Jeppe Just Christensen, Songs & Movements, Komponist: Jeppe Just Christensen, Interpreten: Scenatet, Jeppe Just Instituttet, DaCapo 8.226548
Danish composer Jeppe Just Christensen (b. 1978) has a diploma in composition and theory of music from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, 2005. In 2008 he had his debut concert at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where he currently teaches composition. His music is about recycling, nostalgia, instruments – and toys. On this portrait album curated by the chamber ensemble SCENATET, the composer himself appears with his unusual »band« Jeppe Just Instituttet playing on self-invented, home-made and toy instruments like egg slicer, coffee grinder, toy piano and melodica. Together, the two ensembles create a unique and delicate sound-world which is both the special starting point for the music and the source of its constant fascination.
In »Three Songs in 9 Movements« the nine movements are grouped three, three and three. That means that the melodies and chords are of the same material in movement one, four, seven etc. The listener can easily hear that along the way. The music is put together with traditional and home-made instruments – and a few instruments that don’t normally belong in classical music like ukuleles, melodicas and mouth organs. But despite all the new instruments the soundscape is in a way still very simple. In »Movin’« there is a guiro [a piece of wood with grooves, ed.], which runs through everything. In »Douglas« there is a single home-built instrument: a ladder.
1.-9. 3 Lieder in 9 Sätzen (für Gesang, Instumente und Spielzeug) (2015)
10.-11. Movin' (für Piccoloflöte, Klavier, Percussion, Gitarre, Violince und Violoncello) (2005)
12.-14. Douglas (für Bläser, Streicher, Percussion, Klavier, Gitarre und Tonband) (2009)