BIT20 Ensemble + Øyvind Torvund + Kjetil Møster + Jørgen Træen


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Øyvind Torvund premieres his new work The Exotica Album at Only Connect, written for Bergen's contemporary BIT20 Ensemble, with soloists Kjetil Møster and Jørgen Træen.

Bit20 Ensemble. Foto: Kristoffer Øen.

World premiere
One of the major highlights of Only Connect 2016 was Øyvind Torvund’s commission for the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sweet Pieces, an ecstatic combination of noise and orchestral music.

nyMusikk are excited to present, in collaboration with BIT20, Torvund’s compositional playfulness at work in his sequel piece The Exotica Album 19 May. The piece is written specially for the Bergen-based BIT20 Ensemble, with soloists Kjetil Møster and Jørgen Træen, conducted by Trond Madsen.  The work is a collage of two concerts played at the same time, where BIT20 delivers dreamlike exotica compositions, while the duo Træen/Møster adds electronic abstract blip-textures and waves of noise.

The Exotica Album is commissioned by BIT20 Ensemble with suppport from Norsk Kulturråd. 

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Ingela Øien, flute
Håkon Nilsen, clarinet
James Lassen, bassoon
Danilo Kadovic, horn
Jon Behncke, trumpet
Christopher Dudley, trombone
Manuel Hofsaetter, percussion 1
Peter Kates, percussion 2
Jarle Rotevatn, piano
Johannes Wik, harp
Jutta Morgenstern, violin 1
Martin Shultz, violin 2
Liene Klava, viola
Agnese Rugevica, cello
Greg Koeller, double bass

Øyvind Torvund. Foto: Vegar Valde.

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.

BIT20 Ensemble, established 1989, is one of the leading contemporary music ensembles in the Nordic countries. They perform a broad repertoire of contemporary music in a great variety of arenas; the ensemble is a conveyor of the musical traditions of recent decades. They continually instigate of new works and new projects. BIT20 aims to bring contemporary music to audiences of all ages from any background. The ensemble is open to a great diversity of artistic trends and collaborates regularly with other art institutions, organizations and festivals, as well as with individual artists both home and abroad. 

Kjetil Møster is a Norwegian saxophone player. Since 2000 he’s been working with numerous bands, artists and projects, playing hundreds of concerts around the world and has released around 50 albums with various projects within the field of jazz, improvised music, electro-acoustic noise, contemporary music, free rock, hip hop, pop and so on. Most active bands is or has been: Møster!, Datarock, Ultralyd, Zanussi Five among others, but he has also done projects with Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Paal Nilssen-Love and Bugge Wesseltoft and more.

Jørgen Træen also known by his stage name Sir Dupermann (b. 1973) is a Norwegian record producer, musician (guitar, keyboards and bass guitar) and elektronika artist from Bergen. He is best known for his work as a music producer and for the studio 'Duper Studio', which he runs together with Yngve Sætre.

Only Connect
18 - 20 May 2017

Sentralen, Oslo
Øvre Slottsgate 3

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