About Malin Bång
Malin Bång’s music is exploring specific subject matters from an angle of physicality, focus, movement and energy. She defines her musical material according to its amount of friction to create a spectrum of unpredictable and contrasting actions, ranging from the intimate and barely audible to the harsh and obstinate. In her work she often incorporates acoustic objects to expand the sound world and to suggest that a musical content can be shaped by anything valuable to the artistic purpose.
Malin Bång is residing in Göteborg, Sweden and is the composer in residence and a founding member of the Curious Chamber Players. Her work includes music for instrumental ensembles, orchestra, electronic music based on field recordings, staged works and instrumental performance pieces. Lately she has specifically explored the mixed, amplified instrumental ensemble extended with acoustic objects in collaboration with the members of Curious Chamber Players.
Her works are performed worldwide and some recent projects include a new music drama work for the Mannheim Theatre and the Münchener Biennale, and the inside piano concerto Mareld for the Wittener Tage, performed by the WDR Orchester and pianist Rei Nakamura. The portrait concert how long is now at Ultraschall Festival 2014 was performed by the CCP, she has collaborated with the SWR Orchester and Ensemble Nikel for the Donaueschinger Musiktage, Klangforum Wien at the Impuls festival, Ensemble Recherche at the Wittener Tage für Neue Musik, Nadar Ensemble and Ensemble Modern for the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, The Oslo Philharmonics at Ultima and Faint Noise and CCP for the Huddersfield Festival. During 2010 she was awarded the Kranichsteiner Stipendienpreis and in 2012 she was invited by the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm for the one-year residency in Berlin. Her work splinters of ebullient rebellion has been awarded two prizes: in 2018 the Donaeueschinger Tage Orchestra Preis and in 2020 the Christ Johnson Prize.
Malin Bång is a regular visiting professor at academies in Europe, the US, and Japan, for example at Harvard in Boston, at institutions in Nagoya, Århus, Copenhagen, Dresden, Köln, Barcelona and Ghent as well as being part of the faculty at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse. Malin Bång is since the autumn of 2018 senior lecturer at the composition department at the Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama.
“I encourage you as a composition student to nurture your very personal relation to music and creation, and use experimentation as a powerful tool to develop and deepen this relation.
In your personal work we focus on developing a precise perspective on your musical intention and to find relevant cross-communications between ideas and concrete compositional work – to always expand and sharpen your precision in timbres, sounds, compositional methods, notation and other aspects of your interest. You learn how to increase your awareness of the different stages of your process, and to constantly be able to shift focus in between the details and the whole during composing.
Through exploring the current artistic field we relate your music to a larger context, and you reflect on how your work interact with this environment and our ongoing societal conditions.”