ONLY CONNECT FESTIVAL OF SOUND 2016:
Catherine Lamb / Ensemble neoN / Stine Janvin Motland
Norwegian Ensemble neoN's programme starts off with the commissioned work Parallaxis Forma by Berlin based American composer Catherine Lamb (b. 1982), who investigates the interaction of tones and ever-fluctuating shades, using just intonation and other microtonal strategies. She has written for numerous musicians/ensembles in North America and in Europe and her most influential mentors have been Mani Kaul, James Tenney, and Michael Pisaro. Norwegian avant garde vocalist Stine Janvin Motland joins neoN on this especially commissioned piece.
Two members of Ensemble neoN present their own compositions. Kristine Tjøgersen’s (b. 1982) Travelling Light 2 is shaped by a film of traffic headlights passing through dark tunnels, taking cues from the rhythms and colours of the endlessly moving lights. Jan Martin Smørdal’s (b. 1978) My Favorite Thing 2 is a musical goodie-bag of musicians’ preferences which diverge in all directions.
Ensemble neoN + Stine Janvin Motland:
Catherine Lamb - Parallaxis Forma
Kristine Tjøgersen - Travelling Light 2
Jan Martin Smørdal - My Favorite Thing 2
Musicians this evening are Hanne Rekdal (flutes), Kristine Tjøgersen (clarinets), Ida Kristine Zimmerman Olsen (alto saxophone), Sigstein Folgerø (piano), Jan Martin Smørdal (guitars), Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen (percussion), Vilde Sandve Alnæs (violin) and Inga Byrkjeland (cello), conducted by Magnus Loddgard.
Catherine Lamb (b. 1982) is an American composer dedicating herself to the elemental interaction of tone—by the investigation into partial theory (extended just intonation) and variations in presence of materiality/field within unfolding forms/structures. She has written for numerous musicians/ensembles in North America and in Europe. Her most influential mentors have been Mani Kaul, James Tenney, and Michael Pisaro. She currently resides in Berlin.
Ensemble neoN was formed during winter 2008, while most members was still studying at the Academy of Music in Oslo. The ensemble now consists of 9 musicians, 2 composers and 1 conductor. Through their productions Ensemble neoN strives for defining something musical current. neoN try to be an inspirational and fresh act in a continuosIy transforming and genre merging music scene. This attitude often gives birth to close collaborations with musicians and composers, expanding our expressive vocabulary.
Commissions and performances worth mentioning: the Ultima Festival, klub katarakt (Hamburg, DE), Darmstadt Summer Course, Weimarer Frühlingstage, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Grønland Chamber Music Festival, Alvin Lucier (US), Johannes Kreidel (DE), Phill Niblock (US/DE), Oren Ambarchi (AUS), Marina Rosenfeld (US), Ignas Krunglevicius (LIT/NO), Jon Øivind Ness, Erik Dæhlin, Jan Martin Smørdal & Julian Skar. In April 2016 neoN opened the MATA-festival in New York.
Stine Janvin Motland is a performing composer from Stavanger, Norway. Through new music, physical theatre and contemporary dance, she uses extended vocal techniques to explore and push the frontiers of the natural acoustic of the voice. She works as a performer within a big variety of genre and art form, doing pieces by composers such as Maja Ratkje, Øyvind Torvund, Therese Birkelund Ulvo and Mats Gustafsson as well as improvising with musicians like C Spencer Yeh, Chris Corsano, Jaap Blonk and Lasse Marhaug. Her solo work is her main work as a creator, in addition to her performance/theater group Brigitte & Paula band. In 2014 Motland released two solo albums; Ok, wow (+3db) and In Labour (Pica Disk).