Ultima programme overview

Ultima programme overview

Luciano Berio Coro, Laibach Olav Tryggvason, Mauricio Kagel Exotica, Scelsi Revisited, Schumann/Friedl/Schütz Dichterliebe, Karin Krog, Ben Frost A U R O R A live, TCF, Ultima’s Children’s Day, Avanti! Ensemblet ++

New work by Verdensteatret, Jenny Hval & Susanna, David Brynjar Franzson, Simon Steen-Andersen, Eivind Buene, Arve Henriksen & Eirik Raude, Maja S. K. Ratkje ++

Ultima Academy: Talks with Laibach, Antonio Negri, Alain Badiou, Esteban Buch ++

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Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival: 10–20 September 2014

The Nation

Political borders, sonic frontiers

Luciano Berio Coro, Laibach Olav Trygvason, Mauricio Kagel Exotica, Scelsi Revisited, EMS Electronic Music Studio Stockholm 50th anniversary, Schumann/Friedl/Schütz Dichterliebe, Karin Krog, Ben Frost A U R O R A live, TCF and more

New work by Verdensteatret, Jenny Hval & Susanna, David Brynjar Franzson, Simon Steen-Andersen, Johannes Kreidler, Eivind Buene, Arve Henriksen & Eirik Raude, Maja S. K. Ratkje, Liza Lim and more

Ultima Academy: Talks by Laibach, Antonio Negri, Alain Badiou, Esteban Buch and others

Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival also host Nordic Music Days together with the Norwegian Society of Composers from 17 – 20 September.

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Jenny & Susanna

Jenny & Susanna

Meshes of Voice, the product of a collaboration between two of the country’s most distinctive voices, was commissioned for Ladyfest and performed on 8 March 2009. According to Jenny Hval and Susanna, it is a kind of modern-day, surrealistic fable that deals with lust, fear, wondering, and mythical creatures. Grand piano, guitar, electric harmonium, various effects and electronics, and prepared piano and percussion combined with a mesh of voices has resulted in an alternately frugally delicate and solid soundscape. Meshes of Voice is genre-free music set in a modern, mythical landscape. The piece will be revived in a new version during Ultima. The album Jenny Hval & Susanna Meshes of Voice will be released in August on SusannaSonata. They will perform their new version of this piece in the JAKOB Church of Culture during Ultima in Oslo.

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Verdensteatret premieres new work at Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Verdensteatret premieres new work at Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Verdensteatret

Broen over Gjørme (Bridge over Mud)

Henie Onstad Art Center (HOK) / Studio

19 September, 6 PM

Also shows these dates in September: 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 (at 2 pm)

Tickets available now! NOK 160/120, also includes entrance to the exhibition Josef Albers: Minimal Means Maximum Effect at HOK

 

Verdensteatret premieres new work at Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

The Ultima festival proudly presents the premiere of the new work by one of Norway’s most innovative and experimental art constellations.

Verdensteatret consist of artists from different artistic professions who for almost 30 years have been making installations, performance art, concerts and related works. Their works are presented widely international in different art contexts and locations. New work by the group, which in 2006 received the prestigious Bessie Award in New York, is always met with high anticipation.

The works of Verdensteatret often appear as a journey through different forms of landscapes. This new piece are right now entering its last phase towards completion after a long and winding road. Among a great diversity of material to surface this time there are some imprints from their last stay in India in 2011. Moving through different landscapes simultaneously might be a result of Verdensteatrets nearly 30 years of nomadic practice.

Nevertheless it is still not possible to predict which direction the work will take in the time to come before the opening at Henie Onstad Art Center in September. The new piece is a hybrid between concert, performance and installation, where the whole space is played as one polyphonic audiovisual instrument.

Broen over Gjørme (Bridge over Mud) is created and performed by the artists:
Lisbeth J. Bodd, Asle Nilsen, Eirik Blekesaune, Piotr Pajchel, Martin Taxt, Alireza Djabbary, Benjamin Nelson, Elisabeth Gmeiner, Torgrim Torve and Espen Sommer Eide.
Other artists involved in the project: Thorolf Thuestad, Kristine R. Sandøy.

The presentation is a collaboration between Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Henie Onstad Art Center, Black Box Teater, BIT Teatergarasjen and Verdensteatret.

Verdensteatreter is supported by The Norwegian Art Council.
See more information here: www.verdensteatret.com

 


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Ultima 2014

Ultima 2014

This year’s Ultima festival will take place in Oslo from 10–20 September 2014.

2014 is the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution, and under the theme “Nation”, the festival will focus on how a local musical identity is expressed in the context of an international, digital world.

In 2014, the Nordic Music Days will also be arranged in collaboration with Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.

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Welcome to Nordic Music Days 2014!

Welcome to Nordic Music Days 2014!

Established as far back as 1888, Nordic Music Days is the most important meeting point in Nordic contemporary music. For its 2014 edition, it is being is hosted by Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival in collaboration with the Norwegian Society of Composers between 17–20 September.
 
Nordic Music Days presents a wide range of music by Nordic composers and ensembles. Also, the festival will hold ‘PechaKucha’ showcases (a form of rapidfire presentations launching new ideas and work-in-progress projects), as well as social get-togethers and networking events. 
 
Most of the festival will take place at Vulkan in central Oslo, a vibrant area where several cultural institutions, restaurants, clubs and bars are located. 

Read more and register as a delegate at www.nordicmusicdays.org

You can also follow Nordic Music Days on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope to see you in Oslo September 17 – 20 2014


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Natasha Barrett: OSSTS (Oslo Sound Space Transport System)

/ Natasha Barrett: OSSTS (Oslo Sound Space Transport System)

Installation

Natasha Barrett: OSSTS (Oslo Sound Space Transport System)

TBA

The Oslo Sound Space Transport System invites you to explore Oslo like a computer game in 3D. With it’s interactive form the installation allows you to re-make the sound of Oslo. As you move around the city, you can hear your own voice or other performed sounds ‘activate’ Oslo’s real acoustic architecture. It may be a quite surreal journey through a specially made electroacoustic landscape that you’ll be creating on the move. OSSTS’s travel guide, programmer and designer is British composer Natasha Barrett residing in Norway.

Installasjon fra 10. – 20. september

Produced in cooperation with Notam

OSSTS

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Oslo domkirke
Opening concert - Luciano Berio: Coro

Oslo domkirke / Opening concert - Luciano Berio: Coro

Opening concert

Luciano Berio: Coro

KORK + Det Norske Solistkor

Luciano Berio (1925–2003) from Italy was known for his experimental works, but also for music that reaches a wider audience. He was a composer that adapted modern compositional techniques to his own, truly fascinating style. Coro from 1974–76 can absolutely be considered one of his key works, and music that places such high demands on its performers that it is something of an occasion when it is performed at all.

The score is for 40 voices and 40 instruments, with the vocalists positioned in the orchestra so that voice and instrument are placed side by side, both acoustically and visually. Like many other works, folk music from around the world is the source of inspiration for Coro, and the lyrics too, which are combined with poems by Pablo Neruda (Residencia en la Tierra). Thirty-two small sections glide into each other and form a rich sound universe and, to use Berio’s own words: “musical images engraved like graffiti on the harmonic wall of the city.” The result is powerful and gripping.

With the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir.

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Conductor: Grete Pedersen.

Produced in cooperation with KORK and Det Norske Solistkor.

