Shadow Dance

‘Shadow Dance’ performed by Boston New Music Initiative

Shadow Dance had its US-premiere 7th april 2019.

The Boston New Music Initiative ensemble played conducted by Tian Hui Ng.
The Concert had been named The Beauty of the Line and took place in The Community Church of Boston, Boylston Street – 19:30.

Tian Hui Ng – conductor
Stephanie Clark – bass clarinet
Deirdre Viau – flute
Ryan Shannon – violin
Oliver Chang – viola
Anna Seda –  violoncello
Almira Izumchensky – piano

Shadow Dance‘ by Jessica McGarry Bartlet

Each piece in this concert was paired with an artwork. For Shadow Dance, Jessica McGarry Bartlet had painted an picture inspired by the music.

More about the concert on BNMI’s homepage!

More about Shadow Dance here!


‘Shadow Dance’ [sextet] – first performance @MidVinterMusik Festivalen

MidVinterMusik Festivalen, 15 dec 2012.
The Gothenburg Opera House

Göteborgs Nya Ensemble (Gothenburg New Ensemble)
Finn Rosengren – conductor
Henrik Nordqvist – bass clarinet
Ann Elkjär – flute
Yong Mei Zhang-Gustafsson – violin
Magnus Pehrsson – viola
Christian Berg – cello
Jonas Olsson – piano

More info about Shadow Dance here!

‘Shadow Dance’ – new version performed in Huddersfield, UK

First performance – new version of Shadow Dance.
Catalyst Ensemble conducted av John Bryan.

St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield, England – 6th Februari 2003

John Bryan – conductor
Ruth Hiles – clarinet
Paula Wilson – marimba
Minesh Patel – percussion

On the program was also music by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Dai Fujikura, Stephen Mark Barchan, Bjorn Berkhout and Kevin Mayo.

Shadow Dance

Version 1 – marimba, guitar, percussion – 2000
2001-10-12 Concert Hall, Academy of Music and Drama, Göteborg – Göteborgs Kammarsolister – first performance

Version 2 – marimba, clarinet, percussion – 2002
2003-02-06 St. Pauls Hall, Huddersfield, UK – Catalyst Ensemble – first performance

Version 3 – flute, violin, viola, violoncello, bass clarinet, piano – 2004
2012-12-15 Lilla scenen, The Opera, Göteborg – Midvintermusik Festivalen – first performance
2019-04-07 Community Church of Boston, USA – Boston New Music Initiative – US Premiere

Durata ca 6’30”

The guitar (clarinet – ver. 2&3) has the main role in this piece which is consisting of three interwoven parts. The melody originates from three simple and very short melodies that have been gradually extended by being inserted into itself over and over again in several different layers.
By using a technique I call prismatic canon, the main stem spreads like light through a prism. In this way, two projections (shadows) are created that accompanies the melody.
One is played by the percussion (piano – ver. 3) and the other by the marimba (flute, violin, viola and cello – ver. 3). These have a more commentary character and contrast the main melody that is steadily moving forward.

Göteborgs Kammarsolister (Gothenburg Chamber Soloists):

Sheet music available at

‘Shadow Dance’ – First performance @Göteborg Art Sounds Festival

First performance of Shadow Dance at the GAS festival 12th October 2001. The piece is dedicated to Göteborgs Kammarsolister.
The Concert Hall, Artisten, Academy of Music and Drama, Göteborg, Sweden.

Olof Wendel – percussion
David Hansson – guitar
Amund Sjølie Sveen – marimba

The concert was recorded and broadcasted by the Swedish Radio P2.

At the concert was also music by Pierre Boulez, Chrichan Larson, Cristian Marina, Henrik Strindberg, Joel Eriksson and Roberto Gerhard.