nyMusikk og SALT present:
Lonnie Holley + Arktisk Symfoniorkester
Come to beautiful Sandhornøya outside Bodø where the new annual cultural project SALT takes place. August 29 nyMusikk presents concerts by Lonnie Holley and Arctic Symphony Orchestra. Ensemble Ylajali and DJ Are Mokkelbost will also be performing. At the same night there will also be the opening of Yang Fudong`s film installation The Light That I Feel.
Lonnie Holley is an artist and musician from Birmingham, Alabama. From the age of five, Holley worked various jobs: picking up trash at a drive-in movie theatre, washing dishes and cooking. He lived in a ‘whiskey house’, on the state fairgrounds and in several foster homes. His early life was chaotic and Holley was never afforded the pleasure of a real childhood. Since 1979, Lonnie Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle, hardship, but perhaps more importantly, out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, has manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance and sound works. Holley did not start making and performing music in a studio, nor does his creative process mirror that of a typical musician. His music and lyrics are improvised on the spot, morphing and evolving with each event, concert and recording. In Holley’s original art environment, he would construct and deconstruct his visual works, repurposing their elements for new pieces. This often led him to transfer already-composed narratives into a new work, thus creating a cumulative composite image imbued with depth and purpose beyond its original meaning. Holley will hold a concert for SALT’s audience on the opening night. He will improvise using the landscape, surroundings and Yang Fudong’s film as starting points.
Arctic Symphonic Orchestra is the world’s most northerly orchestral institution – also one of the youngest. Since its founding in 2009, the orchestra has become one of northern Norway’s largest and most active cultural institutions, with approximately 140 performances and concerts in various formats each year. While the orchestra travels throughout northern Norway and the northern international region, it performs regularly in the towns of Bodø and Tromsø. During SALT’s opening weekend, the violist Leah Asher and the cellist Mary Auner will represent the orchestra – two extremely accomplished musicians and musical educators. Leah Asher was recently awarded the Ungkunststipendet 2015 (‘young art grant’) during the arts festival Festspillene i Nord-Norge.
SALT is an initiative for arts, culture and environment that will each year move to a new location in the Arctic. SALT uses the Arctic nature as a framework for strong arts and cultural experiences. SALT begins its journey upon an Arctic beach on the mountainous island of Sandhornøya, south of Bodø, Northern Norway, 29th August 2014 until 1st September 2015. SALT will over the coming years travel across the northernmost part of our planet, making a home in Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, Scotland, Spitsbergen, Alaska and Russia. More information at salted.no.