Kirsten Broberg, Composer

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"Her music has been described as haunting, stunning, and picturesque even ineffable. It casts a spell on us that leaves time behind, taking us into a different kind of present, a different kind of now." (Minnesota Public Radio)

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"Whether you're a believer in fate or not, you kind of have to think Kirsten Broberg was meant to be a composer. Even since a young age it seemed inevitable … " (Trevor Hunter, New Music Box)

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"The standout composition on the program was Ethers for horn, cello, and percussion by Ensemble Del Niente founder Kirsten Broberg. It was a beautifully understated, spectral piece that built up harmonic constructions with a sharp ear for the timbres of the instruments." (Devin Hurd, New Music Box)

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“The real gem here is Constellations, by Kirsten Broberg. This delightfully evocative partita artfully introduces icy, nebulously related clusters and after some otherworldly upper-register explorations watches the universe expand and cool down even further." (lucid culture)

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“A homage to Grisey’s 1994-6 work Vortex Temporum, Broberg uses French horn overtones—wonderfully supplied by soloist Bernhard Scully—within a twelve-string soundscape punctuated by percussion that included cow bells and glockenspiel. The piece builds in dynamics and shifts from tentative whole tones to an extended climactic triumph of the tonal triad." (Dennis Polkow, Chicago Classical Review)

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“The increasingly prolific Kirsten Broberg also premiered her Origins, a stunning and picturesque five-movement work for mixed winds and strings." (Bryant Manning, Chicago Classical Review)

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"… Breathturn, by Chicago-based composer Kirsten Broberg, 30, which set five Paul Celan poems, expressing life and death matters, in a continuous piece that made you rethink what constitutes singing."
(David Patrick Stearns, the Philadephia Enquirer)

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Kirsten Broberg has embraced the spectral approach in her own works: “I am interested in drawing harmonic material from various spectra, such as an overtone series that I develop in a cycle,” Broberg says.
(Doyle Armbrust, Time Out Chicago)

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“Kirsten Broberg, founder of new-music ensemble dal niente, is no such snob. Earlier this year at the Green Mill, her contemporary ensemble delivered an anguished take on Radiohead’s “Nude,” with Masahito Sugihara’s sax standing in for Thom Yorke’s vocals." (Bryant Manning, Time Out Chicago)

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"I did not know Broberg’s music beforehand, but now I want to know more of it. This was a sensitive, beautiful work that took advantage of the capabilities of the ensemble." (Wes Flynn, Sequenza 21)

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“This ensemble just returned from Darmstadt, Germany, where it was presented with the Young Ensembles Award during the city’s New Music Summer Course, an esteemed symposium of lectures and premieres of new music, thereby elevating Chicago’s new-music cred internationally. Founded in 2004 by composer Kirsten Broberg, the group is now in residency as a kind of house band for Columbia College, giving the young artists in director Marcos Balter’s composition program a world-class group of instrumentalists to perform their works, rather than a lifeless MIDI keyboard."
(Doyle Armbrust, Time Out Chicago)

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