Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Two Swedes won the Nordic Council prize – Today’s News




Two Swedes could go home happy from the Nordic Council gala ceremony in Reykjavik on Tuesday evening. Svante Henryson got musikpriset and Jakob Wegelius became the first Swedish rewarded with children and young adults the price.




Two Swedes could go home happy from the Nordic Council gala ceremony in Reykjavik on Tuesday evening. Svante Henryson got musikpriset and Jakob Wegelius became the first Swedish rewarded with children and young adults the price.

2012 praised the film “Play”, but then it took three years before a Swedish works won again. This year it was not just one, but two Swedes, who was awarded during the Nordic Council’s gala ceremony in Reykjavik on Tuesday evening. Jakob Wegelius got children and young adults the price for the novel “killer ape” and bassist, cellist and composer Svante Henryson took home musikpriset

– I was of course particularly pleased, but the others in the committee was also pleased that the was Svante Henryson won. He composes including your own music, and we want the musician to be creative and innovative, says Camilla Lundberg, member of the Music Prize jury.



Musikpriset celebrating their 50th anniversary and Svante Henryson won a vote of including mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and the Finnish accordion king Kimmo Pohjonen. The jury in their decision to Henrysson is a sought-after partner in both the jazz bandstand and on the classic scene.

Jakob Wegelius is the first Swede who won the Children’s Literature price after it was introduced in 2013. His novel “killer ape “was awarded the August Prize in 2014 for Best Swedish children’s and young adult book.

– What appeals to the” killer ape “is enough that it is an adventure story for all ages and with a monkey as the main character. She provides a kind of distance. By Gorilla Sally can portray adult people and their different ways of being. The fact that she can not speak, make their voices heard, coinciding her point of view with the child, says Magnus Öhrn, member of the jury for child and youth literature the price.

The prize for each winner is 350,000 Danish kroner, equivalent to about 440,000 Swedish crowns. A sum of money that can give art practitioners greater opportunity to work in peace without having to worry about the next rental. Magnus Öhrn also points out that the hope of the relatively new children’s and youth literature prize is that it will spread good literature.

– We have to hope that more books should be translated into the other Nordic languages, but it has not really been. The first Finnish book has possibly been translated into Danish. Last year’s winner came on the Swedish earlier this year. “The killer ape” has received much attention yet, but I hope that this will be a boost for the price, says Magnus Öhrn.

In addition to the two Swedes got the Norwegian Jon Fosse literary prize for his novel “trilogy: Sleepless, Olav’s dreams and Evening Ning “. Icelandic “Fusi” received Film Award and the Faroe Islands’ commitment to green electricity gave them natural and environmental price.



Sebastian Folcker

References: Fosses trilogy is both singular and spellbinding

Photo: Tom A. Kolstad

Even if the internationally revered playwright Jon Fosse is a Christmas tree adorned with regard to prices and I like to have seen the Swedish poet Bruno K Öijer on podium this year, it’s hard to begrudge Fosse this Nordic Literature Prize. This time as a novelist to a nearly 300-page fancy, trilogy, which begins in the misty mountains.

Asle and Alide, who is heavily pregnant, looking for somewhere to live but they are denied again at the time.

Norway gets this fund for a mythical story in which the perspectives constantly shifted. There are Christian allusions in the lyrics, but also medieval, to ballad poetry, and 1800s novels.

Jon Fosse, who writes in nynorsk, began in the 80th century modernist novelists to thick, extensive works. At the time, he expressed critical to drama, he hated the theater, he should have said. But were attracted to writing plays and did it with such a renewing power that he shook the world drama. A few years ago, after a severe breakdown, he stopped drinking and converted to Catholicism.

Now he’s back in prose, but not some huge ordkaskader contrary. He has taken his unadorned style of the drama, the dialogue may bring action forward and he lets the reader walk with the fictional characters in an undetermined time indefinite places. The characters move in a sort of eternity and come so close to losing contours. They become blurred and dissolved and merged into the reader on an original and spellbinding way.

Maria Schottenius

Books for children: When will any of all the talented picture price?

