Karin Krog & John Surman
Ultima Finale with Karin Krog, John Surman, Ben Frost, TCF and Jeppe Just Instituttet. Collaboration between nyMusikk, Ultima and NATT&DAG.
One of Norway’s leading jazz singers of wide international acclaim, Karin Krog helps Ultima round off with a grand finale concert at Vulkan Arena. Krog is mainly known as a great jazz singer, but has strong roots in avant garde, through her work with among others Kåre Kolberg. She will perform with her long time partner, English composer and multi-instrumentalist John Surman.
Surman & Krog began working together in the late 1960s when the first wave of avant-garde was sweeping through the jazz scene. Their shared interest in the developing area of electronics resulted in the release of a ground-breaking LP Cloudline Blue which appeared in 1979. Throughout the following decades Krog and Surman have continued their exploratory collaborations both in concert and also in a series of LPs and CDs that have been issued on ECM and Krog's Meantime record series. Their work continues to develop over a wide range of musical idioms that defy stylistic barriers. For the current series of concerts in 2014, they are joined by Surman's son, Pablo Benjamin Surman, to add the elements of live sampling and electronica to their programme.
Also contributing will be Ben Frost, who since his recording debut in 2003 has made a mark with his intense, structural, minimalist sound art with roots in militant post-classical electronic music. Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Frost relocated to Reykjavík Iceland in 2005 and working together with close friends formed the Bedroom Community record label/collective. In 2010 he was chosen by Brian Eno as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé program for a year of collaboration.
Frost regularly collaborates with other musicians and artists; in the production of albums and producing scores for choreographers, film (he composed the score for the Palme d’Or nominated Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh), ans in the visual arts. 2013 also marked his debut as a director with the première of Frost’s first Opera, based on Iain Bank´s infamous 1984 novel The Wasp Factory. At the Ultima Finale he will perform from his latest album A U R O R A.
With a passion for musical rattle aesthetic and a metallic energy charge mixed with barrel organ and 70- and 80s synth, intensity, unintentional theatre, sincerity, nostalgia, musical mismatch and breakdown, the Danish Jeppe Just Instituttet’s repertoire comprises everything from nursery rhymes to drinking songs are orchestrated for homemade instruments.
TCF is artist and musician Lars Holdhus, who through a range of techniques explores codes and cryptography in relation to musical composition. The musical references are taken from electroacoustic music, hard style, hard core, poetry, and digital noise.