The Ultima Festival board of directors has extended Lars Petter Hagen's term as CEO and Artistic Director until the end of 2018

The Ultima Festival board of directors has extended Lars Petter Hagen's term as CEO and Artistic Director until the end of 2018
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“The board appreciates that Lars Petter Hagen will continue to manage the festival for another three years,” says Stein Gullberg, Chairman of the Board. “Mr. Hagen has brought an innovative spirit to the festival program and steered its administrative advancement with a steady hand. Public attendance is on a rise, and Ultima is meeting with ever growing international attention. It’s important to make the best use of this potential, which is best served by the continuity we achieve by extending this appointment. Lars Petter Hagen’s extensive network as well as the fact that he is held in esteem by a broad music and art environment, both within Norway and internationally.”

Lars Petter Hagen has accepted the offer. “Oslo is a fabulous music town in constant growth, making the Ultima Festival one of the most exciting places to work in the whole world right now. I look forward to another three years with unpredictable musical encounters, dialog with the public and artists, good colleagues and partners,” he says.


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Ultima magazine 2015

Ultima magazine 2015
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Information on tickets for Lucid Dream in Ekeberg Park

Information on tickets for Lucid Dream in Ekeberg Park
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Information on tickets for Lucid Dream in Ekeberg Park 10 – 12 September:

Tickets for the installation Lucid Dream will be available from Billettservice, from Thursday 20 August 9 am onwards.

 

Limit: 6 tickets per person. Each showing has a maximum capacity of 20 people.

Tickets will only be available from the website Billettservice.no.

Available on a first come first served basis.


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Ultima Academy programme

Ultima Academy programme
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Ultima Academy – a series of academic and public lectures, screenings and workshops in parallel with Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival – offers music enthusiasts, professionals and students insight into the connection between contemporary music theory and practice, as well as expanding on the theme of this year’s Ultima Festival.

The theme of this year’s Ultima is ‘On Nature’

How does nature affect art? How does art affect nature? For its 2015 edition, Ultima Academy invites scientists, music researchers and artists to talk about nature and discuss our attitudes to it.

This year Ultima Academy will feature a specially designed Wunderkammer* at Kulturhuset on Youngstorget. Inspired by the Renaissance/Baroque ‘cabinet of curiosities’, this Wunderkammer will consist of unfamiliar objects and sounds created by professional artists and students. It will be open to the public during Ultima, inviting visitors to explore real and imaginary connections between the works presented at the festival and the world of nature and the natural sciences.

Bizarre, marvelous and mysterious objects, collected by wealthy Europeans on their travels abroad, have attracted attention since the mid-sixteenth century. The Wunderkammer, or ‘cabinet of curiosities’, was typically a contained all manner of artefacts from exotic animals, vegetables, strange figures and mineral specimens, plans for impossible buildings and machines, medical diagrams, pictures and manuscripts describing far-off landscapes.

Participants at Ultima Academy 2015 include: Richard Taruskin, David Toop, Dag Hessen, Cecilie Ore, Wolfgang Ernst, Bruno Laeng, Semir Zeki, Henrik Svensen, Helga-Marie Nordby, Alexander Schubert, Hans-Thies Lehmann, Joanna Bailie, Trond Reinholdtsen, Matthew Shlomowitz, Ole-Henrik Moe et al. Curated by Heloisa Amaral.

Full programme, news and updates

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Ultima 2015: Full programme revealed!

Ultima 2015: Full programme revealed!
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We now have the pleasure of presenting the final programme for this year’s Ultima Contemporary Music Festival. 

Information about events, tickets and dates is available in the programme/calendar on the right.

We look forward to seeing you in September!


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Purchase your Early Bird / discount tickets now

Purchase your Early Bird / discount tickets now
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Tickets

Tickets sales will start in the spring. This year’s Ultima is offering an Early Bird Deal to those who want to make sure they book their tickets in good time. Until 1 July, all tickets can be bought at student rates! Tickets will go on sale at the same time as our programme updates are published. 

Tickets to all Ultima events will be released by 19 June.


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More Ultima concerts

More Ultima concerts
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Four new Ultima concerts. Tickets available now.

Full prorgam will be released on Friday 19 June.

 

Zwerm with Anders Førisdal

18.09.15, 6 pm

Norges musikkhøgskole, Levinsalen

NOK 200/100

The electric guitar will have the lead role when Norwegian Anders Førisdal joins forces with the Dutch-Belgian guitar quartet Zwerm. Since 2007, Zwerm has been attracting increasing attention for its projects, such as performing as a street parade band (complete with portable amplifiers) and a noise rock band of the brutal kind. Mixed with a generous dose of central European humour, the group has a long list of releases to its credit, among them The World’s Longest Melody, which The Wire Magazine hailed as “an obvious contender for album of the year 2010…”

At Ultima their programme will consist of early Norwegian experimental music by pioneer Bjørn Fongaard. They will also performe The Major Sevenths Medley, a greatest-hits ode to Matthew Shlomowitz’s imaginary band. Jongens is the name of one of Zwerm’s early albums, released when as young boys they recorded their first tracks on cassette. Twenty-five years on, the Dutch composer Thomas Bensdorp has written his own composition of those recordings. Als mens vermomd means “disguised as a human”, and deals with a strayed alien, written by dEUS band member Mauro Pawlowski.

 

Ensemble asamisimasa

14.09.15, 8 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 200/100

Motivated by a steady focus on the new, on development, and with an unwavering faith in music and in the expressive potential of musicians, Mathias Spahlinger‘s music is constantly evolving. Spahlinger uses elements from a broad spectrum of genres and techniques, and this seventy-year-old modernist has managed to leave his mark on the German and European music scenes as composer, thinker, and teacher. Ensemble asamisimasa has collaborated with Spahlinger on several occasions, and is currently planning a Spahlinger festival in Oslo in October. At this concert, the ensemble will give a first performance of Spahlinger’s new work, no 10, nachtstück mit sonne. This concert also marks Øyvind Torvund‘s first portrait CD, Neon Forest Space. Torvud has also closely collaborated with asamisimasa in connection with first performances and concerts of his others works. Plastic Waves (2013) for piano and quartet is a different kind of work in that it mixes sounds from snare drums, piano melodies, harmonica and bass clarinet with broken glass and references to circus sounds.

Ensemble asamisimasa is an established Norwegian ensemble dedicated to new music, and is known for combining classic avant-garde with new works specially written for them, often with elements of electronics, video and other media. The members are: Kristine Tjøgersen (clarinet), Håkon Stene (percussion), Anders Førisdal (guitar), Ellen Ugelvik (piano) and Tanja Orning (cello).

 

James Dillon / Jon Øivind Ness

Cikada

12.09.15, 3 pm

Parkteatret

NOK 200/100

Scottish composer James Dillon is a household name in his home country, with commissioned works from and performances by many of the UK’s biggest orchestra and influential international ensembles. Oslo/Triptych was commissioned for Cikada in 2011 as part of a three-part project Dillon conducted with ensembles from Leuven, Oslo and New York. Dillon is known for his large-scale projects, such as Nine Rivers, the symphonic cycle of monumental proportions, but his smaller works are also impressive, often composed with specific musicians in mind. Oslo/Triptych includes Indian harmonium, an instrument often used by Cikada in recent years.

The concert also marks the launch of Cikada’s new album witch consist of music by Jon Øivind Ness and Liza Lim. Ness’ work Gimilen takes its name from two lakes in the woodlands north-east of Hakadal, Norway. He often draws on nature for his inspiration, and several of his works are named after lakes in the Oslo region. Gimilen (2014) had its première at the KLANGSPUREN Festival in September last year.

Cikada is one of Norway’s most distinctive contemporary music ensembles, and has also made its mark internationally as an exciting and expressive exponent of new music. The ensemble has been an important contributor to Ultima for many years.

 

Edvin Østergaard/Jan Erik Mikalsen

Det Norske Solistkor

19.09.15, 1 pm

Universitetets gamle festsal

NOK 200/100

The programme for the concert will consist of two works: a first performance of Jan Erik Mikalsen‘s commissioned work Sonette for Choir which was completed earlier this year, and Edvin Østergaard‘s Unpredictable Moments, which was also commissioned by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir. Mikaelsen’s commissioned work originates in Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus. These heavily symbolic sonnets are based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and are dedicated to a friend of Rilke’s daughter who died at the age of 19. Unpredictable Moments was performed at Ultima a few years ago. This work deals with scientific discoveries, and explores the interface between science and art. The starting point is a description of how scientists arrive at their major discoveries in a way not unlike an artistic creative process.

The concert is part of the Ultima Academy, and it is in this connection that Alf Bjørseth will introduce the concert. As well as holding a PhD in physical chemistry, Bjørseth is an entrepreneur and an inspiring communicator of research. Performers: Norwegian Soloists’ Choir under the direction of Grete Pedersen.


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New Ultima events: On the mysteries of the sea, man's struggle against nature, and the post-industrial Oslo

New Ultima events: On the mysteries of the sea, man's struggle against nature, and the post-industrial Oslo
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Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK)

19.0920.15, 3 pm

Great Hall, University of Oslo

Tickets: NOK 200/100

Jon Øivind Ness: Mørkgånga (WP)

Øyvind Torvund: Idyllic Scenes (WP)

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra has been performing at Ultima for more than 20 years now, and this year it will give two Norwegian first performances in the University of Oslo’s Great Hall.

Jon Øivind Ness’ new work is called Mørkgånga, named after the ravine in Krokskogen on the northwestern boundary of Oslomarka, the recreational woodlands surrounding Oslo. The work is a natural-romantic composition but not without some element of humour. To give an example, an unnamed native of Trondelag is pursued by a hawk and a viper, and attacked and stung by a swarm of angry wasps, all of which results in a barrage of colourful expletives in his local dialect. The animals’ attempts to scare him off says something about how nature does not necessarily need us as much as we need it.

The concert will also mark the first performance of Øyvind Torvund‘s latest work, Idyllic Scenes, which derives much of its material from notions of the ideal and dream-like states in late romantic and impressionist orchestral music. These idyllic tableaux are coloured in different ways by noisy, atonal counterpoints and ‘electronic clouds’, and combined in a series of fragments. Another theme in the work is the origin of music, with primal organic sounds that are gradually cultivated or shaped into phrases and melodies.

 

Camille Norment & David Toop

13.09.2015, 6 pm

Office for Contemporary Art Norway

Tickets: NOK 200/100

Camille Norment, who is Norway’s entry to the 56th Venice Biennale, began her collaboration with composer and writer David Toop at Café OTO in London in 2014. The collaboration resulted in a performance at the Biennale. The performance explores the legends, stories and mysteries of the depth of the oceans through sound. It is still being continually developed, and will be performed at Ultima in September.

The Oslo-based American artist Camille Norment’s practice includes performance, installation, drawing and sound. She explores how the body is interconnected with its environment through sound, and contemplates on the power of dissonance to create spaces for new ways of thinking. David Toop is a British composer, writer and professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at the London College of Communication. The third edition of his debut book, Rap Attack, has just been released. He has recorded five solo albums since he released Ocean of Sound in 1995.

In cooperation with nyMusikk and the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

 

Knut Olaf Sunde: Comfort Music

Ensemble Aksiom

14.09.2015, 6 pm

Vulkan Arena

Tickets: NOK 200/100

Knut Olaf Sunde continues his investigation of a place’s listening qualities, and in this performative concert installation the audience’s are put on the alert when the situation apparently breaks down. The audience is received on the post-industrial Vulkan site, on which flour mills stood since the 14th century, and which served as a wading place over the Aker River, Oslo’s life nerve during the city’s industrial period. The work is a staged fiction with other musicians and a series of loudspeakers on different channels.

Sunde is a composer, and holds an artistic research fellowship position at the Norwegian Academy of Music, specialising in the area of awareness of place.

Ensemble Aksiom is an Oslo-based ensemble for new music that was formed in 2010. The ensemble focus on developing new works with composers, and also performs improvisations.

In cooperation with the Norwegian Centre for Technology in Music and the Arts.


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Kurt Schwitters Day at Henie Onstad Arts Centre

Kurt Schwitters Day at Henie Onstad Arts Centre
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Kurt Schwitters Day

13.09.2015, 1 – 4 pm

Henie Onstad Arts Centre

Tickets: NOK 200/100

Entry to all exhibitions at the Henie Onstad Arts Centre are included in the ticket price.

 

The first performance of Building Instrument, a commissioned work inspired by Kurt Schwitters, a talk on the history of art by Karin Hellandsjø and Oda Wildhagen Gjessing, and the official opening of a new exhibition of the artist’s work.

13.00 (Auditorium)

A talk on Kurt Schwitters’ artistic accomplishments, by Karin Hellandsjø and Oda Wildhagen Gjessing

14.00 (Studio)

Building Instrument – Schwitters (commissioned work)

A hybrid between acoustic pop and improvised contemporary music, Building Instrument masters the art of control and release.

The trio consists of Mari Kvien Brunvoll (vocals, electronics, various instruments), Øyvind Hegg-Lunde (drums, percussion) and Åsmund Weltzien (synth, electronics). Kvien Brunvoll was described by Bugge Wesseltoft as a unique talent, has been remixed by Ricardo Villalobos, and received two nominations for a Spelleman award. Keyboard player Åsmund Weltzien plays with Thea Næss, while drummer Øyvind Hegg-Lunde plays in the bands Big Almost, Crab is Crap with Ståle Storløkken, and has toured with Sweden’s José Gonzalez. They have written a commissioned work for Ultima 2015 comprising brand new music inspired by different aspects of Kurt and his art.

15.00 (Mini Prisma)

Vernissage of the new Kurt Schwitters exhibition.

Opening of the new Kurt Schwitters room, exhibiting more than 30 of the artists works on loan from Sparebankstiftelsen DNB, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, and Sprengel Museum Hannover.

 


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10am
Edvard Munch Videregående skole

Ultima Remake

The foyer at the Edvard Munch Secondary School

September 10, 2015, 10 am – 3 pm

Free admission

 

For the fourth year running, Ultima teams up with a high school on the project Ultima Remake. Together with a team of artists, students and teachers work on an installation that encompasses the theme of this year’s festival.

The 2015 Remake is based on Olivier Messiaen’s work Turangalîla-Symphonie. The students at the recently opened Edvard Munch videregående skole (Edvard Munch High School) will create the installation with their teachers and the Remake team. It will be placed in the school’s foyer. The installation is interactive and made up of sound landscapes, composition, dance and visual elements inspired by Messiaen’s musings on nature.

With students and teachers from the music, dance and design/textile strands in cooperation with Heloisa Amaral (Ultima), Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad (composer), Koka Nikoladze (Notam), and Maja Roel (choreographer/dancer).

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WHEREEdvard Munch Videregående skole  Map
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4pm
Oslo Konserthus
INSTALLATION John Persen: Mot Kalde Vinder

Oslo Konserthus / INSTALLATION John Persen: Mot Kalde Vinder

Outside Oslo Konserthus 4–10pm

Free

 

On the occasion of Ultima 2015, Grappa is releasing an album of John Persen’s electronic music. Jøran Rudi (researcher at Notam and former guitar player with Kjøtt) says this about his cooperation with Persen:

‘I had just bought an eight track tape recorder, a four voice Korg MonoPoly synthesizer and a Roland TR-808 drum machine. John Persen had a brand new Roland Jupiter 6 and a tape echo device. Together with a huge AKG reverb unit we had on loan, these were the instruments we used for our compositions. John and I sat side by side for nearly two years, created sounds and composed according to detailed drawings and strict rules of arithmetic. In 1984, I went to the United States to study composition while John created the work Mot kalde vinder (Against Cold Winds, 1985).

John always composed for instruments of some sort, but on this occasion they were electronic. The tonal foundation he used in his electronic music makes the parallel to his orchestral works easily discernible, but the electronic tools enabled him to articulate the musical space and distance more dynamically.

Mot kalde vinder was conceived as a six hour concert, leaving people free to arrive and depart whenever they wanted. The music was recorded on three tapes, each of different length, so the soundscape would never repeat itself as the tapes were played in loops. This piece has never been performed in Norway the way he had envisioned, but some attempts have been made. When Black Box Teater planned a performance, Persen wanted 1300 lit tealights in the venue, but the fire department set its foot down, so John did the same. He also tried to get to use the dig on the construction site for the new central bank building, got in contact with the municipal harbor authority and public transport company, but to no avail. There was no place to have the work performed in 1985.’

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WHEREOslo Konserthus  Map
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6:30pm
Ekebergparken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergparken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6:30pm

NOK 300

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

Thursday 10 September, 6:30–8:10 pm

Friday 11 September, 6:30–8:10 pm (free – part of Oslo Cultural Night)

Saturday 12 September, 6:30–8:10 pm

Sunday 13 September, 6–7:30am and 6:30–8:10 pm

 

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

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WHEREEkebergparken  Map
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7pm
Oslo Konserthus
Ultima's opening concert - Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

Oslo Konserthus / Ultima's opening concert - Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Ultima Contemporary Music Festival. The jubilee starts with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra 10 September.

 

Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

 

10.09.15, 7 pm

Oslo Konserthus

NOK 450 – 100

Also 11 September

 

Conductor: Vasily Petrenko

Steven Osborne – Piano

Cynthia Millar – Ondes Martenot

The Ultima Festival will open with Turangalîla-Symphonie, a large-scale piece of exhilarating, intoxicating orchestral music and a modern classic by Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992). The piece will be performed by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of principal conductor Vasily Petrenko.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Oslo Philharmonic on this large-scale project for the opening concert at this year’s Ultima Festival. Olivier Messiaen’s music touches on life’s big questions, such as human beings’ relationship with God and nature. It is music that appeals to a wide audience and that has meant a lot to many of today’s composers. An interesting and spectacular way to mark the 25th anniversary of the Ultima Festival.” Lars Petter Hagen, Director and Artistic Director

The theme for this year’s Ultima is “On Nature”.

Music – both how it originates and how we understand it – is closely connected to science. Ever since the Stone Age, physics, psychology, astronomy and biology have inspired people to create music – and they continue to do so today. Nature is also a key source of inspiration for Olivier Messiaen. He was a keen ornithologist, and many of his compositions, like TurangalîlaSymphonie, are based on notations of birdsong.

Tickets

The Thursday 10.9 and Friday 11.9 performances of Turangalîla-Symphonie are included in the Oslo Philharmonic’s subscription series.

HRH Crown Prince Haakon and Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey to attend Ultima’s opening concert.

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WHEN7pm
WHEREOslo Konserthus  Map
PRICE450 - 100.-
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8:30pm
Ekebergparken
OPENING Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

Ekebergparken / OPENING Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

10.09.15, from 8.30 pm

Ekebergparken

Free

Information on tickets for Lucid Dream in Ekeberg Park 10 – 12 September:

Tickets for the installation Lucid Dream will be available from Billettservice, from Thursday 20 August 9 am onwards.

Limit: 6 tickets per person. Each showing has a maximum capacity of 20 people.

Tickets will only be available from the website Billettservice.no.

Available on a first come first served basis.

 

Norwegian premiere at Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival 10 September. A part of Oslo Culture Night 11 September. The installation is open to the public from 10 – 12 September.

Into the woods: Ultima welcomes all to a nightly walk in Ekebergparken

With LUCID DREAM trumpeter, composer and producer Nils Petter Molvær enters an entirely new artistic field. He leaves the stage behind and takes dense atmospheric sounds out into nature. Lucid Dream is an audiovisual installation whose very special character is constituted by its unique location and the cultural history of the forest. Sound, light and images merge together in a walk-in installation, where atmosphere changes between pure and true beauty and beauty’s dangerous, destructive side.

Venue for this project under Ultima is Ekebergparken – a sculpture and national heritage park located at the roof of Oslo. Visitors to the park are offered a unique art experience in close proximity with Ekeberg’s rich natural landscape and diverse cultural history. In addition to the art visitors will enjoy the added value of fantastic views over the city as well as beautiful forested parkland steeped in cultural history.

In this extraordinary concert environment the perception of time and space expands. Encountering music and visuals at your own pace and in your own space, the forest will allow for a very different and individual experience of music and art. In the history of art and literature the forest has always been a popular motif, especially in the romantic period where the forest became one of the most important topics of a whole era. In fairy-tales, sagas and myths the forest stands for uncertainty and danger but also for beauty and shelter.

Artistic directors — Nils Petter Molvær and Beate Schüler. Music — Nils Petter Molvær. Sound design — Jørgen Larsson. Visuals & Light — Pekka Stokke/Jan Martin Vågen. Technical directors — Hans Jürgen Müller/Christian Hierhammmer. Produced by LUCID DREAM ug.

In collaboration with Ekebergparken.

LUCID DREAM is kindly supported by Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia).

 

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WHEREEkebergparken  Map
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10am
Teknisk Museum
INSTALLATION OPENING Quiet ensemble: Quintetto

Teknisk Museum / INSTALLATION OPENING Quiet ensemble: Quintetto

Teknisk museum, 10 am

NOK: Ticket to Teknisk museum

The installation will be open throughout the festival.

‘We are so used to seeing that suddenly we forgot how to look, so used to hearing that suddenly we forgot to listen.’

Every movement we see in nature can be perceived as a visual concert, like a storm of birds moving together making astonishing patterns, or snow falling from the sky and touching the ground. Quintetto is based on the study of casual movement of objects or living creatures used as input for the production of sounds. The basic concept is to reveal what the ‘invisible concerts’ of everyday life. In this installation the scene is five aquariums with a goldfish in each. The movement of the five fishes is captured by a video camera that translates their movements in digital sound signals/music in real time.

 

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WHERETeknisk Museum  Map
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12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Ian Pace plays Herman Vogt

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Ian Pace plays Herman Vogt

Lunchtime at Ultima:

A series of lunchtime concerts will begin on 11 September at Loftet in Skippergata 22. A menu consisting of a good lunch and concert for the price of NOK 50. Performances begin at 12.00.

Ian Pace

12.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

British pianist Ian Pace, a well known champion of contemporary repertoire, performs the world premiere of Herman Vogt’s Concordia Discors, Études. This is a cyclic work consisting of twelve separate movements requiring enormous technical skill.
The piece takes as its starting point the concept of concordia discors (harmony in discord), which stems from ancient Greek philosophy, and refers to the idea that conflicts between the four elements (earth, air, fire and water) create an overall harmony in the world. Vogt, a Norwegian composer, has been working on these Études for the past ten years and this will their first complete performance. 
WHEN12pm - 1pm
WHERELoftet  Map
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3pm
Deichmanske hovedbibliotek

11.09.15, 3 pm

Deichmanske hovedbibliotek

Free (Oslo Cultural Night)

 

Røster III takes the listener on an aural journey through a series of sound tableauxs carefully sculptured and arranged by the artist’s archive of field recordings from the Røst Arcipelago, in Lofoten, Northern Norway between 2010 and 2015. The work places the listening body in a time-space continuum where nature and culture co-exist and are given equal importance, giving ear to the eternal variation of voices and spaces; the geophonies and anthrophonies of Røst. Røster III is a sound work for eight channels or more, created and composed by Elin Mar Øyen Vister, site specifically mixed and spatialized in collaboration with Trond Lossius and BEK in Bergen.

At Deichmanske hovedbibliotek, Røster III will be experienced in the old music room, which has a hexagonal space and was originally acoustically treated for the purpose of listening to the music library. The installation is created around a set up of eight speakers arranged in a vertical and a horizontal landscape, between the books in the bookshelves, and the room will at most times have no lights. The listening sense is hence given sensual priority in our otherwise dominantly visual culture. 

Maja S. K. Ratkje will be joining as guest performer on WeDoMagic at the opening of the installation.

Kristine Tjøgersen (clarinet). Inga Byrkjeland (cello). Maja S. K. Ratkje (vocal). Elin Mar Øyen Vister (mix, objects og electronics).

Røster III is supported by BEK i Bergen, Norsk Kulturråd og Komponistenes Vederlagsfond.

 

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WHEREDeichmanske hovedbibliotek  Map
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3pm
Atelier Nord ANX
INSTALLATION OPENING Terry Fox: The Labyrinth Scored for 11 Different Cats

Atelier Nord ANX / INSTALLATION OPENING Terry Fox: The Labyrinth Scored for 11 Different Cats

Atelier Nord ANX, 3pm (opening)

Free admission

Terry Fox (1943–2008) was an American pioneer in conceptual and sound art who first gained attention in the 1970s for his installations and performances which broke with established art forms. His starting point was the transformation of materials, often using his own body, to explore extreme psychological and physical experiences. Between 1972–78 Fox explored the metaphorical symbolism in the labyrinth on the floor of Chartres Cathedral: eleven concentric circles, 34 turns and 552 steps. The numerical and geometric structure in the stone mosaic was the source of inspiration for The Labyrinth Scored for 11 Different Cats, his only composition for tape. This work can be experienced at Atelier Nord during Ultima.

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WHEREAtelier Nord ANX  Map
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5pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Prøvesalen

11.09.15, 5 pm

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Prøvesalen

NOK 200/100

Matthew Shlomowitz: Lecture About Bad Music (WP)

Alexander Schubert: Sensate Focus

 

Can music really be bad in itself or is ‘bad’ really nothing other than a subjective opinion?

That is the question Matthew Shlomowitz asks in Lecture About Bad Music, which was specially composed for the Anglo-Belgian octet. The work, which was written for lecturer, clarinet, electric guitar, synthesiser and violin, has been commissioned by Ultima and will receive its debut performance here. Australian-born Shlomowitz draws on elements from many field and genres, employing musical demonstrations and recreations of psychological experiments to examine differences between musical experience and musical material.

Alexander Schubert‘s Sensate Focus combines light and image, allowing lighting effects take on the role of fifth performer to a quartet of musicians. In the work, Schubert, who studied bioinformatics, experiments with the the interfaces between gesticular movements and musical sounds, where the performers’ physical movements and position in the room are essential elements of the composition.

Plus Minus Ensemble specialises in new music and modern key works. It is particularly known for its interest in avant-garde, experimental and conceptual music, such as Stockhausen’s seminal work from 1963, from which the ensemble takes its name.

WHEN5pm
WHEREDen Norske Opera & Ballett, Prøvesalen  Map
PRICE200.-
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6:30pm
Ekebergparken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergparken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6:30pm

Tickets will be available later, part of Oslo kulturnatt

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

Friday 11 September, 6:30–8:10 pm (free – part of Oslo kulturnatt)

Saturday 12 September, 6:30–8:10 pm

Sunday 13 September, 6–7:30am and 6:30–8:10 pm

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

WHEN6:30pm - 8pm
WHEREEkebergparken  Map
PRICE300.-
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7pm
Oslo Konserthus
Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

Oslo Konserthus / Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

11.09.15, 7 pm

Oslo Konserthus

NOK 450 – 100

 

Conductor: Vasily Petrenko

Steven Osborne – Piano

Cynthia Millar – Ondes Martenot

 

Turangalîla-Symphonie, a large-scale piece of exhilarating, intoxicating orchestral music and a modern classic by Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992). The piece will be performed by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of principal conductor Vasily Petrenko.

 

Music – both how it originates and how we understand it – is closely connected to science. Ever since the Stone Age, physics, psychology, astronomy and biology have inspired people to create music – and they continue to do so today. Nature is also a key source of inspiration for Olivier Messiaen. He was a keen ornithologist, and many of his compositions, like TurangalîlaSymphonie, are based on notations of birdsong.

Tickets

The Thursday 10.9 and Friday 11.9 performances of Turangalîla-Symphonie are included in the Oslo Philharmonic’s subscription series.

 

WHEN7pm
WHEREOslo Konserthus  Map
PRICE450 - 100.-
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7:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

Oslo Sinfonietta / Dans les arbes

11.09.15, 7.30 pm

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

NOK 250/150

Also 12 and 13 September, 6.30 pm

 

Classical works by Franz Schubert and Edvard Grieg meet contemporary works by Henrik Hellstenius, Salvatore Sciarrino, the Norwegian-French quartet Dans les arbres, and improvisations in Ørets teater III: om naturen. A collaboration between composer Henrik Hellstenius, instructor and dramaturg Kai Johnsen and video artist Boya Bøckman.

Nature – the romantic, the tedious, the unpredictable, the tiny, the vast, the dangerous and cruel; the underlying idea for the performance is to use nature as material for a concert of music, texts and video. Nature is form, motion and sound. Sounds that change during the course of the day and the seasons of the year. Or could it be that the days and the seasons transform the sounds of nature, just as they also transform the sounds of people?

The solo vocalists are Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen and Stine Janvin Motland. Also performing will be two of Norway’s leading music ensembles, Oslo Sinfonietta and the critically acclaimed jazz quartet Dans les arbres.

Ørets teater III: om naturen is a continuation of Henrik Hellstenius’ four-concert series performed at the Bergen International Festival in 2011.

