ONLY CONNECT FESTIVAL OF SOUND 2016:
Christian Marclay - Screen Play
Norwegian premiere for Christian Marclay's Screen Play with impro musicians Lasse Marhaug, Christian Wallumrød and Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen.
Screen Play by Swiss-American artist Christian Marclay consists of a projected video score to be interpreted by improvising musicians. The projected element of Screen Play is a combination of found film footage overlaid with computer animation.
Marclay chose footage suggesting certain visual rhythms and emotions, which he then worked to accentuate or underscore elements with overlapping computer graphics. The resulting video – occasionally reminiscent of a silent film and at others of a flight simulator – becomes the visual score for musicians to interpret live.
The three musicians are among Norway's finest exponents but have never appeared together on stage before: Lasse Marhaug (turntables, electroncs), Christian Wallumrød (piano) and Ane Marthe Wallumrød (percussion).
Marclay will also perform himself at the festival in an impro quartet with Rhodri Davies, Lene Grenager and Ilan Volkov, 21 May 7pm.
Avant garde musician and film maker Christian Marclay (b. 1955) is one of the most sought-after figures in the contemporary art world (he won the Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Biennale for his monumental 24 hours film piece The Clock), as well as enjoying a supreme reputation as an experimental musician. He pioneered the use of the turntable and vinyl objects as sound sources as far back as the late 1970s, and has incorporated records, sleeves and instruments into his visual and sound artworks. A veteran of New York’s downtown scene, he creates unconventional improvising scores and works with a wide range of musicians.
The three improvisors Lasse Marhaug, Christian Wallumrød and Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen are among Norway’s finest exponents but have never appeared together on stage before.
Lasse Marhaug (b. 1974) is a noise musician who has worked with many international players including Jim O’Rourke, Jazkamer, Okkyung Lee and others. He has since the early 1990s been one of the most active artists in the Norwegian noise/experimental music scene. In addition to his solo work, Marhaug has collaborated with several artists in the fields of noise, experimental, improv, jazz, rock and extreme metal, as well as working with music and sound for theatre, dance, installations, film and video. In the 2000s he started the record labels Pica Disk and Prisma Records. In 2011 he started his own print publishing called Marhaug Forlag.
Pianist Christian Wallumrød is one of the most outstanding Norwegian musicians of his generation, straddling jazz and composition. Following his debut on ECM Records (No Birch, 1996), he has released a string of albums with Christian Wallumrød Ensemble on the same label. Wallumrød also focuses strongly on improvisation and has collaborated with groups such as Dans les arbres and Brutter, as well as collaborations with Sidsel Endresen, Susanne Sundfør, Kim Myhr, Nils Petter Molvær and many more.
Percussionist Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen (f. 1983) specialises in contemporary music. She is a member of Pinquins, Ensemble neoN, NorthArc and Phaedra, and has worked with likes of Susanna Wallumrød, Nils Beck, Årabrot, MOE, Oslo Sinfonietta and Cikada among others.