Max Käck

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I was born in 1951 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. I studied cello in Härnösand and in Folkwang Hochschule, Essen, Germany. From 1975 until 1978 I played the cello in the orchestra of Stora Teatern, in Gothenburg. I also studied composition with Torsten Sörenson, Sven-Eric Johanson and Rune Lindblad. From 1979 till 1986 I worked as a freelance composer within electroacoustic music and multimedia. After that I studied musicology and philosophy for some years at the University of Gothenburg. 1990-1997 I was editor of the cultural magazine Ny Kultur.

From 2003 to 2019 I was artistic director and producer for Kalvfestivalen, a festival for new music in the village Kalv. I also started Ubbhult Barockfestival, a festival for music from the baroque era. I have worked as producer for among others ensemble Gageego!. As a composer I mainly work with chamber music for solo instruments and ensembles. I was elected a member of The Society of Swedish Composers in 1983.

In my compositions I have been working with tonal, modal, 12-tone, serial, aleatoric and algorithmic techniques. My main interest is polyphony, which I apply with a self-developed canon technique in combination with bi-modality and a form of mensural notation.

 

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Solo Instrument


Prologos α - (2020)
Prologos β - (2020)
Stilleben med solnedgång Still Life with Sunset (2006)
Få av båda Few of both (1999)
Preludium Prelude (1980)

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Väven, rummet The fabric, the room (2019)
SEJ in memoriam - (2018)
Avlyssnade ohörda Eavesdropped Unheard (2014)
Alba Patera - (2003)
Pavonis Mons - (2003)

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Canon à 3 Omaggio a JD Zelenka - (2018)
Fragment 30 - (2017)
Fyra fragila fraser Four Fragile Phrases (2017)
Andra kransen Second Corona (2008)
Studier i tonens vibration Studies in the Vibration of Tone (2008)
Sonatkrans Sonata Corona (2002)
Beröring The touch (1978)

Choral Ensemble


Tilblivelser Becomings (2017)
Alba Patera - (2003)
Andra kransen Second Corona (2008)
Avlyssnade ohörda Eavesdropped Unheard (2014)
Beröring The touch (1978)
Canon à 3 Omaggio a JD Zelenka - (2018)
Få av båda Few of both (1999)
Fragment 30 - (2017)
Fyra fragila fraser Four Fragile Phrases (2017)
Pavonis Mons - (2003)
Preludium Prelude (1980)
Prologos α - (2020)
Prologos β - (2020)
SEJ in memoriam - (2018)
Sonatkrans Sonata Corona (2002)
Stilleben med solnedgång Still Life with Sunset (2006)
Studier i tonens vibration Studies in the Vibration of Tone (2008)
Tilblivelser Becomings (2017)
Väven, rummet The fabric, the room (2019)