Concept: Henrik Hellstenius

Dramaturgy: Kai Johnsen

Video: Boya Bøckman

Soloists: Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen, Stine Janvin Motland

Conductor: Andrea Pestalozza

Oslo Sinfonietta

Dans les arbres

 

WHEN7:30pm
WHEREDen Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2  Map
PRICE250/150.-
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8pm
Majorstuen Kirke, kapellet
INSTALLATION OPENING Ali Parandian: Untitled I, A poem for Norway

Majorstuen Kirke, kapellet / INSTALLATION OPENING Ali Parandian: Untitled I, A poem for Norway

Majorstuen Church, The Chapel, 20.00-22.00

Open for the remainder of Ultima between 22.00 and 24.00

Free admission

Multi-channel sound installation based on auditive and visual recordings made in Oslo between 2010 and 2015. Using documentation of man-made environments as its starting point and with the help of abstractions, this work endeavours to create a state whereby the viewer can focus on what lies beyond his own circumstances. The subdued style of the work endeavours to integrate the acoustic and architectural possibilities that lie in the church building. Ali Parandian moved from Tehran to Norway in 1989. He received his training in sound design at the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer. The exhibition is free and open to everyone throughout Ultima.

WHEN8pm
WHEREMajorstuen Kirke, kapellet  Map
PRICEFri entré.-
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8:30pm
Ekebergparken
Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

Ekebergparken / Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

11.09.15, from 8.30 pm

Ekebergparken

Free 

A part of Oslo Culture Night 11 September. The installation is open to the public from 10 – 12 September.

Information on tickets for Lucid Dream in Ekeberg Park 10 – 12 September:

Tickets for the installation Lucid Dream will be available from Billettservice, from Thursday 20 August 9 am onwards.

Limit: 6 tickets per person. Each showing has a maximum capacity of 20 people.

Tickets will only be available from the website Billettservice.no.

Available on a first come first served basis.

 

 

Into the woods: Ultima welcomes all to a nightly walk in Ekebergparken

With LUCID DREAM trumpeter, composer and producer Nils Petter Molvær enters an entirely new artistic field. He leaves the stage behind and takes dense atmospheric sounds out into nature. Lucid Dream is an audiovisual installation whose very special character is constituted by its unique location and the cultural history of the forest. Sound, light and images merge together in a walk-in installation, where atmosphere changes between pure and true beauty and beauty’s dangerous, destructive side.

Venue for this project under Ultima is Ekebergparken – a sculpture and national heritage park located at the roof of Oslo. Visitors to the park are offered a unique art experience in close proximity with Ekeberg’s rich natural landscape and diverse cultural history. In addition to the art visitors will enjoy the added value of fantastic views over the city as well as beautiful forested parkland steeped in cultural history.

In this extraordinary concert environment the perception of time and space expands. Encountering music and visuals at your own pace and in your own space, the forest will allow for a very different and individual experience of music and art. In the history of art and literature the forest has always been a popular motif, especially in the romantic period where the forest became one of the most important topics of a whole era. In fairy-tales, sagas and myths the forest stands for uncertainty and danger but also for beauty and shelter.

Artistic directors — Nils Petter Molvær and Beate Schüler. Music — Nils Petter Molvær. Sound design — Jørgen Larsson. Visuals & Light — Pekka Stokke/Jan Martin Vågen. Technical directors — Hans Jürgen Müller/Christian Hierhammmer. Produced by LUCID DREAM ug.

In collaboration with Ekebergparken.

LUCID DREAM is kindly supported by Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia).

WHEN8:30pm
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9pm
Kulturkirken Jakob
Cecilie Ore: Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy

Kulturkirken Jakob / Cecilie Ore: Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy

11.09.15, 9 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 350/250

Also 12 September

 

A new burlesque chamber opera on fundamentalist religion and misogyny

“Violence against women is one of the greatest human rights scandals of our time”. This statement by Amnesty International is the backdrop to Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy. The performance focuses on how the three major patriarchal religions of the world prevent sex equality and ultimately results in violence. In the performance, excerpts from the Bible, the Koran and texts of Judaism are juxtaposed with the Declaration of Human Rights, Dante’s Divine Comedy and stories of everyday life. Burlesque humour, self-irony and surrealism are also given a central place in what is a serious matter.

The Norwegian composer Cecilie Ore has won both national and international prizes for her work. She has been performed and commissioned by major orchestras, ensembles and choirs, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, the BBC Singers, and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

In her new work seven renowned singers are accompanied by a percussion trio and music, voices and sound over loudspeakers.

Cecilie Ore: composition, libretto, Bibbi Moslet: libretto, dramaturgy, Susanne Øglænd: director, Carle Lange: set design, Signe Becker: costume design, Sverre Randin: lighting design, Cato Langnes and Mats Claesson: sound design

Conductor: Cathrine Winnes

Singers: Tora Augestad, Eir Inderhaug, Ingebjørg Kosmo, Marianne E Andersen, Håkon Kornstad, Frank Havrøy, Olle Holmgren 

SISU Percussion Ensemble: Bjørn Skansen, Marius Søbye, Teodor Berg

Anders T Andersen: voice

 

Performed in English

Supported by Norsk Kulturråd, Ultima, Bergesenstiftelsen, Fritt Ord, Notam, Festspillene i Bergen, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere, Det Norske Komponistfond, Fegerstens Stiftelse, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, SISU og nyMusikk.

WHEN9pm
WHEREKulturkirken Jakob  Map
PRICE350/250.-
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10pm
Parkteatret
Atom™and Robin Fox: Double Vision + Amnesia Scanner

Parkteatret / Atom™and Robin Fox: Double Vision + Amnesia Scanner

11.09.15, 10 pm

Parkteatret

NOK 200/100

 

A spectacular feast of sound, music, colour and light, Double Vision is a collaboration between Atom™(aka Uwe Schmidt) and the Australian video artist Robin Fox. Fox’s synaesthetic laser show will merge with Schmidt’s deconstructed electronic pop, to create a playful and immersive audiovisual work.

Atom TM’s background was in the Frankfurt Techno scene of the early 90s (where he was known as Atom Heart), but he relocated to Santiago, Chile later in the decade where he has pumped out hundreds of releases under many aliases, including the electro-Latin vibes of Señor Coconut and warped pop songs of Lassigue Bendthaus. Robin Fox has released a handful of experimental electronic records both solo and partnered with Anthony Pateras; created energy devices for scientific use at the Bionic Ear Institute in Melbourne; designed dance visuals and has amazed audiences with his stunning laser shows.

Also featured is a rare Norwegian perfomance by the mysterious electronica collective Amnesia Scanner, whose futuristic visions hint at the dystopian sci-fi of Philip K Dick and soundtrack a world permanently corrupted by the excesses of genetic science, pollution and bio-hacking.

WHEN10pm
WHEREParkteatret  Map
PRICEfree
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12pm
Oslo sentrum
Koka Nikoladze: Sound Stencil 0.1

Oslo sentrum / Koka Nikoladze: Sound Stencil 0.1

12.09.15, 12 pm

City Center of Oslo

Free

 

Oslo as a musical instrument

Sound Stencil is a concept that can be realised with mechanical robots or human performers, and turns objects in any given environment into integrated musical instruments. The first implementation Sound Stencil 0.1 will be premiered at Oslo Ultima Contemporary Music Festival 2015, and is made of human percussionists who use smartphones for synchronisation. All of them listen to a synchronised audio score, which dictates various rhythmical patterns and gives them directions. Percussionists move around the city, stay on an audible distance from one another and hit various things on their way. They move or freeze, move fast or slow, they spread or collapse and audience can follow them freely.

Koka Nikoladze is a Georgian violinist, composer and sound artist based in Norway. As an instrumentalist Nikoladze has performed as a solo violinist, chamber musician, and orchestra musician on various stages in Europe and the United States. Later as a composer he has composed acoustic and electroacoustic music for various ensembles, vocal music, including two premiered chamber operas and also actively investigated the field of computer-human interaction.

Sound Stencil 0.1 is produced by Notam in collaboration with Norwegian Academy of Music.

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WHEREOslo sentrum
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1pm
Teatersalen, Bondeungdomslaget i Oslo

12.09.15, 1 pm

Teatersalen, Bondeungdomslaget i Oslo

NOK 200/100

 

“What are we doing? Much is based on an idea of cause and effect, but it’s still difficult to really get a grasp. And then you meet those people. And there they stand, their eyes working as they should and all the elements getting on with their jobs. Or what? You can cut and paste.”

Kjemi [Chemistry] is a collaborative project between Små Grå and Kim Hiorthøy. Små Grå consists of Nina Mortvedt, Benedikte Kruse, Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad and Mai Elise Solberg. The four vocalists turn vocal improvisation into something that is less like a conventional concert and more like theatre, dance or stage art. Kim Hiorthøy is a painter and musician, but has worked in choreography in recent years. Kjemi is a performance ­ or a concert ­ which “quite gradually will turn everything upside down.”

 

 

WHEN1pm
WHERETeatersalen, Bondeungdomslaget i Oslo  Map
PRICE200/100.-
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3pm
Parkteatret
Cikada: James Dillon / Jon Øivind Ness

Parkteatret / Cikada: James Dillon / Jon Øivind Ness

 

12.09.15, 3 pm

Parkteatret

NOK 200/100

 

James Dillon: Oslo/Triptych

Jon Øivind Ness: Gimilen

 

Scottish composer James Dillon is a household name in his home country, with commissioned works from and performances by many of the UK’s biggest orchestra and influential international ensembles. Oslo/Triptych was commissioned for Cikada in 2011 as part of a three-part project Dillon conducted with ensembles from Leuven, Oslo and New York. Dillon is known for his large-scale projects, such as Nine Rivers, the symphonic cycle of monumental proportions, but his smaller works are also impressive, often composed with specific musicians in mind. Oslo/Triptych includes Indian harmonium, an instrument often used by Cikada in recent years.

The concert also marks the launch of Cikada’s new album witch consist of music by Jon Øivind Ness and Liza Lim. Ness’ work Gimilen takes its name from two lakes in the woodlands north-east of Hakadal, Norway. He often draws on nature for his inspiration, and several of his works are named after lakes in the Oslo region. Gimilen (2014) had its première at the KLANGSPUREN Festival in September last year.

Cikada is one of Norway’s most distinctive contemporary music ensembles, and has also made its mark internationally as an exciting and expressive exponent of new music. The ensemble has been an important contributor to Ultima for many years.

WHEN3pm
WHEREParkteatret  Map
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6pm
Kanonhallen
Ensemble Musikfabrik: Partch/Deathprod/Steen-Andersen

Kanonhallen / Ensemble Musikfabrik: Partch/Deathprod/Steen-Andersen

Ensemble Musikfabrik

12.09.15, kl. 18

NB: Early arrival at Kanonhallen is recommended! 

NOK 350/250

 

Simon Steen-Andersen: Korpus

Harry Partch: And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma

Helge Sten: Sow Your Gold In The White Foliated Earth (WP)

 

The Godfather of the American Just-Intonation movement, the composer, theorist, visionary and instrument-builder, Harry Partch (1901-1974), developed a highly complex tuning system that made the realisation of his music impossible on conventional instruments. Harry Partch developed and built an extensive collection of instruments: resonating sound-sculptures of idiosyncratic beauty and remarkable stage presence.

In 2012, the entire collection of microtonal instruments was built for German Ensemble Musikfabrik. With more than 40 instruments – string, percussive, bell and keyboard instruments as well as smaller hand-held instruments, the ensemble has been able to realize the conditions under which the fascinating and exotic Harry Partch Œuvre.

Thanks to its extraordinary profile, and its superb artistic quality, Ensemble Musikfabrik has since its formation in 1990 had the reputation of being one of the World’s leading ensembles for contemporary music. The ensemble is particularly dedicated to artistic innovation – new, unknown, and often personally commissioned works in an unusual media are typical of their productions.

For this project they are collaborating with Norwegian musician and producer Helge Sten, best known by his Deathprod alias. Sten is a renowned musician and producer with connections to various band projects including Motorpsycho and Supersilent. He makes music which falls at the intersection of noise, jazz, modern composition, electronica and rock, but he is most often described as a noise artist.

They will also perform Simon Steen-Andersen’s Korpus and Partchs And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma (1963–66).

 

The last time Ensemble Musikfabrik visited Oslo was during Ultima 2013. Their version of Harry Partch’s Delusion of the Fury under the direction of Heiner Goebbels received glowing reviews and ranked high on many lists for best stage performance of the year.

Best stage experiences in 2013: Delusion of the Fury, Ultima Festival/National Theatre

“A multitude of peculiar, custom-made instruments from the eccentric American composer Harry Partch has been made accessible to the world by International Ibsen Award winner Heiner Goebbels. A rare concert to which people from all over the country came to hear.”

Dagsavisen‘s Best Stage Experience 2013.

“It’s howling, wild, almost ecstatic. This feast of a performance was one of many triumphs during this year’s Ultima. The festival, which most associate with weird contemporary music, has broadened its scope. This year it succeeded in showing us why we need musical outsiders like Harry Partch. “

Haakon Flemmen, Klassekampen

WHEN6pm
WHEREKanonhallen  Map
PRICE350/250.-
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6:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

Oslo Sinfonietta / Dans les arbes

12.09.15, 6.30 pm

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

NOK 250/150

Also 13 September, 6.30 pm

Classical works by Franz Schubert and Edvard Grieg meet contemporary works by Henrik Hellstenius, Salvatore Sciarrino, the Norwegian-French quartet Dans les arbres, and improvisations in Ørets teater III: Om naturen. A collaboration between composer Henrik Hellstenius, instructor and dramaturg Kai Johnsen and video artist Boya Bøckman.

Nature – the romantic, the tedious, the unpredictable, the tiny, the vast, the dangerous and cruel; the underlying idea for the performance is to use nature as material for a concert of music, texts and video. Nature is form, motion and sound. Sounds that change during the course of the day and the seasons of the year. Or could it be that the days and the seasons transform the sounds of nature, just as they also transform the sounds of people?

The solo vocalists are Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen and Stine Janvin Motland. Also performing will be two of Norway’s leading music ensembles, Oslo Sinfonietta and the critically acclaimed jazz quartet Dans les arbres.

Ørets teater III: om naturen is a continuation of Henrik Hellstenius’ four-concert series performed at the Bergen International Festival in 2011.

Concept: Henrik Hellstenius

Dramaturgy: Kai Johnsen

Video: Boya Bøckman

Soloists: Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen, Stine Janvin Motland

Conductor: Andrea Pestalozza

Oslo Sinfonietta

Dans les arbres

WHEN6:30pm
WHEREDen Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2  Map
PRICE250/150.-
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6:30pm
Ekebergparken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergparken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6:30pm

NOK 300

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

 

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

WHEN6:30pm - 8pm
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PRICE300.-
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7pm
Black Box Teater
Heine Avdal/Yukiko Shinozaki: Distant Voices

Black Box Teater / Heine Avdal/Yukiko Shinozaki: Distant Voices

12.09.15, 7 pm

Black Box Teater

NOK 240 – 100

Also 13 September, 7 pm

 

In the past few years, the Norwegian-Japanese duo Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki, who have bases in Oslo and Brussels, have made their mark on the international scene in the interface between dance, visual art, video, music and technology. Their art projects have a strong performative element, and they often perform in semi-public spaces.

In Distant voices, they return to the traditional theatre stage and take the physical space in which they find themselves as their theme. By using moving objects, the space is transformed into a kind of transformable sculpture that serves as installation, stage design and architectural element. The duo explores the tension and contrast between reality and fiction, and between bodies and objects, in a room that is in constant motion. Here the imagination can pass through its memory of what it thinks it just saw, its perception of what is actually happening, and its anticipation of what is to come. How are physical experiences affected by the space, and what happens when something breaks free of its spatial limitations?

Avdal and Shinozaki are joined by, among others, André Eiermann, creator of the concept of post-spectacular theatre.

Concept & Direction: Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki.
 Visual artist: Arnaud Meuleman.
 Dramaturge: André Eiermann.
 Created & performed by: Andrey Andrianov, Heine Avdal, André Eiermann,
 Ingrid Haakstad, Arnaud Meuleman, Kayoko Minami, Eivind Seljeseth, Yukiko Shinozaki. Sound design: Roeland Luyten. Sound technique: Mathieu Virot.
 Technical support: Protocol Room.
 Production: fieldworks vzw, Heine Avdal.
 Co-production: STUK (Leuven), APAP Network: BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk) and Pact Zollverein (Essen), Kana Theatrical Centre (Szczecin), CO2 festival (Beirut). In collaboration with: Kaaitheater (Brussel).
With the support of: Norsk Kulturråd, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie. Illustrasjon: Arnaud Meuleman.

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8pm
Deichmanske bibliotek avd. Grünerløkka

12.09.15, 8 pm

Deichman Library, Grünerløkka branch

Free

In a live installation, improvisation trio Parallax and Anders Tveit explore the area between composed and improvised music and the contrasts between acoustic and electronic sounds. In contrast to traditional multi-channel electroacoustic works, where the position of the sound and sound objects in a room are pre-determined, Parallax and Tveit undertake a more improvised exploration of the listening room itself. The physical room, loudspeakers, the acoustic instruments and the electronic sounds blend into one ‘instrument’. The audience and the performers are positioned in a circle surrounded by loudspeakers.

Performers:

Are Lothe Kolbeinsen: guitar

Stian Omenås: trumpet

Ulrik Ibsen Thorsrud: percussion/drums

Anders Tveit: live electronics and live spatialisation

 

Produced by Notam.

WHEN8pm
WHEREDeichmanske bibliotek avd. Grünerløkka  Map
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8:30pm
Ekebergparken
Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

Ekebergparken / Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

12.09.15, from 8.30 pm

Ekebergparken

Free 

The installation is open to the public from 10 – 12 September.

Tickets for the installation Lucid Dream will be available from Billettservice, from Thursday 20 August 9 am onwards.

Limit: 6 tickets per person. Each showing has a maximum capacity of 20 people.

Tickets will only be available from the website Billettservice.no.

Available on a first come first served basis.

 

Into the woods: Ultima welcomes all to a nightly walk in Ekebergparken

With LUCID DREAM trumpeter, composer and producer Nils Petter Molvær enters an entirely new artistic field. He leaves the stage behind and takes dense atmospheric sounds out into nature. Lucid Dream is an audiovisual installation whose very special character is constituted by its unique location and the cultural history of the forest. Sound, light and images merge together in a walk-in installation, where atmosphere changes between pure and true beauty and beauty’s dangerous, destructive side.

Venue for this project under Ultima is Ekebergparken – a sculpture and national heritage park located at the roof of Oslo. Visitors to the park are offered a unique art experience in close proximity with Ekeberg’s rich natural landscape and diverse cultural history. In addition to the art visitors will enjoy the added value of fantastic views over the city as well as beautiful forested parkland steeped in cultural history.

In this extraordinary concert environment the perception of time and space expands. Encountering music and visuals at your own pace and in your own space, the forest will allow for a very different and individual experience of music and art. In the history of art and literature the forest has always been a popular motif, especially in the romantic period where the forest became one of the most important topics of a whole era. In fairy-tales, sagas and myths the forest stands for uncertainty and danger but also for beauty and shelter.

Artistic directors — Nils Petter Molvær and Beate Schüler. Music — Nils Petter Molvær. Sound design — Jørgen Larsson. Visuals & Light — Pekka Stokke/Jan Martin Vågen. Technical directors — Hans Jürgen Müller/Christian Hierhammmer. Produced by LUCID DREAM ug.

In collaboration with Ekebergparken.

LUCID DREAM is kindly supported by Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia).

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9pm
Kulturkirken Jakob
Cecilie Ore: Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy

Kulturkirken Jakob / Cecilie Ore: Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy

12.09.15, 9 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 350/250

 

A new burlesque chamber opera on fundamentalist religion and misogyny

“Violence against women is one of the greatest human rights scandals of our time”. This statement by Amnesty International is the backdrop to Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy. The performance focuses on how the three major patriarchal religions of the world prevent sex equality and ultimately results in violence. In the performance, excerpts from the Bible, the Koran and texts of Judaism are juxtaposed with the Declaration of Human Rights, Dante’s Divine Comedy and stories of everyday life. Burlesque humour, self-irony and surrealism are also given a central place in what is a serious matter.

The Norwegian composer Cecilie Ore has won both national and international prizes for her work. She has been performed and commissioned by major orchestras, ensembles and choirs, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, the BBC Singers, and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

In her new work seven renowned singers are accompanied by a percussion trio and music, voices and sound over loudspeakers.

Cecilie Ore: composition, libretto, Bibbi Moslet: libretto, dramaturgy, Susanne Øglænd: director, Carle Lange: set design, Signe Becker: costume design, Sverre Randin: lighting design, Cato Langnes and Mats Claesson: sound design

Conductor: Cathrine Winnes

Singers: Tora Augestad, Eir Inderhaug, Ingebjørg Kosmo, Marianne E Andersen, Håkon Kornstad, Frank Havrøy, Olle Holmgren 

SISU Percussion Ensemble: Bjørn Skansen, Marius Søbye, Teodor Berg

Anders T Andersen: voice

Performed in English

Supported by Norsk Kulturråd, Ultima, Bergesenstiftelsen, Fritt Ord, Notam, Festspillene i Bergen, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere, Det Norske Komponistfond, Fegerstens Stiftelse, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, SISU og nyMusikk.

WHEN9pm
WHEREKulturkirken Jakob  Map
PRICE350/250.-
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9pm
Dansens Hus
Jan Martens: The Dog Days Are Over

Dansens Hus / Jan Martens: The Dog Days Are Over

Dansens Hus

12.09.15, 7 pm

NOK 290/175

Also 13 September

 

“When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.” This quotation by photographer Philippe Halsman serves as the starting point for THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER, a jumped, minimal and political work for eight performers.

The award-winning Belgian choreographer Jan Martens has explored jumping as an artistic expression. In this performance he lets eight dancers jump continuously for 70 minutes. Martens’ complex mathematical choreographic work attempts to reveal the person behind the dancer and, under the motto ‘perfection is boring’, reveal their vulnerability and fallibility. This unusual choreography challenges us as the audience to think about what we want: do we want the dancers to fail or succeed? Or are we like a blood-thirsty audience at a bullfight, deriving entertainment from the exhaustion of others?

The performance is presented in cooperation with Aerowaves.

WHEN9pm
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PRICE290/175.-
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10pm
Vulkan Arena

Matmos + ensemble

12.09.15, 10 pm

Vulkan Arena

NOK 200/100

 

Electronic veterans to Ultima with opera by Robert Ashley

Robert Ashley’s television opera about bank robbery, cocktail lounges, geriatric love and adolescent elopement in the American Midwest has been called “nothing less than the first American opera” and a comic opera about reincarnation. It has also been described as one of the definitive text-sound compositions of the late 20th century. A distinguished figure in American contemporary music, Robert Ashley holds an international reputation for his work in new forms of opera and multi-disciplinary projectsSan Fransisco based electronic music duo Matmos, with core members Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt, has through a long career been known for their creative samplings and sound experiments. The duo gained notoriety for their use of samples including “freshly cut hair” and “the amplified neural activity of crayfish” and squelches of various surgical procedures, made into remarkably accessible, melodic pieces of experimental techno. Matmos is also well known for their collaboration with Icelandic artist Björk. At Ultima Matmos will present the first and final acts from Robert Ashley’s groundbreaking television-opera.

“The operatic works of Robert Ashley are distinctly original in style, and distinctly American in their subject matter and in their use of American language. A prolific composer and writer, Ashley’s operas are “so vast in their vision that they are comparable only to Wagner’s Ring cycle or Stockhausen’s seven-evening Licht cycle. In form and content, in musical, vocal, literary and media technique, they are, however, comparable to nothing else.” 

– The Los Angeles Times

WHEN10pm
WHEREVulkan Arena  Map
PRICE200/100.-
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6am
Ekebergarken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergarken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6 pm

NOK 300

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Sunday 13 September, 6–7:30 am and 6:30–8:10 pm

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

 

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

WHEN6am - 7:30am
WHEREEkebergarken  Map
PRICE300.-
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11am
Riksscenen
Ultima's Children's Day (BUD)

Riksscenen / Ultima's Children's Day (BUD)

Children’s Day at Ultima

Riksscenen (Norwegian Hub for Traditional Music and Dance)

13 September 2015

From 11.00 to 15.00

NOK 50 

 

Children’s Day at Ultima: the success continues!

Ultima is delighted to invite children of all ages to a whole day at Riksscenen for a jam-packed programme and activities designed especially with children in mind. Children’s Day at Ultima offers the whole family the opportunity to see and experience what contemporary music can be. The programme offers concerts, installations and workshops with a wide range of artists.

In cooperation with John Vinge, a dedicated group of child-pilots will act as hosts and will be working on a sound installation, marketing activities, interview points and lots more.

Good food and drink will also be on sale.

 

Here are some of the programme highlights:

Majka – The girl from space

Many will recall Majka – The girl from space, the popular 1970s children’s TV series. Some of Norway’s leading stage performers, headed by Julia Skar, have developed an installation specially for Children’s Day inspired by the series and by outer space. The installation invites the public to wander through this exciting universe.

Ut av Skogen

Ut av Skogen (Out of the Forest) is a work inspired by the life of composer Harald Sæverud and by the forest and nature surrounding his farm, Siljustøl. Gisle Martens Meyer has created a performance that mixes orchestral and electronic music with sounds from nature and the forest, narrated from a sofa group in the forest that gradually transforms into a sonic battleground between various characters/monsters who live in the forest.

Mr. Ping

Mr. Ping lives in the Antarctic. His home is terribly cold and has lots of snow. He has been given a very important task: to look after an egg. Although he hopes it is a penguin egg, there is no way of knowing what is actually inside. What is even worse is that other animals might want to get hold of it. Percussionist Knut Lother performs this concert and uses different sounds and loops to which Mr Ping can dance around. The children who attend the concert are invited to help Mr Ping find a safe place where he can hatch the egg.

nyMusikk Kids

What is music, what is a sound? When does a sound become music? What did Arne Nordheim mean when he said ‘everything can sing’?

nyMusikk Kids is a workshop where children aged between six and twelve can experiment with electronic in an iPad workshop together with professional musicians. The result of the workshop will be performed in a concert. Parents are also welcome to attend the workshop.

Elin Mar Øyen Vister – Lytteverksted

Elin lives on the edge of Røst in Lofoten, where she spends a lot of time recording bird sounds and other sounds from nature and the sea. She then uses these sounds to make music. She also has a workshop where she teaches children and young people how to listen. What should we listen for? How do we listen? Why should we listen at all?

Årringer (Tree Rings)

Trees make sounds! Come and join in making Ultima’s biggest instrument: a gigantic stokkofone composed of tree stumps and branches from the forest that are made to produce sounds. Everyone can join in and saw new tones for the giant orchestra. And of course we have to make a concert! A lot of research, cooperation and decisions will be needed before the music is ready and the concert can begin. And there will be a few surprises along the way. The work will be led by three seasoned musicians from Drivhuset music workshop: Isak Anderssen, Per Oddvar Johansen and Jon Halvor Bjørnseth.

Boomerangen 2.0

Boomerangen 2.0 is a room you can only enter by first passing through a kind of labyrinth. Boomerangen borrows sounds from you and sets them to music. You can give Boomerangen as many sounds as you like, or you can simply be in the room and listen. Boomerangen continues to make new music all the time, so your sounds are mixed with the sounds of others. Inside the room you will find that you can change the music by the way you behave. Boomerangen 2.0 does not just do what you want it to do; it also has a will of its own.

Peter Baden

Composer, drummer and producer Peter Baden works with electronic improvised music, jazz/pop, film scores, stage music and many other musical styles. He has also made many different types of installations. In collaboration with the Children’s Day pilot group, he will be creating a new installation.

 

Supported by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHEN11am - 3pm
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1pm
Teatersalen, Bondeungdomslaget i Oslo

13.09.15, 1 pm

Teatersalen, Bondeungdomslaget i Oslo

NOK 200/100

Also 13 September

“What are we doing? Much is based on an idea of cause and effect, but it’s still difficult to really get a grasp. And then you meet those people. And there they stand, their eyes working as they should and all the elements getting on with their jobs. Or what? You can cut and paste.”

Kjemi [Chemistry] is a collaborative project between Små Grå and Kim Hiorthøy. Små Grå consists of Nina Mortvedt, Benedikte Kruse, Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad and Mai Elise Solberg. The four vocalists turn vocal improvisation into something that is less like a conventional concert and more like theatre, dance or stage art. Kim Hiorthøy is a painter and musician, but has worked in choreography in recent years. Kjemi is a performance ­ or a concert ­ which “quite gradually will turn everything upside down.”

WHEN1pm
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1pm
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

13.09.15, 1 – 4 pm 

Henie Onstad Arts Centre

NOK 200/100

Entry to all exhibitions at the Henie Onstad Arts Centre are included in the ticket price

 

The first performance of Building Instrument, a commissioned work inspired by Kurt Schwitters, a talk on the history of art by Karin Hellandsjø and Oda Wildhagen Gjessing, and the official opening of a new exhibition of the artist’s work.

