ONLY CONNECT FESTIVAL OF SOUND 2016:
The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Opening the Only Connect festival is one of Europe’s leading symphonic orchestras, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conducted by Ilan Volkov, the orchestra will premiere a specially commissioned work, Sweet Pieces, by Norwegian composer Øyvind Torvund with soloists Håkon Stene (percussion) and Øystein Moen (synthesizer).
The Philharmonic will also perform a new work, Come Back Soon, by the prolific American musical polymath Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, brise-glace, Gastr del Sol, etc).
Other orchestral events include Esoteric Mass – performed in a blacked-out space – by the young Icelandic composer Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir (known for her collaborations with Björk and Sigur Rós among others), and A Large House by Canadian composer Cassandra Miller.
Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir - Esoteric Mass
Jim O’Rourke - Come Back Soon
Cassandra Miller - A Large House
Øyvind Torvund - Sweet Pieces (world premiere)
The Oslo Philharmonic was established in 1919 and is one of Europe’s leading symphonic orchestras. At its home venue, Oslo Concert Hall, the orchestra annually gives 60-70 concerts. The orchestra also has school- and outreach programmes, outdoor concerts in Oslo drawing up to 25 000 listeners, and nationwide touring schedules. Its current chief conductor is Vasily Petrenko.
Ilan Volkov, curator of Tectonics music festival, has had great success with his festival collaborations with different orchestras like BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. These collaborations have resulted in a rare coupling of classical and contemporary music, and commissioned works combined with electronica and improvised music. Young and emerging composers are programmed alongside rarely performed pioneering works from the 1960s and 70s.