, and sometime actor across Europe as well as in North and Central America, Japan, and Oceania, primarily with the new music ensemble “the peärls before swïne experience” and the electronic duo “there are no more four seasons”. He has specialized in the newest of art music, and has to date commissioned more than 200 works from composers from 21 countries, receiving prizes in contemporary interpretation from the Society of Swedish Composers, Edition Reimers, and The Nordic Composer Council. He also founded the avantgarde art club SEKT, which was a pioneer in the realm of genre crossing alternative art expressions, and has since been on the boards of various arts political societies as well as the festival Sound of Stockholm and the International Society of Contemporary Music. In 2004 he was named one of Sweden’s 24 ”Arts idols” by the afternoon paper Expressen. 

During the past few years, he has enjoyed a 5 year grant from the Swedish Artist Council and been a research fellow at the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm (Mejan), where he developed the project ”This violin must die”, a lecture performance in which a violin is destroyed onstage and the resulting sounds are treated and played back over 40 minutes. Apart from giving master classes and lectures at schools from Sweden to Japan and New Zealand, he has also been a teacher of ”Contemporary musical practice” at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Stockholm as part of the Copeco program, a European Union masters program for composer-performers. In 2018 he was elected to the presidential council of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM), a position he still holds. In his capacity of chairperson for the Swedish section of ISCM, he is also the publisher of the periodical Nutida Musik. 

PRIZES AND AWARDS

1985: Jonathan Edwards Travel Stipend, Yale University

1986: The Swedish-American Foundation

1988: Royal Academy of Music

1989: Honorable Mention, Cremona string quartet competition

1995-2013: Swedish artist’s council stipends

2003: The Crystal Prize

2005: The Society of Swedish composers Interpreter’s prize

2010: The Nordic Composers Society great prize

2015: 5-year stipend from the Swedish Artist’s Council

Selected projects since 2003:

1999-: producer/director of club SEKT, Nalen/Bio Rio/Kulturhuset

2003-2005: 4 hourlong comedy programs for the Swedish Radio classical station: script,

direction and musical work

2005: Hourlong concert on SVT2: script, idea, musician

2006: Kunderavariasjoner, Norwegian play with Fakta Morgana

2008-2011 : Frilansteatern, several children’s musical plays across Sweden

2011: ”Evilution”, Norwegian play with Fakta Morgana, actor/musician

2012-13: ”Vitula physicata”, sound installation with English sound artist Kaffe Matthews

2018: musical transcriptions for “The Magic Of… vinyl- terror- and- horror”, det frie, Copenhagen

2019: “This violin must die”, lecture performance

ENSEMBLES

1994-: the peärls before swïne experience (Pärlor för svin)

2004-: there are no more four seasons

2014-: reBell

2018-: GAHLMM

DISCOGRAPHY

1990: Ferro String Quartet, “Dag Wirén Quartet nr. 5,” Caprice CAP 21413

1998: “the peärls before swïne experience,” Caprice CAP 21587

1998: The Forge Players, “flow my teares,” Warner/Atrium 3984-22109-2

2003: CD with the pearls before swine experience, “Swïne Live!” Caprice CAP 21715

2004: “Lost Signals and Satellites” av Annie Gosfield, verk för soloviolin, Tzadik Records

2005: Sten Hanson CD “More CannedPorridge”, Firework Edition Records

2008: there are no more four seasons, SEKTCD001

2010 : the peärls before swïne experience ”Debris reassembled”, Phono suecia PSCD 183

2012: ”Cranks and cactus Needles”, Annie Gosfield, Tzadik records

2013: Lost signals and drifting satellites, Annie Gosfield, Tzadik records

2013: re:biber, (with there are no more four seasons), SEKTCD004

2018: reBell, “Så som det alltid har varit har det aldrig varit”, SEKTLP001

EDUCATION

1981-82: Alabama School of Fine Arts

1982-86: Yale University, fil. kand. engelska

1985: Mannes School of Music, New York City

1986-91: Musikhögskolan i Stockholm

2017-19: Artistic researcher at the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Chairman, Föreningen Musikcentrum, 2004-2012

Vice chairman, Sound of Stockholm festival, 2012-2017

Chairman, Swedish section ISCM, 2010-

Producer, club SEKT, 1999-

Publisher, periodical Nutida Musik, 2010-

Member of the Executive Committee, International Society of Contemporary Music, 2018-