13.00 (Auditorium)

A talk on Kurt Schwitters’ artistic accomplishments, by Karin Hellandsjø and Oda Wildhagen Gjessing

14.00 (Studio)

Building Instrument – SCHWITTERS (WP) 

A hybrid between acoustic pop and improvised contemporary music, Building Instrument masters the art of control and release.

The trio consists of Mari Kvien Brunvoll (vocals, electronics, various instruments), Øyvind Hegg-Lunde (drums, percussion) and Åsmund Weltzien (synth, electronics). Kvien Brunvoll was described by Bugge Wesseltoft as a unique talent, has been remixed by Ricardo Villalobos, and received two nominations for a Spelleman award. Keyboard player Åsmund Weltzien plays with Thea Næss, while drummer Øyvind Hegg-Lunde plays in the bands Big Almost, Crab is Crap with Ståle Storløkken, and has toured with Sweden’s José Gonzalez.

They have written a commissioned work for Ultima 2015 comprising brand new music inspired by different aspects of Kurt and his art.

15.00 (Mini Prisma)

Vernissage of the new Kurt Schwitters exhibition.

Opening of the new Kurt Schwitters room, exhibiting more than 30 of the artists works on loan from Sparebankstiftelsen DNB, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, and Sprengel Museum Hannover.

15.00 (Mini Prisma)

Agnes Hvizdalek will perform a selecton from the Kurt Schwitters sound poem Ursonate.

Agnes Hvizdalek (b. 1987) has developed a unique vocabulary of sounds with her voice as the only instrument. Her work includes solo performances, live sound installations and collaborations with Harald Fetveit, Kristin Andersen (SPUNK), Norwegian Noise Orchestra and the international improvisation orchester ÖNCZkekvist. This will be Hvizdalek’s first performance of the Schwitters poem.

 

WHEN1pm - 4pm
WHEREHenie Onstad Kunstsenter  Map
PRICE200/100.-
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6pm
OCA (Office for Contemporary Art Norway)

Camille Norment Trio, David Toop
Sofia Jernberg, vokalensemble Oslo 14

13.09.15, 6 pm

OCA Office for Contemporary Art Norway

Bill.: 200/100

Pre-talk at OCA 5pm. Introduction by Katya García-Antón, Director of OCA.

 

Camille Norment, who is Norway’s entry to the 56th Venice Biennale, began her collaboration with composer and writer David Toop at Café OTO in London in 2014. The collaboration resulted in a performance at the Biennale. The performance explores the legends, stories and mysteries of the depth of the oceans through sound. It is still being continually developed, and will be performed at Ultima in September.

The Oslo-based American artist Camille Norment’s practice includes performance, installation, drawing and sound. She explores how the body is interconnected with its environment through sound, and contemplates on the power of dissonance to create spaces for new ways of thinking. David Toop is a British composer, writer and professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at the London College of Communication. The third edition of his debut book, Rap Attack, has just been released. He has recorded five solo albums since he released Ocean of Sound in 1995.

 

In cooperation with nyMusikk and the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

WHEN6pm
WHEREOCA (Office for Contemporary Art Norway)  Map
PRICE200/100.-
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6:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

Oslo Sinfonietta / Dans les arbes

12.09.15, 6.30 pm

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

NOK 250/150

Also 13 September, 6.30 pm

Classical works by Franz Schubert and Edvard Grieg meet contemporary works by Henrik Hellstenius, Salvatore Sciarrino, the Norwegian-French quartet Dans les arbres, and improvisations in Ørets teater: Om naturen. A collaboration between composer Henrik Hellstenius, instructor and dramaturg Kai Johnsen and video artist Boya Bøckman.

Nature – the romantic, the tedious, the unpredictable, the tiny, the vast, the dangerous and cruel; the underlying idea for the performance is to use nature as material for a concert of music, texts and video. Nature is form, motion and sound. Sounds that change during the course of the day and the seasons of the year. Or could it be that the days and the seasons transform the sounds of nature, just as they also transform the sounds of people?

The solo vocalists are Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen and Stine Janvin Motland. Also performing will be two of Norway’s leading music ensembles, Oslo Sinfonietta and the critically acclaimed jazz quartet Dans les arbres.

Ørets teater III: om naturen is a continuation of Henrik Hellstenius’ four-concert series performed at the Bergen International Festival in 2011.

Concept: Henrik Hellstenius

Dramaturgy: Kai Johnsen

Video: Boya Bøckman

Soloists: Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen, Stine Janvin Motland

Conductor: Andrea Pestalozza

Oslo Sinfonietta

Dans les arbres

WHEN6:30pm
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PRICE250/150.-
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6:30pm
Ekebergparken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergparken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6 pm

NOK 300

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Sunday 13 September, 6–7:30 am and 6:30–8:10 pm

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

WHEN6:30pm - 8pm
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PRICE300.-
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7pm
Black Box Teater
Heine Avdal/Yukiko Shinozaki: Distant Voices

Black Box Teater / Heine Avdal/Yukiko Shinozaki: Distant Voices

13.09.15, 7 pm

Black Box Teater

NOK 240 – 100

 

In the past few years, the Norwegian-Japanese duo Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki, who have bases in Oslo and Brussels, have made their mark on the international scene in the interface between dance, visual art, video, music and technology. Their art projects have a strong performative element, and they often perform in semi-public spaces.

In Distant voices, they return to the traditional theatre stage and take the physical space in which they find themselves as their theme. By using moving objects, the space is transformed into a kind of transformable sculpture that serves as installation, stage design and architectural element. The duo explores the tension and contrast between reality and fiction, and between bodies and objects, in a room that is in constant motion. Here the imagination can pass through its memory of what it thinks it just saw, its perception of what is actually happening, and its anticipation of what is to come. How are physical experiences affected by the space, and what happens when something breaks free of its spatial limitations?

Avdal and Shinozaki are joined by, among others, André Eiermann, creator of the concept of post-spectacular theatre.

 

Concept & Direction: Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki.

Visual artist: Arnaud Meuleman.

Dramaturge: André Eiermann.

Created & performed by: Andrey Andrianov, Heine Avdal, André Eiermann,

Ingrid Haakstad, Arnaud Meuleman, Kayoko Minami, Eivind Seljeseth, Yukiko Shinozaki. Sound design: Roeland Luyten. Sound technique: Mathieu Virot.

Technical support: Protocol Room.

Production: fieldworks vzw, Heine Avdal.

Co-production: STUK (Leuven), APAP Network: BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk) and Pact Zollverein (Essen), Kana Theatrical Centre (Szczecin), CO2 festival (Beirut). In collaboration with: Kaaitheater (Brussel).

With the support of: Norsk Kulturråd, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie. Illustrasjon: Arnaud Meuleman.

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WHEREBlack Box Teater  Map
PRICE240 - 100.-
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9pm
Dansens Hus
Jan Martens: The Dog Days Are Over

Dansens Hus / Jan Martens: The Dog Days Are Over

Dansens Hus

12.09.15, 7 pm

NOK 290/175

Also 13 September

“When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.” This quotation by photographer Philippe Halsman serves as the starting point for THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER, a jumped, minimal and political work for eight performers

The award-winning Belgian choreographer Jan Martens has explored jumping as an artistic expression. In this performance he lets eight dancers jump continuously for 70 minutes. Martens’ complex mathematical choreographic work attempts to reveal the person behind the dancer and, under the motto ‘perfection is boring’, reveal their vulnerability and fallibility. This unusual choreography challenges us as the audience to think about what we want: do we want the dancers to fail or succeed? Or are we like a blood-thirsty audience at a bullfight, deriving entertainment from the exhaustion of others?

The performance is presented in cooperation with Aerowaves.

WHEN9pm
WHEREDansens Hus  Map
PRICE290/175.-
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12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Øyvind Mæland

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Øyvind Mæland

14.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

In autumn 2015, they will record chamber works in small format by the Norwegian composer Øyvind Mæland, produced by LAWO. Oslo Strykekvartett, improvisor and vocalist Stine Janvin Motland and pianist Sanae Yoshida all appear on the album, and in this lunchtime concert we will hear them perform together with the Oslo String Quartet’s cellist Øystein Sonstad.

 

Ad undas – Sci-fi-Lieder fra Nordsjøen! (2011)

for vocal and piano

Stine Janvin Motland, vocal

Sanae Yoshida, piano

 

In 2010, improvisor and vocalist Stine Janvin Motland, pianist Sanae Yoshida and Øyvind Mæland embarked on a close artistic collaboration. Janvin Motland had asked Mæland to write something for them, and when they discovered Øyvind Rimbereid’s poem Solaris Korrigert (from 2004), they immediately set to work. The collaboration resulted in the thirty-minute-long song cycle Ad undas – sci-fi-Lieder fra Nordsjøen!

 

KOMMEN du vid meg? (2012)

for solo cello

Øystein Sonstad, cello

KOMMEN du vid meg is a small act without song or lyrics. The principle characters, the couple Operatøren and Shiri, struggle to communicate with each other. Eventually, Op realises that Shiri needs to be understood, and in his characteristically awkward way tries to comfort her with a dream about FOR all tiim onli fara out ­­– in outer space! Finally, they sing KOMMEN du vid meg together, marking the beginning of this piece for solo cello.

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6pm
Vulkan Arena
Ensemble Aksiom - Knut Olaf Sunde: Comfort Music

Vulkan Arena / Ensemble Aksiom - Knut Olaf Sunde: Comfort Music

 

14.09.15, 6 pm

Vulkan Arena

NOK 200/100

 

A group of people arrived somewhere. Each and every one of them had their little quirks and endearing characteristics, but upon arrival it soon became apparent that they could easily be divided into two groups. When this was done, there was no turning back – one group had become two. The two groups’ experience of events that would follow would be markedly different from each other. It cast a shadow over the other team’s experience.

With Comfort Music, Knut Olaf Sunde resumes his investigation of site-specific conditions for listening, and in this concert installation, the audience’s attentiveness is tested as the situation apparently collapses. The audience gathers in the post-industrial premises of Vulkan, where grain mills were prevalent from the 14th century and people could wade across Akerselva, Oslo’s lifeblood during the industrial age. Comfort Music is a staged fiction work featuring musicians and a number of speakers in many channels.

Sunde is a composer and currently a research fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, with site awareness as his main field of interest. Timbre and space are inextricably linked, and through a number of concerts in open nature since 2007, Sunde has gradually moved his compositions to a location oriented field in order to create enhanced conditions for concentrated listening experiences.

Aksiom is an Oslo-based ensemble for new music founded in 2010. The ensemble focuses on the development of new works by composers. They also perform improvisations.

Musicians: Fredrik Brandstorp Olsen: saxophones, Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø: trombone, Anders Kregnes Hansen: percussion, Jonas Cambien: piano
Ole Martin Huser-Olsen: guitar, Vilde Sandve Alnæs: violin, Ivan Valentin Hollup Roald: cello, Christian Meaas Svendsen: double bass

Conductor: Kai Grinde Myrann

Comfort Music is produced by Notam in collaboration with Norwegian Telecom Museum.

WHEN6pm
WHEREVulkan Arena  Map
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8pm
Kulturkirken Jakob

14.09.15, 8 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 200/100

 

Mathias Spahlinger: no 10, nachtstück mit sonne (WP)

Øyvind Torvund: Neon Forest Space

 

Motivated by a steady focus on the new, on development, and with an unwavering faith in music and in the expressive potential of musicians, Mathias Spahlinger‘s music is constantly evolving. Spahlinger uses elements from a broad spectrum of genres and techniques, and this seventy-year-old modernist has managed to leave his mark on the German and European music scenes as composer, thinker, and teacher. Ensemble asamisimasa has collaborated with Spahlinger on several occasions, and is currently planning a Spahlinger festival in Oslo in October.

At this concert, the ensemble will give a first performance of Spahlinger’s new work, no 10, nachtstück mit sonne. This concert also marks Øyvind Torvund‘s first portrait CD, Neon Forest Space. Torvud has also closely collaborated with asamisimasa in connection with first performances and concerts of his others works. Plastic Waves (2013) for piano and quartet is a different kind of work in that it mixes sounds from snare drums, piano melodies, harmonica and bass clarinet with broken glass and references to circus sounds.

Ensemble asamisimasa is an established Norwegian ensemble dedicated to new music, and is known for combining classic avant-garde with new works specially written for them, often with elements of electronics, video and other media. The members are: Kristine Tjøgersen (clarinet), Håkon Stene (percussion), Anders Førisdal (guitar), Ellen Ugelvik (piano) and Tanja Orning (cello).

WHEN8pm
WHEREKulturkirken Jakob  Map
PRICE200/100.-
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12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Trio ClariNord

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Trio ClariNord

15.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

 

Gisle Kverndokk: Offertorium

Jon Øivind Ness: Sloughs

Jörg Widmann: Nachtstück

 

Trio ClariNord is comprised of Emilio Borghesan on clarinet, Paula Cuesta on cello and Jie Zhang on piano. They will perform two first performances at this lunchtime concert.

Offertorium by Gisle Kverndokk, is inspired by the writings of the Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. ‘Offertorium’ refers to the offertory ritual in preparation for Eucharistic Communion, and Chardin describes the earth as a sacred offertory gift. The work contains four movements, and describes a day on earth from sunrise to sunset.

Sloughs, by Jon Øivind Ness, was the trio’s first commissioned work. The title describes the skin after a snake’s molting, and the work is formed using motifs from previous works for cello.

Together with Nachtstück by the German composer Jörg Widmann, these works illustrate three different ways in which contemporary music composers approach chamber music today.

Formed in 2012, Trio ClariNord is the first group with a wind player to be admitted to the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy. Trio ClariNord is a permanent member of the ECMA, and is the first Norwegian ensemble to hold this status.

The trio has given concerts in Wien, Warsaw, Vilnius, Marienbad, Prades and Oslo,

and in 2015 they released their first album, with music by Beethoven, Fruhling and Ness on LAWO Classics.

The group members attended the Norwegian Academy of Music. Jie Zhang has studied under Leif Ove Andsnes and Håvard Gimse, Paula Cuesta under Truls Mørk, and Emilio Borghesan under Hans Christian Bræin and Björn Nyman.

WHEN12pm
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7pm
Universitetets aula
The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra: Eivind Buene

Universitetets aula / The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra: Eivind Buene

 

15.09.15, 7 pm

Universitetets aula

NOK 395 – 120

 

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and composer Eivind Buene build bridges from our own time to the past

They will perform two works that were previously commissioned by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra as well as the works by which they were inspired. Buene’s Stilleben for 15 solo strings serves as an atmospheric prelude when played together with Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 17 (2nd movement). Using the first tones of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Buene treats Wagner’s building blocks in a slow, translucent meditation. Garland is a comment on Baroque composer Matthew Locke’s string suites.

Combining the works like this shows how recognition and repetition are two different things. Buene assumes that we interpret everything we experience based on prior experience – and that is not a bad thing, not even in contemporary music. By also focusing on the perceptible sound experience, the works bridge the classical dichotomy between body and mind.

Eivind Buene (born 1973) is a Norwegian composer and writer whose music has been performed by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Cikada, among others. The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra is one of Norway’s leading chamber orchestras, and places emphasis on a solid classical repertoire, new works, and creative outreach. The concert also marks the opening of the orchestra’s season opening.

 

Eivind Buene: Stilleben

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 2. sats fra klaverkonsert nr. 17

Eivind Buene: Langsam und Schmachtend

Richard Wagner: Forspill fra Tristan og Isolde

Eivind Buene: Palimpsest

Eivind Buene: Garland

Matthew Locke: Consort of Four Parts, Suite nr. 3 & Suite nr. 1

 

Det Norske Kammerorkester


Terje Tønnesen conductor

WHEN7pm
WHEREUniversitetets aula  Map
PRICE395 - 120.-
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9pm
Nasjonal jazzscene
David Toop: Of Leonardo da Vinci - Quills/a Black Giant/Deluge

Nasjonal jazzscene / David Toop: Of Leonardo da Vinci - Quills/a Black Giant/Deluge

 

15.09.15, 9 pm

Nasjonal jazzscene

NOK 200/100

 

David Toop: Of Leonardo da Vinci – Quills/a Black Giant/Deluge (WP)

Of Leonardo da Vinci is a result of a collaboration between improv legend, sound artist and author David Toop (score and libretto based on Leonardo da Vinci’s accounts of his dreams), acclaimed photographer/film maker Barry Lewis, renowned vocalist Elaine Mitchener, and making his operatic directorial debut, award-winning choreographer, Dam Van Huynh. Together they have created a work – an innovative contemporary music theatre piece that intricately melds music, sound art, image and movement to transform space, inviting audiences into a unique and intimate realm of disturbing beauty. 

“Absorbed in the visions, memories, prophesies and observations recorded in Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, a woman dwells on the writing of a life. As oracle, scholar, acolyte, medium and innocent she voices the spirit of Leonardo, reflecting the nature of life as it moves closer to its end, its teeming presence, the meaning we divine from marks and signs, the flight of the voice, living and dying.”

Music and libretto: David Toop

Voices: Elaine Mitchener

Film: Barry Lewis

Choreography/Director: Dam Van Huynh

 

 

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12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Microtub

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Microtub

16.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

 

Robin Hayward – mikrotonal F-tuba

Peder Simonsen- mikrotonal C-tuba

Martin Taxt – mikrotonal C-tuba

 

Microtub is something as rare as a microtonal tuba trio. The instruments were specially designed for musicians Robin Hayward, Martin Taxt and Peder Simonsen. With its microtonal tubas, Microtub explores the potential of instruments from a microtonal perspective. Colour-coded skulpturpartiturer is used to define areas in the harmonic space, and presents geometric structures that are explored by the musicians over time.

At this concert we will hear music from the trio’s critically acclaimed second album Star System, which was released on SOFA in October 2014.

«…The wayward ‘Star System’ by tuba trio Microtub sounds like the doors of the underworld slamming…»

Kieron Tyler, The Arts Desk 

“Even if fully acoustic, the music has an incredible resonance, and the three instruments weave long, almost endless tones over and through each other, creating a deep sonic feeling of substance while keeping the space very open.»

Stef, Free Jazz Blogspot

“The deep roars of the three carefully tuned instruments purr out long lines of tone that overlay one another, sitting like almost opaque strata above one another until the physicality of human breathing and the gradual shifts in Hayward’s composition introduce a sense of flux. The effect is of a delicate yet hefty drone that thickens and thins like massive bellows eased in and out.»

Richard Pinnell, WIRE MAGAZINE

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3pm
nyMusikk
TALK François Bonnet: Live Jukebox

nyMusikk / TALK François Bonnet: Live Jukebox

François Bonnet: Live Jukebox

nyMusikk, 3 pm

Free

François Bonnet’s illustrated talk on the history and pioneering impact of Groupe de Recherches Musicales.

Since its establishment in Paris in 1958, the GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) has driven developments in musique concrète and electroacoustic music, expanding outwards from the radical vinyl and tape manipulations of its founder Pierre Schaeffer. The GRM has become an international magnet for composers seeking new expressiveness in electronic music and transformed sound.

In cooperation with nyMusikk

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7pm
Kulturkirken Jakob

Pinquins and SISU

16.09.15, 7 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 200/100

Gérard Griseys spektakulære Le Noir de l’Etoile

At this year’s Ultima the percussion trio Pinquins and the SISU percussion ensemble will perform Gérard Grisey’s spectacular Le Noir de l’Etoile. The concert offers a rare opportunity to experience this magnificent work, which has never before been performed in Norway. Grisey derived the inspiration for this work in his fascination for the stars and outer space. The work, in which six percussionists are positioned in different places among the audience, is based on radio signals generated by rotating neutron stars called pulsars.

Gérard Grisey studied with names like Olivier Messiaen, Henri Dutilleux and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and was one of the leading composers of spectral music, a compositional technique developed in the 1970s that uses computers to analyse the quality of timbre in music.

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9pm
Vulkan Arena

16.09.15, 9 pm

Vulkan Arena

NOK 200/100

Pierre Schaeffer: TBA

Bernard Parmegiani: De Natura Sonorum seconde série

Luc Ferrari: Presque Rien N°2

Régis Renouard Larivière: Contrée

Kassel Jaeger: Campo Del Cielo

Espen Sommer Eide: The remarkable features of mosquito hearing (WP)

 

Since its establishment in Paris in 1958, the GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) has driven developments in musique concrète and electroacoustic music, expanding outwards from the radical vinyl and tape manipulations of its founder Pierre Schaeffer.

The GRM has become an international magnet for composers seeking new expressiveness in electronic music and transformed sound. In tribute to GRM’s achievements, Ultima presents an evening mixing French musique concrète classics by Pierre Schaeffer, Bernard Parmegiani and Luc Ferrari with new work by a younger generation of sonic explorers including Régis Renouard Larivière and Kassel Jaeger.

 

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Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT Gobi Drab

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT Gobi Drab

Loftet

NOK 50

 

Gobi Drab is a recorder player, performer and pedagogue. In her repertoire, she connects free improvisation with the rhetorics of early music and the intricate structures of contemporary music. She is particularly fond of square Paetzold recorders and has a great interest in contemporary dance. Gobi is a co-founder of “snim – spontaneous network for improvised music“ and member of PLENUM, a Paetzold recorder ensemble. In her composition glass eye I – II – III, written in May 2015, she explores the acoustic textures, possibilities and impossibilities of her instruments.

She will also perform Ansgar Beste’s Dialogues Sauvages (2013-14) for (hyper-)prepared Paetzold square bass recorder, a virtuoso solo work that produces “sounds you’ve never heard on a wind instrument”.

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Nasjonal jazzscene
SOFA’s 15th-year anniversary and double album release

Nasjonal jazzscene / SOFA’s 15th-year anniversary and double album release

17.09.15, 7 pm

Nasjonal jazzscene

NOK 200/100

 

This year marks the 15th anniversary of SOFA, the record label run by musicians Kim Myhr, Ingar Zach and Ivar Grydeland. This milestone is being celebrated with a double release concert with unique musical manifestos from two legendary exponents of experimental musical.

SOFA has around 50 releases in broad-range experimental music to its credit. In September, two new extensive projects due for release are the legendary improvisational musicians Keith Rowe and John Tilbury, produced by painter Kjell Bjørgeengen, and the trio MURAL, recorded in Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. Kjell Bjørgeengen, who regularly collaborates with both ensembles, will be taking part in both concerts.

Keith Rowe / John Tilbury

enough still not to know

Keith Rowe: guitar and electronics

John Tilbury: piano

enough still not know is a double-CD release of the music of John Tilbury and Keith Rowe, produced by artist Kjell Bjørgeengen for an upcoming video installation. The music is improvised but bears the mark of long-time collaboration between these two musicians. Rowe and Tilbury are particularly known for their work in Scratch Orchestra and AMM with Cornelius Cardew. John Tilbury is also known as arguably the foremost interpreter of Morton Feldman and for his biography on Cornelius Cardew. In recent years both musicians have worked on the writings Samuel Beckett. John Tilbury has given musical and text-based renditions of Samuel Beckett’s later works.

 

MURAL

Tempo

Jim Denley: wind instruments

Kim Myhr: guitar

Ingar Zach: percussion

MURAL began in 2007 when Ingar Zach and Kim Myhr gave a concert with the legendary Australian improviser Jim Denley in Madrid. Since then, the trio has given many concerts all over the world and released Nectars of Emergence in 2010 on the SOFA label and Live at the Rothko Chapel in 2011 on Rothko Chapel Publications. WIRE magazine acclaimed Nectars of Emergence as ”a haunting world of breathtaking timbral beauty. An extraordinary creation.” Following successful concerts in Rothko Chapel and a CD release, the trio visited the chapel in Houston, Texas for the third time in April 2013. The musicians’ wish to challenge the conventional concert format resulted in a four-hour-long concert that has now been released as a triple CD.

Kjell Bjørgeengen (video) during both concerts.

In cooperation with Ultima and Nasjonal jazzscene.

 

 

 

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Riksscenen
Georg Friedrich Haas: In Vain

Riksscenen / Georg Friedrich Haas: In Vain

Ensemble Ernst

17.09.15, 9 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 200/100

Georg Friedrich Haas: In Vain

 

“A staggering experience and one of the first great masterpieces of the twenty-first century.” Sir Simon Rattle

Described by the English conductor Sir Simon Rattle as ‘one of the only already acknowledged masterpieces of the 21st-century’, In Vain by the Austrian composer, Georg Friedrich Haas, will be performed by Ensemble Ernst. An optical illusion for the ears, this cult piece is inspired by the stairways in the lithographs of graphic artist Max Escher.

Ensemble Ernst is one of Scandinavia’s leading sinfoniettas and has previously performed at several times at Ultima. The ensemble is an active commissioner of new works, and combines new music with contemporary music classics.

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10pm
Blå
James Hoff/Afrikan Sciences/Hilde Holsen

Blå / James Hoff/Afrikan Sciences/Hilde Holsen

Blå, 10pm

NOK 200/100

 

Ultima presents a triple bill partly hosted by the Berlin-based PAN label. Run by US musician Bill Kouligas (Hiss Golden Messenger), PAN has become one of the most challenging and critically acclaimed labels within electronic and experimental music. Afrikan Sciences from Brooklyn and James Hoff are responsible for some of the imprint’s best known records.

Afrikan Sciences (Eric Douglas Porter) has a broad musical background and is best known for his polyrhytmic and complex melodies in a crossover between afro-futurism, science fiction, hip hop, jazz and house. His most recent album Circuitous (2014) once again proves that he is an artist who transcends club music and dares enter the unknown. His live performances typically combine double bass, turntables and electronic effects.

New York-based artist James Hoff works across multiple platforms, as a painter, editor and publisher of Primary Information (a press devoted to publishing artists’ books and reprinting out-of-print editions), writer, lecturer and musical composer. He didn’t have a lot of musical experience when he made his 2011 debut with How Wheeling Feels When the Ground Walks Away, based on field recordings from several insurgencies in Europe and South America. His latest album, Blaster (2014), explores an interest in computer viruses. By infecting sound files with the so-called Blaster virus, he laid the groundwork for his own interpretation of the term dance music.

The Norwegian musician Hilde Holsen will be first to perform. She recently played her transmuted trumpet to a packed church in Oslo as part of the Only Connect festival. Improvising and processing her horn in real time, she shapes sonic landscapes that are glowing, harmonious and melancholic.

In collaboration with nyMusikk.

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12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Frevo Gitarduo

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Frevo Gitarduo

18.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

 

”How do you get two guitar players to play in perfect unison?” “Shoot one!”

Armed only with various guitars and electronics, Frevo will deliver a high-tech guitar duel performance when they take the stage at Ultima. They will be performing new works by Peter Jakober, Evan Gardner, Herman Vogt and Therese Birkelund Ulvo.

Frevo is a guitar duo formed by the two Norwegian guitar players Pål Granum and Andreas Karlsen. They started playing together in 1995 and have cooperated closely as a guitar-duo for more than fifteen years. During this period they have worked with most of the repertoire available for two guitars in addition to extensive work on transcriptions of suitable music for two guitars. They have also premiered many dedicated works by Nordic composers.

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6pm
Norges musikkhøgskole

18.09.15, 6 pm

Norges musikkhøgskole, Levinsalen

NOK 200/100

 

Matthew Shlomowitz: The Major Sevenths Medley

Thomas Bensdorp: Jongens

Mauro Pawlowski: Als Mens Vermomd            

Bjørn Fongaard –

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 1

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 2

Aforismer op. 63 for electric guitar, percussion and voice

Guitar, percussion, voice: Anders Førisdal

 

The electric guitar will have the lead role when Norwegian Anders Førisdal joins forces with the Dutch-Belgian guitar quartet Zwerm. Since 2007, Zwerm has been attracting increasing attention for its projects, such as performing as a street parade band (complete with portable amplifiers) and a noise rock band of the brutal kind. Mixed with a generous dose of central European humour, the group has a long list of releases to its credit, among them The World’s Longest Melody, which The Wire Magazine hailed as “an obvious contender for album of the year 2010…”

At Ultima their programme will consist of early Norwegian experimental music by pioneer Bjørn Fongaard. They will also performe The Major Sevenths Medley, a greatest-hits ode to Matthew Shlomowitz’s imaginary band. Jongens is the name of one of Zwerm’s early albums, released when as young boys they recorded their first tracks on cassette. Twenty-five years on, the Dutch composer Thomas Bensdorp has written his own composition of those recordings. Als mens vermomd means “disguised as a human”, and deals with a strayed alien, written by dEUS band member Mauro Pawlowski.

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7pm
Black Box Teater

18.09.15, 7 pm

Black Box Teater

NOK 240 – 100

Also 19 September, 6 pm

 

An evolutionary musical

Annie Dorsen’s Yesterday Tomorrow is a musical that breaks most of the rules for this genre. Unlike traditional musicals, the music for this musical is created during the course of the performance with the help of computer-generated algorithms, which means that the final result is different every time. The only points of reference are the two well-known songs Yesterday by The Beatles and Tomorrow from the musical Annie.

