Swedish Composer/Pianist Eva Sidén at DMU

Swedish composer/pianist Eva Sidén visited the Institute for Sonic Creativity to give a concert on 16 November in PACE Studio 1.  The concert featured two world premieres of works for piano and electroacoustic sounds: SoundPlay by DMU professor John Young and Pion d´échecs by Argentine composer Elsa Justel. Both works were commissioned by Eva prior to the series of COVID lockdowns that affected social interaction, travel and the arts industry. At the centre of the programme was French composer Tristan Murail's solo piano work Cloches d'adieu et un sourire, in memorium Messiaen, composed in 1992. The concert concluded with two works by Eva herself: Under for prepared piano and electroacoustic sounds, and Landscape Spirit, an installation work for surround sound audio, animated 3D objects and prepared piano—in which the audience was also invited to participate by adding material from the piano in real time. Earlier that day, Eva Sidén gave a workshop for staff and students on her compositional methods and her practice with prepared piano.

Eva Sidén and John Young in PACE Studio 1