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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

Double Concerto
For Violin, Viola and String Orchestra

To be premiered by Duo Gelland
and Kammarorkester Öresund

Commissioned by Kammarorkester Öresund
with support from the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation



News


Brilliant review of Abrasax with Anders Paulsson in Västerås
27 Jan 2018
The performance of Jörgen Dafgård's Abrasax in Västerås was very favourably reviewed by the critic Birgit Ahlberg-Hyse in Västmanlands Läns Tidning:

"Dafgård's saxophone concerto was like tasting a new dish with an untried, very delicious main ingredient. The dark orchestral background provides the melancholy while the soprano saxophone straightens out a hopeful arabesque all the way.

In the second movement I enjoyed the groping, questioning and slightly touching thematic wind figures against the orchestra's mood-creating structure and, in the third movement, the exultant pitches that displayed both the instrument's brilliant sonorities and Paulsson's virtuosity.

The soprano saxophone may have the leading role but Dafgård has also cared a lot for the composition of the orchestral parts, not least in the winds.

Abrasax, Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra is a commission from the Västerås Sinfonietta and the Jönköping Sinfonietta. When the cheering audience had calmed down, Anders Paulsson expressed his gratitude for the commissioning of this work. The audience has as much reason to be grateful."



The review. Jörgen Dafgård and soloist Anders Paulsson in the wings after the Västerås performance of Abrasax
Highly acclaimed Abrasax with Anders Paulsson in Västerås
26 Jan 2018
Västerås Sinfonietta opened their season with a program which included Jörgen Dafgård's soprano saxophone concerto Abrasax, performed by the virtuoso soloist Anders Paulsson and with Jessica Cottis at the conductor's desk, who with short notice had replaced Joanna Carneiro. The orchestra played with elegance and enthusiasm, inspired by the top notch musicianship of Anders Paulsson. The concerto was very well recieved by the audience, who responded with an unanimous standing ovation, after which Anders Paulsson gave an encore. A recording of the performance can be heard on Soundcloud.



Jörgen Dafgård, Anders Paulsson and Jessica Cottis on stage in front of the Västerås Sinfonietta
Anders Paulsson plays Dafgård's Abrasax with Västerås Sinfonietta
25 Jan 2018
Tonight the star soloist Anders Paulsson performs Jörgen Dafgård's soprano saxophone concerto Abrasax with the Västerås Sinfonietta and the conductor Jessica Cottis. Abrasax is written in three contrasting movements and has a continuous thread running through the whole piece which tells a story of defeat, recovery and ressurection. The premiere of the concerto last year with the Jönköping Sinfonietta was a great success. "What a wonderful experience" was the headline of a review. Abrasax is co-commissioned by the sinfoniettas in Jönköping and Västerås and published by Gehrmans. The concert starts at 7.00 pm at the concert hall of Västerås and is preceded by an introduction at 6.00 pm.



Anders Paulsson
Erik Ring to perform For the Sleeping in Stockholm and Växjö
15 Oct 2017
Jörgen Dafgårds For the Sleeping - Dream Sonata will be performed at two concerts where Erik Ring plays music for viola and electronics. The first concert takes place at Fylkingen in Stockholm on October 22 at 7:00 pm and the second is in Växjö, at Växjö Konsthall on November 12 at 4:00 pm. On the programme also music by Karlheinz Essi, Ned McGowan and Marsel Nichan. Erik Ring has performed For the Sleeping many times, most recently in Uppsala on May 17 this year.



Erik Ring
Eva Sidén to play Transcendens in Malmö
15 Oct 2017
The pianist and composer Eva Sidén will perform Jörgen Dafgård's piano piece Transcendens at a concert with Swedish and French music in Malmö on October 27. Eva Sidén will also play three of her own works as well as works by Gilbert Amy and Tristan Murail. The concert will take place in the Red Room at the Inter Arts Center at 7:15 pm and is the second concert in a three day festival celebrating the ten year anniversary of the association C-Y ContemporarY.



Eva Sidén
Duo Gelland to premiere Dafgård's new Four Character Pieces in the USA
12 Oct 2017
A collaboration between the internationally acclaimed Duo Gelland and Jörgen Dafgård has become reality thanks to a grant from Helge Ax:son Johnsons Stiftelse. During late summer the new work Four Character Pieces has taken shape, which will shortly have its premiere in the USA. The work has a total duration of about eight minutes and the included duets have the character indications Impetuoso, Dolce espressivo, Giocoso and Rustico e fantastico. Duo Gelland will premiere Four Character Pieces on October 19 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, where the duo will give a walking concert in an exhibition with photorealistic paintings by Karin Broos. The duo will then perform Four Character Pieces on the continuation of their tour in the USA.



