ONLY CONNECT FESTIVAL OF SOUND 2016:
World premiere: Øyvind Torvund
The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra will premiere a specially commissioned work, Sweet Pieces, by Norwegian composer Øyvind Torvund with soloists Håkon Stene (percussion) and Øystein Moen (synthesizer).
Norwegian composer Øyvind Torvund (b. 1976) deals in transitions between one medium and another, using such inputs as film, found cassette recordings, animal sounds and projected photos or paintings to stimulate an interpreter’s abilities. His music has been performed at Donaueschingen Musiktage, Maertz Musik, Issue Project Room, Huddersfield and many other festivals.
His new orchestral work Sweet Pieces, written especially for Only Connect: Tectonics, is a disconcerting and strangely beautiful dialogue between the lush harmonic soundworlds of Debussy, Messiaen and Burt Bacharach-style orchestration, harsh percussive noise, and 70s-era synthesizer music. The piece explores friction and unfamiliarity as these very different continental plates rub up against each other.
Håkon Stene studied in Oslo, Freiburg and San Diego with Rob Waring, Kjell Samkopf, Bernhard Wulff, Pascal Pons and Steven Schick among others. From 2005-2008 he was selected for the launch programme INTRO for young soloist by Concerts Norway. Solo and chamber performances with ensembles asamisimasa, Pantha du Prince & the Bell Laboratory, Oslo Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta, 2e2m, Klangforum Wien, Rolf Lislevand Ensemble, Barokksolistene and Nils Økland Ensemble.
Øystein Moen is a Norwegian jazz musician and composer, known from bands like Jaga Jazzist and Puma, as well as collaborations with artist Susanne Sundfør. He has released several albums with all of them and have played a long series of concerts, mainly in Europe, USA and Japan. He has participated as a composer in various commissions, for the EKKO Festival and the Henie Onstad Art Centre among others.