Off The Page Oslo 2016:
Music can change your life. Many have experienced a musical moment – a song, an album, a music video, a symphony, a concert – which had significant repercussion on the rest of your life in some way or another.
In this panel three musicians from three widely disparate musical backgrounds – contemporary composition, free jazz and metal – are asked to pick a piece of music which changed their lives and are brought together to discuss musical revelations. Featuring Lithuanian composer Lina Lapelytė, free jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and Darkthrone’s Gylve Fenris Nagell in conversation with The Wire editor Derek Walmsley.
The panel takes starting point in the book Epiphanies: Life-Changing Encounters with Music, an anthology which gathers highlights from The Wire’s monthly Epiphanies column, which celebrates music's transformative power in a series of monthly personal testimonials from critics, authors, artists and musicians.
Lina Lapelytė is an artist, composer, musician and performer. She is interested in improvisation and has developed a unique musical style by combining violin and electronics into her projects. Lapelytė explores contemporary forms of performativity that are related to a genre of new opera and performance in a context of contemporary art. Her work is context and concept based, often with female identity as a theme. She lives and works in London and Vilnius.
Lapelytė performs her new work Ladies at Oslo Art Academy Thursday 21 January 6pm on the occasion of the exhibition Double Bind.
Drummer and percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love is one of the most active jazz musicians in the world. He has collaborates with a huge amount of musicians including Arto Lindsay, John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, Otomo Yoshihide, Joe McPhee, Evan Parker and Ken Vandermark, is a member of The Thing, was and founder musical director of Large Unit. He is on tour for most of the year. He plays in The Thing trio and is the director of Large Unit consisting of 12 Nordic musicians. Nilssen-Love is also one of the brains behind the improv-festival All Ears and jazz festival Blow Out. And he runs his own label, PNL Records.
Gylve Fenris Nagell, aka Fenriz, has had a long career with the band Darkthrone, and has used that position to promote the music of other groups as well. He is into preservation of old growth forests and recently got elected into a position as a local politician for the liberal party (Venstre) in Oppegård. Still baffled by this latest life development, he nurtures his Radio Fenriz show and organizes soccer training for a merry band of friends while juggling his ever-running day job in the postal industry and DJs now and then.
Derek Walmsley editor in the music magazine The Wire.