WHEN7:30pm - 8:30pm
WHEREOslo domkirke  Map
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Loftet
Cikada Ensemble / Liza Lim / Henrik Hellstenius

Loftet / Cikada Ensemble / Liza Lim / Henrik Hellstenius

A concert with new and older works by Liza Lim, one of the world’s leading contemporary music composers, with a background from several continents: Asia, Australia, and Europa. Lim, who was born in Perth, Australia, is captivated by the quintessentially Norwegian sound of the Hardanger fiddle and has given it a central role in the concert. At this concert Cikada Ensemble will give a first performance of her latest work.

The concert will also mark the Norwegian premiere of Henrik Hellstenius’ new Oslo-inspired work entitled Places of Sounds and Words, a work for vocalists, ensemble, and sounds from the “real” world: from parks, squares, stairways, conversations, and arguments. Music, texts and sounds of reality are combined to form brief music–theatrical encounters that touch on the subject of how we are present in the world yet do not participate in it. Henrik Hellstenius has written the work for Elisabeth Holmertz, Cikada Ensemble. Peter Knutsen has made a video in conjunction with this performance at Ultima.

Liza Lim:

Winding Bodies (2013-14)

The Heart’s Ear (1997)

Philtre (1997)

Henrik Hellstenius:

Places of sounds and words (WP)

Soloist: Elisabeth Holmertz. Conductor: Christian Eggen. Cikada Ensemble.

Produced by Cikada

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WHEN6pm - 7pm
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Kulturkirken Jakob

The story about the Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi is as mysterious and as fascinating as the music he eventually became known for. Following a breakdown in the wake of World War II, he began to explore the meditative qualities of sound as a form of self-therapy. Through meticulous study of single notes on the piano, Scelsi discovered a new form of music that would come to have a strong influence on this future works. His discovery of sonic nuances through close listening and Asiatic art traditions marked an awakening and a turning point in the composer’s life. Scelsi remained unknown for most of his career, but he became a source of inspiration for Ennio Moriccone and was finally heard by millions through the Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island.

It is a special occasion when one of the world’s most renowned ensembles, Klangforum Wien, gain access to Scelsi’s until now inaccessible sketches. As part of their performance in Kulturkirken Jakob, the ensemble has brought along film clips, exclusive recordings of an improvising Scelsi, early electronic instruments, and new compositions that are based on them by Tristan Murail and Georg Friedrich Haas, among others, and a new work by Ragnhild Berstad.

Workshops, lectures, and talks with Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern and the composers will be held in connection with Exotica and Scelsi Revisited.

 

G.F. Haas: Introduktion und Transsonation

Tristan Murai: Un sogno (WP)

Ragnhild Berstad: Cardinem (WP)

Giacinto Scelsi: Anahit

Klangforum Wien

Supported by Komponistnes Vederlagsfond

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WHEN8pm - 9pm
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BUL Teaterscene

Amund Sjøli Sveen, Erik Dæhlin, Ignas Krunglevicius, Alwynne Pritchard, Kristin Norderval (og Trond Reinholdtsen?): En Rikskonsert (WP)

A national concert – a study of musical fellowship in Norway in this age of globalisation, self-realisation, and commercialism.

Challenges related to the nation state, globalisation, and multiculturalism are today key issues both in Norway and around the world. Music defines identity, belonging – and distance, which is precisely what makes a study of musical fellowship in contemporary Norway so interesting, potentially controversial, and most likely doomed to fail: an alternative canon will have to do the splits while the dilemmas hail down, and in doing so produce a study and manifestation of modern-day challenges when it comes to the relationship between the individual and society, between multiculturalism and national fellowship, and between a free market and cultural refinement.

The national concert is a mix of talk show, concert causerie, and lectures, with elements of archive material and current politics –but first and foremost it is, of course, a concert.

Amund Sjøli Sveen, Erik Dæhlin, Ignas Krunglevicius, Alwynne Pritchard, Kristin Norderval and Trond Reinholdtsen.

Ensemble NING

 

Produced in cooperation with Ensemble NING and Bygdeungdomslaget

Supported by Norsk Kulturråd

WHEN10pm - 11pm
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Ny Musikk
Bohman Brothers + Vilde&Inga

Ny Musikk / Bohman Brothers + Vilde&Inga

Lunch concert with Bohman Brothers + Vilde&Inga

London based Jonathan Bohman and Adam Bohman aka The Bohman Brothers, are known for their unique experimental sound based live performances which use found objects, text and an innumerable array of sound sources. Their humourous visual set-ups resemble hard-wired flea markets, are the basis from which the duo, in the spirit of Fluxus, musique concrète and sound poetry, create their often grotesque soundscapes freely quoting from any source available to them. Found texts such as advertising spiel is juxtaposed with sounds ranging from amplified shoe brushes to a tape cutup of seventeenth-century instruments.

By exploring nontraditional approaches to their instruments, Vilde (violin) and Inga (double bass) greatly expand their timbre palette. The wide horizons of colour allow the music to develop slowly and organically, yet with a keen underlying sense of compositional form. Vilde Sandve Alnæs and Inga Margrete Aas are classically trained musicians from Norway and released their debut album on ECM earlier this year, to great international acclaim.

In collaboration with Ny Musikk

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Café MESH

Students from the music department of Manglerud Secondary School (MU2A/MU2B)

Instructors: Daniel Teige (sound scenography)/Heloisa Amaral (music)/Petr Svarovsky (app development)/ composition teachers from Manglerud vgs. Kristian Skaarbrevik and Otto Graf.

Remake is the secondary schools outreach project from Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, and the project is now in its third year. Remake presents a piece of music considered a ‘contemporary classic’, and through a mixture of careful listening and creative analysis, explore the social, political and artistic context in which the work was composed and relate it to the students’ own present day experience and their artistic understanding.

Remake 2014 is Luciano Berio’s 1976 piece Coro (performed at Ultima on 10 September). Inspired by Berio’s collage of folk music the participants will create their own work that will be performed on Friday 12 September 2014 at Mesh along with the launch of a especially designed app, Remake Recorder.

Suooprted by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.

WHEN4pm - 5pm
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Nasjonalgalleriet

It is now fifty years since Håkon Austbø made his debut performance as a pianist in the University of Oslo’s Great Hall at the tender age of 15. His first performances were as a soloist with Harmoniens Orkester in 1963, and his debut concert drew much attention. Since then, he has enjoyed a successful international career as a soloist and chamber musician, and has earned himself a central place in Norwegian and international music scene. Austbø crossed borders long before interdisciplinarity became a buzzword. He collaborated with poets (Claes Gill), actors (Juni Dahr), choreographers (Jiri Kylián), and jazz musicians (Bengt Hallberg), often in brand new, innovative ways.

His works have attracted a lot of attention both at home and abroad; he has won three Spellemann awards, been nominated for the Nordic Council’s music award, and was made Knight of the French l’Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres.

The breadth of his activity also found resonance in the pedagogical field: he has taught at the conservatories in Utrecht, Amsterdam, and the University of Stavanger, in addition to giving guest lectures and master classes all over the world. Austbø is now a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

This Ultima concert, which will be staged in the National Gallery, marks Håkon Austbø’s fifty years as a professional pianist. He will perform a mix of European core repertoire and three generations of Norwegian composers.

