Nordic Book Talk

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  • 24th August 2015
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    Nordic book talk at Scandinavia House – The Nordic Center in America. Some very special Nordic literary events in New York. We focus on two book lectures given by Nordic authors who we suggest you follow closely over the coming months, as there is going be a lot of talk about both.     The […]




    Nordic book talk at Scandinavia House – The Nordic Center in America. Some very special Nordic literary events in New York.

    We focus on two book lectures given by Nordic authors who we suggest you follow closely over the coming months, as there is going be a lot of talk about both.

     

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    The Girl in the Spider’s Web – Book talk with David Lagercrantz.

    Tuesday, September 15th, 6.30pm. Free

     

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    Hear Swedish journalist and best-selling author David Lagercrantz discuss the highly-anticipated The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Knopf Doubleday, 2015) – book four in the worldwide bestselling Millennium series of novels, which launched in the U.S. in 2008  – with Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Knopf Doubleday).

    In this adrenaline-charged thriller, genius hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist face a dangerous new threat and must again join forces. Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a trusted source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female super hacker–a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering.

    Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Lisbeth for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. In The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the duo who thrilled 80 million readers in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire (Knopf Doubleday, 2009)and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Knopf Doubleday, 2010) meet again in an extraordinary and uniquely of-the-moment thriller.

    Following the discussion, copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

    About the author

    David Lagercrantz studied philosophy and religion at university and subsequently attended the School of Journalism in Göteborg. After graduating, he worked as a crime reporter for Expressen, a national daily paper. He is now head of news and current affairs on Swedish Public Radio.

    Lagercrantz made his debut as an author in 1997 with the publication of Ultimate High (Discovery Books, 1999), the story of Göran Kropp, the Swedish adventurer who climbed Mount Everest using his own physical means and without any outside assistance. He followed with The Angels of Åmsele (Albert Bonniers Förlag, 1998)about the triple murder he covered as a journalist a decade earlier. In 2000 Lagercrantz published A Swedish Genius (Albert Bonniers Förlag), a biography of inventor Håkan Lans and in 2005, he returned his attention to the Himalayas to write his first thriller, The Sky over Everest (Pirat).

    Lagercrantz is perhaps best known for working with Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimović on his critically acclaimed memoir, I Am Zlatan, which was published by Månpocket in 2011 and broke sales records in Sweden and throughout Europe. The book sold 500,000 hardcover copies in Sweden in less than two months and was later shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award and nominated for the August Prize in Sweden. To date, I Am Zlatan has been published in over 30 languages around the world and sold millions of copies.

    In 2009, Lagercrantz published The Fall of Man in Wilmslow (Forlaget Modtryk), a historical novel about the English mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing. The book was well received in Sweden and rights were sold to publishers in 15 countries. Knopf will publish the book in the U.S. in fall 2016.

     

    Rock, Paper, Scissors – Book talk with Naja Marie Aidt.

    Thursday, September 10th, 6.30pm. Free

     

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    Acclaimed Danish poet and writer Naja Marie Aidt discusses her long-awaited first novel Rock, Paper, Scissors (Open Letter Books, 2015) – a breathtaking page-turner and complex portrait of a man whose life slowly devolves into one of paranoia and jealousy – with ATLAS magazine editor Maria Marqvard Jensen.

    Rock, Paper, Scissors opens shortly after the death of Thomas and Jenny’s criminal father. While trying to fix a toaster that he left behind, Thomas discovers a secret, setting into motion a series of events leading to the dissolution of his life, and plunging him into a dark, shadowy underworld of violence and betrayal.

    A gripping story written with a poet’s sensibility and attention to language, Rock, Paper, Scissors showcases all of Aidt’s gifts and introduces a whole new audience to one of Denmark’s most decorated and beloved writers.

    Following the discussion, copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

    About the author

    Naja Marie Aidt was born in Greenland and raised in Copenhagen. She is the author of ten collections of poetry and three short story collections, including Baboon (Two Lines Press, 2006), which received the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize (2008) and the Danish Critics’ Prize for Literature (2007). Her books have been translated into nine languages. Rock, Paper, Scissors is her first novel.

    About the moderator

    Maria Marqvard Jensen holds a Masters in Language and Literature from Copenhagen University. She specializes in managing literary events in New York, most recently for the PEN World Voices Festival. She is the book editor for the Danish ATLAS magazine and her translation of Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve was published in Denmark in December 2014 by ATLAS.

