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Jexper Holmen   (Born 1971)

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Jexper Holmen is a composer of extremes - a ‘classicial' composer with a penchant for the likes of Aphex Twin. One that enjoys placing the soft noise distortion of ambient electronica alongside the radical thinking and existential intensity of through-composed music such as that of Xenakis.

His earlier works were often provocative in their embrace of ‘ugliness' - loud and extreme instrumental sounds presented in only slightly varied repeated patterns confronted one with a raw musical surface. Yet in more recent works a gentler side has made its appearance - the lengthy and subtle Night Cycle with its moments of almost Feldmanesque sensitivity was also one of the first of his works to expand its boundaries so as to fill an entire CD or concert performance.

Along with this one nevertheless still finds a taste for the macabre and grotesque (E.A. Poe's Berenice formed the basis for a chamber ‘opera') or, as in a series of works, his own take on the cosmic. But the music, despite its fantasy or consciousness of ‘bigger pictures', never ‘spaces out' nor succumbs to grandiose schemes - it remains strongly rooted in an awareness of the musical resources used to construct it and the everyday reality the composer finds himself in.

Biography

Live Dates

04/03/2011   Navigating Oort Cloud: Interview with Jexper Holmen
Collin Rae from Naxos of America talks to the eminent Danish composer Jexper Holmen about his new album Oort Cloud.
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30/06/2012   Flensborg Avis

Eva Østergaard: Spaces and Places
"Musikken er kompleks og spændende, og mange steder også rigtig smuk."
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11/03/2011   Gapplegate Music Review

Jexper Holmen: Oort Cloud
"There is nothing quite like this piece out there.You may love it, you may hate it, but you cannot ignore it."
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01/02/2011   Musikansich.de

Jexper Holmen: Oort Cloud
"Die Besetzung klingt ja auch einfach sehr gut, und man merkt gar nicht, wie die Zeit vergeht."
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04/10/2010   DR P2

DR P2 Prize 2010 – Lyt til Nyt Release of the Year Nominee

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01/05/2010   Klassisk

getString
4 Stars

"Man bliver mødt af en herlig legesyge og myriader af spidsfindigheder lige til at gå på opdagelse i."
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Discography

Burst
Burst

CD 8.226572 (2014)

Spaces and Places
Spaces and Places
Bruun, Agerfeldt Olesen, Snekkestad, Holmen, Olsen

CD 8.226573 (2012)

Brand new solo works, played by a single flute in the unique medieval abbey church at Løgumkloster.

Oort Cloud
Oort Cloud
Jexper Holmen

CD 8.226562 (2010)

A 40-minute sphere of sound, inspired by the cloud of comets believed to surround the solar system a light-year away

getString
getString
Voigt-Lund, Riis, C.W. Christensen, Holmen, Steen-Andersen, Christensen

CD 8.226530 (2010)

String quartet meets electronica - the result is effortless, virtuoso and colourful music

Trash
Trash
S. Christensen, Danielsen, J. Holmen, Kanding, M. Olsen

CD 8.226513 (2006)

Remixes and experiments that make the accordion sound as it has never done before


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