Kunsthalle for Music

In January, February and March 2018 Nanna was part of the Kunsthalle for Music Ensemble. Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam turned into a contemporary place for the live exhibition of musical works that were selected by Ari Benjamin Meyers. In 2020 there will be a new exhibition of Kuntshalle for Music in KW Institute of Modern Art Berlin.

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Is a project that started in 2015 in collaboration with Thomas van Der Fange and Yuri Wilmering. They made an algorithm that played the score of John Cage’s Four5 through 8 speakers. Nanna recorded the samples of all the saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone) for this performance. Later in 2017 the team took the project further by adding a live saxophone and movement to the performance. For Nanna’s master recital she added an installation of laser sensors to the stage. The sensors reacted to her movements controlling the subwoofer that created another sonic layer to the piece with sub frequencies.

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Contact microphone system for saxophone:

Gating and side-chaining for live electronic extensions

For Nanna’s master thesis she researched what would be the best way to gate the saxophone microphone to avoid unwanted feedback and cross-talk on stage.

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Bach Double Concerto, Bachelor recital May 2015.

Bach Double Concerto

For her bachelor recital, Nanna arranged the Concerto for two violins, strings and continuo in D minor, BWV 1043 by Johan Sebastian Bach for two soprano saxophones and an ensemble of two clarinets, alto and tenor saxophone, bassoon, bass clarinet, cello, double bass and marimba. She was looking for a new completely different sound for this beautiful work of music and succeeded to evoke some deep feelings within the audience and the jury who had a fight in the jury room afterwards.

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Saxophone lessons

Nanna has 15 years of experience in teaching saxophone. All levels and ages are welcome to Nanna’s lessons, where your needs and wishes are the starting point for learning. Please send Nanna an email for further information.