Fabian Svensson

eighth blackbird

Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street, NYC

Saturday, October 15 at 7:30pm

$25 ($20 with SONiCPass)

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Fabian Svensson: "Triathlon" (Ensemble Klang, 2005)

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Fabian Svensson is a composer based in Stockholm, Sweden, whose music embodies such seemingly disparate qualities as incessant energy, austere beauty and wry humor.

Unusual instrumentations is a recurring feature of Fabian's music, and his work list includes a solo toy piano piece, a ukulele duo and a piece for 8 melodicas, hi-hat and bass. In his hour-long work Tillvaratagna effekter, he reinvents the violin concerto, with 2 recorders, 2 melodicas, 6 electric guitars, 2 bass guitars and timpani backing up the soloist.

Fabian's music has been programmed at festivals such as Stockholm NEW Music, MATA and the ISCM World New Music Days. He has worked with ensembles such as the Calder Quartet in the USA, Sentieri selvaggi in Italy and the Dutch Ensemble Klang, for which he wrote the relentlessly frenetic Triathlon, a monumental 40-minute work.

No less than four times, in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2010, works by Fabian have been shortlisted for the Dutch, prestigious Gaudeamus prize. In 2008 he was chosen as the winner of the Carlsbad Music Festival Composers Competition and was invited as Composer‑in‑Residence to the festival in California. In 2009, he won the 2nd UnCaged Toy Piano Competition.

Born in 1980, Fabian has studied composition in Piteå, Stockholm and The Hague, graduating in 2005. He has attended workshops such as the Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn and the Bang on a Can Summer Institute in Massachusetts. Besides composing, Fabian is also active as a melodica player, often playing melodica parts in his own works.