Monday 5 June 2017, 7.30pm
A special opportunity to hear more about Else Marie Pade with talks, film screening and discussion. “Soarings” is a rough translation of the Danish word svævninger – a word coined by Pade to encompass both the phenomenon of different frequencies colliding to make an interference beat, and the more poetic image of soaring through the air.
The evening begins with a talk from Jacob Kirkegaard on Pade’s life and work. Jacob will speak from his unique perspective, having collaborated with Pade on their joint composition Svævninger (2012) from which the evening takes its name. His presentation will include new images, including recently digitised scores, never previously shown in public.
The evening will include the UK premiere of Pade’s extraordinary television documentary En dag på Dyrehavsbakken (1955), one of her very earliest works.
It will conclude with a panel discussion with diverse contributions and reflections on Pade’s work and its wider context. Panelists include Frances May Morgan and Jo Hutton.
Thanks to Morten Pade for his support.
Else Marie Pade is increasingly recognised as Denmark’s first composer of electronic music. Born in Aarhus in 1924, she was active in the Danish Resistance before studying as a composer after the Second World War. She studied under Stockhausen, Boulez and Pierre Schaeffer. A 3LP retrospective of her work from 1958-1995 was released on Important Records in 2014.
Jacob Kirkegaard is an artist and composer who works in carefully selected environments to generate recordings that are used in compositions, or combined with video imagery in visual, spatial installations. His works reveal unheard sonic phenomena and present listening as a means of experiencing the world. Kirkegaard has recorded sonic environments as different as subterranean geyser vibrations, empty rooms in Chernobyl, Arctic calving glaciers and tones generated by the human inner ear itself. Based in Copenhagen, Kirkegaard has presented his works at galleries, museums and concert spaces including MoMA in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Louisiana, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark, KW in Berlin, the Menil Collection and the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Aichi Triennale in Nagoya and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. He is a founding member of the sound art collective freq_out. In 2016 he was the sound artist in residency at St. John’s College, University of Oxford.