Duo Gelland
Dafgård's Mahler Revisited at the Grünewald Hall
21 May 2017
Today Jörgen Dafgård's internationally acclaimed Mahler Revisited will be the starting piece of a concert at the Grünewald Hall in Konserthuset Stockholm at 3 pm with the RSPO Orchestra Academy. The RSPO Orchestra Academy consists of young, very talented musicians and is tied to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mahler Revisited, commissioned and launched by the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter in 2010, was published on CD in 2011 in a recording with the Peärls Before Swïne Experience and made great success with other ensembles both at the Nordic Music Days 2013 in Helsinki, Finland and at a live broadcast gala concert at the Pärnu Music Festival 2014 in Estonia. The score to Mahler Revisited is published by Gehrmans.



The RSPO Orchestra Academy
Erik Ring performs For the Sleeping in Uppsala
19 May 2017
Today Erik Ring performs Jörgen Dafgård's "For the Sleeping - Dream Sonata" for viola and electronics at a lunch concert with contemporary music in Uppsala. Also on the programme: Sequitur IVb for viola and MaxMsp by Karlheinz Essi. Stadsbiblioteket, Mallas sal, 00.00-00.30 pm.



Erik Ring
The Aniara Quartet to perform String Quartet I at Svensk Musikvår
14 Mar 2017
On Thursday the 23rd of March the Aniara Quartet will perform Jörgen Dafgård's String Quartet I at Folkoperan in Stockholm. The concert starts at 3:00 pm och and is a part of the festival which lasts between the 20th and the 26th of March.

String Quartet I consists of five short movements, which are developed from musical cells of different kinds in an expressive and concentrated musical language. The Work has been performed many times and is available on a with the Aniara Quartet. String Quartet I was last performed by the Aniara Quartet at a concert in Växjö in November.



The Aniara quartet, from the left: Mattias Rodrick, Filip Gloria, Erik Ring and Jonas Lindgård
Success at the premiere of Dafgård's Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
30 Jan 2017
The premiere of Jörgen Dafgård's Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra with Anders Paulsson and the Jönköping Sinfonietta under the direction of Johannes Gustavsson was a great success.

During a pre-concert talk Jörgen Dafgård told about the construction of the concerto. The treatment of tone material and composition technique is consistently applied throughout the work but has nevertheless resulted in three movements of completely different expression. The first movement contains a conflict between two characters which ends tragically. The second movement brings recovery and in the third movement a resurrection happens; suddenly everything is possible.

With his marvellous solist playing Anders Paulsson made the most of the work together with his fellow musicians and the audience showed their great enthusiasm in an unanimous standing ovation after the performance. Many warm greetings from the audience and musicians alike also followed in the intermission and after the concert. "What a wonderful experience!", Hans Järeby wrote in his review on the following day (see below).



The Jönköping Sinfonietta after the premiere. From the left: Johannes Gustavsson, Jörgen Dafgård. Fifth from the left: Anders Paulsson
Rave review
30 Jan 2017
With "What a wonderful experience!", Hans Järeby starts his review of Sunday's concert, where Anders Paulsson premiered Jörgen Dafgård's Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra together with the Jönköping Sinfonietta under the direction of Johannes Gustavsson. The headline is "New Orchestral Work with Sopranic Class" and the review continues:

«One does not often get the chance to attend a premiere of newly written Swedish music performed by Jönköpings Sinfonietta and with a soloist on soprano saxophone; an instrument which in classical contexts is rather uncommon. On the stage stood Anders Paulsson, no doubt the foremost we have on that instrument, a world artist on his instrument who is equally competent in jazz.

The diligent and praised composer Jörgen Dafgård evoked curiosity. What had he come up with for his commission from Jönköpings Sinfonietta and Västerås Sinfonietta? A work for orchestra and soprano saxophone in three movements had evolved in cooperation with Anders Paulsson.

– He has been given something to get his teeth into, Jörgen Dafgård said in the introduction. The first movement starts forcefully and playfully rolling with a melodic theme which gives a more emotional character. Anders Paulsson makes the soprano saxophone sound like a pleasant, soft whisper in the lower register and it strikes one how beautiful a soprano saxophone can sound, treated in the right way. It has in other contexts given a more whining impression, but not here.

In cooperation with our own wonderful sinfonietta this newly written work grew, following a red thread which, according to Dafgård, dramaturgically depicts a way to renewal after an adversity. Renewal is needed in the classical genre. In the second movement there is a melodic line which returns and seems familiar and springlike. In the third movement one can sense a regeneration that links to the conflict in the first movement. Maybe it is in this movement that Dafgård means that the soloist has been given something to get his teeth into: a long, demanding solo cadenza which really shows Anders Paulsson's virtuosity.

