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JÖRGEN DAFGÅRD is a Sweden-based full time professional composer. Having just finished his diploma studies Dafgård made a striking debut in 2000 with his orchestral work Veils. As first prize winner at the Stockholm Berwald Hall and top ten contribution in the international Masterprize competition Veils has been performed a dozen times and has been heard on radio all around the world. In 2013 Jörgen Dafgård was Composer of Spring at the Berwald Hall, where many of his orchestral works were performed, including a premiere of the clarinet concerto Caprism. In 2017 the premiere of Dafgård's soprano saxophone concerto Abrasax with Anders Paulsson was a great success.

CONTACT

jorgen@jorgendafgard.com

ONGOING WORK

Kosmisk Moder
For Eight Part Mixed Choir and Violonello

Commissioned by Körcentrum Syd and Petri Sångare
with support from the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation



News


Caprism – Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra ready for publication

27 Feb 2014


Jörgen Dafgård's new clarinet concerto is now ready for publication in a revised and tidied version, with the title Caprism – Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra. The concerto was premiered in May 2013 by Andreas Sundén with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christian Eggen. The revision has mainly been done in response to suggestions from Sundén concerning the solo part. The score and parts have now been delivered to Dafgård's publisher Gehrmans for publication shortly.


Jörgen Dafgård's clarinet concerto Caprism on Swedish Radio P2

04 Feb 2014


Today at 00:25 pm Jörgen Dafgård's clarinet concerto Caprism can be heard in Klassisk Förmiddag on Swedish Radio P2. The recording, with Andreas Sundén and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christian Eggen, is from the premiere at a concert with works exclusively by Composer of Spring Jörgen Dafgård on May 4 2013 at the Berwald Hall. After the broadcasting the program can be heard on the web radio for a month.



Soloist Andreas Sundén and conductor Christian Eggen together with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's clarinet concerto Caprism. (Photo: Arne Hyckenberg)

Mahler Revisited with the Zagros Ensemble

10 Dec 2013


The performance of Mahler Revisited by the Zagros Ensemble at the Nordic Music Days 2013 in Helsinki was a success. Jörgen Dafgård's YouTube channel now has a video of the performance, given in the new Musiikkitalo Camerata Hall. Musicians: Auli Kontinen - flute, Mikk Murdvee - violin, Mika Uuksulainen - cello and Sonja Fräki - piano.


New work completed: Saxophone Quartet – Moving and Touching

31 Oct 2013


The Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin' Phones has commissioned a work from Jörgen Dafgård which is now ready. The work, with the title Saxophone Quartet – Moving and Touching, consists of five movements and has a duration of 20 minutes. It will be premiered in Spring 2014. The five movements were composed on different occasions around August. Dafgård found his inspiration from Nordic nature and from experiences (relations and activities) in his life at the time. The first and the last movement make up a balancing pair due to their longer duration – just over five minutes. In between comes three shorter movements lasting between two-and-a-half and three minutes. Movements two and four are insistently extrovert while movements one, three and five are more lyrical. As for their character, the first and the fourth are the most complex of the movements, while the others are more unified in their expression. The movements can also be played as pieces of their own.



Excerpt from Saxophone Quartet – Moving and Touching

Whims and Wizardry nominated for the Swedish Music Publishers' Award

01 Oct 2013


Jörgen Dafgård's clarinet quintet Whims and Wizardry has been nominated for the Swedish Music Publishers' Award in the chamber music cathegory. After the jury's final decision the awards will be given on Friday the 8th of November at Berns in Stockholm.



Whims and Wizardry, published by Gehrmans.

The Swedish Chamber Orchestra to perform Sinfonia No 1 on October 3

24 Sep 2013


The Swedish Chamber Orchestra will perform Jörgen Dafgård's Sinfonia No 1 under the direction of the South African conductor Gerard Korsten at the Örebro Concert Hall on Thursday the 3rd of October at 7:00 pm. From the homepage of the orchestra: "Jörgen Dafgård is a composer who has become very popular and we have long wished to perform his Sinfonia. It is exciting and attractive music." At the concert the mezzo soprano Katarina Karnéus will also sing a new song cycle by Johan Ullén as well as music by Haydn, whose 82nd symphony will also be the final number of the concert.



The Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Andreas Sundén presents Jörgen Dafgård's Clarinet Concerto

05 Sep 2013


In a short video the solo clarinetist Andreas Sundén here presents Jörgen Dafgård's new Clarinet Concerto. Between some samples from his first performance of the work at the Stockholm Berwald Hall in May, Andreas Sundén says a few words about the concerto and how he worked with it.


Mahler Revisited to be performed at the Nordic Music Days 2013 in Helsinki

08 Jun 2013


Jörgen Dafgård's Mahler Revisited has been selected for the Nordic Music Days 2013 in Helsinki, Finland. "Parallel Societies" is the theme for this year's festival which is scheduled for October 15-19. Mahler Revisited will be performed by the Zagros Ensemble during a concert titled "Cross-fertilization" at the Camerata Hall in the Helsinki Music Centre on Saturday the 19th of October at 16 pm. Mahler Revisited is a short recomposition of the second movement from Mahlers Fifth Symphony for a small chamber ensemble consisting of flute, violin, cello and piano. The beginning and ending of the Mahler movement are recognizable, but in between, most of it is completely different. Mahler revisited ia available in a new note edition published by Gehrmans. Here the piece is heard in a recording with the Peärls Before Swïne Experience, available on .


Jörgen Dafgård on Swedish Radio P2: portrait concert, documentary and more

17 May 2013


Tonight at 7:03 pm Swedish Radio P2 will be broadcasting Jörgen Dafgård's portrait concert as composer of spring at Berwaldhallen in Stockholm (recorded on May the 4th). On the program is the premiere of Dafgård's new Clarinet Concerto in three movements, with Andreas Sundén as soloist. The concert starts with Esprit (which consists of 25 minutes of fast music) and after the break Sinfonia No 1 is played. In the break Andreas Sundén and Jörgen Dafgård are interviewed. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra here gives a top notch performance under the direction of Christian Eggen (despite the unusually short rehearsal time) and the interpretations also work very well; so don't miss this! The music from the portrait concert will be reprised by P2 on May 22 around 10:30 am.

On Sunday at 2 pm Swedish Radio P2 will also broadcast an hour long documentary about Jörgen Dafgård by Anders Olsén. Earlier this week two of Jörgen Dafgård's orchestral works was also aired on Swedish Radio P2. Through Fire and Water could be heard on Wednesday the 15th of May and Volo on Thursday the 16th of May. All programs can be heard for another 30 days on the web. Thereafter a slightly shortened pod version of the documentary can be downloaded here.



Andreas Sundén, Christian Eggen och Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. (Foto: Arne Hyckenberg)

Favourable review in Dagens Nyheter

06 May 2013


Composer of spring Jörgen Dafgård was portrayed at Saturday's concert at Berwaldhallen in Stockholm by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christian Eggen. The concert started with Esprit and ended with Sinfonia No 1. Before the break Dafgård's new Clarinet Concerto was premiered with the soloist Andreas Sundén. The Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reviewed the portrait concert. In the words of Johanna Paulsson:

«In Jörgen Dafgård's sphere of expression, nature oriented mystique lies close at hand. But so does the pumping rhythm of Stravinsky. When the Malmö based composer's clarinet concerto was premiered on Saturday, both were present. In the three movement commissioned work - specially written for principal clarinetist Andreas Sundén, former solo clarinetist at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam – the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra futhermore got a chance to show that dancing to the pipe of Martin Fröst is not the only option.

The clarinet concerto starts with a loaded brass artillery, before a strolling clarinet motif sets off among the cliffs of the source of inspiration, Capri. The first movement reaches a precipice and ends with a pizzicato, before the piece slips into the mist and a dreamy state, which is broken by the third movement's triplet motions and tempo changes.

The composer himself imagines "a roman fresco", but it suffices to speak of a euphonious work with the middle movement as a resting point. Neither did Sundén have to use any tricks to lend character to the solo part and the norwegian conductor Christian Eggen showed a fine sense for the dynamics.

New art music has a tendency to scare off the audience, but Dafgård has the sort of hospitable tone language that gives Berwaldhallen confidence to make room for a whole portrait program with the composer of spring. His music is firmly grounded in steady structures, but without being harsh even in a courser and formally stricter piece like "Sinfonia No 1" with sharpened trumpet details and developing polyrhythms.

… the concert's introductory piece "Esprit"… is skilfully ochestrated with an elegant surface… a minimalistically constructed "American in Paris" music."»

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