MARCUS FJELLSTRÖM ; BIOGRAPHY
Born in Sweden in 1979, Marcus Fjellström is a composer and multimedia artist. His work ranges from the purely orchestral through electronic music and audiovisual work. He has worked with the Swedish Royal Ballet, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonietta Cracovia, as well as numerous other orchestras, ensembles and soloists, independent record labels, artists and filmmakers.
Fjellström studied composition and orchestration at the School of Music in Piteå, Sweden, graduating with honors in 2005. One month after graduation his debut full-length album "Exercises in Estrangement" was released by Lampse Audiovisual Recordings to enthusiastic reviews. The following year his second album "Gebrauchsmusik" was released by the same label, and in 2010 the album "Schattenspieler" was released by Miasmah Recordings.
In 2008 he completed his first major audiovisual work, the experimental cartoon / electronic music piece "Odboy & Erordog, episode 1". Since then he has written several audiovisual works involving classical instrumentation, including "Lichtspiel Mutation 1" for Sinfonietta Cracovia and the "Odboy & Erordog Suite" for The Peärls Before Swïne Exerience.
In his works, Fjellström often aims to combine opposites so that they don't contradict each other, but rather fuse into a natural, third element. There is often a challenging of the gap between "high" and "low" culture, of the naïve and the sophisticated, of good and bad taste. Musical influences range from electronica such as Aphex Twin and Autechre, to 20th century composers such as György Ligeti and John Cage. Further influences include impressionist composers Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, and film music composers Bernard Herrmann, Angelo Badalamenti and Zdeněk Liška.
Recent projects include the symphonic dance piece "AGAIN" in collaboration with choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen and NorrlandsOperan, "Alchemist Dances", a new piece for solo percussion, electronic music and video for percussionist Daniel Saur, and "Epilogue -M-", a new EP release including visual art by artist/designer Bas Mantel.