Arne Nordheim: Listen

Øyvind Mæland: Nytt verk

André Jolivet: Mana

Asbjørn Schaathun: Physis

Håkon Austbø

In collaboration with Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design

Asbjørn Schaathun at Ultima Academy

 

WHEN5pm - 6pm
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DogA
Opening of installation/concert: Horisonter (Horizons)

DogA / Opening of installation/concert: Horisonter (Horizons)

Eirik Raude / Arve Henriksen /Bjarne Kvinnsland / Knut Bry / mmwarkitekter: Horisonter

Opening of the installation Horisonter, which is based on a series of concerts from 2013 in five of Sverre Fehn’s buildings around Norway which explore music in space and which are based on Fehn’s ideology. Trumpet, percussion, and electronic instruments hit the concrete, glass and wood of the buildings when one of Norway’s leading jazz musicians, trumpet players and composers Arve Henriksen and one of our leading percussionists Eirik Raude played in, on, and together with Sverre Fehn’s famous architecture. Photography by Knut Bry and sound installation created by Bjarne Kvinnsland. Mmw architects.

The opening will be marked by a concert at DogA (Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture). Suitable for the whole family.

In collaboration with DogA.

Supported by Norsk kulturråd, Komponistfondet, MFOs vederlagsfond, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere og Fond for Lyd og Bilde.

WHEN6pm - 7pm
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Riksscenen

Scored for non-European instruments, Mauricio Kagel’s modern classic Exotica was commissioned for the Munich Olympic Games in 1972. Kagel was inspired by visits to Asia, the Middle East, and South America in the seventies, and the work questions the dominance of Western music or “culture”. The ensemble must handle around 200 wind, string, and percussion instruments from non-European cultures. The highly revered Ensemble Modern (familiar to Ultima audiences after last year’s opening concert when they performed Frank Zappa) will perform the work at this year’s Ultima.

Exotica at Ultima Academy

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10pm
Kulturkirken Jakob

Meshes of Voice, the product of a collaboration between two of the country’s most distinctive voices, was commissioned for Ladyfest and performed on 8 March 2009. According to Jenny Hval and Susanna, it is a kind of modern-day, surrealistic fable that deals with lust, fear, wondering, and mythical creatures. Grand piano, guitar, electric harmonium, various effects and electronics, and prepared piano and percussion combined with a mesh of voices has resulted in an alternately frugally delicate and solid soundscape. Meshes of Voice is genre-free music set in a modern, mythical landscape. The piece will be revived in a new version during Ultima. The album Jenny Hval & Susanna Meshes of Voice will be released in August on SusannaSonata. They will perform their new version of this piece in the JAKOB Church of Culture during Ultima in Oslo.

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WHEN10pm - 11pm
WHEREKulturkirken Jakob  Map
PRICE200,- / 150.-
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12pm
Ekebergveien 59, oppmøte på Youngstorget

Guided tour and concert in Eivind Groven’s house at Ekeberg

Featuring Eivind Groven’s famous just intonation  organ

Bus from Youngstorget at 12 p.m. Limited number of seats!

As a composer, musician, acoustician, collector and musicologist, Eivind Groven (1901-77) stands shoulder to shoulder with Norway’s musical pioneers. Interest in his work with issues related to pure tuning continues to inspire further research in fields such as composition and acoustics – benefitting musicians from various genres. The realisation of his three life tasks has impressed people such as Albert Schweitzer, Alois Hába and Arne Nordheim. Nordheim once claimed that Groven as a composer resides in a place “east of noise”.

The purely tuned organ that Eivind Groven built in the 1940s has undergone several upgrades in pace with new technology, and is now available as a computer program which can be used on all digital instruments. The portable software is developed by Notam and is freely available for download. At this lunch concert, five new works by young Norwegian composers, written especially for the just intonation organ, will be performed.

Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi: Organic Encounters (2012)
Karstein Djupdal: Groven spiller Jondølen (2012)
Peter Edwards: Boulez Springar (2012)
Agnes Pettersen: Nytt verk (2014) UP
Eric Skytterholm Egan: Nytt verk (2014) UP

Organist: Sara Aimée Smiseth

The lunch concert will also feature two organ pieces by Eivind Groven.

Produced by Notam in collaboration with nyMusikks komponistgruppe (NMK).

 

 

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WHEN12pm - 1pm
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12pm
Nasjonalbiblioteket
Erik Dæhlin/Ingfrid Breie Nyhus: Avstandsriss

Nasjonalbiblioteket / Erik Dæhlin/Ingfrid Breie Nyhus: Avstandsriss

“I’m interested in what lies between folk music and Western, classical music. There are so many differences – and also places where these two cultures meet,” says Ingfrid Breie Nyhus.

The pianist herself comes from both traditions, and it is precisely that which fascinates her as a musician.

“Although as a pianist I have studied the classical music tradition, I grew up with folk music and carry it around inside me. Some of my best childhood memories are of my dad sitting down in the basement, which was directly under my bedroom, and playing before I woke up in the morning.” ‘Røros-pols’, the fiddle, and Hardanger fiddle tunes: that love of playing was incredibly inspiring, and I’m still hooked on it.”

It is precisely in that tension between the two musical traditions that Nyhus is in her element, and she has challenged Øyvind Torvund, Asbjørn Schaathun and Erik Dæhlin to explore this tension in their respective commissioned works.

“There is a world of difference between music that originates in a need in everyday life, such as folk music, and the wanted, willed art music,” says Nyhus.

“It doesn’t have to be a case of either–or; it’s more like an axis. There are many such axes, the the friction occurs between the extremes, between the raw and the refined, the natural and the cultivated, the prosaic and the monumental.”

Asbjørn Schaathun and Øyvind Torvund have both composed works for Nyhus as solo pianist, while Erik Dæhlin’s installation combines old recordings with Nyhus’ own playing.

“Schaathun and I often talk about heterogeneity as the link between the two languages of folk music and contemporary music, like tiny variations in a unified material.” Øyvind Torvund was concerned with the relationship between culture and nature, and makes active use of concepts such as imitation from folk music,” says Nyhus.

“Dæhlin is interested in distance, including distance in time, and for our collaboration we combined my playing with old archive recordings from the Norwegian Collection of Folk Music.” This collection is now in the National Library of Norway, so the concert is also going to be held there,” says Nyhus.

Nasjonalbiblioteket, kl. 12, 13 og 14

Concert / Installation

In collaboration with Nasjonalbiblioteket and Norsk Folkemusikksamling

Supported by Norsk kulturråd

Erik Dæhlin and Ingfrid Breie Nyhus at Ultima Academy

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Kulturkirken Jakob
Bjørn Erik Haugen/Nordic Voices: Utterances

Kulturkirken Jakob / Bjørn Erik Haugen/Nordic Voices: Utterances

How do you relate to and communicate with your surroundings via utterances? Bjørn Erik Haugen expounds on this question in his new three-piece work by, among other things, using the transcription of an interview with Julia Kristeva about linguistics, transcriptions of sounds from 28 films portraying different emotions and situations with inarticulate use of voice, and a third section based on a documentary on how an autist relates to the world around him by communicating with objects. This work will be performed by the renowned vocal ensemble Nordic Voices.

Bjørn Erik Haugen/Nordic Voices: Utterances (WP)

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WHEN3pm - 4pm
WHEREKulturkirken Jakob  Map
PRICE150,- / 100.-
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7pm
Nationaltheatret
Robert Schumann and Heinrich Heine: Dichterliebe

Nationaltheatret / Robert Schumann and Heinrich Heine: Dichterliebe

Dichterliebe, Robert Schumann and Heinrich Heine’s quintessential cycle of poems of the high Romantic era, has been recorded and performed many times over the years with bel canto and soft piano tone from the first to the final wunderschöne tone. The story of the poet who sits alone in his study all day long, only able to meet his young fairy love by night, is based on a poem by Heinrich Heine, and has been a part of the standard repertoire of both musicians and music theorists since it was published in 1844.

