what inspires me?
eyvind gulbrandsen (denmark), composer
My music is almost always inspired by human nature or our way of reacting to certain issues, including social and emotional aspects. I try to portray, depict or describe things that are concrete through an abstract form. However, as the concrete in my pieces is based on a feeling, an impression, there isn’t a single right or wrong way of understanding this. If the piece is about alienation, this feeling is personal and subjective for each performer and listener, and therefore completely open to interpretation – even though the topic is very concrete.
People are what inspire me most, and I try to allow that to influence the piece as far as possible. Therefore I always include the performers in the composition process so that their own stories, reactions, skills and points of view can be an integral part of the final result. I always work in a workshop setting, where I throw thoughts, exercises and ideas on the table and let the performers interpret and work with the material in a way they find suitable. From these workshops material evolves and my role becomes more that of a director, putting the pieces together to form a performance.