Anders Miolin

Zürich, Switzerland



Behind the Music

There are advantages and disadvantages to composing music that doesn’t have lyrics. Pure and raw music can create a borderless emotional landscape, free from the limits of language and words. Music springs out of nature and is a necessity. As Friedrich Nietzsche put it: “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Music is organized energy, information, audible psychology and, above all, a form of communication. But it can also be difficult to translate a specific message without being able to directly articulate it. Ian’s ingenious idea to combine his sharp reporting with evocative music bridges this communication gap. 

In the process of composing these three pieces, I spent much time considering the contradiction between the vast beauty of the oceans and the dystopian qualities of their destruction. The waters of our world have always been essential to life but, as highlighted by The Outlaw Ocean, we are destroying these treasures of nature. 

Anders Miolin
About Anders Miolin

Anders Miolin was born in Stockholm and studied at the music academies in Copenhagen, Malmö and Basel. He is professor of classical guitar at Zurich University of the Arts (Switzerland), receiving international acclaim as a performer, teacher, recording artist, arranger and composer. He has released 12 CD’s on internationally-renowned labels, such as BIS. A series of new albums are in preparation with the eminent label PRIMA CLASSIC. 

The highly distinguished artistry of Anders Miolin is characterized by a unique instrument, unique programs and a unique sound. Anders Miolin is a cosmopolitan in styles, whilst continuing and developing the guitar tradition. His programs span from Renaissance to contemporary, with a daring twist of improvisation. As an arranger and composer, he aims to create exciting and timeless soundscapes beyond the everyday experience, searching to evoke emotion and phantasy in the listener. His philosophy is to contemplate human life as a journey – through time, space and experience – always with appreciation for the moment’s beauty. This way, his compositions explore life as an Odyssey. Anders Miolin creates a new sound universe with his unique 12-string guitar DODEKA, built by the Swiss luthier Ermanno Chiavi.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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