the concert

Metsä is forest in Finnish, and also the title of Tytti Arola's piece for violin and tape, setting the theme for this evening concert. The young Manchester ensemble Distractfold and conductor Rei Munakata, guide us through this shimmering musical forest with works by six contemporary Nordic composers. Besides regular instruments, the ensemble uses objects, solenoids and transducers.


The young ensemble Distractfold from Manchester, specialise in performing instrumental, electro acoustic and mixed chamber music of the 21st century. Currently they are busy curating and producing the 2017 Cut and Splice Festival, which is taking place in Manchester. Alongside work in their hometown, Distractfold perform regularly in festivals and concert series at home and abroad.

rei munakata

Rei Munakata, Japanese conductor and composer based in Sweden, dedicates himself to contemporary art music. 

Munakata is currently the artistic director and the principal conductor of the Curious Chamber Players Stockholm. Experimentation and curiosity as the ensemble profile, Munakata and the group have been continuously exploring new ideas and concert frames with creative composers with strong originality since 2003. Munakata led the group to a successful breakthrough at Darmstädter ferienkurse in 2012, followed by immediate returning to Darmstadt and invitations to world’s leading new music festivals such as IMPULS Graz, Time of Music Viitasaari, Gaudeamus Muziekweek Utrecht, to name a few.

Nordic forests

29 September 2017 | 7.00 pm and 9:00 pm
Southbank Centre | Blue Room
Free Admission

See the young and exciting Distractfold ensemble present Nordic music for instruments as well as objects, solenoids and transducers.


Hanna Hartman (Sweden)
Circling Blue 8'06
Recorded Soprano: Ida Falk Winland
Piece commissioned by Sveriges Radio, 2010, 

Tytti Arola (Finland)
Metsä 9’
Violin and tape

Christian Winther Christensen (Denmark)
Nachtmusik 7’
Alto flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano

Øyvind Torvund (Norway)
Neon Forest Space 11’
Electric guitar, clarinet, percussion and tape

Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir (Iceland)
The cancerous cell 7´
Two performers and electronics

Johan Svensson (Sweden)
ampèrian loops – part II 16’
Piccolo/bass flute, bass clarinet, percussion, violin, cello, keyboard and electronics [solenoids, transducers and vibrators]


Distractfold with guests, conductor Rei Munakata (Japan/Sweden).


Nordic forests. Birch tree forest in Finland

Distractfold. Photo: Dimitri Djuric.