ONLY CONNECT FESTIVAL OF SOUND 2017
Elisabeth Holmertz + Kenneth Karlsson + Rolf Wallin + Jon Øivind Ness
Pianist Kenneth Karlsson and soprano Elisabeth Holmertz have worked as a duo since 2011, extending their collaboration in groups such as Vollen United, Odd Size and Cikada. The duo explores a wide musical spectrum, ranging from lieder, interpretations of pop songs and Scandinavian romantics. A big part of their work is contemporary classical music and working closely with the composers of today, such as Helmut Lachenmann, Klaus Lang, Carola Bauckholt and Rolf Wallin.
Jon Øivind Ness Meditasjonar over Georges de la Tour nr. XVII (World Premiere)
Alternating between pop cultural references, dark humour and inspiration from prog-rock energy in his work, composer Jon Øivind Ness has made a significant mark on the contemporary music since the 90s. In this new piece the piano draws a dark environment where the singer moves, physically, mentally or both. The obscure lyrics by Norwegian novelist Paal-Helge Haugen are reminiscent of 1890 symbolism, a form of landscape where the archaic meets ancient religion.
Rolf Wallin …though what made it has gone
Rolf Wallin is one of the leading contemporary Nordic composers. He works with a wide range of expressions, covering instrumental and electro-acoustic works, as well as absolute music, music theatre, installations and more. ...though what made it has gone (1987) received the Norwegian Society of Composers’ prize «Work of the year» in 1989, commissioned by pianist Kenneth Karlsson and mezzosoprano Hilde Torgersen. The text is taken from the poem «Whoever Finds a Horseshoe» by the Jewish-Russian poet Osip Mandelstam, who died in one of Stalin’s prisoner camps in 1938.
Jon Øivind Ness (1968) is a Norwegian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and piano works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere. Ness attempted various instruments as a child, including clarinet, guitar, recorder, and violin. He later studied guitar with Jan Birger Danielsen at the Norges musikkhøgskole – Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo in 1987–88, where he then studied composition with Bjørn Kruse, Ragnar Søderlind, Olav Anton Thommessen, and Lasse Thoresen from 1989–95.
Rolf Wallin (1957) is one of the leading contemporary Nordic composers, widely performed and commissioned internationally. His musical background spans from jazz, avantgarde rock and early music to traditional classical training, and this versatility is reflected in an exceptionally many-faceted list of compositions. Wallin's compositional output covers a wide range of techniques and expressions: from strictly absolute music to music theatre and installations, from elaborate computer-aided composition in his instrumental music to strongly intuitive music for the stage.