Retrotopia is the latest in Martin Fröst’s ground-breaking projects, challenging the boundaries of how classical music concerts are perceived. Developed in collaboration with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (the third such presentation, following ‘Dollhouse’ in 2013 and ‘Genesis’ in 2015) — Fröst and the Orchestra present unprecedented ways of combining music and gesture, resulting in a thematically cohesive entity.
The project transforms traditional performance conceptions and expands the clarinet repertoire with a new commission by Jesper Nordin, Emerge. It is a visionary piece in which the Gestrument (a new motion-sensor technology developed by the composer) controls a virtual orchestra based on Fröst’s movements, creating a unique palette of sound colours. Various other new pieces can be included, depending on the setting, amongst them Exodus: Departure by Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Angelus Novus by Jacob Muhlrad, and Nomadia by Martin and his brother, Göran Fröst. All placed in focus alongside the music of Mozart and Beethoven, two composers of seminal importance for Martin.