CV på svenska

Den svensk-amerikanska violinisten George Kentros utbildades på Yale University och Mannes School of Music i USA samt på Musikhögskolan i Stockholm. Han har  specialiserat sig på den allra nyaste konstmusiken, främst med kvartetten “pärlor för svin”, som han grundade 1995, och duon ”there are no more four seasons”, som bildades 2004 och vars debutCD kallades för en av decenniets 10 främsta klassiska inspelningar av DN. Hittills har han hunnit beställa och uruppföra fler än 150 verk av tonsättare från 20 länder och framträtt som solist, kammarmusiker och skådespelare runtom i Europa samt i USA, Japan, Kanada och Centralamerika. Han grundade även avantgardeklubben SEKT, som var stilbildande inom den svenska alternativa blandkonstscenen och har nu funnits i 16 år. Han är ordförande i svenska sektionen av ISCM samt vice ordförande i festivalen Sound of Stockholm. År 2004 utnämnde tidningen Expressen honom till en av Sveriges 24 “Kulturidoler”, och han arbetar fortfarande på att rättfärdiga detta.

Studier: 1981-82: Alabama School of Fine Arts
1982-86: Yale University, fil. kand. engelska
1985: Mannes School of Music, New York City
1986-91: Musikhögskolan i Stockholm

Priser: 1985: Jonathan Edwards Travel Stipend, Yale University
1986: The Swedish-American Foundation, ettårsstipendium
1988: Musikaliska Akademins Utlandsstipendium
1989: Musikhögskolan i Stockholm Konserttävling
1989: Honorable Mention, Cremona stråkkvartetttävling
1998: The EU Kaleidoscope Program for Inter-European Art
1995-2005: Konstnärsnämnden ett flertal ggr
2003: Kristallpriset (med pärlor för svin)
2005: Föreningen Svenska Tonsättares Interpretpris (med pärlor för svin)

Arbeten: :
1991: “När man har känslor,” Riksteatern, skådespelare/musiker
1993: “Restanten och Polman”, barnpjäs, komponist, skådespelare/musiker
1995: “Spelman på taket”, Skaraborgs Länsteater, spelmannen
1996-97: “Svarta Änkan”, Riksteatern, musiker
1998: “Gääsper,” barnpjäs, Västerbottensteatern, komponist
1999: “Lola Blau,” Stadsteatern, skådespelare/musiker
2000: “Helt Borta”, Västerbottensteatern, komponist
2000-01: “Malla handlar”, UngaRiks, skådespelare/musiker
2002: “Jag Gillar Stig”, Västerbottensteatern, komponist
2003: “Djävulsgreppet”, konsertmonolog: soloviolinkonsert med texter av
Gabriella Håkansson, skådespelare/musiker
2005: Årstiderna finns inte längre, konsert för violin och liveelektronik efter Vivaldi
tillsammans med Mattias Petersson
1999-2016: programansvarig på klubben SEKT, Nalen
2003-2005: 4 timslånga komediprogram på P2 tillsammans med figuren Nils Degerman: manus, regi och musikalisk medverkan
2005: Veckans konsert på SVT2: manus, upplägg, musiker; solokväll med husband

2006: Kunderavariasjoner, Norwegian play with Fakta Morgana

2008-2011 : Frilansteatern, several children’s musical plays across Sweden

2011: ”Evilution”, Norwegian play with Fakta Morgana, actor/musician

2012-13: ”Vitula physicata”, sound installation with English sound artist Kaffe Matthews

2018: musical transcriptions for “The Magic Of… vinyl- terror- and- horror”, det frie, Copenhagen

2019: “This violin must die”, lecture performance

Ensembler:
1994-: the peärls before swïne experience (Pärlor för svin)
2004-: there are no more four seasons
2014-: reBell

2018: GAHLMM

Diskografi:

1990: Ferro String Quartet, “Dag Wirén Quartet nr. 5,” Caprice CAP 21413
1998: “the peärls before swïne experience,” Caprice CAP 21587
1998: The Forge Players, “flow my teares,” Warner/Atrium 3984-22109-2
2003: CD med pärlor för svin, “Swïne Live!” Caprice CAP 21715
2004: “Lost Signals and Satellites” av Annie Gosfield, verk för soloviolin, Tzadik Records
2005: medverkan på Sten Hanson CD “More CannedPorridge”, Firework Edition Records
2008: there are no more four seasons, SEKTCD001
2010 : pärlor för svin, ”Debris reassembled”, Phono suecia PSCD 183
2012 : re:biber, CD med there are no more four seasons, SEKTCD004

2018: reBell, “Så som det alltid har varit, har det aldrig varit”, SEKTLP001