Actor Bernhard Schütz and pianist Reinhold Friedl therefore have a long performance history with heavy traditions to contend with when they enter high Romanticism’s inner sanctum.

Schütz is best known to German audiences as a respected actor in film and theatre. He is no classical singer, but he lets rips on Schumann with the actor’s urge to tell a story: convincingly and full of expression. Now it is quiet and intimate, now it is explosively extrovert with a full band, and sounds more like expressive pop/rock than a stylised classical masterpiece.

With slightly untuned piano and aching, soaring vocals, the lines between Schumann’s manic drug abuse and the modern artist are drawn, and many questions emerge: What is work and what is interpretation? Who is the artist, and can it really be that we can get closer to the music by doing something completely different than what the composer himself intended?

The performance will be given at the National Theatre during the Ultima Contemporary Music Festival.

Amfiscenen

Produced by Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg Platz, Berlin.

Bernhardt Schütz, Maximilian Brauer, Reinhold Friedl (piano) and Fucking Famous.

Dramaturgy: Henning Nass

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WHEN7pm - 8pm
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Sentrum Scene

Controversial Slovenian art/music collective Laibach present their version of Grieg’s Olav Tryggvason – Norway’s lost national opera – as a multimedia presentation, followed by a concert featuring a selection of tracks from the whole of their career, right up to this year’s Spectre album.

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Laibach på Ultima Academy

WHEN10pm - 11:30pm
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PRICE350,- / 250.-
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11am
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

On Sunday 14 September Ultima takes over the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet to stage Ultima’s Children’s Day. Rooms for concerts, rooms for work, and nooks and crannies both inside and outside will be filled to the brim with exciting concerts, installations, and drop-in workshops for children and adults of all ages.

How can a chest of drawers play music all by itself? What does a drawing actually sound like? Can a game of chess be transformed into a song? And what will the music festivals of the future look like?

The answers to these questions can be found at Ultima’s Children’s Day, a mini festival programmed by a team of curators consisting of children aged between 7 and 12. Under the supervision of music teachers and producers, the children have prepared a day that will inspire wonder and amazement and will that challenge our thoughts about how music should sound and how it should be experienced.

Ultima’s Children’s Day will be rounded off with a viewing of “Vårt visuelle verk” (Our visual works), the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra’s concert workshop with a focus on music note pictures and pictures as notes.

Pupils from cultural arts schools interacting with musicians from the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, opera singer Hege Høisæter, visual artist Helle Kaarem, composer Ole Henrik Moe and workshop manager Jon Halvor Bjørnseth will be finding out if it’s possible play and compose music using symbols other than normal notes. They work together to invent new symbols, new sounds, and new pictures for the concert to be held on Sunday at 15.00 in Hall 2 of the Opera House. During this project we will see examples of other composers who have mixed images and notes together in exciting ways to make graphic scores. Hege Høisæther will sing Stripsody by Cathy Berberian.

 

Ultima’s Children’s Day is open to everyone.

In cooperation with the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet

Initiated with the support of Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.

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Black Box Teater
Christophe Meierhans: Some use for your broken clay pots

Black Box Teater / Christophe Meierhans: Some use for your broken clay pots

Pure political science fiction

Some use for your broken clay pots is a sort of debate between Meierhans and the audience about the fictional constitutional proposal that he has been making. In short, he presents elements of what that democratic system is, and attempt to convince the audience that his is a better option than what we have presently. As the audience questions, criticises the proposing, he unveils more and more of what is in the constitution. Having the scenography, the lighting, the venue and the context of the theatre provides the right balance for people to engage in pure political science fiction. The piece lasts for about 1h30.

In collaboration with Black Box Teater.

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WHEN9pm - 10pm
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NyMusikk
Ole Martin Huser-Olsen

NyMusikk / Ole Martin Huser-Olsen

Ole Martin Huser-Olsen is a classical guitarist whose repertoire spans from Renaissance to newly composed contemporary music. The search for his own time lies at the heart of Huser-Olsen’s lunchtime concert in nyMusikk’s premises in Grønland. His quest is expressed in pieces by Martin Rane Bauck and Simon Steen-Andersen, who rework Shakespeare material and Bach’s Capriccio i B-flat major, respectively. Charlotte Piene and Dagfinn Koch also touch on the relationship between the past and the present: Piene through her translation of a specific person’s specific actions in a specific space of time, and Koch through his musical rendition of the poem entitled Hud. He also plays new work by Rainer Rubbert.

Charlotte Piene – Turn back to that point where (you think) you were that day (2011/2013)
Dagfinn Koch – Hud (WP)
Martin Rane Bauck – Shakespearean Miniatures (WP)
Rainer Rubbert – Aus Snodens Zeit (WP)
Simon Steen-Andersen – Beloved Brother (2008)

In collaboration with Ny Musikk.

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3pm
Loftet
Johannes Kreidler: Audioguide

Loftet / Johannes Kreidler: Audioguide

A six-hour-long talk show hosted by controversial Johannes Kreidler. A psychologist will be in attendance.

Audioguide is a series of talk shows conducted in the course of one evening – for six hours with no breaks. This theatre installation is not just a work for the stage that happens to contain music; it’s also a piece of music theatre about music and its relationship to politics, psychology, technology, and terrorism. Themes from Shakespeare and Derrida’s philosophy lie lurking in the background, while ultra modern technology is explored, subcutaneous signals transmitted via music, 100 instruments destroyed, the tragic consequences of the MP3 format discussed with a programmer, and a hyper instrument built in the hall. It will be neither modest nor reticent, but you are guaranteed an artistic experience for life.

Like most talk shows Audioguide has a host (Tammo Messow) and a sidekick (Tom Pilath). Not that common in this setting is the fact that they also have their own psychologist (Andrea Seitz), coder (Peer Blank) and two translators (Wieland Hoban and Philipp Blume). Felix Dreher is responsible for sound and video, and guests at the talk show are Stefan Fricke and (obviously) Johannes Kreidler. With musicians from Oslo-based Ensemble neoN: Karin Hellqvist (vl), Yumi Murakami (fl), Heloisa Amaral (pn/keyboards), Kristine Tjøgersen (cl.), Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen (perc), Inga Byrkjeland (vc).

In collaboration with Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt

Supported by Norsk kulturråd and Fonds Experimentelles Musiktheater NRW

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7pm
Universitetets Aula
Det Norske Kammerorkester: In light of Beethoven

Universitetets Aula / Det Norske Kammerorkester: In light of Beethoven

Anthony Marwood is what one might call a complete violinist; a brilliant soloist, a fine chamber musician and one of the few who masters the function of a performing leader. To us, he comes in all of these roles. The program is comprised of the old and new. We have invited two Norwegian composers in each generation to write music for us with Beethoven’s late string quartets as the foundation. Both Maja Ratkje and Asbjørn Schaathun took on this challenge with their shared fascination for the old mater. 

Marwood will be the soloist in the last part of the concert playing the violin concerto by Thomas Adès. Adès is considered a wonder boy in the modern classical music scene. At the age of fourty three, he has already received commissions from the Metropolitan Opera, premieres with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted many of the world´s leading orchestras. The Adès´violin concerto was first performed by Marwood at the BBC Proms in 2005. 

Announcement of the winner of Arne Nordheim’s Composer Prize 2014.

