Oklahoma Composer’s Orchestra

Oklahoma Composer’s Orchestra

The Oklahoma Composer’s Orchestra will be featuring two orchestral works by Daniel Nelson on their upcoming concert, 25 May, 2017. The short orchestral fanfare, Force of a Rainbow will open the concert, while clarinetist Lisa Kachouee will play the Clarinet Concerto to close this concert, which also features works by American composers Chelsea Williamson, Cooper Baldwin, and Patrick Conlon. The orchestra will be led by conductor Jamie Wind Whitmarsh.

The Little Prince Suite

The Little Prince Suite

March 16, 2017 will see the premiere performance of The Little Prince Suite for orchestra, played and commissioned by the Nordic Chamber Orchestra, and conducted by David Björkman. The Little Prince Suite is a 27-minute extract from the two-act ballet of the same name which was premiered by the Nordic Chamber Orchestra and David Björkman, together with Norrdans, during the 2015/2016 season. The ballet has since its premiere been performed some 30 times in three countries.

Performances also in Örnsköldsvik on the 17th March, and Umeå on the 18th March, 2017.

Electric Graffiti

Electric Graffiti

The world premiere of Daniel Nelson’s new concerto for electric guitar and orchestra, Electric Graffiti, will take place on 23 April, 2015, in Västerås. The Västerås Sinfonietta will be led by Candian conductor Julian Kuerti  and with renowned Swedish guitarist Mats Bergström as the soloist. Electric Graffiti will be recorded by the Swedish Radio for broadcast later during the season. For more information about tickets, please see the homepage of Västerås Sinfonietta.

New Commission

New Commission

Daniel Nelson has been commissioned to write music for danish choreographer Tina Tarpgaard’s  two-act dancework The Little Prince – based on French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s children’s book of the same name. The work is a joint commission from The Nordic Chamber Orchestra in celebration of their 25-year anniversary, and from Norrdans in celebration of their 20-year anniversary. The premiere will be in Sundsvall, Sweden, in October 2015.

Premiere of Jewish Proverbs

Premiere of Jewish Proverbs

The first complete performance of Daniel Nelson’s Jewish Proverbs will take place on Monday 22 September, 2014, in the Grünewaldssal of the Stockholm Concert House. It will be premiered by the ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen string trio to whom it is also dedicated.
Jewish Proverbs is comprised of ten short movements which have their programmatic origin in different humoristic proverbs from Yiddish folklore. Simultaneously, each movement is written in memory of a separate antisemitic incident in history, ranging from the earliest pogrom ever recorded, in ancient Egypt, (the Alexandrian Riots, 38 CE) to the murder of four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium in May, 2014.

Additional UK performances of My Inner Disco

Additional UK performances of My Inner Disco

My Inner Disco for accordion and string quartet is scheduled to be performed at the Burton Bradstock Festival’s gala concert, with Miloš Milivojevic playing the accordion.
In addition, the Manchester Camerata will be presenting My Inner Disco on their UpClose concert series in November, together with Lithuanian accordionist Martynas Levickis. More information about these concerts can be found on their season concert schedule.

Review of Analytic Tales of Mechanical Movement

Review of Analytic Tales of Mechanical Movement

A review of the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra’s recent performance of Analytic Tales of Mechanical Movement, a concerto for double bass and string orchestra, from Uppsala Nya Tidning.

    “But in the concert’s second work, Daniel Nelson’s brand new concerto for double bass and string orchestra, we were brought into a world of creative imagination in which the listener must be co-creative. The tension between play or fantasy objects and the mechanics that drive them required both contrast and interaction between soloist and orchestra. Glissandi, harmonics, and “slap-effects” of the strings against the fingerboard were some of the effects the soloist/orchestra performed. All four movements were brilliant, both in composition and execution. I liked the third movement best, The scribe in the forbidden city, wherein the orchestra’s delicate, breathless sound was complemented by a more introspective and sad recitative [in the solo part], presented ever higher and higher in pitch, interwoven with [orchestral] string chords. Ulla Ryman interpreted the difficult solo part -for a seemingly most unwieldy instruments as the double bass- in a dazzling elegant and expressive way. The soloist, conductor, and composer received a deservedly lengthy acknowledgement  from the audience. The [double bass] concerto was undoubtedly the most stimulating work of the concert.”

Anders Bragsjö, Uppsala Nya Tidning