ONLY CONNECT FESTIVAL OF SOUND 2016:
Christian Marclay, Rhodri Davies, Lene Grenager & Ilan Volkov
Visiting Oslo and Only Connect, Christian Marclay joins a quartet of improvisers: harpist Rhodri Davies, cellist Lene Grenager and festival co-curator Ilan Volkov on violin.
Swiss-American artist, avant garde musician and film maker Christian Marclay (b. 1955) is one of the most sought-after figures in the contemporary art world (he won the Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Biennale for his monumental 24 hours film piece The Clock), as well as enjoying a supreme reputation as an experimental musician.
He pioneered the use of the turntable and vinyl objects as sound sources as far back as the late 1970s, and has incorporated records, sleeves and instruments into his visual and sound artworks. A veteran of New York’s downtown scene, he creates unconventional improvising scores and works with a wide range of musicians. His visual score Screen Play will have its Norwegian premiere at the festival.
Welch harpist Rhodri Davies is a seasoned improviser and player whose frequent collaborators include John Butcher, David Toop, Lee Patterson, Common Objects, John Tilbury and many others. He plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water, ice, dry ice and fire harp installations. He has released four solo albums and new pieces for solo harp have been composed for him by: Eliane Radigue, Phill Niblock, Christian Wolff among others.
Lene Grenager is a Norwegian cellist and composer within contemporary music. She plays in the improvisation group SPUNK, the Lemur quartet and has a duo with the Swedish singer Sofia Jernberg. She has written works for the Oslo Philharmonic orchestra, Cikada, Huddersfield CMF, Affinis ensemble and several other Norwegian and foreign ensembles. She is also active as a conductor.
Ilan Volkov (f. 1976) was born in Israel and began his conducting career at the age of nineteen. Between 2011 and 2014 he has held the post of Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 he established the contemporary music, Tectonics, which he has had great success with since, collaborating with orchestras like BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.