Architek Percussion

10. August, 20.00, Landmark

Architek Percussion er en kvartett basert i Montreal som spesialiserer seg på eksperimentell, minimalistisk, tverrkunstnerisk, crossover og elektroakustisk kammermusikk.

Siden oppstarten i begynnelsen av 2012, har kvartetten raskt etablert seg som en dynamisk kraft i Canadas pulserende miljø for ny musikk, og føler seg like hjemme i å framføre eldre klassisk repertoar som å utforske nytt terreng gjennom bestillinger og urframføringer.

Konserter i 2016 inkluderer en turné støttet av CAM En Tournee, en turné i Quebec og Ontario støttet av Jeunesses Musicales Canada og en turné i England og Norge støttet av nu:nord og nyMusikk Norge, der de samarbeider med den norskbaserte mexxosopranen Melis Jaatinen. På denne konserten i Bergen, vil ensemblet spille verker av norske komponister og den kanadiske komponisten Adam Basanta. Alle verkene er Norgespremierer.

Brutal Blues + Star Sete Sept

16. September, Bergen Kjøtt
Samarbeid med Action Jazz.

Sete Star Sept er fra Tokyo og består av Kiyasu og Kae. De spiller musikk i krysningspunktet mellom støy og heavy metal. Som en kan se fra turnelista deres har de turnert over store deler av verden. Og som en kan se av lista over utgivelser har de gitt ut et stort antall plater. Kiyasu er dessuten å finne bak trommene i Fushitsusha, som er bandet til Keiji Haino og han gjør også solo skarp tromme konserter og har gitt ut en haug med plater både solo og andre band.

Brutal Blues er fra Stavanger og består av Steinar Kittilsen på gitar og vokal og Anders Hana på trommer og vokal. Steinar spiller også i Parlamentarisk Sodomi og Psudoku. Anders spilte tidligere i MoHa!, Ultralyd, Noxagt og Clifford Torus. Brutal Blues spiller musikk som i noen kretser kalles for Grind Core. Når realiteten setter inn, er dette en musikk inspirert av tidlig hardcore som DRI, Poison Idea, Anti Cimex osv. Men som samtidig inneholder elektroniske elementer som er inspirert av Xenakis, Stockhausen, Parmeggiani, Ohno etc.

Trioer med Stephan Meidell

26. October, Østre
Samarbeid med EKKO.

‘Trioer’ is an audio- visual installation and live performance where customised 16mm-film projectors and electroacoustic instruments are weaved together in an intricate, yet intuitive system where audio triggers image and vice versa. The projectors are equipped with a modified printer system, simultaneously painting on the film while projecting it on the wall(s). Analog electroacoustic music crosses paths with rhythmically shifting drone-techno, framed by engaging and ever-evolving visuals.

Music by Stephan Meidell, film by Blank Blank.

Supported by Arts Council Norway, Nordic Culture Fund, The Norwegian Composers Fund, City Of Bergen, BEK.

Trioer is:

Stephan Meidell (NO) — Music / performance.Guitarist and composer based in Bergen, Norway. Has written several commissions, released 15 records and toured extensively through Europe, USA, Mexico and Japan. Meidell focuses on genre-independent music drifting between composition and improvisation, with a knack for progressive sound design.

Petri Henriksson (FI) — Visual content / Design.Graphic designer and Film maker from Finland, based in Berlin. A Founding member of Blank Blank Grafikk and Blank Blank Film. He has worked as designer mainly in the field of contemporary art and music and produced wide range of film experiments in collaboration with Carlos Vasquez.

Carlos Vasquez (CO) — Film technics / programming. Cinematographer and film maker from Colombia, based in Berlin. A Founding member of Blank Blank Film.

Søren Andreasen (DK) — Technical facilitation / programming. Sound artist and programmer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. With a strong passion for creation and design in the audio realm, Andreasen is producing sound and music, programming and building art installations and writing software for various audio related needs.

Håkon Thelin + trio Hübsch Martel Zoubek

6. November, 14.00, Bergen Offentlig Biblioteket

Håkon Thelin – double bass

Håkon Thelin is a bassist and a composer, who is known as one of the world’s leading purveyors of new music and has researched and presented a number of new techniques on bass.