Maja Ratkje: Tale of Lead and Frozen Light (WP)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Strykekvartett op. 127 og op. 135 (utvalgte satser)
Asbjørn Schaathun: Beethoven singt (WP)
Thomas Ades: Fiolinkonsert

Produced by Det Norske Kammerorkester

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Beethoven at Ultima Academy

WHEN7pm - 8:30pm
WHEREUniversitetets Aula  Map
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9pm
Nasjonal jazzscene
Maja S. K. Ratkje / Helge Sten / Kåre Kolberg: Eastern Waves

Nasjonal jazzscene / Maja S. K. Ratkje / Helge Sten / Kåre Kolberg: Eastern Waves

Studio Experymentalne in Warsaw was the “office” for among others Arne Nordheim and Kåre Kolberg in the 60s and 70s. Some of their best known music from that period was created in the legendary studio.

Eastern Waves shed light on the studio’s electronic legacy with commissioned works by Helge Sten and Maja S. K. Ratkje. Ratkje’s work In dialogue with Rudnik is inspired by the Polish electronic musical pioneer Eugeniusz Rudnik, who incidentally was Norheim’s technician there. In the live version, Ratkje plays with, and together with, Rudnik’s music. Helge (‘Deathprod’) Sten’s composition is based on recordings of two of the Polish radio studio’s other pioneers: Bohdan Mazurek and Tomasz Sikorski. Kåre Kolberg’s Anonymus.

The concert is a cooperation between Ultima, Nasjonal Jazzscene, Stiftelsen 4.99, Bolt records and Notam.

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10am
Dansens Hus

Enveloped by a world of sound, texture and movement. A tactile landscape. Nature. Above it all flies the birds. Belonging everywhere and anywhere. Come! Listen, see, feel, hear, dance! Discover!

Korp Korp is an interactive installation performance for children aged 6 months – 3 years, where the children enter, and discover a landscape.

The abstract landscape draws inspiration from our Nordic heritage. But how can one define “the Nordic landscape”? It´s diverse and varied: plateus, vulcanic rocks, green mosscled islands, forests, farm fields, coast, mountains, fjords, lakes, snow and ice. The Nordic countries have such a rich and diverse landscape that it proves hard to draw a common line. Still, there is this definition: “the Nordic Landscape”, and most would agree that there is something particular and definable about “the Nordic Landscape”.

 
The children meet two dancers in this environment. Two peculiar shapes, birdlike and identical. Maybe human, maybe birds, maybe both. These bird twins land in the unknown landscape together with the children, and together they embark on discovering a new world.

The installation is sculptural, three dimentional, and filled with objects. We focus on experiencing the room with our senses: the children can see, smell, look, hear, touch, move and be present. Within a set frame work of a performance there is freedom for improvisation and discovery.

The performance last 30 min with time afterwards for further discovery of the room.

 
Concept, idea, choreography and dance: Annika Ostwald, Ida Uvaas

Composer and sound design: Jens L. Thomsen

Scenographer and sculptor: Carl Nilssen-Love

Electronics development: Hans Wilmers, Notam

Technician: Cato Langnes, Notam

Character development: Nancy Mannes

Costume Design: Elena Becker in collaboration with Maria Melinder

Lighting Consultant: Martin Myrvold

Photography: Anja Elmine Basma

Collaborators and co-producers: Dansearena Nord, Nord-Trøndelag Teater, Dans i Nord-Trøndelag og Notam Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and the Arts.

Supported by: Kunstløftet (Art Council Norway), Nordic Culturepoint and Fund For Performing Artists.

 

 

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WHEN10am - 12pm
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1pm
Loftet
Ingfrid Breie Nyhus

Loftet / Ingfrid Breie Nyhus

Øyvind Torvund: New work (WP)

Asbjørn Schaathun: Nations (WP)

 

“I’m interested in what lies between folk music and Western, classical music. There are so many differences – and also places where these two cultures meet,” says Ingfrid Breie Nyhus.

The pianist herself comes from both traditions, and it is precisely that which fascinates her as a musician.

“Although as a pianist I have studied the classical music tradition, I grew up with folk music and carry it around inside me. Some of my best childhood memories are of my dad sitting down in the basement, which was directly under my bedroom, and playing before I woke up in the morning.” ‘Røros-pols’, the fiddle, and Hardanger fiddle tunes: that love of playing was incredibly inspiring, and I’m still hooked on it.”

It is precisely in that tension between the two musical traditions that Nyhus is in her element, and she has challenged Øyvind Torvund, Asbjørn Schaathun and Erik Dæhlin to explore this tension in their respective commissioned works.

“There is a world of difference between music that originates in a need in everyday life, such as folk music, and the wanted, willed art music,” says Nyhus.

“It doesn’t have to be a case of either–or; it’s more like an axis. There are many such axes, the the friction occurs between the extremes, between the raw and the refined, the natural and the cultivated, the prosaic and the monumental.”

Asbjørn Schaathun and Øyvind Torvund have both composed works for Nyhus as solo pianist, while Erik Dæhlin’s installation combines old recordings with Nyhus’ own playing.

“Schaathun and I often talk about heterogeneity as the link between the two languages of folk music and contemporary music, like tiny variations in a unified material.” Øyvind Torvund was concerned with the relationship between culture and nature, and makes active use of concepts such as imitation from folk music,” says Nyhus.

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6pm
Loftet
The Electronic North pt. I

Loftet / The Electronic North pt. I

The first Nordic Music Days 2014 event – at new venue Loftet – features a selection of contemporary electronic music. Composer and performer Ida Lundén presents Songs My Mothers Taught Me for female cellist, inspired by and celebrating famous and successful ancestors and forebears; Maija Hynninen’s Borrowed Tunes 1: Dead Man Theme builds on Neil Young’s soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man; and Osmo Tapio Räihälä’s Seurat I combines violin, kantele and live electronics. Free entry.

Ida Lundén: Songs my mother taught me

Maija Hynninen: Borrowed Tunes: 1. Dead Man Theme

Osmo Tapio Räihälä: Seurat I

 

Supported by Norsk Komponistforening

WHEN6pm - 7pm
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8pm
Vulkan Arena

The colonization and liberation of Iceland

New York based Icelandic composer David Brynjar Franzson presents his new chamber opera at this year’s Ultima festival. Longitude, a new interdisciplinary work, is inspired by the early 19th century colonization and liberation of Iceland, and the life of Jørgen Jørgensen, the controversial leader of the Icelandic Revolution. Music by David Brynjar Franzson and Davyde Wachell. Performed by Ensemble Adapter.

This marks the start of Nordic Music Days 2014, which is hosted this year by Ultima with the Norwegian Society of Composers.

CREATIVE TEAM

Davíð Brynjar Franzson – composer

Davyde Wachell– film maker

Halldór Úlfarsson – installation artist


Angela Rawlings – text artist

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David Brynjar Franszon at Ultima academy

WHEN8pm - 9pm
WHEREVulkan Arena  Map
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10am
Dansens Hus
Korp Korp: Nordic Landscapes

Dansens Hus / Korp Korp: Nordic Landscapes

Enveloped by a world of sound, texture and movement. A tactile landscape. Nature. Above it all flies the birds. Belonging everywhere and anywhere. Come! Listen, see, feel, hear, dance! Discover!

Korp Korp is an interactive installation performance for children aged 6 months – 3 years, where the children enter, and discover a landscape.

The abstract landscape draws inspiration from our Nordic heritage. But how can one define “the Nordic landscape”? It´s diverse and varied: plateus, vulcanic rocks, green mosscled islands, forests, farm fields, coast, mountains, fjords, lakes, snow and ice. The Nordic countries have such a rich and diverse landscape that it proves hard to draw a common line. Still, there is this definition: “the Nordic Landscape”, and most would agree that there is something particular and definable about “the Nordic Landscape”.

