26 October 2010
From 'Up Over' to 'Down Under'
the Tweet and Boom project
As autumn is starting to blow chilly winds in Reykjavik, Iceland, spring approaches Melbourne, Australia. In a unique collaboration, Australian-based tubist Per Forsberg, cellist Rachel Atkinson and pianist Rosa Scaffidi are joined by Icelandic flutist Hallfrídur Ólafsdóttir and clarinettist Ármann Helgason.
Hallfrídur and Ármann have travelled from 'Up Over' to 'Down Under' to take part in a project that reaches across five octaves with a global selection of styles and pieces, mainly from their native Iceland and their destination, Australia. Some of the pieces have been especially written for this occasion and will be premiered in Melbourne.
The first concert will be held by The University of Melbourne College Concert Series on the 27th of October (7.30 pm). The ensemble will perform a varied program from all over the world, amongst others pieces by Icelandic composers Bára Grímsdóttir, Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Áskell Másson, Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir, Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson and Elín Gunnlaugsdóttir whose new duet for flute and clarinet, Leikur, will be premiered. Other pieces performed are by Australian composers Anne Boyd, Brenton Broadstock and Katy Abbott, American composer Kenneth Friedrich, Hungarian composer and tuba virtuoso Roland Szentpáli and Andy Pape from Denmark.
On Saturday the 30th of October the second concert of the Tweet and Boom Project will be performed in the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon (6 pm). This recital is presented by the MRC and will be played by the flute player, tubaist and pianist of the ensemble, Hallfrídur Ólafsdóttir, Per Forsberg and Rosa Scaffidi.
The University of Melbourne College Concert Series (www.unicol.unimelb.edu.au/concertseries)
Melbourne Recital Centre 30 October (www.melbournerecital.com.au/whatson/buytix?perfid=1643)
'Iceland Down Under' - news item on Iceland Music Export website
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Hallfrídur Ólafsdóttir is the Principal Flute with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, and the author of Maximus Musicus, an illustrated introduction to the symphony orchestra, its instruments, sounds and musicians for young children.
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