Quotes from the press:
If any composer in Sweden has managed to fulfill all expectations of a music taking influence and nerve from different genres, it’s Jesper Nordin….
the captivating drone stays with you, the underlaying sound that gives such a strong authentic character to Nordins music, no matter how present it is. This is a key cd album for the Swedish music of 2000’s first decade.
Nutida Musik, Sweden.
..on Jesper Nordin’s cd Residues are milestones that are impossible to pass by for the lover of contemporary music.There is rock and traditional influences in this music, as well as jazz, but especially a thorough understanding of the most abstract principles, in short – most revolutionary.
All in all this becomes what we have awaited in the contemporary music, a music of today…
/Christophe le Gall
The music has an exhilaration hardy, primeval feel. The Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra (2003) cultivates a keenly heard microtonal patois, obviously influenced by folk music. Sleep Now In The Fire (2001) is a caterwauling saxophone concerto that acknowledges – without imitating – the spirit of free jazz. The delicate tones on Inevitabilini (2002) for solo recorder are deftly realised by Anna Petrini, while Calm Like A Bomb (2000) is a frenzied ten minutes of in-your-face electronica.
The Wire, UK
Nordin’s “calm like a bomb” wrapped violinist Graeme Jennings, a scary hyper-virtuoso, in an electronic tape-generated blanket straight out of a David Lynch dream; bizarre and entertaining.
San José Mercury News, USA
Calm Like a Bomb (2000) for violin and tape, by Swedish composer Jesper Nordin, was programme music of and for our time, living up to its name. Disturbing and visceral, this work for electronic violin was Guernica set to music: aggressive, agonized, unsubtle.
/J H StapeReview
For the audience present in the hall the premiere of ”Residues” for piano, orchestra and stationary and movable Laporte-instruments more than just spectacular (…) sounding remnants of a distant rural past, movements from the dark depths of history and the transition of place into space. Nordin is a captivating narrator in music.
Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden
For me however, the best composition by far, was the “Invisible Mantra” by Jesper Nordin (b. 1971, Sweden). The ultimate atmospheric sound! Beautiful use of glissandi and drones. Without any specific reference, the spirit of Ligeti was present. Music that comes from a deep and intimate knowledge of the material and the medium.
ISCM 2007 report from www.iscm.nl