Teitur Lassen

Teitur (Faroese pronunciation: [ˈtaitʊɹ]; born Teitur Lassen 1977 in Hoyvík) is a Faroese musician, composer, singer-songwriter and producer based on the Faroe Islands. He is a winner of multiple Danish Music Awards and has toured globally since his debut Universal release, Poetry & Aeroplanes, in 2003.

Since 2001 he has dedicated himself to playing and writing music in English full-time, and has released seven studio albums as a solo artist. He has additionally produced, written for, or worked with multiple international artists including Seal, Corinne Bailey Rae, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Judith Holofernes, Emilie Simon, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Holland Baroque Society, Nolwenn Leroy, Nico Muhly, and Ane Brun. His songs have appeared on major motion picture soundtracks and numerous compilations. In 2010 he was invited to perform for the Queen of Denmark’s 70th birthday celebrations and in 2015 Teitur was a speaker at the TED conference in Vancouver

In 2008 Teitur collaborated with composer Nico Muhly for the piece Confessions for the Holland Baroque Society. Confessions is a 14-piece song cycle for baroque instruments and voice. The music accompanies a series of mundane internet videos. The album was released by Nonesuch Records in 2016 and has been performed in venues such as Concertgebouw and a sold out Elbphilharmonie in 2018.

In 2011, Teitur wrote a seven-piece song cycle for choir and orchestra called “Weekdays”, which was performed in late 2011 by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the DR Girls choir in Copenhagen.

In 2012, Teitur performed live across the Netherlands with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, while a film was shown which he commissioned and composed the score to, directed by Thomas Koba, under the title “Everyday Song,”with additional music composed for the live show by Trondur Bogason. They also performed as part of the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (CPH:DOX).

In 2013 he wrote music to the sonnet requiem “Sommerfugledalen” by Inger Christensen for full choir, piano and strings. The 30-minute piece was premiered in Holstebro with 100 young choristers in celebration of the 75th birthday of the Holstebro Gymnasium og HF, where Teitur was a student.

In 2013 Teitur appeared as a singer with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in a new Danish requiem by composer John Frandsen with words by Simon Grotian. Teitur sang six songs solo with organ. The requiem premiered in Koncerthuset in April 2013.

In 2015 Teitur wrote “Romeo Answers (Songs from Juliet Letters)” for Messer Quartet. The piece for voice, string quartet and computer voices is 23 songs based on Juliet Letters, letters administered by Juliet Club (Club di Giulietta) that writers send to Shakespeare’s Juliet in Verona. The concept is influenced by Juliet Letters an album by Elvis Costello and Brodsky Quartet released in 1993. The piece was premiered with electric strings in Engelsholm castle, Denmark in August, 2015.

in 2016 Teitur wrote the music (Strings and Piano) for Danish Documentary “Who We Were.” The documentary was awarded the Danish Film Industry Award “Robert” for best documentary.

In 2017 eight of Teitur’s songs were integrated in the hymnal of Church of Denmark, Kirkesangbogen.[5]

Work List

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Title Instrument Year Duration
Weekdays Full choir, strings, wind quintet and percussion 2011 35 min.
Everyday Song, Voice, wind ensemble, percussion, moving pictures 2012 30 min.
Sommerfugledalen Full choir, strings and piano 2013 30 min
Monogram songs Voice, guitar, percussion 2013 10 min.
Girl Finds Ring Harp and flute 2013 5 min.
Desert Islands Music Clarinet, Piano 2015 6 min
The Lapidary Song Cello and viola 2015 7 min.
Romeo Answers Voice, string quartet and computer voices 2016 60 min.
Y Arpeggios, Piano or percussion 2016 17 min.
Chinese Whispers (Hviskeleg), Guitar quartet 2017 20 min
Sangir til Kamarkórið Full choir 2017 22 min.
Confessions (with Nico Muhly) Voice, Baroque ensemble, recorder, lute 2007-09 (Score available upon request) 60 mins
La Mattina (with Bent Sørensen) Voice, string, piano 2012 (Score available upon request) 15 mins
The Swimmer (with Jakob Bro) Voice, 3 prepared pianos 2013 (Score available upon request) 5 mins
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