Joel Illerhag is a student at the Advanced Post Graduate Diploma at the Rythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen.
He is at the moment working on the project The Swedish Harp Bass.
The aim of this project is to produce acoustic sound from a musical instrument without loudspeakers using electromagnets.
The electromagnets can be controlled external via audio, MIDI and motion sensors.
Joel wants to be in front of a new musical expression that opens up new musical shapes and ways of thinking compositions while pursuing his original mission of the music: speaking to the hearts of people.
Joel says before the concert:
“I feel inspired because I suddenly find myself in a completely new soundscape, and this soundscape invites me to explore a musical genre which is a modern fusion between Nordic and Eastern folk music. So that is the music that I am composing at the moment, and I hope that it will become music that carries the mystical and spiritual vibe of the Eastern and Nordic folk tradition into a modern stage. The final goal of my project at RMC is a concert where the Swedish harp bass can unfold. I will compose new material for Hardangefela, bass and percussion.“
Joel Illerhag – Swedish Harp bass
Oscar Beerten – Hardangefela
Simon Olderskog Albertsen – Drums, percussion
The Swedish Harp Bass:
The double bass can be more than a rhythmical foundation. It can be a voice, a choir and a symphony of tones - this is Joel’s vision. A vision that is currently developing into The Swedish Harp Bass; a fusion between the traditional Swedish folk instrument, Nyckelharpa, and the double bass. The actual design of The Swedish Harp Bass is an expansion with 39 strings following the traditional four main strings of the bass. These 39 strings resonate with the four main strings and thereby more tones in the same key emerge when one of the main strings is played. Furthermore, Joel has added electromagnets to the sympathetic strings this allows him to activate and play them from his computer. The instrument will be the first of its kind and make way for the double bass to independently perform with an expression as a small symphony of strings. Seen from a musical perspective, a new and unexplored soundscape emerges, and with this, the potential for new musical formats follow. Joel wishes to combine and expand his position in the Danish jazz tradition with a musical expression that enables complex and multifaceted compositions - solely for the double bass.