At the heart of ARS NOVA Copenhagen's work is its equal dedication to early music and new music. Some programs explore the cross-currents between the two, while others form detailed portraits of individual composers or genres within a given period.
Each season, the group has a composer in residence: Toivo Tulev (Estonia) in 2007-8, Bernd Franke (Germany) 2008-9, Sunleif Rasmussen (Faroe Islands) 2009-10, Áskell Másson (Iceland) 2010-11 and Steve Martland (UK) in 2011-12.
The group has its own record label, ARS NOVA Records (distributed by Naxos) on which ‘Taverner & Tudor Music II - Gloria tibi Trinitas Mass' is the most recent release. Other recordings - like ‘Taverner & Tudor Music I', the voices-and-percussion version of Terry Riley's ‘60s masterpiece 'In C' and 'The Christmas Story' told through plainchant, motets and traditional folk carols - all received great reviews all over the world.
Ars Nova has just finished a large-scale recording project together with Dacapo Records (Danish national label), to record the six major narrative works by Heinrich Schütz, all released in 2009-11. Currently the group is enjoying worldwide succes with 'The Natural World of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen' featuring works by one of the grand old men in contemporary danish music.
In 2010 the CD ‘The Little Match Girl Passion' with music by David Lang received a Grammy Award.
Concerts in 2011-12 have included venues such as Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Glasgow Minimal Music Festival and Festival International Cervantino in Guanajuato in Mexico.