Ellen Arkbro

Thursday, March 8, 2018
March 8, 2018

Stockholm-based composer Ellen Arkbro performs a new work for electric guitar and algorithmic synthesis.

Ellen Arkbro is a musical alchemist whose work oscillates between the pop music of the ’90s and the American minimalism of the ’60s, while exploring microtonal realms that blur the standard tunings and harmonies of Western music. Her practice takes the form of compositions for early-music ensembles as well as long-duration performances of synthesized dream music, including one piece composed to last 26 days. Her sound work is heavily informed by her studies in just intonation tuning with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela in New York and with Marc Sabat in Berlin. She describes her 2017 album for organ and brass as “a very slow and reduced blues music” written for the 17th-century Sherer-Orgel organ in Tangermünde, Germany, paired with microtonal arrangements for horn, tuba, and trombone.

Arkbro will be in residence at EMPAC to create a new work for Wave Field Synthesis to be premiered in Fall 2018.

Argeo Ascani
Ellen Arkbro
Studio 1—Goodman
March 8, 2018, 7:30PM

"It’s gaseous, wonderful music that lets your mind shape it as you please, like watching big clouds and finding dinosaurs, bunnies, tanks, ships."