About SPOR


SPOR festival is a new festival in Århus for contemporary music and sound art. Just like its counterpart Numus, until it closed in 2002, SPOR is a festival that attempts to break free of commercialism and habitual thinking. We have chosen the name SPOR (in English ”track”) because the word speaks of who we are: each festival has its own artistic track, it is based in an old Danish State Railways workshop and we want to open sound tracks in the mind.
SPOR, like Numus, has the task of opening insight into contemporary music and sound art from both a Danish and international perspective. Numus worked to this end for 25 years until its leading light Karl Aage Rasmussen passed the baton onto a new generation. We, this next generation, will try to create an uncompromising festival that shows sides of modern music that are vibrant, visionary and full of power.
SPOR lets o
ne single curator form the programme to avoid ”committee solutions” with its Board of Governors. The curator has the task of ensuring that the festival is an expression of one strong artistic vision and is only responsible for the festival for one year.

The following years curator is found through a competition and in consultation with the board. This ensures that each year the festival changes tracks and keeps away from the habitual thinking it is trying to avoid. You can read about and join the competion here at the website.

Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen

The Board is made up of active composers and musicians from the Århus music scene.

Simon Steen-Andersen composer, Lasse Laursen composer and teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in Århus, Claus Olesen musician andand teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in Århus, Jens Voigt Lund composer (vice chair), Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen composer (chair.)

The work of the board is closely followed by the advisoryboard made up of the following:

Leif Balthzersen Managing Director of Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Mimi Lund Organiser, Musikhuset Aarhus, Lene Juul Sørensen The Jutland Opera, Niels-Ole Bo Johansen Professor, at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Erik Kaltoft Leader of Aarhus Sinfonietta, Jesper Lützhøft, Danmarks Radio