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 Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
Sentralen, Postboks 183 Sentrum, 0102 Oslo, Norway

Concept: Henrik Hellstenius

Dramaturgy: Kai Johnsen

Video: Boya Bøckman

Soloists: Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen, Stine Janvin Motland

Conductor: Andrea Pestalozza

Oslo Sinfonietta

Dans les arbres

Classical works by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Edvard Grieg meet contemporary works by Henrik Hellstenius, Salvatore Sciarrino, the Norwegian-French quartet Dans les arbres, and improvisations in Ørets teater: om naturen. A collaboration between composer Henrik Hellstenius, instructor and dramaturg Kai Johnsen and video artist Boya Bøckman.

Nature – the romantic, the tedious, the unpredictable, the tiny, the vast, the dangerous and cruel; the underlying idea for the performance is to use nature as material for a concert of music, texts and video. Nature is form, motion and sound. Sounds that change during the course of the day and the seasons of the year. Or could it be that the days and the seasons transform the sounds of nature, just as they also transform the sounds of people?

The solo vocalists are Njål Sparboe, Silje Aker Johnsen and Stine Janvin Motland. Also performing will be two of Norway’s leading music ensembles, Oslo Sinfonietta and the critically acclaimed jazz quartet Dans les arbres.

Ørets teater: om naturen is a continuation of Henrik Hellstenius’ four-concert series performed at the Bergen International Festival in 2011.

12 Sep

 Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 7pm 
Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
Sentralen, Postboks 183 Sentrum, 0102 Oslo, Norway

Concept & Direction: Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki.
 Visual artist: Arnaud Meuleman.
 Dramaturge: André Eiermann.
 Created & performed by: Andrey Andrianov, Heine Avdal, André Eiermann,
 Ingrid Haakstad, Arnaud Meuleman, Kayoko Minami, Eivind Seljeseth, Yukiko Shinozaki. Sound design: Roeland Luyten. Sound technique: Mathieu Virot.
 Technical support: Protocol Room.
 Production: fieldworks vzw, Heine Avdal.
 Co-production: STUK (Leuven), APAP Network: BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk) and Pact Zollverein (Essen), Kana Theatrical Centre (Szczecin), CO2 festival (Beirut). In collaboration with: Kaaitheater (Brussel).
With the support of: Norsk Kulturråd, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie. Illustrasjon: Arnaud Meuleman.

In the past few years, the Norwegian-Japanese duo Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki, who have bases in Oslo and Brussels, have made their mark on the international scene in the interface between dance, visual art, video, music and technology. Their art projects have a strong performative element, and they often perform in semi-public spaces.

In Distant voices, they return to the traditional theatre stage and take the physical space in which they find themselves as their theme. By using moving objects, the space is transformed into a kind of transformable sculpture that serves as installation, stage design and architectural element. The duo explores the tension and contrast between reality and fiction, and between bodies and objects, in a room that is in constant motion. Here the imagination can pass through its memory of what it thinks it just saw, its perception of what is actually happening, and its anticipation of what is to come. How are physical experiences affected by the space, and what happens when something breaks free of its spatial limitations?

Avdal and Shinozaki are joined by, among others, André Eiermann, creator of the concept of post-spectacular theatre.

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14 Sep

 Monday, September 14, 2015 at 8pm 
Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
Sentralen, Postboks 183 Sentrum, 0102 Oslo, Norway

ENSEMBLE ASAMISIMASA is an established Norwegian ensemble dedicated to new music, and is known for combining classic avant-garde with new works specially written for them, often with elements of electronics, video and other media. The members are: Kristine Tjøgersen (clarinet), Håkon Stene (percussion), Anders Førisdal (guitar), Ellen Ugelvik (piano) and Tanja Orning (cello).

Motivated by a steady focus on the new, on development, and with an unwavering faith in music and in the expressive potential of musicians, MATHIAS SPAHLINGER‘s music is constantly evolving. Spahlinger uses elements from a broad spectrum of genres and techniques, and this seventy-year-old modernist has managed to leave his mark on the German and European music scenes as composer, thinker, and teacher. Ensemble asamisimasa has collaborated with Spahlinger on several occasions, and is currently planning a Spahlinger festival in Oslo in October.

At this concert, the ensemble will give a first performance of Spahlinger’s new work, no 10, nachtstück mit sonne. This concert also marks ØYVIND TORVUND‘s first portrait CD, Neon Forest Space. Torvud has also closely collaborated with asamisimasa in connection with first performances and concerts of his others works. Plastic Waves (2013) for piano and quartet is a different kind of work in that it mixes sounds from snare drums, piano melodies, harmonica and bass clarinet with broken glass and references to circus sounds.

Mathias Spahlinger : NO 10, NACHTSTÜCK MIT SONNE
Øyvind Torvund : NEON FOREST SPACE

15 Sep

 Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 7pm 
Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
Sentralen, Postboks 183 Sentrum, 0102 Oslo, Norway

Det Norske Kammerorkester

Terje Tønnesen conductor


They will perform two works that were previously commissioned by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra as well as the works by which they were inspired. Buene’s Stilleben for 15 solo strings serves as an atmospheric prelude when played together with Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 17 (2nd movement). Using the first tones of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Buene treats Wagner’s building blocks in a slow, translucent meditation. Garland is a comment on Baroque composer Matthew Locke’s string suites.

Combining the works like this shows how recognition and repetition are two different things. Buene assumes that we interpret everything we experience based on prior experience – and that is not a bad thing, not even in contemporary music. By also focusing on the perceptible sound experience, the works bridge the classical dichotomy between body and mind.

Eivind Buene (born 1973) is a Norwegian composer and writer whose music has been performed by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Cikada, among others. The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra is one of Norway’s leading chamber orchestras, and places emphasis on a solid classical repertoire, new works, and creative outreach. The concert also marks the opening of the orchestra’s season opening.

Eivind Buene : Stilleben
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Klaverkonsert nr. 17
Eivind Buene : Langsam und Schmachtend
Richard Wagner : Forspill fra Tristan og Isolde
Eivind Buene : Palimpsest
Eivind Buene : Garland
Matthew Locke : Consort of Four Parts, Suite nr. 3 & Suite nr. 1

16 Sep

 Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 7pm 
Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
Sentralen, Postboks 183 Sentrum, 0102 Oslo, Norway

At this year’s Ultima the PERCUSSION TRIO PINQUINS and the SISU PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE will perform Gérard Grisey’s spectacular Le Noir de l’Etoile. The concert offers a rare opportunity to experience this magnificent work, which has never before been performed in Norway. Grisey derived the inspiration for this work in his fascination for the stars and outer space. The work, in which six percussionists are positioned in different places among the audience, is based on radio signals generated by rotating neutron stars called pulsars.

GÉRARD GRISEY studied with names like Olivier Messiaen, Henri Dutilleux and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and was one of the leading composers of spectral music, a compositional technique developed in the 1970s that uses computers to analyse the quality of timbre in music.

Gerard Grisey : Le Noir de l'Étoile

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