There are clear signs of his enjoyment of what is being created in a concert hall that reflects what he and the sinfonietta performs in front of an audience who express their appreciation for what they hear in a standing ovation.»



Anders Paulsson (photo: Hans Järeby)
Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra to get its world premiere
22 Jan 2017
On Sunday the 29th of January the internationally acclaimed soloist Anders Paulsson will give the first performance of Jörgen Dafgård's newly written Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra together with Jönköpings Sinfonietta and the conductor Johannes Gustavsson. will take place at Spira in Jönköping and starts at 18 pm.



The conductor Johannes Gustavsson and the soloist Anders Paulsson.
Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra completed and published
21 Dec 2016
A concerto for soprano saxophone and orchestra by Jörgen Dafgård has now been completed and published by Gehrmans. The concerto, which is around 26 minutes long and consists of three movements, is written for the internationally acclaimed soloist Anders Paulsson and is a joint commission from Jönköpings Sinfonietta and Västerås Sinfonietta. The premiere will take place in Jönköping on January the 29th under the direction of Johannes Gustavsson.



Excerpt from the full score of Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra by Jörgen Dafgård
Sinfonia No 1 on national radio
13 Dec 2016
Tonight Jörgen Dafgård's Sinfonia No 1 can be heard on Swedish Radio P2 at 11:30 pm. The broadcasting will then be available on the web radio for 30 days. Gérard Korsten conducts the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in a recording from a concert in Örebro Concert House on the third of October 2013 that Swedish Radio P2 now broadcasts for the third time.



Swedish Chamber Orchestra
The Aniara Quartet to perform String Quartet I
03 Nov 2016
On Saturday the 5th of November the Aniara Quartet will perform Jörgen Dafgård's first string quartet at a concert in Växjö Konsthall, Växjö at 4 pm. Works by Reine Jönsson, Thomas Liljeholm, and Gunnar Valkare will also be performed at the concert.

String Quartet I consists of five short movements, which are developed from musical cells of different kinds in an expressive and concentrated musical language. The Work has been performed before on several occasions and is available on a CD with the Aniara Quartet.

Read more about the concert on www.mediaartes.net.



The Aniara Quartet
For the Sleeping with Sebastian Flögel
20 Oct 2016
Sebastian Flögel today performs Jörgen Dafgård's For the Sleeping – Dream Sonata for viola och electronics at a concert in Liljeforssalen, Malmö at 6 pm. For the Sleeping has now been performed at least at a dozen concerts.



Sebastian Flögel
North American premiere for Moving and Touching
22 Mar 2016
Today Jörgen Dafgård's saxophone quartet Moving and Touching gets its North American premiere at a concert with a Canadian ensemble in the von Kuster Hall in London, Ontario, at 12:30. Moving and Touching is written in five movements and was premiered in Stockholm in 2014 by the Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin' Phones, which has also performed the work at many places in Europe.



The von Kuster Hall
Whims and Wizardry with Samuel Berthod och the Weber string quartet
03 Nov 2015
On Saturday the 7th of November the French clarinetist Samuel Berthod and the Weber string quartet will perform Jörgen Dafgård's clarinet quintet Whims and Wizardry at a concert in the Elim chapel in Norrtälje, Sweden. Also on the program: Sibelius' string quartet Voces Intimae and Brahms' clarinet quintet. Admission: 180 kr, tickets in advance through Norrtälje turistbyrå, roslagen.se.

Jörgen Dafgård's clarinet quintet Whims and Wizardry is written in four movements and was premiered in 2012 by the ARD prize-winning German clarinetist Sebastian Manz and a highly qualified international string quartet. In Autumn 2013 Whims and Wizardry, which is published by Gehrmans, was nominated for the Music Publishers’ Prize in the chamber music cathegory.

Sinfonia No 1 on Swedish Radio P2
28 Oct 2015
Tonight Jörgen Dafgård's Sinfonia No 1 can be heard on Swedish Radio P2 at 9:20 pm. The broadcasting will thereafter be available on the web radio for 30 days. Sinfonia No 1 starts a little over 20 minutes into the program. Gérard Korsten conducts the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in a recording from a concert in Örebro Concert House on the third of October 2013.
The Rollin' Phones playing Moving and Touching in the Netherlands, Paris and Sweden
21 May 2015
Today the Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin' Phones will perform parts of Jörgen Dafgård's new saxophone quartet Moving and Touching in Broerekerk, Bolsward in the Netherlands. They also played this program in Paris on the 18th of May and will play it again in Sweden on two occasions in July (26/7: Galtströms kyrka, Njurunda; 28/7: Forshaga kammarmusikdagar).



The Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin' Phones

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