"...focus on emptiness and silence, I feel, is absolutely connected to the idea of solo music. Today I would, axiomatically, say that the content of a solo is the void." - Antoine Beuger
My musical background is heavily influenced by the study of the two great East Asian solo practices, that of the kinko-ryu Honkyoku for solo shakuhachi (with Gunnar Jinmei Linder), and that of the classical repertoire for the gǔqín (with Yung Hak-Chi). These repertoires were conceived of as a means for solitary contemplation and meditation rather than for concert performances - a kind of approach that I have continued to explore in my solo pieces.
In October 2017, a portrait concert of my music was given at Scandinavia House in NYC titled 'pale air (oscillating)'. In it, four solos and one duo were played. The presence of the duo in the middle emphasized how vastly different a duo is from a solo; one is not just adding another instrument, but changing the whole premise for music on an ontological level. The program notes for 'pale air (oscillating)', where I wrote more about this topic, can be read here.
For my solo clavichord suite I Sommarluft (för Mamoru), I also wrote a quite long program note on this topic (the clavichord being, after all, the Western gǔqín), which can be read here.
List of solo pieces
(See complete List of Works here)
Av dagg och fattigdom (2016)
harp | 6’
premiered by Ben Melsky, 13/06/2016, Lichtenbergschule, Darmstadt
Duk med broderi (2016)
violin | 7’
premiered by Maya Bennardo, 30/06/2016, Bleak House Coffee, Toledo
Duk med broderi och bordets kant (2017)
violin | 17'
premiered by Maya Bennardo, 17/10/2016, Scandinavia House, NYC
En ek (2009)
accordion | 7’
recorded by David Wahlén, 12/2009
Förmiddagens klara, sorgset bleka ljus stilla sväva (2015)
vibraphone | 8’
premiered by Adam Holmes, 17/10/2016, Scandinavia House, NYC
Hoc mare magnum et latum manibus ibi (2015)
fortepiano or early 19th century square piano in K-S | 8’
premiered by Si Ho Elmo Wong 06/03/2015, HKU Grand Hall, Hong Kong
I Sommarluft (för Mamoru) (2013-2017)
clavichord in K-S | 27’
written for Mats Persson (full suite not yet premiered)
1st and 3rd movement premiered 26/10/2014, Gävle Slott, Gävle
6th movement premiered 15/08/2015, Kalv
I spirningstidens stillhet (2017)
alto flute | 10'
premiered by Anne Dearth, 17/10/2016, Scandinavia House, NYC
chamber organ in K-S | 5’
recorded by the composer 11/20015
quae fluctus inter mirabile (2015)
accordion | 7’
premiered by Tadas Motiečius, 22/08/2015, Palendrai St. Benedict’s Monastery, Palendriai