Thick dust between the stubble fields on the way to the “Slotsfeldladen”, a culture barn that dominates the landscape: the last almost kilometer leads over unpaved dirt roads.

What began here last Friday not only challenged the visitors to discover something, but was also a step into the open - the birth of a new classical music festival in the extensive manor village and park landscape around the small baroque Schackenborg Castle in South Jutland.

Tommaso Lonquich (clarinet), the cellist Jonathan Slaatto and Martin Qvist Hansen at the piano are three musicians who play together as a Danish clarinet trio and now, fathers and midwives in one, are bringing up the new music festival near the small town of Tønder.

It can already come up with a folk festival as well as a registry office, which annually brings more than one and a half thousand mostly foreign couples to civil servant togetherness over a short distance;

Structures that accommodate a spontaneous and courageous yet well-organized access to the beautiful things in life can therefore be assumed.

The unexpected and the unsecured

Nevertheless, one does not really know whether the new festival initiators in the envisaged summer fairy tale act more as a prince or servant trio, because apart from their own artistic contribution, they are also operational managers with a kind of virtual organizational office including guest artist support and turning notes. “We have known each other for a long time, met in different ensembles, we like the practice and the way it works. Martin and I also have a management education - we wanted to see how it goes, ”says Slaatto.

It went well, albeit with a tingling high voltage. Similarly, one could experience the fresh gripping of such an attitude, its improvisational, also unexpected and unsecured spirit, when the trio tossed the balls in the nervously pulsating microcosm of Per Nørgaard's “Spell” on the opening evening with an alert, exaggerated and nonetheless responsive attention. The fourth, intensely busy actor was Christian Tetzlaff; and his violin playing, to whom the first sounds of the new project had been heard with Bach's D minor Chaconne, then proved to be mentally deeply related to their understanding of music and conveying it, both in cooperation with the hosts and during a Bach solo evening .

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