Meet the composer:
Klaus Lang

The concert series Meet the composer has existed on and off for about 50 years. In the spring of 2017 it is once more being revitalized in an intimate format.

We’re kicking off the series with the unique Austrian composer, concert organist and improviser Klaus Lang. Lang will talk about early music and John Cage, two of his biggest influences, and we get an exclusive concert by Lang on Fender Rhodes with violinist Annelie Gahl. Some of the pieces were released on the record Melodies and Harmonies on Col Legno a few years back, receiving a lot of positive attention, but these pieces are very rarely performed.

Klaus Lang. Foto: Henrik Beck.

Klaus Lang (b. 1971) is an Austrian composer, concert organist and improviser. In Lang’s universe, music is seen as a free and standalone acoustic object. In his view, musical material is time perceived through sound, the object of music is the experience of time through listening. Music is time made audible.

Annelie Gahl is an Austrian violinist. She started violin playing with Paul Roczek at the Hochschule Mozarteum and graduated in 1991 with Ernst Kovacic at the Viennese College. She was a member of the Camerata Salzburg, a regular member of the Concentus Musicus, and also a concert master of the Wiener Akademie. Furthermore she regularly appears as a guest in the Klangforum Wien and her first solo CD 'innaron' (2005) aroused considerable enthusiasm in the media. Gahl is a holder of the Anton-Bruckner-Prize of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra. 

Annelie Gahl, Foto: KurtHörbst.

The history of Meet the composer
Meet the composer was instigated in the late 60s by former Ny Musikk chairman Kjell Skyllstad and was a concert series held regularly in Oslo at places like Club 7, the Munch Museum and ABC-teatret, but also at arenas such as the Henie Onstad Art Centre and Kongsberg Jazz Festival.

Among the composers who participated during the early years were Karlheinz Stockhausen, Arne Nordheim, György Ligeti, Finn Mortensen, Kåre Kolberg and Lasse Thoresen.

10 February

Entrance: kr 150 / kr 100 (students) / members have free access
Doors 19:30

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