Järvi’s ‘Sound Experience’ & Antonsen’s ‘Musical Landscapes’ to showcase

We’ve been enjoying some rather great European musicians and compositions these past few weekends at the Dewan Filharmonic Petronas (DFP), and this Saturday and Sunday is no exception.

The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) is presenting an astounding showcase called “Kristjan Järvi Sound Experience” and “Ole Edvard Antonsen Musical Landscapes” this weekend. Rather than the usual classics, these are contemporary musicians and are quite renowned in today’s music scene.

Estonian-born conductor Kristjan Järvi and Norwegian trumpet virtuoso Ole Edvard Antonsen are known for their innovative multigenre collaborations. These concerts will showcase a pioneering collaboration between the two and the MPO. Together, they will attempt to present the highly-charged musical landscape of intoxicating classical-folk-jazz fusion that will put the audiences in a trance. The result will hopefully be an electrifying and mind-blowing music experience.

Järvi is well-known in the classical music scene as one of the most innovative programmers and is a music director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony and Gstaad Festival Orchestra and founder of the New York-based classical hip-hop group Absolute Ensemble as well as the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic. He has collaborated with London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington DC) and NHK Symphony (Japan). As a recording artist, he has more than 60 albums under his belt, from Hollywood soundtracks such as “Cloud Atlas” to his eponymous series “Kristjan Järvi Sound Project”, an album that takes a fresh look at old music with concepts that transcend borders of music.

Meanwhile, Antonsen is one of Norway’s biggest international trumpeters, having played as a soloist in 40 cities including Sydney, Tokyo, New York and Vienna. His remarkable versatility as a musician means he is equally at home working with symphonic orchestras (such as the London Symphony and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields) and collaborating with pop, rock and jazz musicians (such as Lisa Stanfield, Level 42’s Mark King and John Miles).

For the debut performances at the DFP, the artists will be accompanied by Eirik Berge (keyboards), Tom Erik Antonsen (bass) and Per Hillestad (drums).

The repertoire list will include Stravinsky’s exhilarating “Firebird Suite” and engaging works composed by Antonsen such as “Aurora”, “Mikkel”, “La Luna”, “Vidda”, “Svalbard” and “Musical Landscapes”.

The concerts will be held on Saturday, Oct 10 at 8.30pm and Sunday, Oct 11, at 3pm at the DFP. Tickets are from RM80-RM180. Please call 03-2331 7007 or email [email protected] for bookings. For more info, go to www.mpo.com.my.