 
The children meet two dancers in this environment. Two peculiar shapes, birdlike and identical. Maybe human, maybe birds, maybe both. These bird twins land in the unknown landscape together with the children, and together they embark on discovering a new world.

The installation is sculptural, three dimentional, and filled with objects. We focus on experiencing the room with our senses: the children can see, smell, look, hear, touch, move and be present. Within a set frame work of a performance there is freedom for improvisation and discovery.

The performance last 30 min with time afterwards for further discovery of the room.

 
Concept, idea, choreography and dance: Annika Ostwald, Ida Uvaas

Composer and sound design: Jens L. Thomsen

Scenographer and sculptor: Carl Nilssen-Love

Electronics development: Hans Wilmers, Notam

Technician: Cato Langnes, Notam

Character development: Nancy Mannes

Costume Design: Elena Becker in collaboration with Maria Melinder

Lighting Consultant: Martin Myrvold

Photography: Anja Elmine Basma

Collaborators and co-producers: Dansearena Nord, Nord-Trøndelag Teater, Dans i Nord-Trøndelag og Notam Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and the Arts.

Supported by: Kunstløftet (Art Council Norway), Nordic Culturepoint and Fund For Performing Artists.

 

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1pm
Loftet
The Electronic North II

Loftet / The Electronic North II

Lunch concert with Thuridur Jonsdóttir, Risto Holopainen and Rikhardur H Fridriksson at Loftet. In Jonsdóttirs INNI – Musica da Camera, the fragile harmonics of a baroque violin interact with a soundscape generated from an infant’s murmur, with an ancient lullaby woven into the texture. Risto Holopainen’s algorithmic composition Spielraums employs systems associated with computer games. Rikhardur H Fridriksson’s Three Pieces on the Nature of Iceland examines the extraordinary sonic qualities of Iceland’s natural environment. Free entry.

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5pm
Kulturkirken Jakob

One of the most important arenas for European electronic music is 50 years old this year. Since 1964, EMS Elektronmusikstudion has been the centre of Swedish electroacoustic music and sound art. Besides EMS promoting Swedish electronic music internationally, EMS offers professional studio space and supports the development of electroacoustic music and its integration within other arts. Some of the genre’s most important works have been made in their studio. EMS will be celebrating its 50th birthday with a concert at Ultima featuring music composed and performed by Hanna Hartman and Erik Bünger.

In collaboration with Elektronmusikstudion EMS.

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WHEN5pm - 6pm
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7:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

With Buenos Aires we present the world premiere of a completely new chamber opera. The work is about indirect communication and, as implied in the title, the air, or perhaps simply the absurdity of communicating through song.Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen is behind this production. With his multimedia works that explore the grey area between music, performance, theatre and video art, Steen-Andersen has attracted a lot of attention on the European music scene in recent years. In his new opera, he also fills the roles of librettist, set designer and instructor. 

The cast is the German vocal ensemble Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and the Norwegian Ensemble asamisimasa, with whom Steen-Andersen has worked for many years.

Produced in coollaboration with The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

Also performed 19 September kl. 19.30

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In collaboration with Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, Asamisimasa and The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

Supported by Norsk kulturråd

Buenos Aires at Ultima Academy

 

WHEN7:30pm - 9pm
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9pm
Riksscenen
Marie Munore /Panta Rei Danseteater: On the Outside

Riksscenen / Marie Munore /Panta Rei Danseteater: On the Outside

What happens when a songwriter is given free rein to give a concert to a dance theatre – and the dance theatre is given free rein to choreograph a concert?

In their first collaborative project entitled On the Outside, Panta Rei Danseteater and vocalist and songwriter Marie Munroe will provide the answer. Inspired by a shared fascination for Dave Egger’s quote “You have What I Can Afford To Give”, they want to use their different forms of expression to convey the loneliness of togetherness.

PRD is one of Norway’s best-known dance companies which through touring at home and abroad challenge themselves to find new types of audiences, this time a concert audience.

Marie Munroe is the name and sound of one of Norway’s most distinctive voices and songwriters. This vocalist from Ålesund has already several recordings to her credit, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with others. Costumes by Hanne. Iveland Henriksbø and video art by Anastasia Isachsen.

Soloist: Marie Munore

Panta Rei Danseteater

Produced by Panta Rei Danseteater in collaboration with CODA festival

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9pm
Vulkan Arena

PechaKucha – a Japanese word meaning ‘babbling’ – is a patented system designed to help speakers stick to the point. Whether it is an experienced speaker or a student; Every speaker gets 20 slides with 20 seconds on each, with a total of six minutes and 40 seconds, to present their project.

PechaKucha nights are also informal social gatherings for creative people who want to exchange ideas. During Nordic Music Days, two PechaKucha nights will be arranged, where contributors will be presenting ideas, projects and concepts related to contemporary music, serving as a showcase and mingling opportunity for delegates and audience alike.

Program (stay tuned for updates): 

Trevor Cox: Sound Tourism 

Nwando Ebizie: Nonclassical

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10am
Dansens Hus

Enveloped by a world of sound, texture and movement. A tactile landscape. Nature. Above it all flies the birds. Belonging everywhere and anywhere. Come! Listen, see, feel, hear, dance! Discover!

Korp Korp is an interactive installation performance for children aged 6 months – 3 years, where the children enter, and discover a landscape.

The abstract landscape draws inspiration from our Nordic heritage. But how can one define “the Nordic landscape”? It´s diverse and varied: plateus, vulcanic rocks, green mosscled islands, forests, farm fields, coast, mountains, fjords, lakes, snow and ice. The Nordic countries have such a rich and diverse landscape that it proves hard to draw a common line. Still, there is this definition: “the Nordic Landscape”, and most would agree that there is something particular and definable about “the Nordic Landscape”.

 
The children meet two dancers in this environment. Two peculiar shapes, birdlike and identical. Maybe human, maybe birds, maybe both. These bird twins land in the unknown landscape together with the children, and together they embark on discovering a new world.

The installation is sculptural, three dimentional, and filled with objects. We focus on experiencing the room with our senses: the children can see, smell, look, hear, touch, move and be present. Within a set frame work of a performance there is freedom for improvisation and discovery.

The performance last 30 min with time afterwards for further discovery of the room.

 
Concept, idea, choreography and dance: Annika Ostwald, Ida Uvaas

Composer and sound design: Jens L. Thomsen

Scenographer and sculptor: Carl Nilssen-Love

Electronics development: Hans Wilmers, Notam

Technician: Cato Langnes, Notam

Character development: Nancy Mannes

Costume Design: Elena Becker in collaboration with Maria Melinder

Lighting Consultant: Martin Myrvold

Photography: Anja Elmine Basma

Collaborators and co-producers: Dansearena Nord, Nord-Trøndelag Teater, Dans i Nord-Trøndelag og Notam Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and the Arts.

Supported by: Kunstløftet (Art Council Norway), Nordic Culturepoint and Fund For Performing Artists.

 

 

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5pm
Kulturkirken Jakob

One of Norway’s premier young new music ensembles, the nine-piece Aksiom will perform a programme of new Scandinavian music by young Nordic composers. They continue their collaboration with Lyvind Mæland and vocal soloist Stine Motland, who has performed successfully with Performa13 in New York, andJohan Svensson. They will also play works by Lisa Streich and a new piece by Kaj Duncan David, whose audio-visual computer music piece is performed in almost complete darkness, lit only by the glow of monitor screens.

