Classical music
Chamber & Recital

Nordic Forests

Part of Nordic Music Days

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

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.


Hanna Hartman (SE) Dust devil 12’
Bass clarinet, violin, objects and tape

Tytti Arola (FI) Metsä 9’
violin and tape

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

Øyvind Torvund (NO) Neon Forest Space 11’
Electric guitar, clarinet, percussion and tape

Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir (IS) The cancerous cell
Two performers and electronics

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

Dates & times

29 Sep 2017
Approximate run time: 75 mins


Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall


Free, but ticketed

need to know

This event is part of Nordic Matters, a year-long exploration of arts and culture from Åland Islands, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Please note, this event is free but ticketed. Tickets do not guarantee entry and admission is on a first-come-first-served basis for those with tickets. Please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time to avoid disappointment.

before & after

All aboard the Snog Bus for delicious frozen yoghurt and a top deck light show
A unique space set in the railway arches between Waterloo Station and Royal Festival Hall