Based on evolutionary processes such as mutation and natural selection, the algorithms determine the most appropriate route from the first song to the next, or from what has passed to what is to come. As a result, the performance stands as an expression of the unpredictable nature of the present, as a contrast to a familiar past and the notion of a happy future. The music is performed by three singers who continually receive information about which rhythm, pitch and lyrics to sing. The result is an intelligent, humorous yet disturbing encounter between man and machine.

Annie Dorsen has previously work in film, dance and theatre, and in recent years has been particularly interested in artificial intelligence and digital performance. The Yesterday Tomorrow project was developed in cooperation with Pierre Godard and Greg Bellar from the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM.).

Concept, direction: Annie Dorsen. Music director: Joanna Bailie. Algorithm design: Pierre Godard. Sound design: Greg Beller. Video systems design: Ryan Holsopple. Lighting design and technical direction: Bruno Pocheron, Ruth Waldeyer. Producer: Alexandra Rosenberg. Performers: Hai-Ting Chinn, Jeffrey Gavett & Natalie Raybould. Coproduction: Holland Festival, Black Box Teater, Performance Space 122, La Villette – Résidences d’Artistes 2015, L’Hippodrome, scène nationale de Douai, Théâtre de Gennevilliers with Festival d’automne à Paris, Le Maillon-Wacken – Scene européenne – Strasbourg, théâtre Garonne – Scène européenne – Toulouse. Supported by: Mount Tremper Arts, Abrons Arts Center, New York State Council on the Arts.

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7:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

18.09.15, 7.30 pm

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Scene 2

NOK 350 – 100

Also 19 September, 6.30 pm

 

Chamber opera in one act & VII parts

Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Narrative by Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Words and phonetic textures by Anna Thorvaldsdottir 

Title and additional text by Mette Karlsvik

Director: Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson

Visual artist: Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir

Conductor: Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Musical supervision: Baldur Brönnimann and Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Performers: Sofia Jernberg, Mike Philip Fencker Thomsen, Melis Jaatinen, Joa Helgesson, Tinna Thorsteinsdottir, BIT20 Ensemble

 

Oblivious of the impending doom, humanity is struggling to find meaning and assembling it’s fractured identities. While the last man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security, an unsung primal scream resonates from the melting Glaciers of Greenland to the decadent core of civilization. In the vicinity of the enormous Great Greenland Ice Cap, in which the history of the earth is conserved, frozen in time, humanity is small. And yet man is destructive when he forgets his roots and origin. It is exactly this blind spot, this connection and this dangerous forgetfulness that UR_draws on.

UR_ features three voices, one actor, a grand piano and an ensemble of twelve performers. UR_ is the first major project to be carried out by members of the Far North Artist Network. The new work has been created over a period of two years in sessions in Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Germany. The Ethos of Far North is founded on exchange of ideas and art between artists from across boarders of countries – and cultures.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir has become a star within the contemporary music field. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere. In 2012 she received the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize. Her latest album Aerial (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classics November 2014) and was featured as “Best music of 2014” in The New Yorker.

The development of the work is done in collaboration with Theater Trier, Germany and The National Theatre of Greenland.

The commission of the work was enabled through kind support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

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8pm
Riksscenen

18.09.15, 8 pm

Riksscenen

NOK 200/150

 

Ang is a work that is revealed and realised by six Hardanger fiddles. A vibrant, intense wall of sound in the ‘green tuning’ mode that changes gradually, interspersed with Hardanger fiddle tunes in the surrounding musical landscape. The performers get close to their audience, both metaphorically and literally. Ang is a work for Hardanger fiddle written by Øystein Figenschou for Sigurd Johan Heide’s final examination performance in choreography, Flate steinar er til å sitja på, (2010) at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Jan Beitohaugen Granli: Hardanger fiddle; Nina Fjeldet: Hardanger fiddle; 
Bjørn Kåre Odde: Hardanger fiddle; Hans Kjorstad: Hardanger fiddle; and Guro Kvifte Nesheim: Hardanger fiddle. Torkjel Bruland Lavoll: Hardanger fiddle.

Composer: Øystein Figenschou (Ang) and Nina Fjeldet (mazurka)

Host and concept: Sigurd Johan Heide

Thanks to: Arts Council Norway, DanseFestival Barents, Folkemusikk Nord, Ultima and Riksscenen (Norwegian Hub for Traditional Music and Dance).

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1pm
Universitetets gamle festsal

19.09.15, 1 pm

Universitetets gamle festsal

NOK 200/100

 

Jan Erik Mikalsen: Sonette for Choir (WP)

Edvin Østergaard: Darwin’s Lamentation (WP)

Edvin Østergaard: Unpredictable Moments

Maja Linderoth: Sonatform denaturerad prosa

 

What is the connection between the eureka-experience of the scientist, the one that leads to the radical breakthrough, and the creative process of the artist? And how can and the same idea be expressed differently in art and in science? This is the question Edvin Østergaard explores in the choral work Unpredictable moments. Besides being a composer, Østergaard is a professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and has for years been interested in the interface between the artistic and the scientific. In 2010 he was awarded the Spellemann Award for contemporary music.

Sonette for choir by Jan Erik Mikalsen was completed earlier this year and will now have its first performance at Ultima. The work is inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus from 1922, based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Mikalsen has received numerous awards, including Rostrum 2015 (The International Rostrum of Composers).

In Maja Linderoth’s Sonatform denaturerad prosa, based on Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf’s text with the same title, languages limits and ingredients is being explored. Linderoth is studying composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. The work has after its premiere at the Academy in March 2015, been performed in Groningen by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir.

The works will be performed by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir under the direction of conductor Grete Pedersen, and will be introduced by scientist and industrial entrepreneur Alf Bjørseth.

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3pm
Universitetets aula

19.09.15, 3 pm

Great Hall, University of Oslo

NOK 200/50

 

Jon Øivind Ness: Mørkgånga (WP)

Øyvind Torvund: Idyllic Scenes (WP)

Iannis Xenakis: ST/48

 

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra has been performing at Ultima for more than 20 years now, and this year it will give two Norwegian first performances in the University of Oslo’s Great Hall.

Jon Øivind Ness’ new work is called Mørkgånga, named after the ravine in Krokskogen on the northwestern boundary of Oslomarka, the recreational woodlands surrounding Oslo. The work is a natural-romantic composition but not without some element of humour. To give an example, an unnamed native of Trondelag is pursued by a hawk and a viper, and attacked and stung by a swarm of angry wasps, all of which results in a barrage of colourful expletives in his local dialect. The animals’ attempts to scare him off says something about how nature does not necessarily need us as much as we need it.

The concert will also mark the first performance of Øyvind Torvund’s latest work, Idyllic Scenes, which derives much of its material from notions of the ideal and dream-like states in late romantic and impressionist orchestral music. These idyllic tableaux are coloured in different ways by noisy, atonal counterpoints and ‘electronic clouds’, and combined in a series of fragments. Another theme in the work is the origin of music, with primal organic sounds that are gradually cultivated or shaped into phrases and melodies.

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6pm
Black Box Teater

19.09.15, 6 pm

Black Box Teater

NOK 240 – 100

 

An evolutionary musical

Annie Dorsen’s Yesterday Tomorrow is a musical that breaks most of the rules for this genre. Unlike traditional musicals, the music for this musical is created during the course of the performance with the help of computer-generated algorithms, which means that the final result is different every time. The only points of reference are the two well-known songs Yesterday by The Beatles and Tomorrow from the musical Annie.

Based on evolutionary processes such as mutation and natural selection, the algorithms determine the most appropriate route from the first song to the next, or from what has passed to what is to come. As a result, the performance stands as an expression of the unpredictable nature of the present, as a contrast to a familiar past and the notion of a happy future. The music is performed by three singers who continually receive information about which rhythm, pitch and lyrics to sing. The result is an intelligent, humorous yet disturbing encounter between man and machine.

Annie Dorsen has previously work in film, dance and theatre, and in recent years has been particularly interested in artificial intelligence and digital performance. The Yesterday Tomorrow project was developed in cooperation with Pierre Godard and Greg Bellar from the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM.).

Concept, direction: Annie Dorsen. Music director: Joanna Bailie. Algorithm design: Pierre Godard. Sound design: Greg Beller. Video systems design: Ryan Holsopple. Lighting design and technical direction: Bruno Pocheron, Ruth Waldeyer. Producer: Alexandra Rosenberg. Performers: Hai-Ting Chinn, Jeffrey Gavett & Natalie Raybould. Coproduction: Holland Festival, Black Box Teater, Performance Space 122, La Villette – Résidences d’Artistes 2015, L’Hippodrome, scène nationale de Douai, Théâtre de Gennevilliers with Festival d’automne à Paris, Le Maillon-Wacken – Scene européenne – Strasbourg, théâtre Garonne – Scène européenne – Toulouse. Supported by: Mount Tremper Arts, Abrons Arts Center, New York State Council on the Arts.

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PRICE240 - 100.-
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6:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

 

19.09.15, 6.30 pm

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Scene 2

NOK 350 – 100

 

Chamber opera in one act & VII parts

Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Director: Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson

Visual artist: Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir

Narrative by Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Words and phonetic textures by Anna Thorvaldsdottir 

Title and additional text by Mette Karlsvik

Conductor: Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Musical supervision: Baldur Brönnimann and Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Performers: Sofia Jernberg, Mike Philip Fencker Thomsen, Melis Jaatinen, Joa Helgesson, Tinna Thorsteinsdottir, BIT20 Ensemble

 

Oblivious of the impending doom, humanity is struggling to find meaning and assembling it’s fractured identities. While the last man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security, an unsung primal scream resonates from the melting Glaciers of Greenland to the decadent core of civilization. In the vicinity of the enormous Great Greenland Ice Cap, in which the history of the earth is conserved, frozen in time, humanity is small. And yet man is destructive when he forgets his roots and origin. It is exactly this blind spot, this connection and this dangerous forgetfulness that UR_draws on.

UR_ features three voices, one actor, a grand piano and an ensemble of twelve performers. UR_ is the first major project to be carried out by members of the Far North Artist Network. The new work has been created over a period of two years in sessions in Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Germany. The Ethos of Far North is founded on exchange of ideas and art between artists from across boarders of countries – and cultures.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir has become a star within the contemporary music field. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere. In 2012 she received the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize. Her latest album Aerial (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classics November 2014) and was featured as “Best music of 2014” in The New Yorker.

The development of the work is done in collaboration with Theater Trier, Germany and The National Theatre of Greenland.

The commission of the work was enabled through kind support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

 

WHEN6:30pm
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7pm
Dansens Hus

Mia Habib: A song to

19.09.15, 7 pm

Dansens Hus

NOK 290 – 170

Inspired by the works of Emanuel and Gustav Vigeland, Oslo-based choreographer Mia Habib explores how the monumental in art can manifest itself through dance and moving bodies. In the dance performance A song to…, the stage is filled with a swarm of naked bodies that move around the space in all kinds of ways imaginable. Inspired by the discipline Parkour, Habib has 18 dances jump, climb, run, and crawl across the stage manifesting the full register of human emotions and expressions. In doing so, the dancers create an image of all of mankind. Habib also explores the choreographic potential in mass protests and political protest movements, where people gather around a common goal, and how this contrasts with the individual’s perception of himself as something vulnerable and monumental.

Habib received her training as a choreographer from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution and negotiation from Tel Aviv University. She also runs Mia Habib Produksjoner, which performs activities in stage art, curating, lectures, teaching and mentoring. A song to… is Habib’s second collaboration with Ultima.

Supported by Norsk Kulturråd, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Nordisk Kulturfond

Co-produced by Dansens Hus, Theatre Freiburg, BIT Teatergarasjen, Bærum Kulturhus – regional arena for samtidsdans, Carte Blanche

In cooperation with Dansarena Nord, SITE Sweden, Dans i Nord-Trøndelag, RAS Sandnes, Dansehallerne, Bora Bora, Festiviteten Haugesund, Fjelldansen, Vigelandsmuseet og Emanuell Vigeland Museum

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8pm
Oslo domkirke
Closing concert: André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe, Oslo Domkor, Ensemble Allegria

Oslo domkirke / Closing concert: André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe, Oslo Domkor, Ensemble Allegria

André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe: New work (WP)

Arvo Pärt: Te Deum

Oslo Domkor and Ensemble Allegria

19.09.15, 8 pm

Oslo Cathedral

NOK 350/250

 

New work by André Bratten and Ole-Henrik Moe, and Arvo Pärt at Ultima’s closing concert

André Bratten has attracted considerable attention both in Norway and abroad for his elegant music, which lies somewhere between space disco and micro house. His debut album from 2013 received critical acclaim for its pure, well-rounded sounds and melodic synth lines. Bratten has a passion for contemporary music, and cites Giacinto Scelsi as his prime source of inspiration. Now, in collaboration with composer Ole-Henrik Moe, he has taken on the task of writing the music for Ultima’s closing concert.

The sustained, simple and meditative qualities of Arvo Pärt’s mystical, minimalist masterpiece Te Deum mark Pärt’s distinctiveness as a composer. The work is written for choir, strings, piano and wind harp. Te Deum, also known as the Ambrosian Hymn, is one of Christianity’s oldest and best-known hymns.

Performed by Oslo Domkor and Ensemble Allegria.

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11/09
8pm
Majorstuen Kirke, kapellet
INSTALLATION OPENING Ali Parandian: Untitled I, A poem for Norway

Majorstuen Kirke, kapellet / INSTALLATION OPENING Ali Parandian: Untitled I, A poem for Norway

Majorstuen Church, The Chapel, 20.00-22.00

Open for the remainder of Ultima between 22.00 and 24.00

Free admission

Multi-channel sound installation based on auditive and visual recordings made in Oslo between 2010 and 2015. Using documentation of man-made environments as its starting point and with the help of abstractions, this work endeavours to create a state whereby the viewer can focus on what lies beyond his own circumstances. The subdued style of the work endeavours to integrate the acoustic and architectural possibilities that lie in the church building. Ali Parandian moved from Tehran to Norway in 1989. He received his training in sound design at the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer. The exhibition is free and open to everyone throughout Ultima.

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19/09
7pm
Dansens Hus

Mia Habib: A song to

19.09.15, 7 pm

Dansens Hus

NOK 290 – 170

Inspired by the works of Emanuel and Gustav Vigeland, Oslo-based choreographer Mia Habib explores how the monumental in art can manifest itself through dance and moving bodies. In the dance performance A song to…, the stage is filled with a swarm of naked bodies that move around the space in all kinds of ways imaginable. Inspired by the discipline Parkour, Habib has 18 dances jump, climb, run, and crawl across the stage manifesting the full register of human emotions and expressions. In doing so, the dancers create an image of all of mankind. Habib also explores the choreographic potential in mass protests and political protest movements, where people gather around a common goal, and how this contrasts with the individual’s perception of himself as something vulnerable and monumental.

Habib received her training as a choreographer from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution and negotiation from Tel Aviv University. She also runs Mia Habib Produksjoner, which performs activities in stage art, curating, lectures, teaching and mentoring. A song to… is Habib’s second collaboration with Ultima.

Supported by Norsk Kulturråd, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Nordisk Kulturfond

Co-produced by Dansens Hus, Theatre Freiburg, BIT Teatergarasjen, Bærum Kulturhus – regional arena for samtidsdans, Carte Blanche

In cooperation with Dansarena Nord, SITE Sweden, Dans i Nord-Trøndelag, RAS Sandnes, Dansehallerne, Bora Bora, Festiviteten Haugesund, Fjelldansen, Vigelandsmuseet og Emanuell Vigeland Museum

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14/09
12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Øyvind Mæland

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Øyvind Mæland

14.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

In autumn 2015, they will record chamber works in small format by the Norwegian composer Øyvind Mæland, produced by LAWO. Oslo Strykekvartett, improvisor and vocalist Stine Janvin Motland and pianist Sanae Yoshida all appear on the album, and in this lunchtime concert we will hear them perform together with the Oslo String Quartet’s cellist Øystein Sonstad.

 

Ad undas – Sci-fi-Lieder fra Nordsjøen! (2011)

for vocal and piano

Stine Janvin Motland, vocal

Sanae Yoshida, piano

 

In 2010, improvisor and vocalist Stine Janvin Motland, pianist Sanae Yoshida and Øyvind Mæland embarked on a close artistic collaboration. Janvin Motland had asked Mæland to write something for them, and when they discovered Øyvind Rimbereid’s poem Solaris Korrigert (from 2004), they immediately set to work. The collaboration resulted in the thirty-minute-long song cycle Ad undas – sci-fi-Lieder fra Nordsjøen!

 

KOMMEN du vid meg? (2012)

for solo cello

Øystein Sonstad, cello

KOMMEN du vid meg is a small act without song or lyrics. The principle characters, the couple Operatøren and Shiri, struggle to communicate with each other. Eventually, Op realises that Shiri needs to be understood, and in his characteristically awkward way tries to comfort her with a dream about FOR all tiim onli fara out ­­– in outer space! Finally, they sing KOMMEN du vid meg together, marking the beginning of this piece for solo cello.

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11/09
9pm
Kulturkirken Jakob
Cecilie Ore: Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy

Kulturkirken Jakob / Cecilie Ore: Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy

11.09.15, 9 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 350/250

Also 12 September

 

A new burlesque chamber opera on fundamentalist religion and misogyny

“Violence against women is one of the greatest human rights scandals of our time”. This statement by Amnesty International is the backdrop to Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy. The performance focuses on how the three major patriarchal religions of the world prevent sex equality and ultimately results in violence. In the performance, excerpts from the Bible, the Koran and texts of Judaism are juxtaposed with the Declaration of Human Rights, Dante’s Divine Comedy and stories of everyday life. Burlesque humour, self-irony and surrealism are also given a central place in what is a serious matter.

The Norwegian composer Cecilie Ore has won both national and international prizes for her work. She has been performed and commissioned by major orchestras, ensembles and choirs, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, the BBC Singers, and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

In her new work seven renowned singers are accompanied by a percussion trio and music, voices and sound over loudspeakers.

Cecilie Ore: composition, libretto, Bibbi Moslet: libretto, dramaturgy, Susanne Øglænd: director, Carle Lange: set design, Signe Becker: costume design, Sverre Randin: lighting design, Cato Langnes and Mats Claesson: sound design

Conductor: Cathrine Winnes

Singers: Tora Augestad, Eir Inderhaug, Ingebjørg Kosmo, Marianne E Andersen, Håkon Kornstad, Frank Havrøy, Olle Holmgren 

SISU Percussion Ensemble: Bjørn Skansen, Marius Søbye, Teodor Berg

Anders T Andersen: voice

 

Performed in English

Supported by Norsk Kulturråd, Ultima, Bergesenstiftelsen, Fritt Ord, Notam, Festspillene i Bergen, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere, Det Norske Komponistfond, Fegerstens Stiftelse, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, SISU og nyMusikk.

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12/09
9pm
Kulturkirken Jakob
Cecilie Ore: Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy

Kulturkirken Jakob / Cecilie Ore: Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy

12.09.15, 9 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 350/250

 

A new burlesque chamber opera on fundamentalist religion and misogyny

“Violence against women is one of the greatest human rights scandals of our time”. This statement by Amnesty International is the backdrop to Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy. The performance focuses on how the three major patriarchal religions of the world prevent sex equality and ultimately results in violence. In the performance, excerpts from the Bible, the Koran and texts of Judaism are juxtaposed with the Declaration of Human Rights, Dante’s Divine Comedy and stories of everyday life. Burlesque humour, self-irony and surrealism are also given a central place in what is a serious matter.

The Norwegian composer Cecilie Ore has won both national and international prizes for her work. She has been performed and commissioned by major orchestras, ensembles and choirs, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, the BBC Singers, and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

In her new work seven renowned singers are accompanied by a percussion trio and music, voices and sound over loudspeakers.

Cecilie Ore: composition, libretto, Bibbi Moslet: libretto, dramaturgy, Susanne Øglænd: director, Carle Lange: set design, Signe Becker: costume design, Sverre Randin: lighting design, Cato Langnes and Mats Claesson: sound design

Conductor: Cathrine Winnes

Singers: Tora Augestad, Eir Inderhaug, Ingebjørg Kosmo, Marianne E Andersen, Håkon Kornstad, Frank Havrøy, Olle Holmgren 

SISU Percussion Ensemble: Bjørn Skansen, Marius Søbye, Teodor Berg

Anders T Andersen: voice

Performed in English

Supported by Norsk Kulturråd, Ultima, Bergesenstiftelsen, Fritt Ord, Notam, Festspillene i Bergen, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere, Det Norske Komponistfond, Fegerstens Stiftelse, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, SISU og nyMusikk.

WHEN9pm
WHEREKulturkirken Jakob  Map
PRICE350/250.-
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18/09
6pm
Norges musikkhøgskole

18.09.15, 6 pm

Norges musikkhøgskole, Levinsalen

NOK 200/100

 

Matthew Shlomowitz: The Major Sevenths Medley

Thomas Bensdorp: Jongens

Mauro Pawlowski: Als Mens Vermomd            

Bjørn Fongaard –

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 1

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 2

Aforismer op. 63 for electric guitar, percussion and voice

Guitar, percussion, voice: Anders Førisdal

 

The electric guitar will have the lead role when Norwegian Anders Førisdal joins forces with the Dutch-Belgian guitar quartet Zwerm. Since 2007, Zwerm has been attracting increasing attention for its projects, such as performing as a street parade band (complete with portable amplifiers) and a noise rock band of the brutal kind. Mixed with a generous dose of central European humour, the group has a long list of releases to its credit, among them The World’s Longest Melody, which The Wire Magazine hailed as “an obvious contender for album of the year 2010…”

At Ultima their programme will consist of early Norwegian experimental music by pioneer Bjørn Fongaard. They will also performe The Major Sevenths Medley, a greatest-hits ode to Matthew Shlomowitz’s imaginary band. Jongens is the name of one of Zwerm’s early albums, released when as young boys they recorded their first tracks on cassette. Twenty-five years on, the Dutch composer Thomas Bensdorp has written his own composition of those recordings. Als mens vermomd means “disguised as a human”, and deals with a strayed alien, written by dEUS band member Mauro Pawlowski.

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18/09
6pm
Norges musikkhøgskole

18.09.15, 6 pm

Norges musikkhøgskole, Levinsalen

NOK 200/100

 

Matthew Shlomowitz: The Major Sevenths Medley

Thomas Bensdorp: Jongens

Mauro Pawlowski: Als Mens Vermomd            

Bjørn Fongaard –

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 1

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 2

Aforismer op. 63 for electric guitar, percussion and voice

Guitar, percussion, voice: Anders Førisdal

 

The electric guitar will have the lead role when Norwegian Anders Førisdal joins forces with the Dutch-Belgian guitar quartet Zwerm. Since 2007, Zwerm has been attracting increasing attention for its projects, such as performing as a street parade band (complete with portable amplifiers) and a noise rock band of the brutal kind. Mixed with a generous dose of central European humour, the group has a long list of releases to its credit, among them The World’s Longest Melody, which The Wire Magazine hailed as “an obvious contender for album of the year 2010…”

At Ultima their programme will consist of early Norwegian experimental music by pioneer Bjørn Fongaard. They will also performe The Major Sevenths Medley, a greatest-hits ode to Matthew Shlomowitz’s imaginary band. Jongens is the name of one of Zwerm’s early albums, released when as young boys they recorded their first tracks on cassette. Twenty-five years on, the Dutch composer Thomas Bensdorp has written his own composition of those recordings. Als mens vermomd means “disguised as a human”, and deals with a strayed alien, written by dEUS band member Mauro Pawlowski.

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12/09
6pm
Kanonhallen
Ensemble Musikfabrik: Partch/Deathprod/Steen-Andersen

Kanonhallen / Ensemble Musikfabrik: Partch/Deathprod/Steen-Andersen

Ensemble Musikfabrik

12.09.15, kl. 18

NB: Early arrival at Kanonhallen is recommended! 

NOK 350/250

 

Simon Steen-Andersen: Korpus

Harry Partch: And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma

Helge Sten: Sow Your Gold In The White Foliated Earth (WP)

 

The Godfather of the American Just-Intonation movement, the composer, theorist, visionary and instrument-builder, Harry Partch (1901-1974), developed a highly complex tuning system that made the realisation of his music impossible on conventional instruments. Harry Partch developed and built an extensive collection of instruments: resonating sound-sculptures of idiosyncratic beauty and remarkable stage presence.

In 2012, the entire collection of microtonal instruments was built for German Ensemble Musikfabrik. With more than 40 instruments – string, percussive, bell and keyboard instruments as well as smaller hand-held instruments, the ensemble has been able to realize the conditions under which the fascinating and exotic Harry Partch Œuvre.

Thanks to its extraordinary profile, and its superb artistic quality, Ensemble Musikfabrik has since its formation in 1990 had the reputation of being one of the World’s leading ensembles for contemporary music. The ensemble is particularly dedicated to artistic innovation – new, unknown, and often personally commissioned works in an unusual media are typical of their productions.

For this project they are collaborating with Norwegian musician and producer Helge Sten, best known by his Deathprod alias. Sten is a renowned musician and producer with connections to various band projects including Motorpsycho and Supersilent. He makes music which falls at the intersection of noise, jazz, modern composition, electronica and rock, but he is most often described as a noise artist.

They will also perform Simon Steen-Andersen’s Korpus and Partchs And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma (1963–66).

 

The last time Ensemble Musikfabrik visited Oslo was during Ultima 2013. Their version of Harry Partch’s Delusion of the Fury under the direction of Heiner Goebbels received glowing reviews and ranked high on many lists for best stage performance of the year.

Best stage experiences in 2013: Delusion of the Fury, Ultima Festival/National Theatre

“A multitude of peculiar, custom-made instruments from the eccentric American composer Harry Partch has been made accessible to the world by International Ibsen Award winner Heiner Goebbels. A rare concert to which people from all over the country came to hear.”

Dagsavisen‘s Best Stage Experience 2013.

“It’s howling, wild, almost ecstatic. This feast of a performance was one of many triumphs during this year’s Ultima. The festival, which most associate with weird contemporary music, has broadened its scope. This year it succeeded in showing us why we need musical outsiders like Harry Partch. “

Haakon Flemmen, Klassekampen

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18/09
8pm
Riksscenen

18.09.15, 8 pm

Riksscenen

NOK 200/150

 

Ang is a work that is revealed and realised by six Hardanger fiddles. A vibrant, intense wall of sound in the ‘green tuning’ mode that changes gradually, interspersed with Hardanger fiddle tunes in the surrounding musical landscape. The performers get close to their audience, both metaphorically and literally. Ang is a work for Hardanger fiddle written by Øystein Figenschou for Sigurd Johan Heide’s final examination performance in choreography, Flate steinar er til å sitja på, (2010) at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Jan Beitohaugen Granli: Hardanger fiddle; Nina Fjeldet: Hardanger fiddle; 
Bjørn Kåre Odde: Hardanger fiddle; Hans Kjorstad: Hardanger fiddle; and Guro Kvifte Nesheim: Hardanger fiddle. Torkjel Bruland Lavoll: Hardanger fiddle.

Composer: Øystein Figenschou (Ang) and Nina Fjeldet (mazurka)

Host and concept: Sigurd Johan Heide

Thanks to: Arts Council Norway, DanseFestival Barents, Folkemusikk Nord, Ultima and Riksscenen (Norwegian Hub for Traditional Music and Dance).

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19/09
8pm
Oslo domkirke
Closing concert: André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe, Oslo Domkor, Ensemble Allegria

Oslo domkirke / Closing concert: André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe, Oslo Domkor, Ensemble Allegria

André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe: New work (WP)

Arvo Pärt: Te Deum

Oslo Domkor and Ensemble Allegria

19.09.15, 8 pm

Oslo Cathedral

NOK 350/250

 

New work by André Bratten and Ole-Henrik Moe, and Arvo Pärt at Ultima’s closing concert

André Bratten has attracted considerable attention both in Norway and abroad for his elegant music, which lies somewhere between space disco and micro house. His debut album from 2013 received critical acclaim for its pure, well-rounded sounds and melodic synth lines. Bratten has a passion for contemporary music, and cites Giacinto Scelsi as his prime source of inspiration. Now, in collaboration with composer Ole-Henrik Moe, he has taken on the task of writing the music for Ultima’s closing concert.

The sustained, simple and meditative qualities of Arvo Pärt’s mystical, minimalist masterpiece Te Deum mark Pärt’s distinctiveness as a composer. The work is written for choir, strings, piano and wind harp. Te Deum, also known as the Ambrosian Hymn, is one of Christianity’s oldest and best-known hymns.

Performed by Oslo Domkor and Ensemble Allegria.

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13/09
11am
Riksscenen
Ultima's Children's Day (BUD)

Riksscenen / Ultima's Children's Day (BUD)

Children’s Day at Ultima

Riksscenen (Norwegian Hub for Traditional Music and Dance)

13 September 2015

From 11.00 to 15.00

NOK 50 

 

Children’s Day at Ultima: the success continues!

Ultima is delighted to invite children of all ages to a whole day at Riksscenen for a jam-packed programme and activities designed especially with children in mind. Children’s Day at Ultima offers the whole family the opportunity to see and experience what contemporary music can be. The programme offers concerts, installations and workshops with a wide range of artists.

