Stefan Thorsson is a Swedish composer based in Berlin, who works mainly with contemporary stage art, visual art and film. He finished his master studies in composition 2008 at the Academy of stage and music at the University of Gothenburg with the dissertation Dialogue Music – The dead angles of contemporary music. In the text as well as in his art, there’s a pronounced hope and will that contemporary music must be in a constant dialogue with reality to a greater extent; equal to the political, historical and philosophical tentacles of all other art forms. The dead angles hide different views of the surrounding environment that we are either incapable or not willing to see. But in many occasions we just have to lift or turn our heads an inch. One possible way is to look backwards, to what we call history and tradition – to understand where we come from and to see where we stand now.
Central to Thorsson’s process is an exploration both visually and musically of the potential for his work to be infiltrated by other genres and times. The works are often based on experimental, improvisational projects that include diverse media and pose existential questions about music as a contemporary art form. The musical drama has a central position in his work; partly due to a strong urge to create evocative metamorphoses of the human soul, but mainly due to a wish to describe the transformation that music must go through, over and over again – to fall, to be surprised, and to move on.
2003-2008 Bachelor & Master in Composition at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Sweden.
2001-2003 Gotland School of Composition in Visby, Sweden
1996-2001 Freelance musician. Private piano and composition studies
1994-1996 Music School (Jazz Department) at Skurup, Sweden
1993-1994 Jazz Diploma (Electric/Acoustic bass) at the New School of Music in New York, USA
1992-1993 Musicology at the University of Lund, Sweden
2012 – New work: Don’t bang the drum (11’). Orchestra. (Not premiered). For NMD 2013, Helsinki, Finland.
2012 – New work: A dog came in the kitchen (13’). String trio & vocal quartet. (Not premiered)
2012 – New work: Seven (49’). Piano trio. (Not premiered)
2012 – New work: Into my arms (5’). Chamber ensemble. (Not premiered)
2012 – New work: Hybrid (11’). String orchestra. (Not premiered)
2012 – Text: Robert Schumann & misslyckandets triumf. Essay on Schumann, TK.
2012 – Text: Vridning – Motstånd – Stoft. Essay on contemporary german music, TK.
2012 – Text: Simplicity full of nuances. Art review, KunstFORUM, Norway.
2012 – Text: Beräknande konst i Hamburg. Art review, TK.
2012 – Text: Nørgård i tid och evighet. Essay on Per Nørgård, TK.
2012 – Text: Cartaditalia. Review, TK.
2012 – Text: Svampens uppgift är att befria världen från gammalt skräp. Essay on John Cage, TK.
2012 – Text: Ultima musikdrama – The List. Review, TK & Scenekunst, Norway.
2011 – New work: Auto Body (7’). Chamber choir. Will be premiered at ISCM, 2013, Vienna, Austria.
2011 – New work: The Shadows (16’). Two pianos. (Not premiered)
2011 – New work: 11 rhythmic studies for piano (14’). (Not premiered)
2011 – Stage Art: Den bortkomna mänskligheten (30’). Organ & Electronics. Premiered at Jacobskyrkan, Oslo
2011 – Text: Det klingande sakramentet. Essay on liturgical music, TK.
2011 – Text: Är musiken hemlös? An essay on Heiner Goebbels, TK.
2010 – Festival: Saba Pacha (40’). Chamber ensemble/Music theatre, Ultima festival, Oslo.
2010 – Stage Art: Who is Lou? (60’). Electronics. Proekt Fabrika, Moscow, Russia
2010 – New work: Waltz after Stromberg (8’). Chamber ensemble, For NMD 2011, Reykjavik. (Not premiered)
2010 – New work: Streich Quartet V (25’). String Quartet, For the Sonar Quartet, Berlin. (Not premiered)
2009 – Festival: Shore Leave (15’). Chamber ensemble, ISCM, Sydney, Australia.
2009 – Stage Art: Esther is Crawling (50’). Electronics. Aarhus museum of modern art, Denmark.
2009 – Text: Det som har varit följer med oss men nu i nya otydliga skepnader. Essay on music, TK
2009 – Text: Den nya musikens åldrande, isolering och estetiska kortslutning. An essay on Adorno, TK
2009 – New work: Chapter Music (10’). Chamber ensemble, For ISCM 2011, Belgrade (Not premiered)
2008 – Text: Dialogue music. Master dissertation at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Sweden.
2008 – Text: Att lyssna är att observera sig själv. An essay on Helmut Lachenmann, Tidningen Kulturen (TK)
2008 – Text: Den ständiga polariteten mellan konstruktion och emotion. An essay on Kaija Saariaho, TK
2008 – Film: Kredens (30’). A documentary by Jacob Dammas, Warsaw, Poland.
Stefan Thorsson’s tracks