14th April, 19:30, BNR, Concert Studio - Recomenzar el infinito (BG/DK)

Multimedia performance of 

Irina-Kalina Goudeva (Bulgaria/Denmark)
 voice & double bass

Ejnar Kanding (Denmark)
composition & live electronics

Borislava Taneva (Bulgaria)piano

With video works by
Anders Elberling & Casper Øbro
and photographs by
Søren Zeuth & Ewa Slaw

Chapter One: Existence

Bo Lundby-Jæger (b. 1964, Denmark):
From Landscapes [dedicated to Irina-Kalina Goudeva]
To Walk (2006),
version for voice, piano and live electronics (2016) **
[text by Morten Søndergaard]

Julia Tsenova (1948 – 2010, Bulgaria):
Menada for voice and double bass with choreography (2005)
[dedicated to Irina-Kalina Goudeva]

Alexander Tanev (1928 – 1986, Bulgaria):
Ritual for piano (1980),
improvised version for piano and live electronics (2016) **

Chapter Two: Love

Yael Acher “Kat” Modiano (b. 1963, Israel/Denmark/USA):
Sketch 5/12 for electronics (2002) *

Jexper Holmen (b. 1971, Denmark):
En Ti La Terra for voice (2005) *
[text by Pablo Neruda; dedicated to Irina-Kalina Goudeva]

Line Tjørnhøj (b. 1960, Denmark):
My Beloved for voice and double bass (2010) *
[text excerpts from the Song of Songs, Old Testament,
selected by Irina-Kalina Goudeva]

Chapter three: Revolt

Ivar Frounberg (b. 1950, Denmark):
From Ilerqorsutin for voice and double bass (1978)
Pas Satisfaite De Son Homme *

Chapter Four: Illusions

Emil Tabakov (b. 1947, Bulgaria):
Motifs for double bass and electronics (1978)

Chapter Five: Understanding

Lars Graugaard (b. 1957, Denmark):
Projection for double bass and live electronics (2005) *
[dedicated to Irina-Kalina Goudeva]

Ejnar Kanding (b. 1965, Denmark):
The Fire in the Earth for voice with choreography (2012) *
[text by Pia Tafdrup]

Chapter Six: Two for Tango

Ejnar Kanding (b. 1965, Denmark):
Recomenzar el infinito (2012),
version for double bass, piano and live electronics (2016) **
[text by Pablo Neruda; dedicated to Irina-Kalina Goudeva]
I. Papilio Machaon:
Papilio Machaon
II. Yo te amo
III. Tarantella

Chapter Seven: Evolution

Ejnar Kanding (b. 1965, Denmark):
Arild  for voice, double bass and live electronics (2003) *
[text by Marie Lundquist; dedicated to Irina-Kalina Goudeva]

Chapter Eight: The Landscape

Bo Lundby-Jæger (b. 1964, Denmark):
From Landscapes [dedicated to Irina-Kalina Goudeva]
The Moon above (2006),
version for voice, piano and live electronics (2016) **
[text by Morten Søndergaard]

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932, Denmark):
Form For Piano for solo piano (1992)
II. Lullaby *

Chapter Nine: Surrender

Bo Lundby-Jæger (b. 1964, Denmark):
From Landscapes [dedicated to Irina-Kalina Goudeva]
The Other Side of the Landscape (2006),
version for voice, piano and live electronics (2016) **
[text by Morten Søndergaard]

Wayne Siegel (b. 1956, USA/Denmark):
Wire-Less & Wing-Full
for voice with choreography and live electronics (2016) **
[dedicated to Irina-Kalina Goudeva]

Additional texts by
Bogomil Goudev, Julia Tsenova, 
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
and from the Egyptian Book of the Dead

* Bulgarian premiere
** World premiere

This performance has been made possible
thanks to the generous support of
Danish Composer’s Society /
Koda’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes

* * *

The internationally renowned double bassist, singer, performance artist and interdisciplinary collaborator Irina-Kalina Goudeva was born in Sofia (Bulgaria), and since 1990 she has lived in Denmark and Switzerland. She studied double bass with Prof. Todor Toshev at the Sofia State Conservatory (currently “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” National Academy of Music) and with Franco Petracchi at the Geneva Conservatory of Music (receiving the First Virtuoso Prize in 1993).
While pursuing her activities as a principal player in different orchestras such as Sinfonietta de Lausanne, Neuchâtel Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Danish Theatre, she also found great inspiration in performing chamber music. She has collaborated with many ensembles including Ensemble 415, Swiss Consort, Kordepan, Ensemble Midtwest, Esbjerg Ensemble, Danish Chamber Players, Musica Vitae in Växjö and others.
Eclectic by nature, she experiments with crossovers between different genres of music. Her repertoire spans over music from the Renaissance and Baroque to modern tango, jazz and electroacoustic music. She often uses her contralto voice as an integral part of her performance, adding a new musical and theatrical dimension to her art. Her passion for contemporary music has resulted in collaboration with renowned composers/conductors including Pierre Boulez, György Kurtág, Helmut Lachenmann, Heinz Holliger, Emilio Pomarico, Pierre-André Valade, as well as ensembles such as Contrechamps, Athelas Sinfonietta, Ars Nova and Ensemble Modern.
Irina-Kalina Goudeva’s love for theatre and drama led her to the creation of a number of multimedia performances, such as Lavarayaha, The Seventh Woman, Landscapes, Vodosvet, Oración Del Fuego and Recomenzar el infinito.
She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Scandinavia, South America, Cuba, Australia and the USA and was awarded several prizes at international and national competitions.
Irina-Kalina Goudeva has been collaborating with a large number of composers, the majority of whom have written pieces for her, totalling over 35 works. She has recorded CDs with numerous labels including Dacapo, Wilhelm & Hansen, Kadima Collective, Gallo & Fidesson and others.
(© Claude Dussez)
Ejnar Kanding (b. 1965) is internationally known for his unique colourful sound, where the electronic and acoustic are united in complex textures, physical energy and delicate simplicity. To him, music should not embellish, but be a realm of fantasy. He originally got his degree in composition and musical theory at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in 1993, followed by studies at IRCAM in Paris and with Prof. Lev Koblyakov in Jerusalem in 1994 and 1995, but has since his debut concert from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 1996 specialised in composing music for computer and instruments. This has led to an extensive use of the software MaxMSP in the development of his works and as an instrument in live performances. Despite this obsession, his focus is never the electronic experiment, but always the musical expression, form and phrase.
The way Kanding uses the digital mixing console and MaxMSP as an instrument is pioneering the new role for musicians, known as live electronics or sound direction. His virtuosity in this field has led to numerous performances of own works or others of both improvised and written music with various groups, for example works by Saariaho, Nono and Stockhausen; and ensembles as Cikada, Ars Nova, Jack Quartet, Transit Ensemble and Adpater. As artistic director and executive sound director in ensemble Contemporánea, he has travelled around the world. The ensemble specializes in smooth and distinguished performance of works involving live electronics. In his capacity to lead Contemporánea and being chairman of the electroacoustic concert series EarUnit, Kanding has commissioned and premiered many works by Danish and foreign composers.

Borislava Taneva is a pianist, a composer, a pedagogue, a chamber musician and an organiser of musical events. Her active participation in the contemporary cultural life in Bulgaria and abroad defines her as a successful multispectral musician.
She has been a laureate of national and international piano, chamber music and composition competitions in Bulgaria, Italy, Japan, Greece and Luxembourg. She has given multiple recitals in Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Lithuania, Israel, France, Macedonia, Spain, etc.
Currently, Borislava Taneva is a professor of piano and pedagogical practice at the “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” National Academy of Music in Sofia. Her students have been awarded with prizes from national and international forums and competitions. She has given master classes and participated in seminars on various topics at music colleges and conservatories in Athens, Тhessaloniki, Geneva, Luxembourg, Madrid, Singapore, Paris and Catania. She has appeared as a jury member in national and international piano competitions in Greece, Paris, Vienna, Luxembourg and Bulgaria.
Borislava Taneva is the founder and a member of the Swiss-Bulgarian Association of Culture (SBAC). In both 2014 and 2015, she was awarded with special prizes for her contribution to Bulgarian culture. Since 2016, she is also a Co-President of the ppIANISSIMO Foundation.