In cooperation with John Vinge, a dedicated group of child-pilots will act as hosts and will be working on a sound installation, marketing activities, interview points and lots more.

Good food and drink will also be on sale.

 

Here are some of the programme highlights:

Majka – The girl from space

Many will recall Majka – The girl from space, the popular 1970s children’s TV series. Some of Norway’s leading stage performers, headed by Julia Skar, have developed an installation specially for Children’s Day inspired by the series and by outer space. The installation invites the public to wander through this exciting universe.

Ut av Skogen

Ut av Skogen (Out of the Forest) is a work inspired by the life of composer Harald Sæverud and by the forest and nature surrounding his farm, Siljustøl. Gisle Martens Meyer has created a performance that mixes orchestral and electronic music with sounds from nature and the forest, narrated from a sofa group in the forest that gradually transforms into a sonic battleground between various characters/monsters who live in the forest.

Mr. Ping

Mr. Ping lives in the Antarctic. His home is terribly cold and has lots of snow. He has been given a very important task: to look after an egg. Although he hopes it is a penguin egg, there is no way of knowing what is actually inside. What is even worse is that other animals might want to get hold of it. Percussionist Knut Lother performs this concert and uses different sounds and loops to which Mr Ping can dance around. The children who attend the concert are invited to help Mr Ping find a safe place where he can hatch the egg.

nyMusikk Kids

What is music, what is a sound? When does a sound become music? What did Arne Nordheim mean when he said ‘everything can sing’?

nyMusikk Kids is a workshop where children aged between six and twelve can experiment with electronic in an iPad workshop together with professional musicians. The result of the workshop will be performed in a concert. Parents are also welcome to attend the workshop.

Elin Mar Øyen Vister – Lytteverksted

Elin lives on the edge of Røst in Lofoten, where she spends a lot of time recording bird sounds and other sounds from nature and the sea. She then uses these sounds to make music. She also has a workshop where she teaches children and young people how to listen. What should we listen for? How do we listen? Why should we listen at all?

Årringer (Tree Rings)

Trees make sounds! Come and join in making Ultima’s biggest instrument: a gigantic stokkofone composed of tree stumps and branches from the forest that are made to produce sounds. Everyone can join in and saw new tones for the giant orchestra. And of course we have to make a concert! A lot of research, cooperation and decisions will be needed before the music is ready and the concert can begin. And there will be a few surprises along the way. The work will be led by three seasoned musicians from Drivhuset music workshop: Isak Anderssen, Per Oddvar Johansen and Jon Halvor Bjørnseth.

Boomerangen 2.0

Boomerangen 2.0 is a room you can only enter by first passing through a kind of labyrinth. Boomerangen borrows sounds from you and sets them to music. You can give Boomerangen as many sounds as you like, or you can simply be in the room and listen. Boomerangen continues to make new music all the time, so your sounds are mixed with the sounds of others. Inside the room you will find that you can change the music by the way you behave. Boomerangen 2.0 does not just do what you want it to do; it also has a will of its own.

Peter Baden

Composer, drummer and producer Peter Baden works with electronic improvised music, jazz/pop, film scores, stage music and many other musical styles. He has also made many different types of installations. In collaboration with the Children’s Day pilot group, he will be creating a new installation.

 

Supported by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14/09
6pm
Vulkan Arena
Ensemble Aksiom - Knut Olaf Sunde: Comfort Music

Vulkan Arena / Ensemble Aksiom - Knut Olaf Sunde: Comfort Music

 

14.09.15, 6 pm

Vulkan Arena

NOK 200/100

 

A group of people arrived somewhere. Each and every one of them had their little quirks and endearing characteristics, but upon arrival it soon became apparent that they could easily be divided into two groups. When this was done, there was no turning back – one group had become two. The two groups’ experience of events that would follow would be markedly different from each other. It cast a shadow over the other team’s experience.

With Comfort Music, Knut Olaf Sunde resumes his investigation of site-specific conditions for listening, and in this concert installation, the audience’s attentiveness is tested as the situation apparently collapses. The audience gathers in the post-industrial premises of Vulkan, where grain mills were prevalent from the 14th century and people could wade across Akerselva, Oslo’s lifeblood during the industrial age. Comfort Music is a staged fiction work featuring musicians and a number of speakers in many channels.

Sunde is a composer and currently a research fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, with site awareness as his main field of interest. Timbre and space are inextricably linked, and through a number of concerts in open nature since 2007, Sunde has gradually moved his compositions to a location oriented field in order to create enhanced conditions for concentrated listening experiences.

Aksiom is an Oslo-based ensemble for new music founded in 2010. The ensemble focuses on the development of new works by composers. They also perform improvisations.

Musicians: Fredrik Brandstorp Olsen: saxophones, Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø: trombone, Anders Kregnes Hansen: percussion, Jonas Cambien: piano
Ole Martin Huser-Olsen: guitar, Vilde Sandve Alnæs: violin, Ivan Valentin Hollup Roald: cello, Christian Meaas Svendsen: double bass

Conductor: Kai Grinde Myrann

Comfort Music is produced by Notam in collaboration with Norwegian Telecom Museum.

WHEN6pm
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11/09
12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Ian Pace plays Herman Vogt

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Ian Pace plays Herman Vogt

Lunchtime at Ultima:

A series of lunchtime concerts will begin on 11 September at Loftet in Skippergata 22. A menu consisting of a good lunch and concert for the price of NOK 50. Performances begin at 12.00.

Ian Pace

12.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

British pianist Ian Pace, a well known champion of contemporary repertoire, performs the world premiere of Herman Vogt’s Concordia Discors, Études. This is a cyclic work consisting of twelve separate movements requiring enormous technical skill.
The piece takes as its starting point the concept of concordia discors (harmony in discord), which stems from ancient Greek philosophy, and refers to the idea that conflicts between the four elements (earth, air, fire and water) create an overall harmony in the world. Vogt, a Norwegian composer, has been working on these Études for the past ten years and this will their first complete performance. 
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19/09
1pm
Universitetets gamle festsal

19.09.15, 1 pm

Universitetets gamle festsal

NOK 200/100

 

Jan Erik Mikalsen: Sonette for Choir (WP)

Edvin Østergaard: Darwin’s Lamentation (WP)

Edvin Østergaard: Unpredictable Moments

Maja Linderoth: Sonatform denaturerad prosa

 

What is the connection between the eureka-experience of the scientist, the one that leads to the radical breakthrough, and the creative process of the artist? And how can and the same idea be expressed differently in art and in science? This is the question Edvin Østergaard explores in the choral work Unpredictable moments. Besides being a composer, Østergaard is a professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and has for years been interested in the interface between the artistic and the scientific. In 2010 he was awarded the Spellemann Award for contemporary music.

Sonette for choir by Jan Erik Mikalsen was completed earlier this year and will now have its first performance at Ultima. The work is inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus from 1922, based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Mikalsen has received numerous awards, including Rostrum 2015 (The International Rostrum of Composers).

In Maja Linderoth’s Sonatform denaturerad prosa, based on Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf’s text with the same title, languages limits and ingredients is being explored. Linderoth is studying composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. The work has after its premiere at the Academy in March 2015, been performed in Groningen by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir.

The works will be performed by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir under the direction of conductor Grete Pedersen, and will be introduced by scientist and industrial entrepreneur Alf Bjørseth.

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12/09
7pm
Black Box Teater
Heine Avdal/Yukiko Shinozaki: Distant Voices

Black Box Teater / Heine Avdal/Yukiko Shinozaki: Distant Voices

12.09.15, 7 pm

Black Box Teater

NOK 240 – 100

Also 13 September, 7 pm

 

In the past few years, the Norwegian-Japanese duo Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki, who have bases in Oslo and Brussels, have made their mark on the international scene in the interface between dance, visual art, video, music and technology. Their art projects have a strong performative element, and they often perform in semi-public spaces.

In Distant voices, they return to the traditional theatre stage and take the physical space in which they find themselves as their theme. By using moving objects, the space is transformed into a kind of transformable sculpture that serves as installation, stage design and architectural element. The duo explores the tension and contrast between reality and fiction, and between bodies and objects, in a room that is in constant motion. Here the imagination can pass through its memory of what it thinks it just saw, its perception of what is actually happening, and its anticipation of what is to come. How are physical experiences affected by the space, and what happens when something breaks free of its spatial limitations?

Avdal and Shinozaki are joined by, among others, André Eiermann, creator of the concept of post-spectacular theatre.

Concept & Direction: Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki.
 Visual artist: Arnaud Meuleman.
 Dramaturge: André Eiermann.
 Created & performed by: Andrey Andrianov, Heine Avdal, André Eiermann,
 Ingrid Haakstad, Arnaud Meuleman, Kayoko Minami, Eivind Seljeseth, Yukiko Shinozaki. Sound design: Roeland Luyten. Sound technique: Mathieu Virot.
 Technical support: Protocol Room.
 Production: fieldworks vzw, Heine Avdal.
 Co-production: STUK (Leuven), APAP Network: BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk) and Pact Zollverein (Essen), Kana Theatrical Centre (Szczecin), CO2 festival (Beirut). In collaboration with: Kaaitheater (Brussel).
With the support of: Norsk Kulturråd, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie. Illustrasjon: Arnaud Meuleman.

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13/09
7pm
Black Box Teater
Heine Avdal/Yukiko Shinozaki: Distant Voices

Black Box Teater / Heine Avdal/Yukiko Shinozaki: Distant Voices

13.09.15, 7 pm

Black Box Teater

NOK 240 – 100

 

In the past few years, the Norwegian-Japanese duo Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki, who have bases in Oslo and Brussels, have made their mark on the international scene in the interface between dance, visual art, video, music and technology. Their art projects have a strong performative element, and they often perform in semi-public spaces.

In Distant voices, they return to the traditional theatre stage and take the physical space in which they find themselves as their theme. By using moving objects, the space is transformed into a kind of transformable sculpture that serves as installation, stage design and architectural element. The duo explores the tension and contrast between reality and fiction, and between bodies and objects, in a room that is in constant motion. Here the imagination can pass through its memory of what it thinks it just saw, its perception of what is actually happening, and its anticipation of what is to come. How are physical experiences affected by the space, and what happens when something breaks free of its spatial limitations?

Avdal and Shinozaki are joined by, among others, André Eiermann, creator of the concept of post-spectacular theatre.

 

Concept & Direction: Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki.

Visual artist: Arnaud Meuleman.

Dramaturge: André Eiermann.

Created & performed by: Andrey Andrianov, Heine Avdal, André Eiermann,

Ingrid Haakstad, Arnaud Meuleman, Kayoko Minami, Eivind Seljeseth, Yukiko Shinozaki. Sound design: Roeland Luyten. Sound technique: Mathieu Virot.

Technical support: Protocol Room.

Production: fieldworks vzw, Heine Avdal.

Co-production: STUK (Leuven), APAP Network: BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk) and Pact Zollverein (Essen), Kana Theatrical Centre (Szczecin), CO2 festival (Beirut). In collaboration with: Kaaitheater (Brussel).

With the support of: Norsk Kulturråd, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie. Illustrasjon: Arnaud Meuleman.

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11/09
10pm
Parkteatret
Atom™and Robin Fox: Double Vision + Amnesia Scanner

Parkteatret / Atom™and Robin Fox: Double Vision + Amnesia Scanner

11.09.15, 10 pm

Parkteatret

NOK 200/100

 

A spectacular feast of sound, music, colour and light, Double Vision is a collaboration between Atom™(aka Uwe Schmidt) and the Australian video artist Robin Fox. Fox’s synaesthetic laser show will merge with Schmidt’s deconstructed electronic pop, to create a playful and immersive audiovisual work.

Atom TM’s background was in the Frankfurt Techno scene of the early 90s (where he was known as Atom Heart), but he relocated to Santiago, Chile later in the decade where he has pumped out hundreds of releases under many aliases, including the electro-Latin vibes of Señor Coconut and warped pop songs of Lassigue Bendthaus. Robin Fox has released a handful of experimental electronic records both solo and partnered with Anthony Pateras; created energy devices for scientific use at the Bionic Ear Institute in Melbourne; designed dance visuals and has amazed audiences with his stunning laser shows.

Also featured is a rare Norwegian perfomance by the mysterious electronica collective Amnesia Scanner, whose futuristic visions hint at the dystopian sci-fi of Philip K Dick and soundtrack a world permanently corrupted by the excesses of genetic science, pollution and bio-hacking.

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17/09
7pm
Nasjonal jazzscene
SOFA’s 15th-year anniversary and double album release

Nasjonal jazzscene / SOFA’s 15th-year anniversary and double album release

17.09.15, 7 pm

Nasjonal jazzscene

NOK 200/100

 

This year marks the 15th anniversary of SOFA, the record label run by musicians Kim Myhr, Ingar Zach and Ivar Grydeland. This milestone is being celebrated with a double release concert with unique musical manifestos from two legendary exponents of experimental musical.

SOFA has around 50 releases in broad-range experimental music to its credit. In September, two new extensive projects due for release are the legendary improvisational musicians Keith Rowe and John Tilbury, produced by painter Kjell Bjørgeengen, and the trio MURAL, recorded in Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. Kjell Bjørgeengen, who regularly collaborates with both ensembles, will be taking part in both concerts.

Keith Rowe / John Tilbury

enough still not to know

Keith Rowe: guitar and electronics

John Tilbury: piano

enough still not know is a double-CD release of the music of John Tilbury and Keith Rowe, produced by artist Kjell Bjørgeengen for an upcoming video installation. The music is improvised but bears the mark of long-time collaboration between these two musicians. Rowe and Tilbury are particularly known for their work in Scratch Orchestra and AMM with Cornelius Cardew. John Tilbury is also known as arguably the foremost interpreter of Morton Feldman and for his biography on Cornelius Cardew. In recent years both musicians have worked on the writings Samuel Beckett. John Tilbury has given musical and text-based renditions of Samuel Beckett’s later works.

 

MURAL

Tempo

Jim Denley: wind instruments

Kim Myhr: guitar

Ingar Zach: percussion

MURAL began in 2007 when Ingar Zach and Kim Myhr gave a concert with the legendary Australian improviser Jim Denley in Madrid. Since then, the trio has given many concerts all over the world and released Nectars of Emergence in 2010 on the SOFA label and Live at the Rothko Chapel in 2011 on Rothko Chapel Publications. WIRE magazine acclaimed Nectars of Emergence as ”a haunting world of breathtaking timbral beauty. An extraordinary creation.” Following successful concerts in Rothko Chapel and a CD release, the trio visited the chapel in Houston, Texas for the third time in April 2013. The musicians’ wish to challenge the conventional concert format resulted in a four-hour-long concert that has now been released as a triple CD.

Kjell Bjørgeengen (video) during both concerts.

In cooperation with Ultima and Nasjonal jazzscene.

 

 

 

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11/09
12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Ian Pace plays Herman Vogt

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Ian Pace plays Herman Vogt

Lunchtime at Ultima:

A series of lunchtime concerts will begin on 11 September at Loftet in Skippergata 22. A menu consisting of a good lunch and concert for the price of NOK 50. Performances begin at 12.00.

Ian Pace

12.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

British pianist Ian Pace, a well known champion of contemporary repertoire, performs the world premiere of Herman Vogt’s Concordia Discors, Études. This is a cyclic work consisting of twelve separate movements requiring enormous technical skill.
The piece takes as its starting point the concept of concordia discors (harmony in discord), which stems from ancient Greek philosophy, and refers to the idea that conflicts between the four elements (earth, air, fire and water) create an overall harmony in the world. Vogt, a Norwegian composer, has been working on these Études for the past ten years and this will their first complete performance. 
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10/09
6:30pm
Ekebergparken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergparken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6:30pm

NOK 300

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

Thursday 10 September, 6:30–8:10 pm

Friday 11 September, 6:30–8:10 pm (free – part of Oslo Cultural Night)

Saturday 12 September, 6:30–8:10 pm

Sunday 13 September, 6–7:30am and 6:30–8:10 pm

 

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

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12/09
3pm
Parkteatret
Cikada: James Dillon / Jon Øivind Ness

Parkteatret / Cikada: James Dillon / Jon Øivind Ness

 

12.09.15, 3 pm

Parkteatret

NOK 200/100

 

James Dillon: Oslo/Triptych

Jon Øivind Ness: Gimilen

 

Scottish composer James Dillon is a household name in his home country, with commissioned works from and performances by many of the UK’s biggest orchestra and influential international ensembles. Oslo/Triptych was commissioned for Cikada in 2011 as part of a three-part project Dillon conducted with ensembles from Leuven, Oslo and New York. Dillon is known for his large-scale projects, such as Nine Rivers, the symphonic cycle of monumental proportions, but his smaller works are also impressive, often composed with specific musicians in mind. Oslo/Triptych includes Indian harmonium, an instrument often used by Cikada in recent years.

The concert also marks the launch of Cikada’s new album witch consist of music by Jon Øivind Ness and Liza Lim. Ness’ work Gimilen takes its name from two lakes in the woodlands north-east of Hakadal, Norway. He often draws on nature for his inspiration, and several of his works are named after lakes in the Oslo region. Gimilen (2014) had its première at the KLANGSPUREN Festival in September last year.

Cikada is one of Norway’s most distinctive contemporary music ensembles, and has also made its mark internationally as an exciting and expressive exponent of new music. The ensemble has been an important contributor to Ultima for many years.

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16/09
9pm
Vulkan Arena

16.09.15, 9 pm

Vulkan Arena

NOK 200/100

Pierre Schaeffer: TBA

Bernard Parmegiani: De Natura Sonorum seconde série

Luc Ferrari: Presque Rien N°2

Régis Renouard Larivière: Contrée

Kassel Jaeger: Campo Del Cielo

Espen Sommer Eide: The remarkable features of mosquito hearing (WP)

 

Since its establishment in Paris in 1958, the GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) has driven developments in musique concrète and electroacoustic music, expanding outwards from the radical vinyl and tape manipulations of its founder Pierre Schaeffer.

The GRM has become an international magnet for composers seeking new expressiveness in electronic music and transformed sound. In tribute to GRM’s achievements, Ultima presents an evening mixing French musique concrète classics by Pierre Schaeffer, Bernard Parmegiani and Luc Ferrari with new work by a younger generation of sonic explorers including Régis Renouard Larivière and Kassel Jaeger.

 

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19/09
3pm
Universitetets aula

19.09.15, 3 pm

Great Hall, University of Oslo

NOK 200/50

 

Jon Øivind Ness: Mørkgånga (WP)

Øyvind Torvund: Idyllic Scenes (WP)

Iannis Xenakis: ST/48

 

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra has been performing at Ultima for more than 20 years now, and this year it will give two Norwegian first performances in the University of Oslo’s Great Hall.

Jon Øivind Ness’ new work is called Mørkgånga, named after the ravine in Krokskogen on the northwestern boundary of Oslomarka, the recreational woodlands surrounding Oslo. The work is a natural-romantic composition but not without some element of humour. To give an example, an unnamed native of Trondelag is pursued by a hawk and a viper, and attacked and stung by a swarm of angry wasps, all of which results in a barrage of colourful expletives in his local dialect. The animals’ attempts to scare him off says something about how nature does not necessarily need us as much as we need it.

The concert will also mark the first performance of Øyvind Torvund’s latest work, Idyllic Scenes, which derives much of its material from notions of the ideal and dream-like states in late romantic and impressionist orchestral music. These idyllic tableaux are coloured in different ways by noisy, atonal counterpoints and ‘electronic clouds’, and combined in a series of fragments. Another theme in the work is the origin of music, with primal organic sounds that are gradually cultivated or shaped into phrases and melodies.

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17/09
9pm
Riksscenen
Georg Friedrich Haas: In Vain

Riksscenen / Georg Friedrich Haas: In Vain

Ensemble Ernst

17.09.15, 9 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 200/100

Georg Friedrich Haas: In Vain

 

“A staggering experience and one of the first great masterpieces of the twenty-first century.” Sir Simon Rattle

Described by the English conductor Sir Simon Rattle as ‘one of the only already acknowledged masterpieces of the 21st-century’, In Vain by the Austrian composer, Georg Friedrich Haas, will be performed by Ensemble Ernst. An optical illusion for the ears, this cult piece is inspired by the stairways in the lithographs of graphic artist Max Escher.

Ensemble Ernst is one of Scandinavia’s leading sinfoniettas and has previously performed at several times at Ultima. The ensemble is an active commissioner of new works, and combines new music with contemporary music classics.

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18/09
6pm
Norges musikkhøgskole

18.09.15, 6 pm

Norges musikkhøgskole, Levinsalen

NOK 200/100

 

Matthew Shlomowitz: The Major Sevenths Medley

Thomas Bensdorp: Jongens

Mauro Pawlowski: Als Mens Vermomd            

Bjørn Fongaard –

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 1

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 2

Aforismer op. 63 for electric guitar, percussion and voice

Guitar, percussion, voice: Anders Førisdal

 

The electric guitar will have the lead role when Norwegian Anders Førisdal joins forces with the Dutch-Belgian guitar quartet Zwerm. Since 2007, Zwerm has been attracting increasing attention for its projects, such as performing as a street parade band (complete with portable amplifiers) and a noise rock band of the brutal kind. Mixed with a generous dose of central European humour, the group has a long list of releases to its credit, among them The World’s Longest Melody, which The Wire Magazine hailed as “an obvious contender for album of the year 2010…”

At Ultima their programme will consist of early Norwegian experimental music by pioneer Bjørn Fongaard. They will also performe The Major Sevenths Medley, a greatest-hits ode to Matthew Shlomowitz’s imaginary band. Jongens is the name of one of Zwerm’s early albums, released when as young boys they recorded their first tracks on cassette. Twenty-five years on, the Dutch composer Thomas Bensdorp has written his own composition of those recordings. Als mens vermomd means “disguised as a human”, and deals with a strayed alien, written by dEUS band member Mauro Pawlowski.

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14/09
12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Øyvind Mæland

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Øyvind Mæland

14.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

In autumn 2015, they will record chamber works in small format by the Norwegian composer Øyvind Mæland, produced by LAWO. Oslo Strykekvartett, improvisor and vocalist Stine Janvin Motland and pianist Sanae Yoshida all appear on the album, and in this lunchtime concert we will hear them perform together with the Oslo String Quartet’s cellist Øystein Sonstad.

 

Ad undas – Sci-fi-Lieder fra Nordsjøen! (2011)

for vocal and piano

Stine Janvin Motland, vocal

Sanae Yoshida, piano

 

In 2010, improvisor and vocalist Stine Janvin Motland, pianist Sanae Yoshida and Øyvind Mæland embarked on a close artistic collaboration. Janvin Motland had asked Mæland to write something for them, and when they discovered Øyvind Rimbereid’s poem Solaris Korrigert (from 2004), they immediately set to work. The collaboration resulted in the thirty-minute-long song cycle Ad undas – sci-fi-Lieder fra Nordsjøen!

 

KOMMEN du vid meg? (2012)

for solo cello

Øystein Sonstad, cello

KOMMEN du vid meg is a small act without song or lyrics. The principle characters, the couple Operatøren and Shiri, struggle to communicate with each other. Eventually, Op realises that Shiri needs to be understood, and in his characteristically awkward way tries to comfort her with a dream about FOR all tiim onli fara out ­­– in outer space! Finally, they sing KOMMEN du vid meg together, marking the beginning of this piece for solo cello.

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12/09
1pm
Teatersalen, Bondeungdomslaget i Oslo

12.09.15, 1 pm

Teatersalen, Bondeungdomslaget i Oslo

NOK 200/100

 

“What are we doing? Much is based on an idea of cause and effect, but it’s still difficult to really get a grasp. And then you meet those people. And there they stand, their eyes working as they should and all the elements getting on with their jobs. Or what? You can cut and paste.”

Kjemi [Chemistry] is a collaborative project between Små Grå and Kim Hiorthøy. Små Grå consists of Nina Mortvedt, Benedikte Kruse, Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad and Mai Elise Solberg. The four vocalists turn vocal improvisation into something that is less like a conventional concert and more like theatre, dance or stage art. Kim Hiorthøy is a painter and musician, but has worked in choreography in recent years. Kjemi is a performance ­ or a concert ­ which “quite gradually will turn everything upside down.”

 

 

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13/09
1pm
Teatersalen, Bondeungdomslaget i Oslo

13.09.15, 1 pm

Teatersalen, Bondeungdomslaget i Oslo

NOK 200/100

Also 13 September

“What are we doing? Much is based on an idea of cause and effect, but it’s still difficult to really get a grasp. And then you meet those people. And there they stand, their eyes working as they should and all the elements getting on with their jobs. Or what? You can cut and paste.”

Kjemi [Chemistry] is a collaborative project between Små Grå and Kim Hiorthøy. Små Grå consists of Nina Mortvedt, Benedikte Kruse, Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad and Mai Elise Solberg. The four vocalists turn vocal improvisation into something that is less like a conventional concert and more like theatre, dance or stage art. Kim Hiorthøy is a painter and musician, but has worked in choreography in recent years. Kjemi is a performance ­ or a concert ­ which “quite gradually will turn everything upside down.”

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12/09
6pm
Kanonhallen
Ensemble Musikfabrik: Partch/Deathprod/Steen-Andersen

Kanonhallen / Ensemble Musikfabrik: Partch/Deathprod/Steen-Andersen

Ensemble Musikfabrik

12.09.15, kl. 18

NB: Early arrival at Kanonhallen is recommended! 

NOK 350/250

 

Simon Steen-Andersen: Korpus

Harry Partch: And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma

Helge Sten: Sow Your Gold In The White Foliated Earth (WP)

 

The Godfather of the American Just-Intonation movement, the composer, theorist, visionary and instrument-builder, Harry Partch (1901-1974), developed a highly complex tuning system that made the realisation of his music impossible on conventional instruments. Harry Partch developed and built an extensive collection of instruments: resonating sound-sculptures of idiosyncratic beauty and remarkable stage presence.

In 2012, the entire collection of microtonal instruments was built for German Ensemble Musikfabrik. With more than 40 instruments – string, percussive, bell and keyboard instruments as well as smaller hand-held instruments, the ensemble has been able to realize the conditions under which the fascinating and exotic Harry Partch Œuvre.

Thanks to its extraordinary profile, and its superb artistic quality, Ensemble Musikfabrik has since its formation in 1990 had the reputation of being one of the World’s leading ensembles for contemporary music. The ensemble is particularly dedicated to artistic innovation – new, unknown, and often personally commissioned works in an unusual media are typical of their productions.

For this project they are collaborating with Norwegian musician and producer Helge Sten, best known by his Deathprod alias. Sten is a renowned musician and producer with connections to various band projects including Motorpsycho and Supersilent. He makes music which falls at the intersection of noise, jazz, modern composition, electronica and rock, but he is most often described as a noise artist.

They will also perform Simon Steen-Andersen’s Korpus and Partchs And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma (1963–66).

 

The last time Ensemble Musikfabrik visited Oslo was during Ultima 2013. Their version of Harry Partch’s Delusion of the Fury under the direction of Heiner Goebbels received glowing reviews and ranked high on many lists for best stage performance of the year.

Best stage experiences in 2013: Delusion of the Fury, Ultima Festival/National Theatre

“A multitude of peculiar, custom-made instruments from the eccentric American composer Harry Partch has been made accessible to the world by International Ibsen Award winner Heiner Goebbels. A rare concert to which people from all over the country came to hear.”

Dagsavisen‘s Best Stage Experience 2013.

“It’s howling, wild, almost ecstatic. This feast of a performance was one of many triumphs during this year’s Ultima. The festival, which most associate with weird contemporary music, has broadened its scope. This year it succeeded in showing us why we need musical outsiders like Harry Partch. “

Haakon Flemmen, Klassekampen

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13/09
1pm
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

13.09.15, 1 – 4 pm 

Henie Onstad Arts Centre

NOK 200/100

Entry to all exhibitions at the Henie Onstad Arts Centre are included in the ticket price

 

The first performance of Building Instrument, a commissioned work inspired by Kurt Schwitters, a talk on the history of art by Karin Hellandsjø and Oda Wildhagen Gjessing, and the official opening of a new exhibition of the artist’s work.

13.00 (Auditorium)

A talk on Kurt Schwitters’ artistic accomplishments, by Karin Hellandsjø and Oda Wildhagen Gjessing

14.00 (Studio)

Building Instrument – SCHWITTERS (WP) 

A hybrid between acoustic pop and improvised contemporary music, Building Instrument masters the art of control and release.

The trio consists of Mari Kvien Brunvoll (vocals, electronics, various instruments), Øyvind Hegg-Lunde (drums, percussion) and Åsmund Weltzien (synth, electronics). Kvien Brunvoll was described by Bugge Wesseltoft as a unique talent, has been remixed by Ricardo Villalobos, and received two nominations for a Spelleman award. Keyboard player Åsmund Weltzien plays with Thea Næss, while drummer Øyvind Hegg-Lunde plays in the bands Big Almost, Crab is Crap with Ståle Storløkken, and has toured with Sweden’s José Gonzalez.

