Off The Page Oslo 2015:

David Grubbs

David Grubbs. Foto: Gonçalo F. Santos.

John Cage’s disdain for records was legendary. He repeatedly spoke of the ways in which recorded music was antithetical to his work. In this presentation from his book Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording, Grubbs argues that, following Cage, new genres in experimental and avant-garde music in the 1960s (indeterminate music, long-duration minimalism, text scores, happenings, live electronic music, free jazz, and free improvisation) were particularly ill-suited to be represented in the form of a recording. Despite this, present-day listeners are coming to know that era’s experimental music through the recorded artefacts of composers and musicians who largely disavowed recordings.

David Grubbs's musical career encompasses twelve solo albums, membership of the groups Gastr del Sol (with Jim O'Rourke), Bastro, and Squirrel Bait, performances with Red Krayola, Will Oldham, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, and Loren Connors, and cross-disciplinary collaborations with writers Susan Howe and Rick Moody, visual artists Anthony McCall, Angela Bulloch, and Stephen Prina, and choreographer Jonah Bokaer. He is associate professor in the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, CUNY, a contributing editor in music for BOMB Magazine, directs the Blue Chopsticks record label, and serves as a member of ISSUE Project Room’s Board of Directors.

Read more: The New Yorker article Do Recordings Kill Music? by Sasha Frere-Jones.

David Grubbs does a Off The Page kick-off solo concert at Last Train Friday 23 January 9 pm.

In conversation with

Maja S.K. Ratkje and
Camille Norment

David Grubbs will talk to composer Maja S.K. Ratkje and artist Camille Norment on the subject.

Maja S.K. Ratkje. Foto: Dan Petter Neegaard (2013).

Maja S.K. Ratkje is an internationally acclaimed composer, vocalist and musician who’s work is ranging from orchestral music to performance art and installations. She is a member of SPUNK, a Norwegian improv group, and the noise duo Fe-mail. Other collaborations are with Jaap Blonk, Joëlle Léandre, Stephen O’Malley, Ikue Mori, Jazkamer and Lasse Marhaug. Her music is performed worldwide by performers such as Klangforum Wien, Oslo Sinfonietta, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Camille Norment. Foto: Gunhild Varvin / Henie Onstad Kunstsenter.

Camille Norment´s practice includes sound, installation, light sculptures, drawing, performance and video and draws from the artist´s experience in music, dance and the arts. She performs as a solo artist, with other musicians in selected projects, and with her ensemble, the Camille Norment Trio consisting of electric guitar, Norwegian hardingfele, and the rare glass harmonica. She has exhibited and performed extensively in cultural events and institutions, including MoMA and The Kitchen in New York, Transformer Station, Cleveland and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo. She will represent Norway at the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2015.

Off The Page
Kunstnernes Hus
24 January

Music fair: 11:00 - 16:00
Festival program: 12:00 - 22:00

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