New Artistic Director of nyMusikk

Bjørnar Habbestad. Foto: Ellen J. Røed.

Bjørnar Habbestad (b. 1976) is appointed new Artistic Director of nyMusikk. He is widely experienced in the field of contemporary music, as a flutist, composer, sound artist and curator.

-  I am very happy for the opportunity to influence one of Norway's most important institutions for new music. It's a great privilege to build on the work that Anne Hilde Neset has done to develop different approaches of talking about, listening to and sharing experimental music, says Habbestad.

He joins nyMusikk from a position as a PhD fellow at The Norwegian Academy of Music where he has researched collaborative processes between composers and performers.

- The board is excited to announce the employment of Bjørnar Habbestad as Artistic Director. He is knowledgeable, has broad experience and a great commitment to our genre field and organization. With his artistic ambitions, we are confident that nyMusikk will further develop in an interesting direction, says chairwoman Tone Østerdal.

Musically, Habbestad's activities range from installation works to chamber music, noise, improvisation and electroacoustics. He has performed at key venues and festivals in Norway and abroad, and has done commissions for Carte Blanche, Borealis Festival and Bergen Kunsthall among others.

Outside of his artistic work, Habbestad was a central part of the scene that established BEK - Bergen Center for Electronic Arts and later Lydgalleriet, where he also served as chairman and Artistic Director in 2013. He owns and runs the record label + 3DB Records.

Habbestad will take up his position on 1 September, and succeeds Anne Hilde Neset, Director of Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo since June 2017.