They have written a commissioned work for Ultima 2015 comprising brand new music inspired by different aspects of Kurt and his art.

15.00 (Mini Prisma)

Vernissage of the new Kurt Schwitters exhibition.

Opening of the new Kurt Schwitters room, exhibiting more than 30 of the artists works on loan from Sparebankstiftelsen DNB, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, and Sprengel Museum Hannover.

15.00 (Mini Prisma)

Agnes Hvizdalek will perform a selecton from the Kurt Schwitters sound poem Ursonate.

Agnes Hvizdalek (b. 1987) has developed a unique vocabulary of sounds with her voice as the only instrument. Her work includes solo performances, live sound installations and collaborations with Harald Fetveit, Kristin Andersen (SPUNK), Norwegian Noise Orchestra and the international improvisation orchester ÖNCZkekvist. This will be Hvizdalek’s first performance of the Schwitters poem.

 

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16/09
7pm
Kulturkirken Jakob

Pinquins and SISU

16.09.15, 7 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 200/100

Gérard Griseys spektakulære Le Noir de l’Etoile

At this year’s Ultima the percussion trio Pinquins and the SISU percussion ensemble will perform Gérard Grisey’s spectacular Le Noir de l’Etoile. The concert offers a rare opportunity to experience this magnificent work, which has never before been performed in Norway. Grisey derived the inspiration for this work in his fascination for the stars and outer space. The work, in which six percussionists are positioned in different places among the audience, is based on radio signals generated by rotating neutron stars called pulsars.

Gérard Grisey studied with names like Olivier Messiaen, Henri Dutilleux and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and was one of the leading composers of spectral music, a compositional technique developed in the 1970s that uses computers to analyse the quality of timbre in music.

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11/09
5pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Prøvesalen

11.09.15, 5 pm

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Prøvesalen

NOK 200/100

Matthew Shlomowitz: Lecture About Bad Music (WP)

Alexander Schubert: Sensate Focus

 

Can music really be bad in itself or is ‘bad’ really nothing other than a subjective opinion?

That is the question Matthew Shlomowitz asks in Lecture About Bad Music, which was specially composed for the Anglo-Belgian octet. The work, which was written for lecturer, clarinet, electric guitar, synthesiser and violin, has been commissioned by Ultima and will receive its debut performance here. Australian-born Shlomowitz draws on elements from many field and genres, employing musical demonstrations and recreations of psychological experiments to examine differences between musical experience and musical material.

Alexander Schubert‘s Sensate Focus combines light and image, allowing lighting effects take on the role of fifth performer to a quartet of musicians. In the work, Schubert, who studied bioinformatics, experiments with the the interfaces between gesticular movements and musical sounds, where the performers’ physical movements and position in the room are essential elements of the composition.

Plus Minus Ensemble specialises in new music and modern key works. It is particularly known for its interest in avant-garde, experimental and conceptual music, such as Stockhausen’s seminal work from 1963, from which the ensemble takes its name.

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16/09
3pm
nyMusikk
TALK François Bonnet: Live Jukebox

nyMusikk / TALK François Bonnet: Live Jukebox

François Bonnet: Live Jukebox

nyMusikk, 3 pm

Free

François Bonnet’s illustrated talk on the history and pioneering impact of Groupe de Recherches Musicales.

Since its establishment in Paris in 1958, the GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) has driven developments in musique concrète and electroacoustic music, expanding outwards from the radical vinyl and tape manipulations of its founder Pierre Schaeffer. The GRM has become an international magnet for composers seeking new expressiveness in electronic music and transformed sound.

In cooperation with nyMusikk

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10/09
8:30pm
Ekebergparken
OPENING Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

Ekebergparken / OPENING Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

10.09.15, from 8.30 pm

Ekebergparken

Free

Information on tickets for Lucid Dream in Ekeberg Park 10 – 12 September:

Tickets for the installation Lucid Dream will be available from Billettservice, from Thursday 20 August 9 am onwards.

Limit: 6 tickets per person. Each showing has a maximum capacity of 20 people.

Tickets will only be available from the website Billettservice.no.

Available on a first come first served basis.

 

Norwegian premiere at Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival 10 September. A part of Oslo Culture Night 11 September. The installation is open to the public from 10 – 12 September.

Into the woods: Ultima welcomes all to a nightly walk in Ekebergparken

With LUCID DREAM trumpeter, composer and producer Nils Petter Molvær enters an entirely new artistic field. He leaves the stage behind and takes dense atmospheric sounds out into nature. Lucid Dream is an audiovisual installation whose very special character is constituted by its unique location and the cultural history of the forest. Sound, light and images merge together in a walk-in installation, where atmosphere changes between pure and true beauty and beauty’s dangerous, destructive side.

Venue for this project under Ultima is Ekebergparken – a sculpture and national heritage park located at the roof of Oslo. Visitors to the park are offered a unique art experience in close proximity with Ekeberg’s rich natural landscape and diverse cultural history. In addition to the art visitors will enjoy the added value of fantastic views over the city as well as beautiful forested parkland steeped in cultural history.

In this extraordinary concert environment the perception of time and space expands. Encountering music and visuals at your own pace and in your own space, the forest will allow for a very different and individual experience of music and art. In the history of art and literature the forest has always been a popular motif, especially in the romantic period where the forest became one of the most important topics of a whole era. In fairy-tales, sagas and myths the forest stands for uncertainty and danger but also for beauty and shelter.

Artistic directors — Nils Petter Molvær and Beate Schüler. Music — Nils Petter Molvær. Sound design — Jørgen Larsson. Visuals & Light — Pekka Stokke/Jan Martin Vågen. Technical directors — Hans Jürgen Müller/Christian Hierhammmer. Produced by LUCID DREAM ug.

In collaboration with Ekebergparken.

LUCID DREAM is kindly supported by Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia).

 

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11/09
8:30pm
Ekebergparken
Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

Ekebergparken / Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

11.09.15, from 8.30 pm

Ekebergparken

Free 

A part of Oslo Culture Night 11 September. The installation is open to the public from 10 – 12 September.

Information on tickets for Lucid Dream in Ekeberg Park 10 – 12 September:

Tickets for the installation Lucid Dream will be available from Billettservice, from Thursday 20 August 9 am onwards.

Limit: 6 tickets per person. Each showing has a maximum capacity of 20 people.

Tickets will only be available from the website Billettservice.no.

Available on a first come first served basis.

 

 

Into the woods: Ultima welcomes all to a nightly walk in Ekebergparken

With LUCID DREAM trumpeter, composer and producer Nils Petter Molvær enters an entirely new artistic field. He leaves the stage behind and takes dense atmospheric sounds out into nature. Lucid Dream is an audiovisual installation whose very special character is constituted by its unique location and the cultural history of the forest. Sound, light and images merge together in a walk-in installation, where atmosphere changes between pure and true beauty and beauty’s dangerous, destructive side.

Venue for this project under Ultima is Ekebergparken – a sculpture and national heritage park located at the roof of Oslo. Visitors to the park are offered a unique art experience in close proximity with Ekeberg’s rich natural landscape and diverse cultural history. In addition to the art visitors will enjoy the added value of fantastic views over the city as well as beautiful forested parkland steeped in cultural history.

In this extraordinary concert environment the perception of time and space expands. Encountering music and visuals at your own pace and in your own space, the forest will allow for a very different and individual experience of music and art. In the history of art and literature the forest has always been a popular motif, especially in the romantic period where the forest became one of the most important topics of a whole era. In fairy-tales, sagas and myths the forest stands for uncertainty and danger but also for beauty and shelter.

Artistic directors — Nils Petter Molvær and Beate Schüler. Music — Nils Petter Molvær. Sound design — Jørgen Larsson. Visuals & Light — Pekka Stokke/Jan Martin Vågen. Technical directors — Hans Jürgen Müller/Christian Hierhammmer. Produced by LUCID DREAM ug.

In collaboration with Ekebergparken.

LUCID DREAM is kindly supported by Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia).

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12/09
8:30pm
Ekebergparken
Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

Ekebergparken / Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

12.09.15, from 8.30 pm

Ekebergparken

Free 

The installation is open to the public from 10 – 12 September.

Tickets for the installation Lucid Dream will be available from Billettservice, from Thursday 20 August 9 am onwards.

Limit: 6 tickets per person. Each showing has a maximum capacity of 20 people.

Tickets will only be available from the website Billettservice.no.

Available on a first come first served basis.

 

Into the woods: Ultima welcomes all to a nightly walk in Ekebergparken

With LUCID DREAM trumpeter, composer and producer Nils Petter Molvær enters an entirely new artistic field. He leaves the stage behind and takes dense atmospheric sounds out into nature. Lucid Dream is an audiovisual installation whose very special character is constituted by its unique location and the cultural history of the forest. Sound, light and images merge together in a walk-in installation, where atmosphere changes between pure and true beauty and beauty’s dangerous, destructive side.

Venue for this project under Ultima is Ekebergparken – a sculpture and national heritage park located at the roof of Oslo. Visitors to the park are offered a unique art experience in close proximity with Ekeberg’s rich natural landscape and diverse cultural history. In addition to the art visitors will enjoy the added value of fantastic views over the city as well as beautiful forested parkland steeped in cultural history.

In this extraordinary concert environment the perception of time and space expands. Encountering music and visuals at your own pace and in your own space, the forest will allow for a very different and individual experience of music and art. In the history of art and literature the forest has always been a popular motif, especially in the romantic period where the forest became one of the most important topics of a whole era. In fairy-tales, sagas and myths the forest stands for uncertainty and danger but also for beauty and shelter.

Artistic directors — Nils Petter Molvær and Beate Schüler. Music — Nils Petter Molvær. Sound design — Jørgen Larsson. Visuals & Light — Pekka Stokke/Jan Martin Vågen. Technical directors — Hans Jürgen Müller/Christian Hierhammmer. Produced by LUCID DREAM ug.

In collaboration with Ekebergparken.

LUCID DREAM is kindly supported by Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia).

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11/09
12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Ian Pace plays Herman Vogt

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Ian Pace plays Herman Vogt

Lunchtime at Ultima:

A series of lunchtime concerts will begin on 11 September at Loftet in Skippergata 22. A menu consisting of a good lunch and concert for the price of NOK 50. Performances begin at 12.00.

Ian Pace

12.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

British pianist Ian Pace, a well known champion of contemporary repertoire, performs the world premiere of Herman Vogt’s Concordia Discors, Études. This is a cyclic work consisting of twelve separate movements requiring enormous technical skill.
The piece takes as its starting point the concept of concordia discors (harmony in discord), which stems from ancient Greek philosophy, and refers to the idea that conflicts between the four elements (earth, air, fire and water) create an overall harmony in the world. Vogt, a Norwegian composer, has been working on these Études for the past ten years and this will their first complete performance. 
WHEN12pm - 1pm
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14/09
12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Øyvind Mæland

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Øyvind Mæland

14.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

In autumn 2015, they will record chamber works in small format by the Norwegian composer Øyvind Mæland, produced by LAWO. Oslo Strykekvartett, improvisor and vocalist Stine Janvin Motland and pianist Sanae Yoshida all appear on the album, and in this lunchtime concert we will hear them perform together with the Oslo String Quartet’s cellist Øystein Sonstad.

 

Ad undas – Sci-fi-Lieder fra Nordsjøen! (2011)

for vocal and piano

Stine Janvin Motland, vocal

Sanae Yoshida, piano

 

In 2010, improvisor and vocalist Stine Janvin Motland, pianist Sanae Yoshida and Øyvind Mæland embarked on a close artistic collaboration. Janvin Motland had asked Mæland to write something for them, and when they discovered Øyvind Rimbereid’s poem Solaris Korrigert (from 2004), they immediately set to work. The collaboration resulted in the thirty-minute-long song cycle Ad undas – sci-fi-Lieder fra Nordsjøen!

 

KOMMEN du vid meg? (2012)

for solo cello

Øystein Sonstad, cello

KOMMEN du vid meg is a small act without song or lyrics. The principle characters, the couple Operatøren and Shiri, struggle to communicate with each other. Eventually, Op realises that Shiri needs to be understood, and in his characteristically awkward way tries to comfort her with a dream about FOR all tiim onli fara out ­­– in outer space! Finally, they sing KOMMEN du vid meg together, marking the beginning of this piece for solo cello.

WHEN12pm
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15/09
12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Trio ClariNord

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Trio ClariNord

15.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

 

Gisle Kverndokk: Offertorium

Jon Øivind Ness: Sloughs

Jörg Widmann: Nachtstück

 

Trio ClariNord is comprised of Emilio Borghesan on clarinet, Paula Cuesta on cello and Jie Zhang on piano. They will perform two first performances at this lunchtime concert.

Offertorium by Gisle Kverndokk, is inspired by the writings of the Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. ‘Offertorium’ refers to the offertory ritual in preparation for Eucharistic Communion, and Chardin describes the earth as a sacred offertory gift. The work contains four movements, and describes a day on earth from sunrise to sunset.

Sloughs, by Jon Øivind Ness, was the trio’s first commissioned work. The title describes the skin after a snake’s molting, and the work is formed using motifs from previous works for cello.

Together with Nachtstück by the German composer Jörg Widmann, these works illustrate three different ways in which contemporary music composers approach chamber music today.

Formed in 2012, Trio ClariNord is the first group with a wind player to be admitted to the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy. Trio ClariNord is a permanent member of the ECMA, and is the first Norwegian ensemble to hold this status.

The trio has given concerts in Wien, Warsaw, Vilnius, Marienbad, Prades and Oslo,

and in 2015 they released their first album, with music by Beethoven, Fruhling and Ness on LAWO Classics.

The group members attended the Norwegian Academy of Music. Jie Zhang has studied under Leif Ove Andsnes and Håvard Gimse, Paula Cuesta under Truls Mørk, and Emilio Borghesan under Hans Christian Bræin and Björn Nyman.

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16/09
12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Microtub

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Microtub

16.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

 

Robin Hayward – mikrotonal F-tuba

Peder Simonsen- mikrotonal C-tuba

Martin Taxt – mikrotonal C-tuba

 

Microtub is something as rare as a microtonal tuba trio. The instruments were specially designed for musicians Robin Hayward, Martin Taxt and Peder Simonsen. With its microtonal tubas, Microtub explores the potential of instruments from a microtonal perspective. Colour-coded skulpturpartiturer is used to define areas in the harmonic space, and presents geometric structures that are explored by the musicians over time.

At this concert we will hear music from the trio’s critically acclaimed second album Star System, which was released on SOFA in October 2014.

«…The wayward ‘Star System’ by tuba trio Microtub sounds like the doors of the underworld slamming…»

Kieron Tyler, The Arts Desk 

“Even if fully acoustic, the music has an incredible resonance, and the three instruments weave long, almost endless tones over and through each other, creating a deep sonic feeling of substance while keeping the space very open.»

Stef, Free Jazz Blogspot

“The deep roars of the three carefully tuned instruments purr out long lines of tone that overlay one another, sitting like almost opaque strata above one another until the physicality of human breathing and the gradual shifts in Hayward’s composition introduce a sense of flux. The effect is of a delicate yet hefty drone that thickens and thins like massive bellows eased in and out.»

Richard Pinnell, WIRE MAGAZINE

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18/09
12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Frevo Gitarduo

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Frevo Gitarduo

18.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

 

”How do you get two guitar players to play in perfect unison?” “Shoot one!”

Armed only with various guitars and electronics, Frevo will deliver a high-tech guitar duel performance when they take the stage at Ultima. They will be performing new works by Peter Jakober, Evan Gardner, Herman Vogt and Therese Birkelund Ulvo.

Frevo is a guitar duo formed by the two Norwegian guitar players Pål Granum and Andreas Karlsen. They started playing together in 1995 and have cooperated closely as a guitar-duo for more than fifteen years. During this period they have worked with most of the repertoire available for two guitars in addition to extensive work on transcriptions of suitable music for two guitars. They have also premiered many dedicated works by Nordic composers.

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10/09
4pm
Oslo Konserthus
INSTALLATION John Persen: Mot Kalde Vinder

Oslo Konserthus / INSTALLATION John Persen: Mot Kalde Vinder

Outside Oslo Konserthus 4–10pm

Free

 

On the occasion of Ultima 2015, Grappa is releasing an album of John Persen’s electronic music. Jøran Rudi (researcher at Notam and former guitar player with Kjøtt) says this about his cooperation with Persen:

‘I had just bought an eight track tape recorder, a four voice Korg MonoPoly synthesizer and a Roland TR-808 drum machine. John Persen had a brand new Roland Jupiter 6 and a tape echo device. Together with a huge AKG reverb unit we had on loan, these were the instruments we used for our compositions. John and I sat side by side for nearly two years, created sounds and composed according to detailed drawings and strict rules of arithmetic. In 1984, I went to the United States to study composition while John created the work Mot kalde vinder (Against Cold Winds, 1985).

John always composed for instruments of some sort, but on this occasion they were electronic. The tonal foundation he used in his electronic music makes the parallel to his orchestral works easily discernible, but the electronic tools enabled him to articulate the musical space and distance more dynamically.

Mot kalde vinder was conceived as a six hour concert, leaving people free to arrive and depart whenever they wanted. The music was recorded on three tapes, each of different length, so the soundscape would never repeat itself as the tapes were played in loops. This piece has never been performed in Norway the way he had envisioned, but some attempts have been made. When Black Box Teater planned a performance, Persen wanted 1300 lit tealights in the venue, but the fire department set its foot down, so John did the same. He also tried to get to use the dig on the construction site for the new central bank building, got in contact with the municipal harbor authority and public transport company, but to no avail. There was no place to have the work performed in 1985.’

WHEN4pm - 10pm
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19/09
3pm
Universitetets aula

19.09.15, 3 pm

Great Hall, University of Oslo

NOK 200/50

 

Jon Øivind Ness: Mørkgånga (WP)

Øyvind Torvund: Idyllic Scenes (WP)

Iannis Xenakis: ST/48

 

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra has been performing at Ultima for more than 20 years now, and this year it will give two Norwegian first performances in the University of Oslo’s Great Hall.

Jon Øivind Ness’ new work is called Mørkgånga, named after the ravine in Krokskogen on the northwestern boundary of Oslomarka, the recreational woodlands surrounding Oslo. The work is a natural-romantic composition but not without some element of humour. To give an example, an unnamed native of Trondelag is pursued by a hawk and a viper, and attacked and stung by a swarm of angry wasps, all of which results in a barrage of colourful expletives in his local dialect. The animals’ attempts to scare him off says something about how nature does not necessarily need us as much as we need it.

The concert will also mark the first performance of Øyvind Torvund’s latest work, Idyllic Scenes, which derives much of its material from notions of the ideal and dream-like states in late romantic and impressionist orchestral music. These idyllic tableaux are coloured in different ways by noisy, atonal counterpoints and ‘electronic clouds’, and combined in a series of fragments. Another theme in the work is the origin of music, with primal organic sounds that are gradually cultivated or shaped into phrases and melodies.

WHEN3pm
WHEREUniversitetets aula  Map
PRICE200/100.-
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15/09
12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Trio ClariNord

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Trio ClariNord

15.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

 

Gisle Kverndokk: Offertorium

Jon Øivind Ness: Sloughs

Jörg Widmann: Nachtstück

 

Trio ClariNord is comprised of Emilio Borghesan on clarinet, Paula Cuesta on cello and Jie Zhang on piano. They will perform two first performances at this lunchtime concert.

Offertorium by Gisle Kverndokk, is inspired by the writings of the Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. ‘Offertorium’ refers to the offertory ritual in preparation for Eucharistic Communion, and Chardin describes the earth as a sacred offertory gift. The work contains four movements, and describes a day on earth from sunrise to sunset.

Sloughs, by Jon Øivind Ness, was the trio’s first commissioned work. The title describes the skin after a snake’s molting, and the work is formed using motifs from previous works for cello.

Together with Nachtstück by the German composer Jörg Widmann, these works illustrate three different ways in which contemporary music composers approach chamber music today.

Formed in 2012, Trio ClariNord is the first group with a wind player to be admitted to the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy. Trio ClariNord is a permanent member of the ECMA, and is the first Norwegian ensemble to hold this status.

The trio has given concerts in Wien, Warsaw, Vilnius, Marienbad, Prades and Oslo,

and in 2015 they released their first album, with music by Beethoven, Fruhling and Ness on LAWO Classics.

The group members attended the Norwegian Academy of Music. Jie Zhang has studied under Leif Ove Andsnes and Håvard Gimse, Paula Cuesta under Truls Mørk, and Emilio Borghesan under Hans Christian Bræin and Björn Nyman.

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14/09
8pm
Kulturkirken Jakob

14.09.15, 8 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 200/100

 

Mathias Spahlinger: no 10, nachtstück mit sonne (WP)

Øyvind Torvund: Neon Forest Space

 

Motivated by a steady focus on the new, on development, and with an unwavering faith in music and in the expressive potential of musicians, Mathias Spahlinger‘s music is constantly evolving. Spahlinger uses elements from a broad spectrum of genres and techniques, and this seventy-year-old modernist has managed to leave his mark on the German and European music scenes as composer, thinker, and teacher. Ensemble asamisimasa has collaborated with Spahlinger on several occasions, and is currently planning a Spahlinger festival in Oslo in October.

At this concert, the ensemble will give a first performance of Spahlinger’s new work, no 10, nachtstück mit sonne. This concert also marks Øyvind Torvund‘s first portrait CD, Neon Forest Space. Torvud has also closely collaborated with asamisimasa in connection with first performances and concerts of his others works. Plastic Waves (2013) for piano and quartet is a different kind of work in that it mixes sounds from snare drums, piano melodies, harmonica and bass clarinet with broken glass and references to circus sounds.

Ensemble asamisimasa is an established Norwegian ensemble dedicated to new music, and is known for combining classic avant-garde with new works specially written for them, often with elements of electronics, video and other media. The members are: Kristine Tjøgersen (clarinet), Håkon Stene (percussion), Anders Førisdal (guitar), Ellen Ugelvik (piano) and Tanja Orning (cello).

WHEN8pm
WHEREKulturkirken Jakob  Map
PRICE200/100.-
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14/09
8pm
Kulturkirken Jakob

14.09.15, 8 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 200/100

 

Mathias Spahlinger: no 10, nachtstück mit sonne (WP)

Øyvind Torvund: Neon Forest Space

 

Motivated by a steady focus on the new, on development, and with an unwavering faith in music and in the expressive potential of musicians, Mathias Spahlinger‘s music is constantly evolving. Spahlinger uses elements from a broad spectrum of genres and techniques, and this seventy-year-old modernist has managed to leave his mark on the German and European music scenes as composer, thinker, and teacher. Ensemble asamisimasa has collaborated with Spahlinger on several occasions, and is currently planning a Spahlinger festival in Oslo in October.

At this concert, the ensemble will give a first performance of Spahlinger’s new work, no 10, nachtstück mit sonne. This concert also marks Øyvind Torvund‘s first portrait CD, Neon Forest Space. Torvud has also closely collaborated with asamisimasa in connection with first performances and concerts of his others works. Plastic Waves (2013) for piano and quartet is a different kind of work in that it mixes sounds from snare drums, piano melodies, harmonica and bass clarinet with broken glass and references to circus sounds.

Ensemble asamisimasa is an established Norwegian ensemble dedicated to new music, and is known for combining classic avant-garde with new works specially written for them, often with elements of electronics, video and other media. The members are: Kristine Tjøgersen (clarinet), Håkon Stene (percussion), Anders Førisdal (guitar), Ellen Ugelvik (piano) and Tanja Orning (cello).

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10/09
8:30pm
Ekebergparken
OPENING Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

Ekebergparken / OPENING Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

10.09.15, from 8.30 pm

Ekebergparken

Free

Information on tickets for Lucid Dream in Ekeberg Park 10 – 12 September:

Tickets for the installation Lucid Dream will be available from Billettservice, from Thursday 20 August 9 am onwards.

Limit: 6 tickets per person. Each showing has a maximum capacity of 20 people.

Tickets will only be available from the website Billettservice.no.

Available on a first come first served basis.

 

Norwegian premiere at Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival 10 September. A part of Oslo Culture Night 11 September. The installation is open to the public from 10 – 12 September.

Into the woods: Ultima welcomes all to a nightly walk in Ekebergparken

With LUCID DREAM trumpeter, composer and producer Nils Petter Molvær enters an entirely new artistic field. He leaves the stage behind and takes dense atmospheric sounds out into nature. Lucid Dream is an audiovisual installation whose very special character is constituted by its unique location and the cultural history of the forest. Sound, light and images merge together in a walk-in installation, where atmosphere changes between pure and true beauty and beauty’s dangerous, destructive side.

Venue for this project under Ultima is Ekebergparken – a sculpture and national heritage park located at the roof of Oslo. Visitors to the park are offered a unique art experience in close proximity with Ekeberg’s rich natural landscape and diverse cultural history. In addition to the art visitors will enjoy the added value of fantastic views over the city as well as beautiful forested parkland steeped in cultural history.

In this extraordinary concert environment the perception of time and space expands. Encountering music and visuals at your own pace and in your own space, the forest will allow for a very different and individual experience of music and art. In the history of art and literature the forest has always been a popular motif, especially in the romantic period where the forest became one of the most important topics of a whole era. In fairy-tales, sagas and myths the forest stands for uncertainty and danger but also for beauty and shelter.

Artistic directors — Nils Petter Molvær and Beate Schüler. Music — Nils Petter Molvær. Sound design — Jørgen Larsson. Visuals & Light — Pekka Stokke/Jan Martin Vågen. Technical directors — Hans Jürgen Müller/Christian Hierhammmer. Produced by LUCID DREAM ug.

In collaboration with Ekebergparken.

LUCID DREAM is kindly supported by Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia).

 

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8:30pm
Ekebergparken
Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

Ekebergparken / Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

11.09.15, from 8.30 pm

Ekebergparken

Free 

A part of Oslo Culture Night 11 September. The installation is open to the public from 10 – 12 September.

Information on tickets for Lucid Dream in Ekeberg Park 10 – 12 September:

Tickets for the installation Lucid Dream will be available from Billettservice, from Thursday 20 August 9 am onwards.

Limit: 6 tickets per person. Each showing has a maximum capacity of 20 people.

Tickets will only be available from the website Billettservice.no.

Available on a first come first served basis.

 

 

Into the woods: Ultima welcomes all to a nightly walk in Ekebergparken

With LUCID DREAM trumpeter, composer and producer Nils Petter Molvær enters an entirely new artistic field. He leaves the stage behind and takes dense atmospheric sounds out into nature. Lucid Dream is an audiovisual installation whose very special character is constituted by its unique location and the cultural history of the forest. Sound, light and images merge together in a walk-in installation, where atmosphere changes between pure and true beauty and beauty’s dangerous, destructive side.

Venue for this project under Ultima is Ekebergparken – a sculpture and national heritage park located at the roof of Oslo. Visitors to the park are offered a unique art experience in close proximity with Ekeberg’s rich natural landscape and diverse cultural history. In addition to the art visitors will enjoy the added value of fantastic views over the city as well as beautiful forested parkland steeped in cultural history.

In this extraordinary concert environment the perception of time and space expands. Encountering music and visuals at your own pace and in your own space, the forest will allow for a very different and individual experience of music and art. In the history of art and literature the forest has always been a popular motif, especially in the romantic period where the forest became one of the most important topics of a whole era. In fairy-tales, sagas and myths the forest stands for uncertainty and danger but also for beauty and shelter.

Artistic directors — Nils Petter Molvær and Beate Schüler. Music — Nils Petter Molvær. Sound design — Jørgen Larsson. Visuals & Light — Pekka Stokke/Jan Martin Vågen. Technical directors — Hans Jürgen Müller/Christian Hierhammmer. Produced by LUCID DREAM ug.

In collaboration with Ekebergparken.

LUCID DREAM is kindly supported by Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia).

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12/09
8:30pm
Ekebergparken
Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

Ekebergparken / Nils Petter Molvær: LUCID DREAM

12.09.15, from 8.30 pm

Ekebergparken

Free 

The installation is open to the public from 10 – 12 September.

Tickets for the installation Lucid Dream will be available from Billettservice, from Thursday 20 August 9 am onwards.

Limit: 6 tickets per person. Each showing has a maximum capacity of 20 people.

Tickets will only be available from the website Billettservice.no.

Available on a first come first served basis.

 

Into the woods: Ultima welcomes all to a nightly walk in Ekebergparken

With LUCID DREAM trumpeter, composer and producer Nils Petter Molvær enters an entirely new artistic field. He leaves the stage behind and takes dense atmospheric sounds out into nature. Lucid Dream is an audiovisual installation whose very special character is constituted by its unique location and the cultural history of the forest. Sound, light and images merge together in a walk-in installation, where atmosphere changes between pure and true beauty and beauty’s dangerous, destructive side.