Photo August laureate in 2014, Jakob Wegelius “killer ape” (Bonnier Carlsen), continues to triumph when the now also won the Nordic Council’s children’s and youth literature prize.

It is a rare children’s books nowadays, a big adventure story that has its roots in the early twentieth century boys’ books. Here are pirates, Lisbon’s docklands, Indian maharajas and other: the old type of exotic elements and a fast pace.

But Jakob Wegelius successfully replant their story in modern soil, and let the monkey Sally Jones to be the quiet, Considering the main character in a strange murder hunt. Sally’s friend, sailor Henry Koskela, have been falsely accused of murder, and Sally travel across the seas to prove his innocence.

Jakob Wegelius also received the August Prize in 2008 for his first book about Sally Jones, the picture book “The Legend of Sally Jones “. I suspect that there’s something about Jakob Wegelius serious, precise address, rather than the story itself, that appeals to juries to readers: above all “killer ape” has become a much loved and read the book.

I myself had other favorites in this year’s nominations, and are a little concerned that children and young prize, which is awarded for the third time, still have not caught up to all of the incredibly talented picture books published.

However, Jakob Wegelius is a reader favorite to reach, in these times of declining lässiffror, which obviously has not been a criterion for the jury. It’s just an unusual plus points of the literary prize context.

Lotta Olsson

Music: He is equally at home with hard rock classic

Photo: Mats Bäcker

Nordic Council Music Prize is given biennially to a work by a living composer and every two years to a larger or smaller ensemble. Last year the choice fell on the Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen’s “Black box music”, a work that caught the composition, installation art, electronics and performance in a little box, but that would hardly be accommodated in any large Swedish concert hall.

No, the music prize winners will rarely poster child, either medial or repertoire seen. Perhaps because, in particular, the classical music world has a puzzling lack of interest in new impressions and never suffer the same kind of (Nobel) prize hysteria literature. One can see it as a healthy relief from trendängslighet, but also as a troubling lack of curiosity.

Such a position can in any case not accuse year’s music prize winner, the Swedish bassist, cellist and composer Svante Henryson, for. Since adolescence in Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and touring with heavy metal guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, he cruised on between jazz, rock and classical music without bottoming out in some sort of crossover boredom. He is as equally at home in Anders Hill’s chamber music in their own oratory “Wide open spaces within me” with lyrics by the Sami multi-artist Nils-Aslak Valkeapää.

Among the other nominees was noticeable from the mezzo-soprano Ann Sophie von Otter to the Faroese doom metal band Hamferð. The interesting Henrysson is that he could lira mind-barock’n’roll with both.

Johanna Paulsson

Film: Icelandic tribute to oddball without exotisera exclusion

Photo For the second year in a row, a movie from the smallest of the nominated Nordic films Nations Nordic Council’s major film awards.

Dagur Kári’s melancholy “Fusi” depicts a bulky man who lives a small life. He lives at home with mom and loves painstaking miniature worlds where he engineers blow from World War II. When Fusi hits the flower-loving but depressive Sjöfn he is forced to slowly make his life better. “Fusi” is, as often in precisely Icelandic film, a tribute to the oddball that type of man – but without exotisera or lustifiera exclusion.

The jury has been very melancholy and sadness to choose from among this year’s nominated films. Swedish “Gentlemen” is the film that looks best engineer the great sadness of the time gone. But the “Holy Heart” is the straightest into the heart. The Danish film is also the year’s surprise. Bille August has not only returned home but also made his best film since “The Best Intentions”. An unexpectedly intimate portrayal of a family who get together to take leave from an ALS-ill mother. Ghita Nørby is, of course, magnificent in the role of the dying matriarch who fight for the rights of his own death. Classical bourgeois but beneficial unaffected movie storytelling.

It is worth noting that only the “Holy Heart”, alongside the “Gentlemen” has received regular Swedish theatrical release. We northerners love one another television series but seems unfortunately – despite the fleet galas such as the Nordic Council Film Prize – remain poor at seeing our neighbors cinematography.

Helena Lindblad






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