Kaj Duncan David (DK) – Computer Music (WP), composed with support by Norsk kulturråd

Øyvind Mæland (NO) – Nytt verk (WP), composed with support by Norsk kulturråd

Lisa Streich (SE) – Papirosn (2013)

Johan Svensson (SE) – Nytt verk (2014) (WP), composed with support by Komponistenes vederlagsfond

 

Aksiom

Stine Janvin Motland, vokal (Mæland)

Kai Grinde Myrann, dirigent

The concert is supported by Fond for utøvende kunstnere

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6pm
Henie Onstad kunstsenter

Verdensteatret premieres new work at Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

The Ultima festival proudly presents the premiere of the new work by one of Norway’s most innovative and experimental art constellations.

Verdensteatret consist of artists from different artistic professions who for almost 30 years have been making installations, performance art, concerts and related works. Their works are presented widely international in different art contexts and locations. New work by the group, which in 2006 received the prestigious Bessie Award in New York, is always met with high anticipation.

The works of Verdensteatret often appear as a journey through different forms of landscapes. This new piece are right now entering its last phase towards completion after a long and winding road. Among a great diversity of material to surface this time there are some imprints from their last stay in India in 2011. Moving through different landscapes simultaneously might be a result of Verdensteatrets nearly 30 years of nomadic practice.

Nevertheless it is still not possible to predict which direction the work will take in the time to come before the opening at Henie Onstad Art Center in September. The new piece is a hybrid between concert, performance and installation, where the whole space is played as one polyphonic audiovisual instrument.

Broen over Gjørme (Bridge over Mud) is created and performed by the artists:
Lisbeth J. Bodd, Asle Nilsen, Eirik Blekesaune, Piotr Pajchel, Martin Taxt, Alireza Djabbary, Benjamin Nelson, Elisabeth Gmeiner, Torgrim Torve and Espen Sommer Eide.
Other artists involved in the project: Thorolf Thuestad, Kristine R. Sandøy.

 

Henie Onstad Art Center (HOK) / Studio

Tickets available now! NOK 160/120, also includes entrance to the exhibition Josef Albers: Minimal Means Maximum Effect at HOK

Also shows these dates in September: 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 (at 2 pm)

The presentation is a collaboration between Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Henie Onstad Art Center, Black Box Teater, BIT Teatergarasjen and Verdensteatret.

Verdensteatreter is supported by The Norwegian Art Council.
See more information here: www.verdensteatret.com

 

 

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7:30pm
Oslo Konserthus

Ultima and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra present five new orchestral works by a star-studded line-up of Scandinavia’s most distinctive young musicians. Malin Bång’ work entitled avgår, pågår, commissioned jointly with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, will have its world premiere in Oslo during Ultima. The work is a fascinating noise wandering through the streets of her native city, Gothenburg. Ørjan Matre’s new violin concerto will have its Norwegian premiere just a week after its world premiere in the Netherlands. In 2012 Anna Thorvaldsdottir from Iceland was awarded the Nordic Council Music Award for Dreaming. The music is reminiscent of a shifting landscape that gives the impression of time standing still, as if in a dream. Simon Steen-Andersen’s Ouvertures, a work for the traditional Chinese instrument guZheng, samplers and symphony orchestras, had its breakthrough when it earned him first prize at the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival in May 2009. The conductor for this evening is Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov, who until now was chief conductor and artistic director of Iceland Symphony Orchestra, will be conductor for the concert.

Malin Bång: Avgår, pågår (WP)

Ørjan Matre: Fiolinkonsert

Hlynur Adils Vilmarsson: bd

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Dreaming

Simon Steen-Andersen: Ouvertures for guzheng, sampler and orchestra

Conductor: Ilan Volkov

Soloist: Peter Herresthal – violin
Soloist: Liu Le – guzheng

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WHEN7:30pm - 9pm
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7:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

Buenos Aires

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart + Asamisimasa

With Buenos Aires we present the world premiere of a completely new chamber opera. The work is about indirect communication and, as implied in the title, the air, or perhaps simply the absurdity of communicating through song.Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen is behind this production. With his multimedia works that explore the grey area between music, performance, theatre and video art, Steen-Andersen has attracted a lot of attention on the European music scene in recent years. In his new opera, he also fills the roles of librettist, set designer and instructor. 

The cast is the German vocal ensemble Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and the Norwegian Ensemble asamisimasa, with whom Steen-Andersen has worked for many years.

Produced in coollaboration with The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

Premiere 18 September.

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In collaboration with Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, Asamisimasa and The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

Supported by Norsk kulturråd

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9pm
Riksscenen
Marie Munroe og Panta Rei Danseteater: On the Outside

Riksscenen / Marie Munroe og Panta Rei Danseteater: On the Outside

What happens when a songwriter is given free rein to give a concert to a dance theatre – and the dance theatre is given free rein to choreograph a concert?

In their first collaborative project entitled On the Outside, Panta Rei Danseteater and vocalist and songwriter Marie Munroe will provide the answer. Inspired by a shared fascination for Dave Egger’s quote “You have What I Can Afford To Give”, they want to use their different forms of expression to convey the loneliness of togetherness.

PRD is one of Norway’s best-known dance companies which through touring at home and abroad challenge themselves to find new types of audiences, this time a concert audience.

Marie Munroe is the name and sound of one of Norway’s most distinctive voices and songwriters. This vocalist from Ålesund has already several recordings to her credit, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with others. Costumes by Hanne. Iveland Henriksbø and video art by Anastasia Isachsen.

Soloist: Marie Munore

Panta Rei Danseteater

Produced by Panta Rei Danseteater in collaboration with CODA festival

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11pm
Vulkan Arena

Finland + oompah + tango = HumppAvanti!

Avanti! Ensemble

HumppAvanti! is a musical laboratory cooked up by 13 musicians from the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. It started as an in-joke, playing Finnish humppa (‘oompah’) music of the 1950s and 60s and parodying other crossover music projects. You would have thought that humppa – a type of vintage dance music – was the kind of ghastly kitsch that was the total opposite of everything these avant garde improvisers and performers stood for. But it turned out to be a great platform for the band to enjoy complete freedom. The HumppAvanti! style can suddenly switch from free atonality to old-school dance music to klezmer – anything goes.

In collaboration with FINNO (Finsk-norsk kultursenter).

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Skjermbilde 2014-07-03 kl. 13.03.21

WHEN11pm - 11:45pm
WHEREVulkan Arena  Map
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2pm
Universitetets Aula

DR UnderholdningsOrkestret, Denmark’s beloved equivalent to Norway’s KORK (Norwegian Radio Orchestra), is coming to Ultima.

They will perform Eivind Buene’s new work Blue Mountain, commissioned specially for the occasion. In this work the orchestra and actors Ingrid Bolsø Berdal and Mattis Herman Nyqvist play key roles in a kind of live radio play. Blue Mountain is about how music shapes our dreams and our desires, how we organise our memories and thus who we are. Life histories and music histories are intertwined, and the concert is a play that offers us the opportunity to sense the concrete presence of time– and the ability of music to capture the moment when everything changes.

Mignon (meaninf ’sweet’ in French) – Mignon (which translates to sweet in French) – is a new concert for piano by the master of suggestion, Bent Sørensen. The piece had it’s world premiere and was performed by DR UnderholdningsOrkestret at the Klang Festival Copenhagen. Soloist (piano): Katrine Gislinge. Conductor: Baldur Brönninmann.