Venue for this project under Ultima is Ekebergparken – a sculpture and national heritage park located at the roof of Oslo. Visitors to the park are offered a unique art experience in close proximity with Ekeberg’s rich natural landscape and diverse cultural history. In addition to the art visitors will enjoy the added value of fantastic views over the city as well as beautiful forested parkland steeped in cultural history.

In this extraordinary concert environment the perception of time and space expands. Encountering music and visuals at your own pace and in your own space, the forest will allow for a very different and individual experience of music and art. In the history of art and literature the forest has always been a popular motif, especially in the romantic period where the forest became one of the most important topics of a whole era. In fairy-tales, sagas and myths the forest stands for uncertainty and danger but also for beauty and shelter.

Artistic directors — Nils Petter Molvær and Beate Schüler. Music — Nils Petter Molvær. Sound design — Jørgen Larsson. Visuals & Light — Pekka Stokke/Jan Martin Vågen. Technical directors — Hans Jürgen Müller/Christian Hierhammmer. Produced by LUCID DREAM ug.

In collaboration with Ekebergparken.

LUCID DREAM is kindly supported by Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia).

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15/09
9pm
Nasjonal jazzscene
David Toop: Of Leonardo da Vinci - Quills/a Black Giant/Deluge

Nasjonal jazzscene / David Toop: Of Leonardo da Vinci - Quills/a Black Giant/Deluge

 

15.09.15, 9 pm

Nasjonal jazzscene

NOK 200/100

 

David Toop: Of Leonardo da Vinci – Quills/a Black Giant/Deluge (WP)

Of Leonardo da Vinci is a result of a collaboration between improv legend, sound artist and author David Toop (score and libretto based on Leonardo da Vinci’s accounts of his dreams), acclaimed photographer/film maker Barry Lewis, renowned vocalist Elaine Mitchener, and making his operatic directorial debut, award-winning choreographer, Dam Van Huynh. Together they have created a work – an innovative contemporary music theatre piece that intricately melds music, sound art, image and movement to transform space, inviting audiences into a unique and intimate realm of disturbing beauty. 

“Absorbed in the visions, memories, prophesies and observations recorded in Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, a woman dwells on the writing of a life. As oracle, scholar, acolyte, medium and innocent she voices the spirit of Leonardo, reflecting the nature of life as it moves closer to its end, its teeming presence, the meaning we divine from marks and signs, the flight of the voice, living and dying.”

Music and libretto: David Toop

Voices: Elaine Mitchener

Film: Barry Lewis

Choreography/Director: Dam Van Huynh

 

 

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15/09
12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Trio ClariNord

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Trio ClariNord

15.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

 

Gisle Kverndokk: Offertorium

Jon Øivind Ness: Sloughs

Jörg Widmann: Nachtstück

 

Trio ClariNord is comprised of Emilio Borghesan on clarinet, Paula Cuesta on cello and Jie Zhang on piano. They will perform two first performances at this lunchtime concert.

Offertorium by Gisle Kverndokk, is inspired by the writings of the Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. ‘Offertorium’ refers to the offertory ritual in preparation for Eucharistic Communion, and Chardin describes the earth as a sacred offertory gift. The work contains four movements, and describes a day on earth from sunrise to sunset.

Sloughs, by Jon Øivind Ness, was the trio’s first commissioned work. The title describes the skin after a snake’s molting, and the work is formed using motifs from previous works for cello.

Together with Nachtstück by the German composer Jörg Widmann, these works illustrate three different ways in which contemporary music composers approach chamber music today.

Formed in 2012, Trio ClariNord is the first group with a wind player to be admitted to the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy. Trio ClariNord is a permanent member of the ECMA, and is the first Norwegian ensemble to hold this status.

The trio has given concerts in Wien, Warsaw, Vilnius, Marienbad, Prades and Oslo,

and in 2015 they released their first album, with music by Beethoven, Fruhling and Ness on LAWO Classics.

The group members attended the Norwegian Academy of Music. Jie Zhang has studied under Leif Ove Andsnes and Håvard Gimse, Paula Cuesta under Truls Mørk, and Emilio Borghesan under Hans Christian Bræin and Björn Nyman.

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10/09
7pm
Oslo Konserthus
Ultima's opening concert - Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

Oslo Konserthus / Ultima's opening concert - Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Ultima Contemporary Music Festival. The jubilee starts with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra 10 September.

 

Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

 

10.09.15, 7 pm

Oslo Konserthus

NOK 450 – 100

Also 11 September

 

Conductor: Vasily Petrenko

Steven Osborne – Piano

Cynthia Millar – Ondes Martenot

The Ultima Festival will open with Turangalîla-Symphonie, a large-scale piece of exhilarating, intoxicating orchestral music and a modern classic by Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992). The piece will be performed by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of principal conductor Vasily Petrenko.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Oslo Philharmonic on this large-scale project for the opening concert at this year’s Ultima Festival. Olivier Messiaen’s music touches on life’s big questions, such as human beings’ relationship with God and nature. It is music that appeals to a wide audience and that has meant a lot to many of today’s composers. An interesting and spectacular way to mark the 25th anniversary of the Ultima Festival.” Lars Petter Hagen, Director and Artistic Director

The theme for this year’s Ultima is “On Nature”.

Music – both how it originates and how we understand it – is closely connected to science. Ever since the Stone Age, physics, psychology, astronomy and biology have inspired people to create music – and they continue to do so today. Nature is also a key source of inspiration for Olivier Messiaen. He was a keen ornithologist, and many of his compositions, like TurangalîlaSymphonie, are based on notations of birdsong.

Tickets

The Thursday 10.9 and Friday 11.9 performances of Turangalîla-Symphonie are included in the Oslo Philharmonic’s subscription series.

HRH Crown Prince Haakon and Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey to attend Ultima’s opening concert.

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11/09
7pm
Oslo Konserthus
Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

Oslo Konserthus / Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

11.09.15, 7 pm

Oslo Konserthus

NOK 450 – 100

 

Conductor: Vasily Petrenko

Steven Osborne – Piano

Cynthia Millar – Ondes Martenot

 

Turangalîla-Symphonie, a large-scale piece of exhilarating, intoxicating orchestral music and a modern classic by Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992). The piece will be performed by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of principal conductor Vasily Petrenko.

 

Music – both how it originates and how we understand it – is closely connected to science. Ever since the Stone Age, physics, psychology, astronomy and biology have inspired people to create music – and they continue to do so today. Nature is also a key source of inspiration for Olivier Messiaen. He was a keen ornithologist, and many of his compositions, like TurangalîlaSymphonie, are based on notations of birdsong.

Tickets

The Thursday 10.9 and Friday 11.9 performances of Turangalîla-Symphonie are included in the Oslo Philharmonic’s subscription series.

 

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12/09
3pm
Parkteatret
Cikada: James Dillon / Jon Øivind Ness

Parkteatret / Cikada: James Dillon / Jon Øivind Ness

 

12.09.15, 3 pm

Parkteatret

NOK 200/100

 

James Dillon: Oslo/Triptych

Jon Øivind Ness: Gimilen

 

Scottish composer James Dillon is a household name in his home country, with commissioned works from and performances by many of the UK’s biggest orchestra and influential international ensembles. Oslo/Triptych was commissioned for Cikada in 2011 as part of a three-part project Dillon conducted with ensembles from Leuven, Oslo and New York. Dillon is known for his large-scale projects, such as Nine Rivers, the symphonic cycle of monumental proportions, but his smaller works are also impressive, often composed with specific musicians in mind. Oslo/Triptych includes Indian harmonium, an instrument often used by Cikada in recent years.

The concert also marks the launch of Cikada’s new album witch consist of music by Jon Øivind Ness and Liza Lim. Ness’ work Gimilen takes its name from two lakes in the woodlands north-east of Hakadal, Norway. He often draws on nature for his inspiration, and several of his works are named after lakes in the Oslo region. Gimilen (2014) had its première at the KLANGSPUREN Festival in September last year.

Cikada is one of Norway’s most distinctive contemporary music ensembles, and has also made its mark internationally as an exciting and expressive exponent of new music. The ensemble has been an important contributor to Ultima for many years.

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11/09
7:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

Oslo Sinfonietta / Dans les arbes

11.09.15, 7.30 pm

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

NOK 250/150

Also 12 and 13 September, 6.30 pm

 

Classical works by Franz Schubert and Edvard Grieg meet contemporary works by Henrik Hellstenius, Salvatore Sciarrino, the Norwegian-French quartet Dans les arbres, and improvisations in Ørets teater III: om naturen. A collaboration between composer Henrik Hellstenius, instructor and dramaturg Kai Johnsen and video artist Boya Bøckman.

Nature – the romantic, the tedious, the unpredictable, the tiny, the vast, the dangerous and cruel; the underlying idea for the performance is to use nature as material for a concert of music, texts and video. Nature is form, motion and sound. Sounds that change during the course of the day and the seasons of the year. Or could it be that the days and the seasons transform the sounds of nature, just as they also transform the sounds of people?

The solo vocalists are Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen and Stine Janvin Motland. Also performing will be two of Norway’s leading music ensembles, Oslo Sinfonietta and the critically acclaimed jazz quartet Dans les arbres.

Ørets teater III: om naturen is a continuation of Henrik Hellstenius’ four-concert series performed at the Bergen International Festival in 2011.

Concept: Henrik Hellstenius

Dramaturgy: Kai Johnsen

Video: Boya Bøckman

Soloists: Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen, Stine Janvin Motland

Conductor: Andrea Pestalozza

Oslo Sinfonietta

Dans les arbres

 

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12/09
6:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

Oslo Sinfonietta / Dans les arbes

12.09.15, 6.30 pm

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

NOK 250/150

Also 13 September, 6.30 pm

Classical works by Franz Schubert and Edvard Grieg meet contemporary works by Henrik Hellstenius, Salvatore Sciarrino, the Norwegian-French quartet Dans les arbres, and improvisations in Ørets teater III: Om naturen. A collaboration between composer Henrik Hellstenius, instructor and dramaturg Kai Johnsen and video artist Boya Bøckman.

Nature – the romantic, the tedious, the unpredictable, the tiny, the vast, the dangerous and cruel; the underlying idea for the performance is to use nature as material for a concert of music, texts and video. Nature is form, motion and sound. Sounds that change during the course of the day and the seasons of the year. Or could it be that the days and the seasons transform the sounds of nature, just as they also transform the sounds of people?

The solo vocalists are Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen and Stine Janvin Motland. Also performing will be two of Norway’s leading music ensembles, Oslo Sinfonietta and the critically acclaimed jazz quartet Dans les arbres.

Ørets teater III: om naturen is a continuation of Henrik Hellstenius’ four-concert series performed at the Bergen International Festival in 2011.

Concept: Henrik Hellstenius

Dramaturgy: Kai Johnsen

Video: Boya Bøckman

Soloists: Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen, Stine Janvin Motland

Conductor: Andrea Pestalozza

Oslo Sinfonietta

Dans les arbres

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13/09
6:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

Oslo Sinfonietta / Dans les arbes

12.09.15, 6.30 pm

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

NOK 250/150

Also 13 September, 6.30 pm

Classical works by Franz Schubert and Edvard Grieg meet contemporary works by Henrik Hellstenius, Salvatore Sciarrino, the Norwegian-French quartet Dans les arbres, and improvisations in Ørets teater: Om naturen. A collaboration between composer Henrik Hellstenius, instructor and dramaturg Kai Johnsen and video artist Boya Bøckman.

Nature – the romantic, the tedious, the unpredictable, the tiny, the vast, the dangerous and cruel; the underlying idea for the performance is to use nature as material for a concert of music, texts and video. Nature is form, motion and sound. Sounds that change during the course of the day and the seasons of the year. Or could it be that the days and the seasons transform the sounds of nature, just as they also transform the sounds of people?

The solo vocalists are Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen and Stine Janvin Motland. Also performing will be two of Norway’s leading music ensembles, Oslo Sinfonietta and the critically acclaimed jazz quartet Dans les arbres.

Ørets teater III: om naturen is a continuation of Henrik Hellstenius’ four-concert series performed at the Bergen International Festival in 2011.

Concept: Henrik Hellstenius

Dramaturgy: Kai Johnsen

Video: Boya Bøckman

Soloists: Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen, Stine Janvin Motland

Conductor: Andrea Pestalozza

Oslo Sinfonietta

Dans les arbres

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17/09
10pm
Blå
James Hoff/Afrikan Sciences/Hilde Holsen

Blå / James Hoff/Afrikan Sciences/Hilde Holsen

Blå, 10pm

NOK 200/100

 

Ultima presents a triple bill partly hosted by the Berlin-based PAN label. Run by US musician Bill Kouligas (Hiss Golden Messenger), PAN has become one of the most challenging and critically acclaimed labels within electronic and experimental music. Afrikan Sciences from Brooklyn and James Hoff are responsible for some of the imprint’s best known records.

Afrikan Sciences (Eric Douglas Porter) has a broad musical background and is best known for his polyrhytmic and complex melodies in a crossover between afro-futurism, science fiction, hip hop, jazz and house. His most recent album Circuitous (2014) once again proves that he is an artist who transcends club music and dares enter the unknown. His live performances typically combine double bass, turntables and electronic effects.

New York-based artist James Hoff works across multiple platforms, as a painter, editor and publisher of Primary Information (a press devoted to publishing artists’ books and reprinting out-of-print editions), writer, lecturer and musical composer. He didn’t have a lot of musical experience when he made his 2011 debut with How Wheeling Feels When the Ground Walks Away, based on field recordings from several insurgencies in Europe and South America. His latest album, Blaster (2014), explores an interest in computer viruses. By infecting sound files with the so-called Blaster virus, he laid the groundwork for his own interpretation of the term dance music.

The Norwegian musician Hilde Holsen will be first to perform. She recently played her transmuted trumpet to a packed church in Oslo as part of the Only Connect festival. Improvising and processing her horn in real time, she shapes sonic landscapes that are glowing, harmonious and melancholic.

In collaboration with nyMusikk.

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12/09
10pm
Vulkan Arena

Matmos + ensemble

12.09.15, 10 pm

Vulkan Arena

NOK 200/100

 

Electronic veterans to Ultima with opera by Robert Ashley

Robert Ashley’s television opera about bank robbery, cocktail lounges, geriatric love and adolescent elopement in the American Midwest has been called “nothing less than the first American opera” and a comic opera about reincarnation. It has also been described as one of the definitive text-sound compositions of the late 20th century. A distinguished figure in American contemporary music, Robert Ashley holds an international reputation for his work in new forms of opera and multi-disciplinary projectsSan Fransisco based electronic music duo Matmos, with core members Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt, has through a long career been known for their creative samplings and sound experiments. The duo gained notoriety for their use of samples including “freshly cut hair” and “the amplified neural activity of crayfish” and squelches of various surgical procedures, made into remarkably accessible, melodic pieces of experimental techno. Matmos is also well known for their collaboration with Icelandic artist Björk. At Ultima Matmos will present the first and final acts from Robert Ashley’s groundbreaking television-opera.

“The operatic works of Robert Ashley are distinctly original in style, and distinctly American in their subject matter and in their use of American language. A prolific composer and writer, Ashley’s operas are “so vast in their vision that they are comparable only to Wagner’s Ring cycle or Stockhausen’s seven-evening Licht cycle. In form and content, in musical, vocal, literary and media technique, they are, however, comparable to nothing else.” 

– The Los Angeles Times

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12/09
6pm
Kanonhallen
Ensemble Musikfabrik: Partch/Deathprod/Steen-Andersen

Kanonhallen / Ensemble Musikfabrik: Partch/Deathprod/Steen-Andersen

Ensemble Musikfabrik

12.09.15, kl. 18

NB: Early arrival at Kanonhallen is recommended! 

NOK 350/250

 

Simon Steen-Andersen: Korpus

Harry Partch: And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma

Helge Sten: Sow Your Gold In The White Foliated Earth (WP)

 

The Godfather of the American Just-Intonation movement, the composer, theorist, visionary and instrument-builder, Harry Partch (1901-1974), developed a highly complex tuning system that made the realisation of his music impossible on conventional instruments. Harry Partch developed and built an extensive collection of instruments: resonating sound-sculptures of idiosyncratic beauty and remarkable stage presence.

In 2012, the entire collection of microtonal instruments was built for German Ensemble Musikfabrik. With more than 40 instruments – string, percussive, bell and keyboard instruments as well as smaller hand-held instruments, the ensemble has been able to realize the conditions under which the fascinating and exotic Harry Partch Œuvre.

Thanks to its extraordinary profile, and its superb artistic quality, Ensemble Musikfabrik has since its formation in 1990 had the reputation of being one of the World’s leading ensembles for contemporary music. The ensemble is particularly dedicated to artistic innovation – new, unknown, and often personally commissioned works in an unusual media are typical of their productions.

For this project they are collaborating with Norwegian musician and producer Helge Sten, best known by his Deathprod alias. Sten is a renowned musician and producer with connections to various band projects including Motorpsycho and Supersilent. He makes music which falls at the intersection of noise, jazz, modern composition, electronica and rock, but he is most often described as a noise artist.

They will also perform Simon Steen-Andersen’s Korpus and Partchs And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma (1963–66).

 

The last time Ensemble Musikfabrik visited Oslo was during Ultima 2013. Their version of Harry Partch’s Delusion of the Fury under the direction of Heiner Goebbels received glowing reviews and ranked high on many lists for best stage performance of the year.

Best stage experiences in 2013: Delusion of the Fury, Ultima Festival/National Theatre

“A multitude of peculiar, custom-made instruments from the eccentric American composer Harry Partch has been made accessible to the world by International Ibsen Award winner Heiner Goebbels. A rare concert to which people from all over the country came to hear.”

Dagsavisen‘s Best Stage Experience 2013.

“It’s howling, wild, almost ecstatic. This feast of a performance was one of many triumphs during this year’s Ultima. The festival, which most associate with weird contemporary music, has broadened its scope. This year it succeeded in showing us why we need musical outsiders like Harry Partch. “

Haakon Flemmen, Klassekampen

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11/09
10am
Teknisk Museum
INSTALLATION OPENING Quiet ensemble: Quintetto

Teknisk Museum / INSTALLATION OPENING Quiet ensemble: Quintetto

Teknisk museum, 10 am

NOK: Ticket to Teknisk museum

The installation will be open throughout the festival.

‘We are so used to seeing that suddenly we forgot how to look, so used to hearing that suddenly we forgot to listen.’

Every movement we see in nature can be perceived as a visual concert, like a storm of birds moving together making astonishing patterns, or snow falling from the sky and touching the ground. Quintetto is based on the study of casual movement of objects or living creatures used as input for the production of sounds. The basic concept is to reveal what the ‘invisible concerts’ of everyday life. In this installation the scene is five aquariums with a goldfish in each. The movement of the five fishes is captured by a video camera that translates their movements in digital sound signals/music in real time.

 

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11/09
3pm
Deichmanske hovedbibliotek

11.09.15, 3 pm

Deichmanske hovedbibliotek

Free (Oslo Cultural Night)

 

Røster III takes the listener on an aural journey through a series of sound tableauxs carefully sculptured and arranged by the artist’s archive of field recordings from the Røst Arcipelago, in Lofoten, Northern Norway between 2010 and 2015. The work places the listening body in a time-space continuum where nature and culture co-exist and are given equal importance, giving ear to the eternal variation of voices and spaces; the geophonies and anthrophonies of Røst. Røster III is a sound work for eight channels or more, created and composed by Elin Mar Øyen Vister, site specifically mixed and spatialized in collaboration with Trond Lossius and BEK in Bergen.

At Deichmanske hovedbibliotek, Røster III will be experienced in the old music room, which has a hexagonal space and was originally acoustically treated for the purpose of listening to the music library. The installation is created around a set up of eight speakers arranged in a vertical and a horizontal landscape, between the books in the bookshelves, and the room will at most times have no lights. The listening sense is hence given sensual priority in our otherwise dominantly visual culture. 

Maja S. K. Ratkje will be joining as guest performer on WeDoMagic at the opening of the installation.

Kristine Tjøgersen (clarinet). Inga Byrkjeland (cello). Maja S. K. Ratkje (vocal). Elin Mar Øyen Vister (mix, objects og electronics).

Røster III is supported by BEK i Bergen, Norsk Kulturråd og Komponistenes Vederlagsfond.

 

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11/09
5pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Prøvesalen

11.09.15, 5 pm

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Prøvesalen

NOK 200/100

Matthew Shlomowitz: Lecture About Bad Music (WP)

Alexander Schubert: Sensate Focus

 

Can music really be bad in itself or is ‘bad’ really nothing other than a subjective opinion?

That is the question Matthew Shlomowitz asks in Lecture About Bad Music, which was specially composed for the Anglo-Belgian octet. The work, which was written for lecturer, clarinet, electric guitar, synthesiser and violin, has been commissioned by Ultima and will receive its debut performance here. Australian-born Shlomowitz draws on elements from many field and genres, employing musical demonstrations and recreations of psychological experiments to examine differences between musical experience and musical material.

Alexander Schubert‘s Sensate Focus combines light and image, allowing lighting effects take on the role of fifth performer to a quartet of musicians. In the work, Schubert, who studied bioinformatics, experiments with the the interfaces between gesticular movements and musical sounds, where the performers’ physical movements and position in the room are essential elements of the composition.

Plus Minus Ensemble specialises in new music and modern key works. It is particularly known for its interest in avant-garde, experimental and conceptual music, such as Stockhausen’s seminal work from 1963, from which the ensemble takes its name.

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18/09
6pm
Norges musikkhøgskole

18.09.15, 6 pm

Norges musikkhøgskole, Levinsalen

NOK 200/100

 

Matthew Shlomowitz: The Major Sevenths Medley

Thomas Bensdorp: Jongens

Mauro Pawlowski: Als Mens Vermomd            

Bjørn Fongaard –

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 1

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 2

Aforismer op. 63 for electric guitar, percussion and voice

Guitar, percussion, voice: Anders Førisdal

 

The electric guitar will have the lead role when Norwegian Anders Førisdal joins forces with the Dutch-Belgian guitar quartet Zwerm. Since 2007, Zwerm has been attracting increasing attention for its projects, such as performing as a street parade band (complete with portable amplifiers) and a noise rock band of the brutal kind. Mixed with a generous dose of central European humour, the group has a long list of releases to its credit, among them The World’s Longest Melody, which The Wire Magazine hailed as “an obvious contender for album of the year 2010…”

At Ultima their programme will consist of early Norwegian experimental music by pioneer Bjørn Fongaard. They will also performe The Major Sevenths Medley, a greatest-hits ode to Matthew Shlomowitz’s imaginary band. Jongens is the name of one of Zwerm’s early albums, released when as young boys they recorded their first tracks on cassette. Twenty-five years on, the Dutch composer Thomas Bensdorp has written his own composition of those recordings. Als mens vermomd means “disguised as a human”, and deals with a strayed alien, written by dEUS band member Mauro Pawlowski.

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15/09
12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Trio ClariNord

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Trio ClariNord

15.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

 

Gisle Kverndokk: Offertorium

Jon Øivind Ness: Sloughs

Jörg Widmann: Nachtstück

 

Trio ClariNord is comprised of Emilio Borghesan on clarinet, Paula Cuesta on cello and Jie Zhang on piano. They will perform two first performances at this lunchtime concert.

Offertorium by Gisle Kverndokk, is inspired by the writings of the Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. ‘Offertorium’ refers to the offertory ritual in preparation for Eucharistic Communion, and Chardin describes the earth as a sacred offertory gift. The work contains four movements, and describes a day on earth from sunrise to sunset.

Sloughs, by Jon Øivind Ness, was the trio’s first commissioned work. The title describes the skin after a snake’s molting, and the work is formed using motifs from previous works for cello.

Together with Nachtstück by the German composer Jörg Widmann, these works illustrate three different ways in which contemporary music composers approach chamber music today.

Formed in 2012, Trio ClariNord is the first group with a wind player to be admitted to the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy. Trio ClariNord is a permanent member of the ECMA, and is the first Norwegian ensemble to hold this status.

The trio has given concerts in Wien, Warsaw, Vilnius, Marienbad, Prades and Oslo,

and in 2015 they released their first album, with music by Beethoven, Fruhling and Ness on LAWO Classics.

The group members attended the Norwegian Academy of Music. Jie Zhang has studied under Leif Ove Andsnes and Håvard Gimse, Paula Cuesta under Truls Mørk, and Emilio Borghesan under Hans Christian Bræin and Björn Nyman.

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19/09
1pm
Universitetets gamle festsal

19.09.15, 1 pm

Universitetets gamle festsal

NOK 200/100

 

Jan Erik Mikalsen: Sonette for Choir (WP)

Edvin Østergaard: Darwin’s Lamentation (WP)

Edvin Østergaard: Unpredictable Moments

Maja Linderoth: Sonatform denaturerad prosa

 

What is the connection between the eureka-experience of the scientist, the one that leads to the radical breakthrough, and the creative process of the artist? And how can and the same idea be expressed differently in art and in science? This is the question Edvin Østergaard explores in the choral work Unpredictable moments. Besides being a composer, Østergaard is a professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and has for years been interested in the interface between the artistic and the scientific. In 2010 he was awarded the Spellemann Award for contemporary music.

Sonette for choir by Jan Erik Mikalsen was completed earlier this year and will now have its first performance at Ultima. The work is inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus from 1922, based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Mikalsen has received numerous awards, including Rostrum 2015 (The International Rostrum of Composers).

In Maja Linderoth’s Sonatform denaturerad prosa, based on Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf’s text with the same title, languages limits and ingredients is being explored. Linderoth is studying composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. The work has after its premiere at the Academy in March 2015, been performed in Groningen by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir.

The works will be performed by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir under the direction of conductor Grete Pedersen, and will be introduced by scientist and industrial entrepreneur Alf Bjørseth.

WHEN1pm
WHEREUniversitetets gamle festsal  Map
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19/09
1pm
Universitetets gamle festsal

19.09.15, 1 pm

Universitetets gamle festsal

NOK 200/100

 

Jan Erik Mikalsen: Sonette for Choir (WP)

Edvin Østergaard: Darwin’s Lamentation (WP)

Edvin Østergaard: Unpredictable Moments

Maja Linderoth: Sonatform denaturerad prosa

 

What is the connection between the eureka-experience of the scientist, the one that leads to the radical breakthrough, and the creative process of the artist? And how can and the same idea be expressed differently in art and in science? This is the question Edvin Østergaard explores in the choral work Unpredictable moments. Besides being a composer, Østergaard is a professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and has for years been interested in the interface between the artistic and the scientific. In 2010 he was awarded the Spellemann Award for contemporary music.

Sonette for choir by Jan Erik Mikalsen was completed earlier this year and will now have its first performance at Ultima. The work is inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus from 1922, based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Mikalsen has received numerous awards, including Rostrum 2015 (The International Rostrum of Composers).

In Maja Linderoth’s Sonatform denaturerad prosa, based on Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf’s text with the same title, languages limits and ingredients is being explored. Linderoth is studying composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. The work has after its premiere at the Academy in March 2015, been performed in Groningen by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir.

The works will be performed by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir under the direction of conductor Grete Pedersen, and will be introduced by scientist and industrial entrepreneur Alf Bjørseth.

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12/09
12pm
Oslo sentrum
Koka Nikoladze: Sound Stencil 0.1

Oslo sentrum / Koka Nikoladze: Sound Stencil 0.1

12.09.15, 12 pm

City Center of Oslo

Free

 

Oslo as a musical instrument

Sound Stencil is a concept that can be realised with mechanical robots or human performers, and turns objects in any given environment into integrated musical instruments. The first implementation Sound Stencil 0.1 will be premiered at Oslo Ultima Contemporary Music Festival 2015, and is made of human percussionists who use smartphones for synchronisation. All of them listen to a synchronised audio score, which dictates various rhythmical patterns and gives them directions. Percussionists move around the city, stay on an audible distance from one another and hit various things on their way. They move or freeze, move fast or slow, they spread or collapse and audience can follow them freely.

Koka Nikoladze is a Georgian violinist, composer and sound artist based in Norway. As an instrumentalist Nikoladze has performed as a solo violinist, chamber musician, and orchestra musician on various stages in Europe and the United States. Later as a composer he has composed acoustic and electroacoustic music for various ensembles, vocal music, including two premiered chamber operas and also actively investigated the field of computer-human interaction.

Sound Stencil 0.1 is produced by Notam in collaboration with Norwegian Academy of Music.

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12/09
6pm
Kanonhallen
Ensemble Musikfabrik: Partch/Deathprod/Steen-Andersen

Kanonhallen / Ensemble Musikfabrik: Partch/Deathprod/Steen-Andersen

Ensemble Musikfabrik

12.09.15, kl. 18

NB: Early arrival at Kanonhallen is recommended! 

NOK 350/250

 

Simon Steen-Andersen: Korpus

Harry Partch: And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma

Helge Sten: Sow Your Gold In The White Foliated Earth (WP)

 

The Godfather of the American Just-Intonation movement, the composer, theorist, visionary and instrument-builder, Harry Partch (1901-1974), developed a highly complex tuning system that made the realisation of his music impossible on conventional instruments. Harry Partch developed and built an extensive collection of instruments: resonating sound-sculptures of idiosyncratic beauty and remarkable stage presence.