     

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    Nordic Book Club

    Read and discuss Scandinavian literature in translation as part of Nordic Book Club – ASF’s newest literary series. This season’s selections include Swedish crime thrillers, Danish contemporary fiction, and Finnish fantasy. Discussions typically take place the last Tuesday of the month in the Halldór Laxness Library at Scandinavia House and online at Scandinaviahouse.org 

    Tuesdays, 6 pm: September 29 & October 27, 2015
    Series continues fall 2015 & winter 2016
    Free | #nordicbookclub

    Head to Scandinaviahouse.org to find out about more Nordic events

    Text and photos courtesy of Scandinavia House.

     

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    Røyst Trio – Norwegian A Cappella

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  • 25th June 2015
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    As part of their 2015 North American Tour, Norwegian a cappella ensemble Røyst Trio visits Scandinavia House Thursday, July 9, 7pm. Their aim is to inspire New York audiences with their original and playful arrangements of traditional Norwegian folk songs. Performing original music written and arranged by the members of the group, the trio consists […]




    As part of their 2015 North American Tour, Norwegian a cappella ensemble Røyst Trio visits Scandinavia House Thursday, July 9, 7pm.

    Their aim is to inspire New York audiences with their original and playful arrangements of traditional Norwegian folk songs.

    Performing original music written and arranged by the members of the group, the trio consists of Kari N. Bleivik, Cecilie Giskemo, and Maria Jardardottir. Each individual’s sound, together with the others, creates a unique vocal texture and varied collection of compositions. The trio’s music represents a contemporary and collective fusion of improvisation and elements drawn from world music, modern jazz, and folk music.

     

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    About the Røyst Trio

    Since their founding in 2002, Røyst Trio has toured in their native Norway, as well as in England, Germany, Finland, the U.S., Mexico, and Zimbabwe. For ten days in July 2015 the trio will tour New York in the U.S. and Toronto, Ottawa, and Hamilton in Canada. Through their concerts and workshops they endeavor to motivate local communities to start vocal-based ensembles, which demand neither significant technical equipment, nor physical space, nor talent to function as a positive and creative activity in everyday life. Additionally the tour aims to garner interest in acoustic a cappella music and the value that this musical form of composition and performance establishes.

     

     

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    Combined with their international tour agenda, Røyst Trio has continuously placed great emphasis on running workshops for both amateur and professional performers and teachers. Through exploratory and interactive means and concepts, these workshops promote the artistic and cultural value of a cappella music, as well as the spontaneous opportunity humans possess to create music together.

     

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    Røyst Trio has also widely collaborated with world-class musicians and composers and participated in leading festivals and projects including the Nynorskfestspela (2005); Ian Ballamy and Thomas Strønen (2007); the Harare International Festival of Arts (2010); Laura Cole (2013); Dave Kane, Andy Wood, Rommi Smith, and Jason Hird (2013); and Matthew Bourne, Joost Hendrix, Simon Beddoe, Seth Bennett, Oliver Dover, and Tom Sidebottom (2013). In 2013, the ensemble qualified as finalists in the Tampere Vocal Ensemble Contest.

     

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    In 2005 Røyst Trio independently released Nordic Initiative – their debut album. In November 2014 the trio recorded three pieces that will form an EP to be released summer 2015.

    Performance will be $15 ($10 ASF Members)

    Credit to www.scandinaviahouse.org

    Photos; www.akks.no

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    Chelsea Music Festival – New York

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  • 16th June 2015
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    The 2015 Chelsea Music Festival will celebrate Finland and Hungary with over 2 dozen performances in a wide range of venues throughout Manhattan. Events include evening concerts with music ranging from baroque to Jazz, Saturday morning Family Events, Late Night events, and daytime Open-Air events that will include Finnish Tango and Hungarian Dances.     […]




    The 2015 Chelsea Music Festival will celebrate Finland and Hungary with over 2 dozen performances in a wide range of venues throughout Manhattan. Events include evening concerts with music ranging from baroque to Jazz, Saturday morning Family Events, Late Night events, and daytime Open-Air events that will include Finnish Tango and Hungarian Dances.

