When Magnus Lindberg emerged in the European contemporary scene, he made an indelible impression through his music, which is at once energetic, whimsical and colourful. The Parisian audience has finally an occasion to listen to this explosive music from the north, as he’ll be on stage at the Philharmonie de Paris.

As the cherry on top, the composer will direct his own piece Arena 2 (1996), and Palimpsest (1979) by Iannis Xenakis, a composer who belongs to the pantheon of his musical heroes. Other major influences include Brian Ferneyhough and Gerard Grisey, who was Lindberg’s teacher while he was a student in Paris from 1981 onwards. The work Souvenir (2010) is dedicated to Grisey. In addition to the evening, Ensemble Intercontemporain has commissioned Christian Rivet, a composer, lutenist and virtuoso guitarist.

Ensemble intercontemporain
Philharmonie de Paris

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