Heroines of Sound Edition – A Tribute to Else Marie Pade

In co-operation with Zafraan Ensemble

Respectfully called the techno grandmother by her fans and celebrated as a Danish pioneer of musique concrète, Pade has played a pioneering role in the field of electronic music. Her personal career is equally remarkable. At the age of sixteen, Pade joined the only all-female resistance group in Denmark. In 1944 - she was just 19 years old - the Gestapo picked her up from her parents' house and she was transferred to a prison camp in Frøslev. She did forced labour here until the end of the German occupation in May 1945. Pade scratched her composition sketches into the cell walls, composing became her survival strategy, and throughout her life she remained a versatile, creative and alert artist.

Else Marie Pade would have been 100 years old on 2 December 2024. To mark the occasion, Heroines of Sound and the Zafraan Ensemble are devoting themselves to an artistic exploration of her life and work and thus to the further dissemination of her oeuvre, especially her chamber music.



Circles of Sevenths (1959)

Afsnit I (1961)

from: Watercolours over the Sea I-XXI (1968-1971)

En digter og en komponist: I. Sang om amerikanerne i Vietnam (1970)

Et spil for cello(1962)

from: Græsstrået (1964)

from: Watercolours by the Sea I-XXI (1968-1971)

En digter og en komponist: IV Se det i øjnene (Original Version) (1970)

4 Illustrations: Eventyrland (Fairyland) (1995) as an arrangement  for instruments and electronics

Panel discussion with Katja Heldt and Bettina Wackernagel following the concert

Film projection


In co-operation with transmusikale e.V. and with the kind support of Musikfonds e.V.



Wednesday, November 27
Doors: 7 pm / Start: 8 pm
Tickets tba