The orchestra will also perform music by Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist. Rehnqvist composed original music for the Swedish royal wedding in 2010 and then became the first female composer to ever compose music for such an occasion.

All this will take place in the University of Oslo’s Great Hall.

 

Karin Rehnqvist: Breaking the Ice

Bent Sørensen: Papillon Mignon (NP)

Eivind Buene: Blue Mountain (WP)

DR UnderholdningsOrkestret, Mattis Herman Nyqvist, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal

Conductor: Baldor Brönnimann

In collaboration with DR UnderholdningsOrkestret.

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Eivind Buene at Ultima Academy

WHEN2pm - 3pm
WHEREUniversitetets Aula  Map
PRICE200,- / 150.-
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2pm
Henie Onstad kunstsenter

Also shows these dates in September: 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 (at 2 pm)

Tickets available now! NOK 160/120, also includes entrance to the exhibition Josef Albers: Minimal Means Maximum Effect at HOK

Verdensteatret premieres new work at Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

The Ultima festival proudly presents the premiere of the new work by one of Norway’s most innovative and experimental art constellations.

Verdensteatret consist of artists from different artistic professions who for almost 30 years have been making installations, performance art, concerts and related works. Their works are presented widely international in different art contexts and locations. New work by the group, which in 2006 received the prestigious Bessie Award in New York, is always met with high anticipation.

The works of Verdensteatret often appear as a journey through different forms of landscapes. This new piece are right now entering its last phase towards completion after a long and winding road. Among a great diversity of material to surface this time there are some imprints from their last stay in India in 2011. Moving through different landscapes simultaneously might be a result of Verdensteatrets nearly 30 years of nomadic practice.

Nevertheless it is still not possible to predict which direction the work will take in the time to come before the opening at Henie Onstad Art Center in September. The new piece is a hybrid between concert, performance and installation, where the whole space is played as one polyphonic audiovisual instrument.

Broen over Gjørme (Bridge over Mud) is created and performed by the artists:
Lisbeth J. Bodd, Asle Nilsen, Eirik Blekesaune, Piotr Pajchel, Martin Taxt, Alireza Djabbary, Benjamin Nelson, Elisabeth Gmeiner, Torgrim Torve and Espen Sommer Eide.
Other artists involved in the project: Thorolf Thuestad, Kristine R. Sandøy.

The presentation is a collaboration between Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Henie Onstad Art Center, Black Box Teater, BIT Teatergarasjen and Verdensteatret.

Verdensteatreter is supported by The Norwegian Art Council.
See more information here: www.verdensteatret.com

WHEN2pm - 3pm
WHEREHenie Onstad kunstsenter  Map
PRICE160,- / 120.-
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6pm
Kulturkirken Jakob

Ensemble Ernst, one of the leading Nordic contemporary music ensembles, perform a selection of new work. Especially notable is a rare new large scale composition by Ole Henrik Moe: a new guitar concerto featuring soloist Thomas Kjekstad. They also perform Finnish composer Sampo Haapamäki’s piece Velinikka for quartertone accordion and chamber orchestra, as well as Djuro Zivkovic’s On the Guarding of the Heart , which received the prestigious Grawemeyer Award.

Ole Henrik Moe: (WP)

Sampo Haapamäki: Velinikka

Djuro Zivkovic: On the guardening of the heart

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WHEN6pm - 7pm
WHEREKulturkirken Jakob  Map
PRICE200,- / 150.-
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10pm
Vulkan Arena
Ultima Finale: Ben Frost A U R O R A live / Karin Krog / TCF / Jeppe Just Instituttet

Vulkan Arena / Ultima Finale: Ben Frost A U R O R A live / Karin Krog / TCF / Jeppe Just Instituttet

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.

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.

Ultima Finale: Ben Frost A U R O R A live / Karin Krog / TCF / Jeppe Just Instituttet

In collaboration with Ny Musikk og NATT&DAG

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WHEN10pm - 2am
WHEREVulkan Arena  Map
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about

Ultima is the premiere contemporary music festival in the Nordic region. The festival became a designated “knutepunkt” (cultural hub) in 2006 and is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs and Oslo City Council. Ultima is a foundation with 17 members, all of them professional cultural institutions or organisations.

The festival takes place during September and is staged at venues all around Oslo. Our events are staged both in large, established venues such as the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo Concert Hall and the University of Oslo’s Great Hall as well as in small clubs, shop premises, industrial premises, museums, schools and outdoors.

The Ultima Festival aims to promote artistic distinctiveness, trends and innovation and to make music of a high artistic standard accessible by everyone.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon is the patron of Ultima.

members

The Ultima Foundation has a council comprising 17 members. Their efforts and contributions make it possible to arrange Ultima and to make it such a successful festival of contemporary music year after year.

BIT20 Ensemble

Black Box Teater

Den Norske Opera & Ballett

Det Norske Kammerorkester

Det Norske Solistkor

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

Institutt for musikkvitenskap

Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo

NICEM

Norges musikkhøgskole

Norsk Komponistforening

NOTAM

NRK, Kringkastingsorkestret

NyMusikk

Oslo Domkor

Oslo-Filharmonien

Oslo Sinfonietta og Cikada

when?

The upcoming festival happens 10–20 September 2014.

staff

LARS PETTER HAGEN
Artistic Director
lphagen@ultima.no

ALF GREGUSSON
Financial Manager
M +47 90 60 66 81
alf@ultima.no

TRUDE DOMBESTEIN ELDE
Project Manager
M +47 97 58 43 21
trude@ultima.no

CATHRINE NYSÆTHER
Head of Information
M +47 93 00 93 42
cathrine@ultima.no

HELOISA AMARAL
Educational Projects Coordinator
heloisa@ultima.no
M +47 45 66 78 73

SOFIE RINGSTAD
Festival coordinator
M +47 46 42 55 07
sofie@ultima.no

board

Ultima’s board of directors in 2014:

Odd Gullberg, Chairman of the Board
Donatella De Paoli, Member
Henrik Hellstenius, Member
Audun Hasti, Member
Cathrine Pia Lund, Member
Eva Fredrikke Dahr, Substitute
Eivind Lorentzen, Substitute
Janne Stang Dahl, Substitute
Klaus Sandvik, Substitute

contact

Visit: Ultima, Skippergata 22, N-0154 Oslo
Post: c/o Sentralen, Postboks 183 Sentrum, 0102 Oslo, Norway

 

tickets

Tickets for Ultima 2014 HERE

Buy your tickets to concerts at www.billettservice.no

Ordered tickets can be picked up at the post office, ‘Post i butikk’, Narvesen, and 7Eleven.

Single tickets: Please view information about each specific performance.

Full price and discounts (students, elderly, unemployment etc.) is available.

NB! Sold out! Book early, as we expect performances to be sold out. To make sure you get a seat using punch tickets, please arrive ahead of time before the performance begins.

join us

VOLUNTEERS?
We need talented, enthusiastic volunteers to help with production, marketing, tickets sales, assisting at the venues and other odd jobs before and during the festival. Are you interested in being a volunteer?

Registerform here

SPONSOR?
Are you interested in hearing more about sponsoring opportunities? Contact us at info@ultima.no.

ARTISTIC?
If you would like to make an artistic contribution to Ultima, submit your programme ideas to program@ultima.no. We usually receive a large number of program ideas, so please bear with us if it takes time before you receive a reply.

support

Ultima is supported by:

  

ministryofculture

cityofoslo 

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sparebankstiftelsen

dextra

egd

norden

evs-m

frittord

 

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