We will be listening to his Microtonal Tuning Pieces, project exploring possible combinations of sounds, melody and rhythm, form and structure in the relationship between contemporary music and Norwegian folk music. All the pieces are based on folk songs and each work will explore their specific tuning.

The concert will be played on a double bass made by Giovanni Battista Ceruti in Cremona in 1800, which is made available for Thelin by Dextra Musica.

More about the works:

Pierre-Yves Martel – Viola da Gamba
Carl Ludwig Hübsch – Tuba
Philip Zoubek – Piano

«Rather quiet pieces, full of fine moments of tension, delicate surprises, bold sonic gestures; carefully placed within the ensemble, in search of a tangible balance that is never taken for granted. Gorgeous.» François Couture, Monsieur Délire (Canada)

M​usic that transports the listener to wondrous landscapes of secrecy and transparency. Highly virtuosic and with a rich vocabulary of extended techniques, these three musicians tell a captivating story. A quiet and pointillistic communication and a surprisingly new combination of instruments: viola da gamba, piano and tuba.

Hübsch Martel Zoubek  have been performing as a trio since 2012. After releasing their first album June 16th on the Berlin-based label Schraum, they have performed concerts across Europe, two of which were recorded by the ORF (austrian national radio) and Radio-France. They will be releasing a second album this fall on the canadian label Tour de bras and performing concerts across Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany and Norway with funding from the Canada Arts Council.

Lydklubb: Lemur + Stian Westerhus

25. November, 19.00, Østre

Bjørnar Habbestad – flutes
Hild Sofie Tafjord – french horn
Lene Grenager – cello
Michael Duch – double bass

Lemur is a Norwegian all star quartet consisting of composers and improvisers. The four instrumentalists combine their work from classic composition, noise, chamber music and free jazz making a highly surprising and unique blend of contemporary sound and attitude.

The four have collaborated with players ranging from Fred Frith, Nikos Veliotis, Mats Gustafsson, Tony Conrad, Ellen Fullman, Ikue Mori, Joelle Leandre, John Tilbury, Lasse Marhaug, Maja Ratkje, Jazzkammer, Otomo Yoshihide, Peter Brötzman, Jaap Blonk, Mark Wastell, Mattin, Evan Parker to Paal Nilssen-Love.

Stian Westerhus is a guitarist with an enviable technique, a powerful stage presence and a vast creative imagination, and he is also emerging as one of the most important improvisers, composers and collaborators working today. In the last few years he has become known through his work with PUMA, Monolithic and the Nils Petter Molvaer band, as well, increasingly, as his own innovative solo projects. A performer whose musical landscapes inhabit the experimental and jazz worlds as comfortably as the contemporary classical scene, his performances have taken him around the world from concerts in Japan to sessions for the BBC in London.

Botanikk + Joshua Rubin

30 November, Tårnsalen

Botanikk. CD release.
Lisa Dillan – voice and glass
Øyvind Storesund – double bass
Else Olsen S. – prepared piano, toy orchestra
(Pauline Oliveros – Midi accordion)

About the quartet Botanikk
Else Olsen S. met Pauline Oliveros through her performative Ph.D. studies in The United States, where Oliveros was her mentor. Oliveros will not by at the release physically, but her Deep Listening might reach you from New York!
The quartet Oliveros, Olsen S., Dillan and Storesund met during the Open Form Festival in Oslo in 2009, where this recording was made. Oliveros is considered one of the foremost contributors to experimental music. She has always been on the edge of the established music scene with her electronic and musical experiments. It is not surprising that these exact three Norwegian musicians have found their way to Oliveros. They have all established their work in the «gray area». Their different paths have led them to the flora of free music: Øyvind Storesund´s musical starting point is in rock and heavy metal, Lisa Dillan started with jazz and Elvis, and Else Olsen S.’ pathway has been via conventional classical piano and contemporary music.

Joshua Rubin (US)
Rubin is a founding clarinetist and the co-Artistic Director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), based in New York.
As a clanitetist he works expressively with contemporary music repertory, being an expert on extended techniques and the use of electronics in new music.

In November he will perform solo pieces for clarinet, such as Rebecka Ahvenniemi’s (N) An Ode to a Tree (2016) and Salvatore Sciarrino’s Let Me Die Before I Wake (1982).

Architek Percussion

Hübsch Martel Zoubek

Håkon Thelin. Foto: Sarah Ludwig-Simkin.