Minimalism/drone is “a drift away from narrative and towards landscape, from a performed event to a sonic space” – Brian Eno
Drone is a musical form that is based on a persistent, hypnotic tone that channel something powerful, primal and sensuous. The genre is global, to be found in the indigenous music of all cultures, and has made its way into everything from metal + experimental rock, to pop, electronic and symphonic music. Happy Ears were asked to provide the twelve-hour festival with earplugs.
DREAM MUSIC in Malmö Live Concert Halls reflected the daily transition from morning to night, inspired by co-presenters Le Guess Who? and Basilica Hudson’s 24 HOUR DRONE concerts. The festival started with a Arvo Pärt-concert in the big concert hall.
Musician and composer Nathan Larson was the primary artistic director, who among other things has made soundtracks to over 50 films, including the Oscar-winning Boys Don’t Cry and Lilya 4-ever and creates music for HBO and Netflix series. He is a producer, and has played in such bands as Shudder To Think and A Camp.
Karin Karlsson, head of artistic program at Malmö Live about Nathan: "Nathan Larson is an interesting cultural personality that we have long wanted to work with. He has great musical knowledge and a network that extends far beyond the borders of our country. In addition, he writes books and runs his own podcast TONEDEAF, including addressing issues of gender and race."
Nathan Larson (US)
Stephen O'Malley (US), Sunn O)))
Matti Bye (SE)
Melissa Auf der Maur (US, Hole och The Smashing Pumpkins)
Julia Kent (US)
Robert Aki Aubrey Lowe
Lau Nau (FIN)
Jessica Moss (CAN, The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra)
Christoffer Berg (Fever Ray)
Joachim Nordwall (The Skull Defekts)
Saturn and the Sun (SE)
The Dream Music Ensemble (SE, US)
Ectoplasm Girls (SE)
Jaen Haven (SE)
Vindla Quartet (SE)
Malmö Nya Dronesällskap (SE)