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Pekka Kuusisto


San Francisco Symphony


[SF Symphony Commission and World Premiere]
Jesper Nordin
Naïve and Sentimental Music
John Adams


Davies Symphony Hall

Fri, Oct 6, 2023 at 7:30PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 7:30PM

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Event Description

Innovative interactive tech turns each performance of Convergence into a unique, unrepeatable event. Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, soloist Pekka Kuusisto, and composer-inventor Jesper Nordin’s cutting-edge electronics come together in this radical reinvention of the violin concerto. In Naïve and Sentimental Music, dedicated to Salonen, John Adams celebrates a similar creative impulse: spontaneity, the spirit of free play.

At A Glance

This concert brings together two contemporary works by composers who have been championed by San Francisco Symphony Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Jesper Nordin’s Convergence is a cutting-edge reinvention of the violin concerto, commissioned by the SF Symphony for Collaborative Partner Pekka Kuusisto. Nordin’s Reactional Music Engine, designed in part to create custom music for video games, powers electronic instruments in real time, triggered by the soloist and conductor through audio tracking and motion sensors.
John Adams’s Naïve and Sentimental Music, co-commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1999 during Salonen’s music directorship there, seeks to shake off the composer’s “anxiety of influence” and the weight of expectation, returning to the “naïve” realm of direct and individual musical creativity.

Enrich Your Experience

  • Learn the secrets behind Jesper Nordin’s Reactional Music technology through an in-concert discussion/demonstration with Nordin and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
  • Expand your senses with video projections, created live in the moment.
  • It’s game on as Pekka Kuusisto improvises alongside Jesper Nordin’s technology.

Reactional Music

Composer/developer Jesper Nordin comfortably straddles the worlds of concert music and gaming, and his twin interests have found a home in his Reactional Music platform. In addition to creating custom in-the-moment music for gamers, Reactional Music also allows unprecedented interaction between live performers and technology as gestures inspire the surrounding musical atmosphere. Nordin’s violin concerto offers a fascinating opportunity to see and hear Reactional Music in action.

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