Danish-UK Composer-Curator Programme

28th-29th March 2014
Cafe OTO
Produced by: 
Sound and Music / SNYK

Composer-led event series and festivals represent an emerging trend in both Denmark and the UK. 

Sound and Music, as part of its wider Composer-Curator support programmedeveloped a specific international partnership with SNYK (the Danish national centre for contemporary, experimental music and sound art), to support four emerging Danish and British Composer-Curators to curate events in both London and Copenhagen. 

We are delighted to announce that the selected Composer-Curators are Sandra Boss (DK), Michael Cutting (UK), Søren Kjærgaard (DK) and Joe Snape (UK) who with support, both financially and through mentoring and advice, are working collaboratively to curate and produce events taking place in London and Copenhagen in 2014.


Sandra Boss (DK)

Sandra Boss (b.1984), composer and sound artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Trained in Electronic Music and Sound Art at DIEM, Danish Institute for Electronic Music, The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus DK. Currently working as PhD scholar at The Graduate School Arts, Aarhus University with the project "The sound of the format - auditive ideals heard through reproductive sound medias".

“I work in the field between electronic music and sound installations. I’m interested in the split personality of antique or obsolete sound medias, where they no longer just operate as carriers of sound but as instruments themselves. My main sound objects include reel-to-reel tapes, old computers, acoustic gramophones, magnet plate dictaphones, DAT tapes, etc., where I explore and exhibit their possibilities to initiate a new awareness of the physical elements of sound reproduction. I’ve been doing live concerts, sound installations and music for performance/dance at various venues and festival (i.e. STRØM, SPOT, LAK and Roskilde Festival). Right now I’m working on a new and different setup including 9 organs, where I explore the similarities between acoustic organ sound and pure sine waves.

Alongside my musical practice I’ve been writing about music, arranging concerts and festivals in Denmark. In 2012 I initiated and curated LAK – Festival for Nordic Sound Art, that took place in an old lacquer fabric in Copenhagen.”



Michael Cutting (UK)

Michael Cutting is a composer currently active in both London and Manchester. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Gary Carpenter, Adam Gorb and David Horne, completing his Masters with Distinction and the Soroptomist Award in 2011.

Michael is now working towards a PhD at Kings College London, supervised by George Benjamin. He also attended Dartington Summer School 2012 and Royaumont Voix Nouvelles Composition Course 2013, studying with Brian Ferneyhough, Oscar Bianchi and Fabian Lévy.Michael has worked closely with such groups as Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, Endymion Ensemble, Manchester Camerata, Composers Ensemble, Lontano, Lancashire Sinfonietta, BBC Singers and RNCM Symphony Orchestra, as well as curators such as Park Lane Group and Nonclassical. His music has been performed all over the UK and in Europe, in venues such as Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, The Anvil (Basingstoke), Royaumont Abbey, Dartington Hall, Zurich Hochschule, The Forge (Camden), Limewharf and RNCM Concert Hall.

Michael has been awarded numerous young composer awards, including the BBC Proms Young Composition Competition (2006), the Christopher Brooks Memorial Prize (2008) and Sound and Music's Francis Chagrin Award (2013). Most recently he was a recipient of an RPS Composer Award, commissioning him to write a new work for players from the Philharmonia Orchestra, mentored by Unsuk Chin. The new work will be performed in April 2014 in the Royal Festival Hall.

Aside from composition, Michael is also a co-director of ACM Ensemble, a new music group based in Manchester. Since its debut concert in January 2012, ACM has given the UK premieres of numerous significant works inclunding Hans Abrahamsen's Schnee and Simon Steen-Andersen's Amid, working closely with both composers on their works. ACM will perform in HCMF this November, performing Morton Feldman's Viola in my Life series as an HCMF Short.


Søren Kjærgaard (DK)

Søren Kjærgaard’s work as a performer and composer, encompasses a variety of settings, ranging from his critically acclaimed trio with drummer Andrew Cyrille and bassist Ben Street, over works for solo piano and various chamber settings, to the experimental duo collaboration with Torben Ulrich – the legendary Danish tennis player, writer and interdisciplinary artist. 

Recent projects include the newly formed duo with composer and performer, Simon Steen-Andersen. Mixing up sounds from analogue, digital, acoustic and electric sources, the music is created on the spot, converging elements of improvisation and composition into a performative field of play. 

Søren Kjærgaard has released more than 10 albums as a leader, and in 2014 he adds another three albums to the discography: Syvmileskridt with Ben Street and Andrew Cyrille (ILK), the solo piano album Weaver (Escho) and Meridiana: Lines toward a non-local Alchemy with Torben Ulrich (ILK) - all released on vinyl.

In 2004 SK co-founded the independent label ILK with other like-minded musicians from the vibrant jazz- and improv scene in Copenhagen. ILK is now an international acclaimed label with a growing discography of more than a 100 titles. 

For more information visit www.sorenkjaergaard.com  


Joe Snape (UK)

Trained as a classical percussionist, I grew up making pop music with computers, self-releasing hand-painted CDRs, and peeling PVA glue from my fingers. After finishing a music degree at Cambridge, I went to study programming and composition at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague. 

As a composer, I’ve played my work in galleries, factories, chapels and warehouses all around the UK and Europe, and, increasingly, further afield. Recently this has included projects with De Melkweg (Amsterdam), ACUD Theater (Berlin), Nonclassical (London), CMMAS (Morelia, Mexico), and Wonder Site (Tokyo).

Currently, I’m doing ethnographic work on new media art practices in San Francisco and London at Oxford University, on an Ertegun Scholarship. Alongside writing about music, I run an electronic music festival called DIGITAL IS DEAD. Last year’s line-up included Tim Hecker, BJ Nilsen, and the mighty Oval. 



The first of these event-series will be at Cafe OTO, London, 28-29 March 2014, with more information to be announced soon. The four Composer-Curators will also be curating events at a similar-sized venue in Copenhagen in 2014.


The Danish-UK Composer-Curator Programme is generously supported by:





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