     

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    June 12-20, 2015 in New York City, over two dozen events will be held in a wide range of venues throughout Manhattan. Program highlights will include reflections and collaborations on the life and music of Jean Sibelius to celebrate his 150th birthday, as well as the music of Bartók, Kodaly, Rautavaara and Bach. The Festival will once again present world and New York premieres, original Jazz arrangements, as well as evening and late night expeditions that will complete historical and present-day portraits of Finland and Hungary. Events include evening concerts with music ranging from baroque to Jazz, Saturday morning Family Events that give children a chance to Hear | Taste | See Finland and Hungary, Late Night events and daytime Open Air events featuring Finnish Tango and Hungarian Dances. • Avanti! | Ensemble-in-Residence (Finland) • Ilari Kaila | Composer-in-Residence (Finland) • Sami Tallberg & Carl Frederiksen | Culinary Artists-in-Residence (Finland & Denmark) • Rachel Mica Weiss | Visual Artist-in-Residence (USA) As in seasons past, the Festival has assembled a noteworthy roster of over 75 artists, including 2015 Festival Ensemble-in-Residence Avanti! from Finland and leading contemporary Finnish composers such as Ilari Kaila and Uljas Pulkkis; the Tapiola Chamber Choir; the stage play Sibelius & Ida in its U.S. premiere; the Jazz ensemble Tuomo Uusitalo Trio; Hungarian/Canadian composer Kati Agócs and ensembles including the Loop Doctors and the Gőz-Kurtág-Lukács Trio. Star chefs from Finland, Hungary and Denmark including Carl Frederiksen and Sami Tallberg will surprise the audience with their special culinary creations honoring the 150th anniversaries of Nielsen.

     

    The program includes some very special musicians. The motto is Hear/Taste/See and all of your senses will definitely be alerted.

     

    Voices of Finland: The Tapiola Chamber Choir in New York

     

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    One of Europe’s most celebrated choirs, the Tapiola Chamber Choir, will perform at the 2015 Chelsea Music Festival as part of its first ever North American tour. This evening will be a rare a cappella listening experience of lesser-known Finnish choral works as well as songs by Jean Sibelius, as no other choir truly can. Tapiola’s recordings of Penderecki and Sibelius are included as “benchmark” recordings in the Gramophone Classical Good CD Guide. A chance to revel in the beauty and distinct sounds of the Finnish language and song.

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    Works by Fougstedt, Johansson, Kokkonen, Kostiainen, Kuula, Madetoja, Makaroff, Mäntyjärvi, Merikanto, Palmgren, Rautavaara, and Sibelius.

    Friday, June 19 7:30pm | St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church | 315 West 22nd Street | $35 ($55 combo for both evening events)

     

    Festival Jazz FINNale – the Tuomo Uusitalo Trio

     

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    “Since releasing his award-winning debut album “TRIO” in 2012, Finnish jazz pianist Tuomo Uusitalo is taking NYC jazz scene by storm. He will be joined by American bassist Myles Sloniker and Finnish drummer sensation Olavi Louhivuori to close the 2015 Festival with original compositions and inspired arrangements. A tasting menu of wild, foraged Finnish cuisine curated by master Chef Sami Talberg will follow as the 2015 Chelsea Music Festival out its celebration of the great musical, artistic and culinary heritage of Finland.

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    Saturday, June 20 7:30pm | St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church | 315 West 22nd Street | $68 | Curated Gala Reception

    Olavi Louhivuori, Percussion. Tuomo Uusitalo Trio

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    In 2002 Olavi moved to Helsinki to study under Jukkis Uotila at the Sibelius Academy and quickly began working full-time in Finland and internationally. He won the Young Nordic Jazz Groups competition three times: in 2000 with the Joona ToivanenTrio, in 2002 with the Ilmiliekki Quartet, and in 2006 with the Sun Trio. Olavi tours internationally with the Tomasz Stanko Quintet and has performed with artists and groups such as Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, Marilyn Crispell, Susanne Abbuehl, theFinnish Umo Jazz Orchestra, and Piirpauke.

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    Avanti!

     

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    Avanti! Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1983 by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Olli Pohjola, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Clarinetist Kari Kriikku has served as its Artistic Director since 1998. In manifestations ranging from a single player to an entire symphony orchestra, Avanti! operates across multiple eras and genres with a particular emphasis on contemporary music. They work in close partnership with front-line international conductors, soloists, and composers such as Oliver Knussen, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kaija Saariaho, Susanna Mälkki, Emanuel Ax, John Storgårds, Hannu Lintu, Barbara Hannigan, Pekka Kuusisto, Matthias Pintscher, Uri Caine, and Django Bates.The winner of numerous prizes and acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Avanti! is a major presence on the Finnish music scene. The ensemble runs a concert series in its home city of Helsinki and tours regularly around the world. It has released recordings on the Alba, BIS, Ondine, and other labels. Avanti! debuted its annual music festival in 1986. Each year it focuses on a living international guest composer, thus forging a link with contemporary music and winning it an established place among Finland’s unique summer festivals.

