Moderno Trio's Psychedelic Rock Opera "HeLoved TheSoftPornOfTheCity" Salutes the Life & Death of Eccentric Genius "Skovgaard" at Capital Fringe Music Festival 2012

Top Quote Moderno Trio salutes foremost Danish Composer, Skovgaard, in the Fringe Festival classical punk rock opera, "He Loved The Soft Porn Of The City" in Washington, DC July, 2012 and New York City August, 2012. End Quote
  • Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV (1888PressRelease) July 10, 2012 - Moderno Trio salutes foremost Danish Composer, Morten "Skovgaard" Danielsen, in the Fringe Festival classical punk rock opera, "He Loved the Soft Porn of the City" at the Warehouse Theater in Washington, DC July 2012 and at the Robert Moss Theater, New York City August 2012. Danielsen completed his seminal work, opera "Donalds09", in part at the Basically Modern Arts Sanctuary in the Catskills of New York in collaboration with members of Moderno Trio. Upon completion of the work, he died. "He Loved The Soft Porn Of The City" is a multimedia concept album paying tribute to Danielsen's late signature style, an electronic classical punk rock fusion. The show is part of the Capital Fringe Festival July 12 - 29, 2012 and the New York International Fringe Festival at August 6 - 26, 2012. Learn more about Moderno Trio, Morten Skovgaard Danielsen and "He Loved The Soft Porn Of The City" performances at

    Morten "Skovgaard" Danielsen, a virtuosic composer, earned his diploma in composition from the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Despite his traditional music training, Skovgaard, as he sometimes called himself, was heavily influenced by grunge and progressive rock, French expressionism and modern Danish confessional literature. His music ranged from strictly disciplined neoclassical compositions like "Distances (1991)" and "Formation (1995)" to electronic punk and rock fusion compositions like "The Kurt Cobain Songs (2002)" and "SleepMyDarlingJunkieSleep (2006)". Skovgaard collaborated with ModernoTrio at the Basically Modern Arts Sanctuary in Upstate New York during the last two years of his life creating works such as "Paris and Che: A Conversation" and "WOLF", as well as completing parts of his final work, "Donalds09".

    "He Loved The Soft Porn Of The City" is part passion play and part psychedelic punk rock opera telling the story of a day in the life of the Danish composer. Moderno Trio founders, Dr. Allan Von Schenkel and Kristen Williams recalled their experiences with Skovgaard while creating the new work. Von Schenkel says, "Nothing was too crazy. We explored every idea." Along with surrealist film, elliptical story telling and modern dance, the multimedia show draws inspiration from classical powerhouses such as Liszt and Beethoven and progressive bands like Nirvana and Pink Floyd.

    About ModernoTrio
    Moderno Trio is founded by Dr. Allan Von Schenkel and Kristen Williams, the creators of Basso Moderno Duo, who commissioned over 150 works for piano and solobass premiering music by composers such as Yoko Ono, Ned Rorem and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Kristen Williams was also a founding member of Washington, DC's celebrated Great Noise Ensemble. Moderno Trio's music is enhanced by the fiery drumming of James Wesley Edwards, who draws from his passion for African Soukous and jazz masters such as Elvin Jones and Tony Williams. Moderno Trio is changing the indie scene forever with upbeat music that embraces classical technique, technology, modern sound, and a multimedia-filled live show. The music is intense with momentum, and strives to make an intimate connection with the listener.

    About Capital Fringe
    Capital Fringe is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2005 with the purpose of connecting exploratory artists with adventurous audiences by creating outlets and spaces for creative, cutting-edge, and contemporary performance in the District. Capital Fringe's vital programs ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community by helping artists become independent producers while stimulating the vibrant cultural landscape in our city.

    About New York International Fringe Festival
    The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues. FringeNYC will celebrate its 16th anniversary August 10th - 26th, 2012.

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