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Kyiv

Composer: Morten Jessen

Instrument: Violin and Piano

Level: unknown

Published: 2023

Price: €30.00


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  • Description +
    • Kyiv aims to express solidarity for the Ukrainian people and is an unequivocal call to the West to continue standing together in the belief of a better future in a new and more fragmented world order, where Kyiv should be seen as a symbol of overcoming and conquering daunting challenges.

      Kyiv has previously been performed in Helsingør Cathedral, the National Museum, and Helligåndskirken in collaboration with Bevar Ukraine and Lviv National Philharmonic. The work will be released on OUR Recordings and Edition Svitzer in 2024.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Violin and Piano

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    • Performance by Natalia Gordeyeva (violin) and Violina Petrychenko (piano)

  • About the composer +
    • Morten Jessen grew up in North Zealand and, as a child, often visited Copenhagen Phil, where his father was the principal trumpet. At the age of 5, he started taking piano lessons and later joined Tivoligarden on trumpet after attending Sankt Annæ Gymnasium. Morten Jessen graduated from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen with a focus on trombone and later as an organist from the Sjællands Kirkemusikskole. He has played and arranged for artists such as Quadron, Savage Rose, Phlake, Iceage, Lukas Graham, Tivoli's big band, Nikolaj Nørlund, Monday Night Bigband, Vinnie Who, Bisse, and Ulige Numre.

      Today, Morten Jessen is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, founder of the Nordic Church Ensemble, and organist at Høsterkøb Church in North Zealand. The genreless encounter with the church space is the focal point of Morten Jessen's compositional work. The space frames a dreamy and timeless expression, where echoes of impressionism and Nordic melancholy blend with the acoustic colors of the church space.

      Morten Jessen describes his music as a state rather than a genre. It's a state where, as a composer, he enters a slow and sensitively perceptive universe, addressing our shared world, his inner self, and the space in which the music is created. By using the church space as a studio for composition, recording, and performance, the music aims to be responsive to the church space itself, interpreting the inherent osmosis of the space. The composer actively listens for the tones that may arise here and seeks to capture them before they disappear.

      Morten Jessen's works are primarily divided into two tracks: the original solo piano form and orchestral versions arranged for the Nordic Church Ensemble, consisting of 11 musicians from Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Denmark. In addition, Morten Jessen also works with sound installations and film music.

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover Graphics: Nicola Lee
      Photo: Dennis Morton
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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