With a background in classical music, she opens up an electronic space to channel different perceptions of sensory and emotional states of being through open, melodic compositions. Balancing contrasts is a reoccurring theme in Sonne's work, where alternation between repetition and renewal is used as a mean of expression. Utilising synthesisers, vocals samples, and viola, her music draws on diverse influences from Danish choral tradition to noise.
Astrid Sonne is a Copenhagen-based composer and viola player who released her debut album Human Lines on Danish label Escho in 2018.
'Escho's roster of Danish experimental music may well draw people to Human Lines but the openhearted wonder of the record is what will keep people listening. This is a controlled set that manages to feel like it emanates from the earth, and springs up in time-lapse as you listen... It's simply a delicious garden of sound to explore... liquid natural magic' — The Wire
Key performances and commissions to date include Berlin Atonal, where she performed new work Ephemeral with a choir; and a set of site specific compositions for the ruins under the Danish Parliament and a stretch of the Copenhagen Metro as part of Strøm Festival.
'Sonne completes an energy circle, coming into the process of making electronic music while routinely returning to its natural origins. Without words as as her primary force of messaging, the Denmark composer's music breathes meaning on its own' — Crack Magazine