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Rolf Wallin’s ‘Strange News’ Canadian premiere

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 12. Mar, 2014

Composer Rolf Wallin’s work ‘Strange News’ – a live multi-media performance that addresses the atrocities of child soldiers, sees its Canadian premiere in mid-March.

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa and the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative present inspiring expert-led discussion on child soldiers and human rights, and an orchestral performance by Aventa Ensemble of Rolf Wallin’s ‘Strange News’ on Feb 13.

“Strange news tells the story behind the news – about youth drawn into militias and gangs, about the associated violence and terror, about forces breaking down the ability to feel – and finally the path to healing and empathy”

On the 13th of March the Royal Norwegian Embassy, in collaboration with the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, will host an evening of music by Canadian and Norwegian composers that offers an unconventional take on the global issue of child soldiers.

The event will begin with Aventa Ensemble’s performance of two Canadian pieces, followed by keynote speakers Robert Fowler and Her Excellency Mona Elisabeth Brøther who will address the topic of child soldiers and human rights, and place the issue in both a Canadian and Norwegian context. The speakers and discussant Shelly Whitman from the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative will set a critical and reflective tone to the themes the musical expressions seek to explore.

Rolf Wallin (born in Oslo september 7th 1957) is an exceptionally versatile musician, having distinguished himself not only as one of Scandinavia’s leading composers today, but also as a performance artist and, early in his career, as a trumpeter in ensembles spanning early music to experimental jazz and rock. As a composer he freely combines computer-generated systems and mathematical formulae with intuitive approaches, and the complex yet very plastic textures of his music are reminiscent of composers such as Xenakis and Ligeti. Wallin’s work list includes both instrumental and electroacoustic works, absolute music and stage music; his continuous crossing of borders between genres and styles has resulted in a number of fruitful cross-fertilizations.

‘Strange News’ is a live multi-media performance, where a symphony orchestra, a narrator, video-projection and surround sound system aim to address the atrocities of child soldiers.

13 March 2014, 7:30PM
Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, QC


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