Joanna Bailie with
asamisimasa + Heloisa Amaral

19:45 Forstanderskapssalen, Sentralen

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The English composer and sound artist Joanna Bailie expands her work with processing nostalgic video clips in chamber music format. She returns to Oslo and Only Connect with two new pieces commissioned in collaboration with the Borealis festival.

Joanna Bailie.

Dynamite-barrel/Balloon-anvil (2018) with asamisimasa

This work for small chamber ensemble and prerecorded audio-visual material, is an investigation via contemporary music-making practice, of the short animated sound-film. Cartoons are a concentrated exposition of the power of the inter-medial, and of the illusion that is created when a series of carefully constructed samples is strung together in sequence.

These elements of cartoonish magic are subject to processes of deconstruction and transformation to see how, with a little tweaking, they might be made to work very differently. The ensemble act as a sort of soundtrack orchestra in this composition of de-familiarized audio-visual objects, where new meanings are squeezed from the original cartoon material by taking it apart at the seams, frame by frame and sample by sample. 

Ellen Ugelvik - piano
Kristine Tjøgersen - clarinette
Tanja Orning - cello
Anders Førisdal - guitar

This piece was commissioned by nyMusikk and Borealis through funding received from the Norwegian Arts Council.

Roll-Call (2018) with Heloisa Amaral - World premiere
Roll-Call for piano and video was especially written for Heloisa Amaral. The subject of the piece is a panoramic photograph of the pupils and teachers of a boys’ school taken in 1946. The work explores notions of biography, memory and nostalgia and attempts to forge an audio-visual music from speculations concerning each of the 600 people in the shot.

asamisimasa. Foto: Luca Vitali.

Joanna Bailie (b. 1973, London) is an English composer and sound artist, based in Berlin. She studied composition with Richard Barrett, electronic music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Holland and in 1999 won a fellowship to study at Columbia University. She is currently in the final stages of her PhD at City, University of London.

Her recent work includes chamber music and installation, and is characterized by the use of field recordings together with acoustic instruments. She is also interested in the interplay between the audio and visual as evidenced by her works for camera obscura which include the installation The place you can see and hear and the music-theatre piece Analogue. Together with composer Matthew Shlomowitz, Joanna is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Plus-Minus.

Her music has been performed by groups such as Ensemble Musikfabrik, London Sinfonietta, The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Ives Ensemble. She has been programmed at events such as the Venice Biennale, Huddersfield, SPOR Festival, Darmstadt and the Borealis and Ultima festivals in Norway. 

Heloisa Amaral. Foto: Cassio Magalhães.

asamisimasa is an internationally acclaimed contemporary ensemble known for its distinctive artistic profile. The ensemble was founded in 2001 by musicians sharing a passion and interest inavant-garde music and its history.

They have built a strong reputation both in Norway and internationally for their uncompromising ideas about modern music and the ability to put repertoire in new contexts. The ensemble has premiered numerous cross-media works especially written for them, by composers such as Joanna Bailie, Aldo Clementi, Laurence Crane, Brian Ferneyhough, Clemens Gadenstätter, Johannes Kreidler, Klaus Lang and Alvin Lucier.

Their first two recordings, with music by Simon Steen-Andersen(DK) and Øyvind Torvund(NO) were awarded the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) for best contemporary music record of the year. Their latest release features works by British composer Laurence Crane.

Heloisa Amaral has studied piano, historical keyboards and conducting in Freiburg and Oslo. She mainly performs as soloist and with Duo Hellqvist/Amaral, Amaral/Zöllner and Ensemble neoN. Her interest for experimental music has led to collaborations with composers Helmut Lachenmann, Natasha Barrett, Simon Steen-Andersen, Johannes Kreidler and Alvin Lucier, et al.

In addition to her work as a performer, Heloisa is active as teacher, curator and artist-researcher. In 2012 she co-created Ultima Academy at the Oslo Ultima Contemporary Music Festival together with Lars Petter Hagen and programmed it until 2015. Currently, Heloisa pursues a PhD in artistic research at the Orpheus Institute (BE) and lectures in curatorial practices in music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Only Connect
25 - 26 May 2018, Oslo

25 May: Sentralen
26 May: Skippergata 22

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