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Hidden Mother



Hidden Mother is a contemporary music trio focused on scenic music. What distinguishes Hidden Mother from other groups in this genre is that they incorporate performance art within their shows. Music by composers like Hanna Hartman, Lisa Streich and Esaias Järnegard is mixed with performance art by artists like Marina Abramovic and Rebecca Horn. 

The members are all professional percussionists, but Hidden Mother is far from a traditional percussion ensemble. The instruments they use are often different sound objects and electronics.
Hidden Mother is: Ulrik Nilsson, Magdalena Meitzner and Pontus Langendorf. The trio is based in Stockholm, Sweden. Magdalena Meitzner is a composer as well as freelancing musician. Pontus Langendorf and Ulrik Nilsson are members of the internationally acclaimed Kroumata Percussion Ensemble.


Repertoire, music:

Georges Aperghis: Les guetteurs de sons (1981)

John Cage: Inlets (1977)

Morton Feldman: King of Denmark (1964, trio version)
Hanna Hartman: Message from the lighthouse (2009)

Hanna Hartman: Borderlines (2010)

Esaias Järnegard: Night Work (2009)

Magdalena Meitzner: Zirkel (2009)
Magdalena Meitzner: Raum (2010)

Magdalena Meitzner: Drei Gesichter/Thymos (2011)

Magdalena Meitzner: Tarot des Sens (2012)

Steve Reich: Pendulum music (1968)
Lisa Streich: Play time (2012)

Leo Correia de Verdier: Ikena (2012, with soprano)


To be premièred 2014:


Lise-Lotte Norelius: N.N

Lina Järnegard: N.N

Hector Meinhof: The White Anthill

Esaias Järnegard: Straws, strings, Fences

Mattias Sköld: Instructions for three performers 

Repertoire, performance:


Hector Meinhof: Braille (2010)

Marina Abramovic: Rhythm 10 - the star (1973)






                                       Rebecca Horn: Der Federfinger (1972)


                                       Video art:


                                      Hector Meinhof: Malcrêatiure (2011)

                                      Pontus Langendorf: The Fifth Squire (2012) Collaboration with Magnus Bunnskog

                                      Hidden Mother: Audio Graffiti (2011)






                                      "Hidden Mother is a contemporary ensemble, whose members combine high

                                      musical competence in their instrumental skills with an intelligent research                            

                                      for new formats and presentations in a rare-to-find quality"  - Heiner Goebbels 2014


                                      "Hidden Mother's artistic research and curiosity is promising, and I'm sure they will

                                      keep surprising not only the academic music world with unexpected projects" 

                                      - Heiner Goebbels


                                      "I was fascinated the whole time. An exciting concert that promises

                                      a lot for the future" - Håkan Hagegård, opera legend
                                      "Inspires the audience imagination, makes them associate and reflect

                                      on other art forms" - André Chini, composer


                                      "During the early years of photography, when the exposure time exceeded

                                      the patience of a child, the mother was often forced to hold the child so

                                      that it would not move and render the picture blurry. The mother herself was

                                      hidden under a cloak. The phenomenon is known as Hidden Mother, which is

                                      also the name of the percussion ensemble consisting of the Kroumata members

                                      Ulrik Nilsson and Pontus Langendorf together with Magdalena Meitzner. In the

                                      shadow of the Baltic Sea Festival they performed a well put together programme

                                      where they in the context of Hidden Mother examined the "invisible" qualities

                                      of music and stage performance.
                                      In all of the works there was a tension between the concrete and the abstract,

                                      between presence and absence, between what we hear and what we cannot

                                      discern, or only slightly so. Thus the concert started with a mimed ritual around

                                      vision and ended with a feathered hand closing eyelids (a tribute to the german

                                      artist Rebecca Horn's performance art piece from the early 70's). In between the

                                      audience was treated to a well choreographed performance. The whole might be

                                      considered as stronger than it's individual parts, but among these were of course

                                      a couple of gems.
                                      For example Magdalena Meitzner's solo piece Zirkel, where small fragments of

                                      voices broke into an otherwise very visually sounding percussion choreoghraphy.

                                      Otherwise the high point was Esaias Järnegards fenomenal Night Work. In a large drum

                                      a string was fastened and by pulling on the string with varied power and friction

                                      Pontus Langendorf managed to obtain a rich variety of darkly rumbling sonorities.

                                      There was also a formal lucidity, also in a choreographical sense, where the musician

                                      moved along the stage along the hanging sheets of music."  

                                      -Andreas Engström Nutida Musik 3/2010 (translation Hidden Mother)