Edition: VII

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Martin Q Larsson

Country: Sweden

The Artist's Music


Martin has studied composition in Stockholm, Uppsala and Amsterdam, and is member of Society of Swedish Composers since 2000.


Martin has written for all imaginable kinds of ensembles, from solo pieces to orchestra, with or without electronics. He has also composed for film, theatre and dance.

Besides beeing a composer of contemporary music, Martin plays the trumpet and flügelhorn. Since 2010, he is president of the Society of Swedish Composers, who represents the interests of Swedish art music composers. Moreover, he is  president of the Council of Nordic Composers, board member Bonus Copyright Access and 2nd vice president of STIM. In 2010-2012 he was a member of the Swedish Council for Creative and Cultural Affairs, and since 2014 is an honorary member of Västgöta Nation in Uppsala.
Over the years he has initiated several projects within the contemporary music field, such as New Music Incubator, Swedish Composers App and Composer’s Radio.

Notes on the Musma Composition

Ares and Afrodite.

War makes people travel. Love makes people travel. War forces people to go to new continents, to face new realities, to invent new lives. Love forces people to become part of a new nationality, a new language, a new life.

A long time ago in a country far far away, on the island Samothrake in the northeast Aegean sea, the goddess of love and the god a war had a daughter.

Her name was Harmonia, and she ruled over marital harmony and harmonious action of soldiers; thus she became the deity who presided over cosmic balance. One summer day she was abducted by the hero Kadmos, and was forced to live in exile with him, her husband, the founder of Thebe, and together they had six children (one of them the mother of Dionysos). For centuries the Harmonia mysteries were celebrated at the island Samothrake.

But Harmonia herself became one of the first generation of Thebians, she populated the new born city, she co-created its new traditions, and although she dreamed of Samothrake every night, she never left Thebe again (until she was eventually turned into a serpent by Zeus, together with her husband).