    To find out more visit www.chelseamusicfestival2015.org
    Olavi Louhivuori, photo by Tero Ahonen
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    Scandinavian American Theater Company

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  • 1st June 2015
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    Nordophile heard about the Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) in New York, who were not only producing top quality theatre productions which were truly making an impact and creating a buzz, but were also strengthening ties between the Scandinavian and American communities. We spoke with Albert Bendix to find out more. Scandinavian American Theater Company […]




    Nordophile heard about the Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) in New York, who were not only producing top quality theatre productions which were truly making an impact and creating a buzz, but were also strengthening ties between the Scandinavian and American communities. We spoke with Albert Bendix to find out more.

    Scandinavian American Theater Company SATC is a New York City-based not-for-profit theater company founded on April 14th 2009 to provide Scandinavian perspectives that examine and challenge the cultural status quo through a new generation of Scandinavian playwrights and theater artists. They present contemporary plays and inventive takes on the classics from the Nordic region, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. In 2012, the company was awarded the American Scandinavian Society’s Honorary Grant for their “very ambitious work to promote Scandinavian culture in New York”.

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    They are committed to strengthening the relationship between Scandinavia and the United States through collaborations and interdisciplinary artistic exchange. We have accomplished an unparalleled engagement with over 250 theater artists including playwrights, translators, directors, actors, designers, composers, stage managers and more. As of June 2014, 43% of these artists were Scandinavians, 49% were Americans and 8% from the rest of the world.

    SATC has grown at a rate few other independent theater companies in New York could only dream. As a small company with limited financial resources, they have managed to present 8 new plays and more than 25 readings in their first 5 seasons. They believe that SATC brings something unique and vital to New York City: A new cultural theater hybrid that speaks to the audience of the 21st century and which takes the forefront in the development of the Nordic performing arts in the United States.

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    OFF-BROADWAY

    In an exciting development, SATC moved from Off-Off-Broadway to Off-Broadway in celebrating their 5th-year anniversary with the critically acclaimed Bastards of Strindberg at Theatre Row on 42nd Street. The show was an important step for them in offering a true fusion of Swedish and American playwrights inspired by a classic piece of modern theater. SATC’s next Off-Broadway production will premiere winter 2015/16

    THE PLAY CLUB

    The Play Club is SATC’s most recent venture into creating a community of theater lovers and creators: An online forum for people with a shared passion for new Scandinavian plays to exchange thoughts and opinions. Every other month a translated contemporary Scandinavian play will be available as a free download for the Play Club Members. They hope the Play Club will engage the SATC community to become more actively involved in the SATContemporary Reading Series, and give the playwrights a chance to showcase their work and expand on their international following. To become a member of the Play Club, please email your full name and city/country of residence to: playclub@satcnyc.org

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    SATC ON TOUR

    SATC would like to expand on the bridge we have created between American and Nordic culture. They will continue to produce Off-Broadway productions in New York City but at the same time strive to get these productions on tour in Scandinavia and the rest of the United States. In order to achieve this vision, SATC wishes to partner with organizations and companies that share the same passion for intercultural exchange. If you would like to collaborate with and/or invite SATC to perform at your theater, please contact SATC’s co-artistic director Albert Bendix albert@satcnyc.org

    A NORDIC THEATER IN NEW YORK

    One of SATC’s long term goals is a theater to call home in New York City: A residency at an established theater, or financial assistance to run a building as our own. A Nordic theater would be financially practical as we would save on costly production expenses. Additionally, SATC would be able to host Nordic theaters from abroad where together we can build our community and serve as a cultural platform, producing the best of Nordic culture for audiences from all over the world.

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    READING SERIES

    SATContemporary Reading Series consists of five staged readings that take place throughout the year. One contemporary play is chosen from each Scandinavian country, introducing our audience to a new generation of Nordic playwrights. The reading series is co-presented by Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, where the readings also take place. The plays are read in English and the readings are free to the public. SATContemporary Reading Series has continued to grow with more than 450 audience members attending the 4th season. If you wish to submit or suggest a play for the reading series please email SATC’s literary director Vanessa Johansson: vanessa@satcnyc.org.

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    Playwrights presented in the reading series: Alexander Bodin Saphir, Andreas Boonstra, Anna Krogerus, Arne Lygre, Bjarni Jónsson, David Bar Katz, Dominique Morisseau, Fredrik Brattberg, Hávar Sigurjónsson, Jacob Hirdwall, Jokum Rohde, Jón Atli Jónasson, Jon Fosse, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Juha Lehtola, Kari Hotakainen, Laura Ruohonen, Lina Ekdahl, Maria Tryti Vennerød, Minna Nurmelin, Pasi Lampela, Petter S. Rosenlund, Rhea Leman, Richard Hobert, Sofia Fredén, Thomas Markmann, Thor Bjørn Krebs, Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson and Vera Näsström

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