In 2012, the entire collection of microtonal instruments was built for German Ensemble Musikfabrik. With more than 40 instruments – string, percussive, bell and keyboard instruments as well as smaller hand-held instruments, the ensemble has been able to realize the conditions under which the fascinating and exotic Harry Partch Œuvre.

Thanks to its extraordinary profile, and its superb artistic quality, Ensemble Musikfabrik has since its formation in 1990 had the reputation of being one of the World’s leading ensembles for contemporary music. The ensemble is particularly dedicated to artistic innovation – new, unknown, and often personally commissioned works in an unusual media are typical of their productions.

For this project they are collaborating with Norwegian musician and producer Helge Sten, best known by his Deathprod alias. Sten is a renowned musician and producer with connections to various band projects including Motorpsycho and Supersilent. He makes music which falls at the intersection of noise, jazz, modern composition, electronica and rock, but he is most often described as a noise artist.

They will also perform Simon Steen-Andersen’s Korpus and Partchs And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma (1963–66).

 

The last time Ensemble Musikfabrik visited Oslo was during Ultima 2013. Their version of Harry Partch’s Delusion of the Fury under the direction of Heiner Goebbels received glowing reviews and ranked high on many lists for best stage performance of the year.

Best stage experiences in 2013: Delusion of the Fury, Ultima Festival/National Theatre

“A multitude of peculiar, custom-made instruments from the eccentric American composer Harry Partch has been made accessible to the world by International Ibsen Award winner Heiner Goebbels. A rare concert to which people from all over the country came to hear.”

Dagsavisen‘s Best Stage Experience 2013.

“It’s howling, wild, almost ecstatic. This feast of a performance was one of many triumphs during this year’s Ultima. The festival, which most associate with weird contemporary music, has broadened its scope. This year it succeeded in showing us why we need musical outsiders like Harry Partch. “

Haakon Flemmen, Klassekampen

WHEN6pm
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16/09
12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Microtub

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Microtub

16.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

 

Robin Hayward – mikrotonal F-tuba

Peder Simonsen- mikrotonal C-tuba

Martin Taxt – mikrotonal C-tuba

 

Microtub is something as rare as a microtonal tuba trio. The instruments were specially designed for musicians Robin Hayward, Martin Taxt and Peder Simonsen. With its microtonal tubas, Microtub explores the potential of instruments from a microtonal perspective. Colour-coded skulpturpartiturer is used to define areas in the harmonic space, and presents geometric structures that are explored by the musicians over time.

At this concert we will hear music from the trio’s critically acclaimed second album Star System, which was released on SOFA in October 2014.

«…The wayward ‘Star System’ by tuba trio Microtub sounds like the doors of the underworld slamming…»

Kieron Tyler, The Arts Desk 

“Even if fully acoustic, the music has an incredible resonance, and the three instruments weave long, almost endless tones over and through each other, creating a deep sonic feeling of substance while keeping the space very open.»

Stef, Free Jazz Blogspot

“The deep roars of the three carefully tuned instruments purr out long lines of tone that overlay one another, sitting like almost opaque strata above one another until the physicality of human breathing and the gradual shifts in Hayward’s composition introduce a sense of flux. The effect is of a delicate yet hefty drone that thickens and thins like massive bellows eased in and out.»

Richard Pinnell, WIRE MAGAZINE

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19/09
8pm
Oslo domkirke
Closing concert: André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe, Oslo Domkor, Ensemble Allegria

Oslo domkirke / Closing concert: André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe, Oslo Domkor, Ensemble Allegria

André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe: New work (WP)

Arvo Pärt: Te Deum

Oslo Domkor and Ensemble Allegria

19.09.15, 8 pm

Oslo Cathedral

NOK 350/250

 

New work by André Bratten and Ole-Henrik Moe, and Arvo Pärt at Ultima’s closing concert

André Bratten has attracted considerable attention both in Norway and abroad for his elegant music, which lies somewhere between space disco and micro house. His debut album from 2013 received critical acclaim for its pure, well-rounded sounds and melodic synth lines. Bratten has a passion for contemporary music, and cites Giacinto Scelsi as his prime source of inspiration. Now, in collaboration with composer Ole-Henrik Moe, he has taken on the task of writing the music for Ultima’s closing concert.

The sustained, simple and meditative qualities of Arvo Pärt’s mystical, minimalist masterpiece Te Deum mark Pärt’s distinctiveness as a composer. The work is written for choir, strings, piano and wind harp. Te Deum, also known as the Ambrosian Hymn, is one of Christianity’s oldest and best-known hymns.

Performed by Oslo Domkor and Ensemble Allegria.

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17/09
7pm
Nasjonal jazzscene
SOFA’s 15th-year anniversary and double album release

Nasjonal jazzscene / SOFA’s 15th-year anniversary and double album release

17.09.15, 7 pm

Nasjonal jazzscene

NOK 200/100

 

This year marks the 15th anniversary of SOFA, the record label run by musicians Kim Myhr, Ingar Zach and Ivar Grydeland. This milestone is being celebrated with a double release concert with unique musical manifestos from two legendary exponents of experimental musical.

SOFA has around 50 releases in broad-range experimental music to its credit. In September, two new extensive projects due for release are the legendary improvisational musicians Keith Rowe and John Tilbury, produced by painter Kjell Bjørgeengen, and the trio MURAL, recorded in Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. Kjell Bjørgeengen, who regularly collaborates with both ensembles, will be taking part in both concerts.

Keith Rowe / John Tilbury

enough still not to know

Keith Rowe: guitar and electronics

John Tilbury: piano

enough still not know is a double-CD release of the music of John Tilbury and Keith Rowe, produced by artist Kjell Bjørgeengen for an upcoming video installation. The music is improvised but bears the mark of long-time collaboration between these two musicians. Rowe and Tilbury are particularly known for their work in Scratch Orchestra and AMM with Cornelius Cardew. John Tilbury is also known as arguably the foremost interpreter of Morton Feldman and for his biography on Cornelius Cardew. In recent years both musicians have worked on the writings Samuel Beckett. John Tilbury has given musical and text-based renditions of Samuel Beckett’s later works.

 

MURAL

Tempo

Jim Denley: wind instruments

Kim Myhr: guitar

Ingar Zach: percussion

MURAL began in 2007 when Ingar Zach and Kim Myhr gave a concert with the legendary Australian improviser Jim Denley in Madrid. Since then, the trio has given many concerts all over the world and released Nectars of Emergence in 2010 on the SOFA label and Live at the Rothko Chapel in 2011 on Rothko Chapel Publications. WIRE magazine acclaimed Nectars of Emergence as ”a haunting world of breathtaking timbral beauty. An extraordinary creation.” Following successful concerts in Rothko Chapel and a CD release, the trio visited the chapel in Houston, Texas for the third time in April 2013. The musicians’ wish to challenge the conventional concert format resulted in a four-hour-long concert that has now been released as a triple CD.

Kjell Bjørgeengen (video) during both concerts.

In cooperation with Ultima and Nasjonal jazzscene.

 

 

 

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10/09
6:30pm
Ekebergparken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergparken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6:30pm

NOK 300

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

Thursday 10 September, 6:30–8:10 pm

Friday 11 September, 6:30–8:10 pm (free – part of Oslo Cultural Night)

Saturday 12 September, 6:30–8:10 pm

Sunday 13 September, 6–7:30am and 6:30–8:10 pm

 

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

WHEN6:30pm - 8pm
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11/09
6:30pm
Ekebergparken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergparken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6:30pm

Tickets will be available later, part of Oslo kulturnatt

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

Friday 11 September, 6:30–8:10 pm (free – part of Oslo kulturnatt)

Saturday 12 September, 6:30–8:10 pm

Sunday 13 September, 6–7:30am and 6:30–8:10 pm

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

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12/09
6:30pm
Ekebergparken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergparken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6:30pm

NOK 300

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

 

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

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13/09
6am
Ekebergarken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergarken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6 pm

NOK 300

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Sunday 13 September, 6–7:30 am and 6:30–8:10 pm

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

 

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

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13/09
6:30pm
Ekebergparken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergparken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6 pm

NOK 300

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Sunday 13 September, 6–7:30 am and 6:30–8:10 pm

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

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12/09
9pm
Dansens Hus
Jan Martens: The Dog Days Are Over

Dansens Hus / Jan Martens: The Dog Days Are Over

Dansens Hus

12.09.15, 7 pm

NOK 290/175

Also 13 September

 

“When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.” This quotation by photographer Philippe Halsman serves as the starting point for THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER, a jumped, minimal and political work for eight performers.

The award-winning Belgian choreographer Jan Martens has explored jumping as an artistic expression. In this performance he lets eight dancers jump continuously for 70 minutes. Martens’ complex mathematical choreographic work attempts to reveal the person behind the dancer and, under the motto ‘perfection is boring’, reveal their vulnerability and fallibility. This unusual choreography challenges us as the audience to think about what we want: do we want the dancers to fail or succeed? Or are we like a blood-thirsty audience at a bullfight, deriving entertainment from the exhaustion of others?

The performance is presented in cooperation with Aerowaves.

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13/09
9pm
Dansens Hus
Jan Martens: The Dog Days Are Over

Dansens Hus / Jan Martens: The Dog Days Are Over

Dansens Hus

12.09.15, 7 pm

NOK 290/175

Also 13 September

“When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.” This quotation by photographer Philippe Halsman serves as the starting point for THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER, a jumped, minimal and political work for eight performers

The award-winning Belgian choreographer Jan Martens has explored jumping as an artistic expression. In this performance he lets eight dancers jump continuously for 70 minutes. Martens’ complex mathematical choreographic work attempts to reveal the person behind the dancer and, under the motto ‘perfection is boring’, reveal their vulnerability and fallibility. This unusual choreography challenges us as the audience to think about what we want: do we want the dancers to fail or succeed? Or are we like a blood-thirsty audience at a bullfight, deriving entertainment from the exhaustion of others?

The performance is presented in cooperation with Aerowaves.

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11/09
3pm
Atelier Nord ANX
INSTALLATION OPENING Terry Fox: The Labyrinth Scored for 11 Different Cats

Atelier Nord ANX / INSTALLATION OPENING Terry Fox: The Labyrinth Scored for 11 Different Cats

Atelier Nord ANX, 3pm (opening)

Free admission

Terry Fox (1943–2008) was an American pioneer in conceptual and sound art who first gained attention in the 1970s for his installations and performances which broke with established art forms. His starting point was the transformation of materials, often using his own body, to explore extreme psychological and physical experiences. Between 1972–78 Fox explored the metaphorical symbolism in the labyrinth on the floor of Chartres Cathedral: eleven concentric circles, 34 turns and 552 steps. The numerical and geometric structure in the stone mosaic was the source of inspiration for The Labyrinth Scored for 11 Different Cats, his only composition for tape. This work can be experienced at Atelier Nord during Ultima.

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WHEREAtelier Nord ANX  Map
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18/09
6pm
Norges musikkhøgskole

18.09.15, 6 pm

Norges musikkhøgskole, Levinsalen

NOK 200/100

 

Matthew Shlomowitz: The Major Sevenths Medley

Thomas Bensdorp: Jongens

Mauro Pawlowski: Als Mens Vermomd            

Bjørn Fongaard –

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 1

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 2

Aforismer op. 63 for electric guitar, percussion and voice

Guitar, percussion, voice: Anders Førisdal

 

The electric guitar will have the lead role when Norwegian Anders Førisdal joins forces with the Dutch-Belgian guitar quartet Zwerm. Since 2007, Zwerm has been attracting increasing attention for its projects, such as performing as a street parade band (complete with portable amplifiers) and a noise rock band of the brutal kind. Mixed with a generous dose of central European humour, the group has a long list of releases to its credit, among them The World’s Longest Melody, which The Wire Magazine hailed as “an obvious contender for album of the year 2010…”

At Ultima their programme will consist of early Norwegian experimental music by pioneer Bjørn Fongaard. They will also performe The Major Sevenths Medley, a greatest-hits ode to Matthew Shlomowitz’s imaginary band. Jongens is the name of one of Zwerm’s early albums, released when as young boys they recorded their first tracks on cassette. Twenty-five years on, the Dutch composer Thomas Bensdorp has written his own composition of those recordings. Als mens vermomd means “disguised as a human”, and deals with a strayed alien, written by dEUS band member Mauro Pawlowski.

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10/09
10am
Edvard Munch Videregående skole

Ultima Remake

The foyer at the Edvard Munch Secondary School

September 10, 2015, 10 am – 3 pm

Free admission

 

For the fourth year running, Ultima teams up with a high school on the project Ultima Remake. Together with a team of artists, students and teachers work on an installation that encompasses the theme of this year’s festival.

The 2015 Remake is based on Olivier Messiaen’s work Turangalîla-Symphonie. The students at the recently opened Edvard Munch videregående skole (Edvard Munch High School) will create the installation with their teachers and the Remake team. It will be placed in the school’s foyer. The installation is interactive and made up of sound landscapes, composition, dance and visual elements inspired by Messiaen’s musings on nature.

With students and teachers from the music, dance and design/textile strands in cooperation with Heloisa Amaral (Ultima), Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad (composer), Koka Nikoladze (Notam), and Maja Roel (choreographer/dancer).

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18/09
7:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

18.09.15, 7.30 pm

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Scene 2

NOK 350 – 100

Also 19 September, 6.30 pm

 

Chamber opera in one act & VII parts

Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Narrative by Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Words and phonetic textures by Anna Thorvaldsdottir 

Title and additional text by Mette Karlsvik

Director: Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson

Visual artist: Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir

Conductor: Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Musical supervision: Baldur Brönnimann and Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Performers: Sofia Jernberg, Mike Philip Fencker Thomsen, Melis Jaatinen, Joa Helgesson, Tinna Thorsteinsdottir, BIT20 Ensemble

 

Oblivious of the impending doom, humanity is struggling to find meaning and assembling it’s fractured identities. While the last man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security, an unsung primal scream resonates from the melting Glaciers of Greenland to the decadent core of civilization. In the vicinity of the enormous Great Greenland Ice Cap, in which the history of the earth is conserved, frozen in time, humanity is small. And yet man is destructive when he forgets his roots and origin. It is exactly this blind spot, this connection and this dangerous forgetfulness that UR_draws on.

UR_ features three voices, one actor, a grand piano and an ensemble of twelve performers. UR_ is the first major project to be carried out by members of the Far North Artist Network. The new work has been created over a period of two years in sessions in Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Germany. The Ethos of Far North is founded on exchange of ideas and art between artists from across boarders of countries – and cultures.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir has become a star within the contemporary music field. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere. In 2012 she received the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize. Her latest album Aerial (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classics November 2014) and was featured as “Best music of 2014” in The New Yorker.

The development of the work is done in collaboration with Theater Trier, Germany and The National Theatre of Greenland.

The commission of the work was enabled through kind support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

WHEN7:30pm
WHEREDen Norske Opera & Ballett  Map
PRICE350 - 100.-
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19/09
6:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

 

19.09.15, 6.30 pm

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Scene 2

NOK 350 – 100

 

Chamber opera in one act & VII parts

Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Director: Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson

Visual artist: Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir

Narrative by Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Words and phonetic textures by Anna Thorvaldsdottir 

Title and additional text by Mette Karlsvik

Conductor: Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Musical supervision: Baldur Brönnimann and Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Performers: Sofia Jernberg, Mike Philip Fencker Thomsen, Melis Jaatinen, Joa Helgesson, Tinna Thorsteinsdottir, BIT20 Ensemble

 

Oblivious of the impending doom, humanity is struggling to find meaning and assembling it’s fractured identities. While the last man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security, an unsung primal scream resonates from the melting Glaciers of Greenland to the decadent core of civilization. In the vicinity of the enormous Great Greenland Ice Cap, in which the history of the earth is conserved, frozen in time, humanity is small. And yet man is destructive when he forgets his roots and origin. It is exactly this blind spot, this connection and this dangerous forgetfulness that UR_draws on.

UR_ features three voices, one actor, a grand piano and an ensemble of twelve performers. UR_ is the first major project to be carried out by members of the Far North Artist Network. The new work has been created over a period of two years in sessions in Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Germany. The Ethos of Far North is founded on exchange of ideas and art between artists from across boarders of countries – and cultures.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir has become a star within the contemporary music field. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere. In 2012 she received the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize. Her latest album Aerial (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classics November 2014) and was featured as “Best music of 2014” in The New Yorker.

The development of the work is done in collaboration with Theater Trier, Germany and The National Theatre of Greenland.

The commission of the work was enabled through kind support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

 

WHEN6:30pm
WHEREDen Norske Opera & Ballett  Map
PRICE350 - 100.-
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18/09
7:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

18.09.15, 7.30 pm

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Scene 2

NOK 350 – 100

Also 19 September, 6.30 pm

 

Chamber opera in one act & VII parts

Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Narrative by Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Words and phonetic textures by Anna Thorvaldsdottir 

Title and additional text by Mette Karlsvik

Director: Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson

Visual artist: Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir

Conductor: Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Musical supervision: Baldur Brönnimann and Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Performers: Sofia Jernberg, Mike Philip Fencker Thomsen, Melis Jaatinen, Joa Helgesson, Tinna Thorsteinsdottir, BIT20 Ensemble

 

Oblivious of the impending doom, humanity is struggling to find meaning and assembling it’s fractured identities. While the last man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security, an unsung primal scream resonates from the melting Glaciers of Greenland to the decadent core of civilization. In the vicinity of the enormous Great Greenland Ice Cap, in which the history of the earth is conserved, frozen in time, humanity is small. And yet man is destructive when he forgets his roots and origin. It is exactly this blind spot, this connection and this dangerous forgetfulness that UR_draws on.

UR_ features three voices, one actor, a grand piano and an ensemble of twelve performers. UR_ is the first major project to be carried out by members of the Far North Artist Network. The new work has been created over a period of two years in sessions in Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Germany. The Ethos of Far North is founded on exchange of ideas and art between artists from across boarders of countries – and cultures.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir has become a star within the contemporary music field. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere. In 2012 she received the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize. Her latest album Aerial (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classics November 2014) and was featured as “Best music of 2014” in The New Yorker.

The development of the work is done in collaboration with Theater Trier, Germany and The National Theatre of Greenland.

The commission of the work was enabled through kind support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

WHEN7:30pm
WHEREDen Norske Opera & Ballett  Map
PRICE350 - 100.-
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19/09
6:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

 

19.09.15, 6.30 pm

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Scene 2

NOK 350 – 100

 

Chamber opera in one act & VII parts

Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Director: Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson

Visual artist: Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir

Narrative by Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Words and phonetic textures by Anna Thorvaldsdottir 

Title and additional text by Mette Karlsvik

Conductor: Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Musical supervision: Baldur Brönnimann and Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Performers: Sofia Jernberg, Mike Philip Fencker Thomsen, Melis Jaatinen, Joa Helgesson, Tinna Thorsteinsdottir, BIT20 Ensemble

 

Oblivious of the impending doom, humanity is struggling to find meaning and assembling it’s fractured identities. While the last man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security, an unsung primal scream resonates from the melting Glaciers of Greenland to the decadent core of civilization. In the vicinity of the enormous Great Greenland Ice Cap, in which the history of the earth is conserved, frozen in time, humanity is small. And yet man is destructive when he forgets his roots and origin. It is exactly this blind spot, this connection and this dangerous forgetfulness that UR_draws on.

UR_ features three voices, one actor, a grand piano and an ensemble of twelve performers. UR_ is the first major project to be carried out by members of the Far North Artist Network. The new work has been created over a period of two years in sessions in Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Germany. The Ethos of Far North is founded on exchange of ideas and art between artists from across boarders of countries – and cultures.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir has become a star within the contemporary music field. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere. In 2012 she received the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize. Her latest album Aerial (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classics November 2014) and was featured as “Best music of 2014” in The New Yorker.

The development of the work is done in collaboration with Theater Trier, Germany and The National Theatre of Greenland.

The commission of the work was enabled through kind support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

 

WHEN6:30pm
WHEREDen Norske Opera & Ballett  Map
PRICE350 - 100.-
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10/09
10am
Edvard Munch Videregående skole

Ultima Remake

The foyer at the Edvard Munch Secondary School

September 10, 2015, 10 am – 3 pm

Free admission

 

For the fourth year running, Ultima teams up with a high school on the project Ultima Remake. Together with a team of artists, students and teachers work on an installation that encompasses the theme of this year’s festival.

The 2015 Remake is based on Olivier Messiaen’s work Turangalîla-Symphonie. The students at the recently opened Edvard Munch videregående skole (Edvard Munch High School) will create the installation with their teachers and the Remake team. It will be placed in the school’s foyer. The installation is interactive and made up of sound landscapes, composition, dance and visual elements inspired by Messiaen’s musings on nature.

With students and teachers from the music, dance and design/textile strands in cooperation with Heloisa Amaral (Ultima), Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad (composer), Koka Nikoladze (Notam), and Maja Roel (choreographer/dancer).

WHEN10am
WHEREEdvard Munch Videregående skole  Map
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19/09
1pm
Universitetets gamle festsal

19.09.15, 1 pm

Universitetets gamle festsal

NOK 200/100

 

Jan Erik Mikalsen: Sonette for Choir (WP)

Edvin Østergaard: Darwin’s Lamentation (WP)

Edvin Østergaard: Unpredictable Moments

Maja Linderoth: Sonatform denaturerad prosa

 

What is the connection between the eureka-experience of the scientist, the one that leads to the radical breakthrough, and the creative process of the artist? And how can and the same idea be expressed differently in art and in science? This is the question Edvin Østergaard explores in the choral work Unpredictable moments. Besides being a composer, Østergaard is a professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and has for years been interested in the interface between the artistic and the scientific. In 2010 he was awarded the Spellemann Award for contemporary music.

Sonette for choir by Jan Erik Mikalsen was completed earlier this year and will now have its first performance at Ultima. The work is inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus from 1922, based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Mikalsen has received numerous awards, including Rostrum 2015 (The International Rostrum of Composers).

In Maja Linderoth’s Sonatform denaturerad prosa, based on Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf’s text with the same title, languages limits and ingredients is being explored. Linderoth is studying composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. The work has after its premiere at the Academy in March 2015, been performed in Groningen by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir.

The works will be performed by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir under the direction of conductor Grete Pedersen, and will be introduced by scientist and industrial entrepreneur Alf Bjørseth.

WHEN1pm
WHEREUniversitetets gamle festsal  Map
PRICE200/100.-
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11/09
8pm
Majorstuen Kirke, kapellet
INSTALLATION OPENING Ali Parandian: Untitled I, A poem for Norway

Majorstuen Kirke, kapellet / INSTALLATION OPENING Ali Parandian: Untitled I, A poem for Norway

Majorstuen Church, The Chapel, 20.00-22.00

Open for the remainder of Ultima between 22.00 and 24.00

Free admission

Multi-channel sound installation based on auditive and visual recordings made in Oslo between 2010 and 2015. Using documentation of man-made environments as its starting point and with the help of abstractions, this work endeavours to create a state whereby the viewer can focus on what lies beyond his own circumstances. The subdued style of the work endeavours to integrate the acoustic and architectural possibilities that lie in the church building. Ali Parandian moved from Tehran to Norway in 1989. He received his training in sound design at the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer. The exhibition is free and open to everyone throughout Ultima.

WHEN8pm
WHEREMajorstuen Kirke, kapellet  Map
PRICEFri entré.-
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18/09
7pm
Black Box Teater

18.09.15, 7 pm

Black Box Teater

NOK 240 – 100

Also 19 September, 6 pm

 

An evolutionary musical

Annie Dorsen’s Yesterday Tomorrow is a musical that breaks most of the rules for this genre. Unlike traditional musicals, the music for this musical is created during the course of the performance with the help of computer-generated algorithms, which means that the final result is different every time. The only points of reference are the two well-known songs Yesterday by The Beatles and Tomorrow from the musical Annie.

Based on evolutionary processes such as mutation and natural selection, the algorithms determine the most appropriate route from the first song to the next, or from what has passed to what is to come. As a result, the performance stands as an expression of the unpredictable nature of the present, as a contrast to a familiar past and the notion of a happy future. The music is performed by three singers who continually receive information about which rhythm, pitch and lyrics to sing. The result is an intelligent, humorous yet disturbing encounter between man and machine.

Annie Dorsen has previously work in film, dance and theatre, and in recent years has been particularly interested in artificial intelligence and digital performance. The Yesterday Tomorrow project was developed in cooperation with Pierre Godard and Greg Bellar from the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM.).

Concept, direction: Annie Dorsen. Music director: Joanna Bailie. Algorithm design: Pierre Godard. Sound design: Greg Beller. Video systems design: Ryan Holsopple. Lighting design and technical direction: Bruno Pocheron, Ruth Waldeyer. Producer: Alexandra Rosenberg. Performers: Hai-Ting Chinn, Jeffrey Gavett & Natalie Raybould. Coproduction: Holland Festival, Black Box Teater, Performance Space 122, La Villette – Résidences d’Artistes 2015, L’Hippodrome, scène nationale de Douai, Théâtre de Gennevilliers with Festival d’automne à Paris, Le Maillon-Wacken – Scene européenne – Strasbourg, théâtre Garonne – Scène européenne – Toulouse. Supported by: Mount Tremper Arts, Abrons Arts Center, New York State Council on the Arts.

WHEN7pm
WHEREBlack Box Teater  Map
PRICE240 - 100.-
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19/09
6pm
Black Box Teater

19.09.15, 6 pm

Black Box Teater

NOK 240 – 100

 

An evolutionary musical

Annie Dorsen’s Yesterday Tomorrow is a musical that breaks most of the rules for this genre. Unlike traditional musicals, the music for this musical is created during the course of the performance with the help of computer-generated algorithms, which means that the final result is different every time. The only points of reference are the two well-known songs Yesterday by The Beatles and Tomorrow from the musical Annie.

Based on evolutionary processes such as mutation and natural selection, the algorithms determine the most appropriate route from the first song to the next, or from what has passed to what is to come. As a result, the performance stands as an expression of the unpredictable nature of the present, as a contrast to a familiar past and the notion of a happy future. The music is performed by three singers who continually receive information about which rhythm, pitch and lyrics to sing. The result is an intelligent, humorous yet disturbing encounter between man and machine.

Annie Dorsen has previously work in film, dance and theatre, and in recent years has been particularly interested in artificial intelligence and digital performance. The Yesterday Tomorrow project was developed in cooperation with Pierre Godard and Greg Bellar from the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM.).

Concept, direction: Annie Dorsen. Music director: Joanna Bailie. Algorithm design: Pierre Godard. Sound design: Greg Beller. Video systems design: Ryan Holsopple. Lighting design and technical direction: Bruno Pocheron, Ruth Waldeyer. Producer: Alexandra Rosenberg. Performers: Hai-Ting Chinn, Jeffrey Gavett & Natalie Raybould. Coproduction: Holland Festival, Black Box Teater, Performance Space 122, La Villette – Résidences d’Artistes 2015, L’Hippodrome, scène nationale de Douai, Théâtre de Gennevilliers with Festival d’automne à Paris, Le Maillon-Wacken – Scene européenne – Strasbourg, théâtre Garonne – Scène européenne – Toulouse. Supported by: Mount Tremper Arts, Abrons Arts Center, New York State Council on the Arts.

WHEN6pm
WHEREBlack Box Teater  Map
PRICE240 - 100.-
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17/09
10pm
Blå
James Hoff/Afrikan Sciences/Hilde Holsen

Blå / James Hoff/Afrikan Sciences/Hilde Holsen

Blå, 10pm

NOK 200/100

 

Ultima presents a triple bill partly hosted by the Berlin-based PAN label. Run by US musician Bill Kouligas (Hiss Golden Messenger), PAN has become one of the most challenging and critically acclaimed labels within electronic and experimental music. Afrikan Sciences from Brooklyn and James Hoff are responsible for some of the imprint’s best known records.

Afrikan Sciences (Eric Douglas Porter) has a broad musical background and is best known for his polyrhytmic and complex melodies in a crossover between afro-futurism, science fiction, hip hop, jazz and house. His most recent album Circuitous (2014) once again proves that he is an artist who transcends club music and dares enter the unknown. His live performances typically combine double bass, turntables and electronic effects.

New York-based artist James Hoff works across multiple platforms, as a painter, editor and publisher of Primary Information (a press devoted to publishing artists’ books and reprinting out-of-print editions), writer, lecturer and musical composer. He didn’t have a lot of musical experience when he made his 2011 debut with How Wheeling Feels When the Ground Walks Away, based on field recordings from several insurgencies in Europe and South America. His latest album, Blaster (2014), explores an interest in computer viruses. By infecting sound files with the so-called Blaster virus, he laid the groundwork for his own interpretation of the term dance music.

The Norwegian musician Hilde Holsen will be first to perform. She recently played her transmuted trumpet to a packed church in Oslo as part of the Only Connect festival. Improvising and processing her horn in real time, she shapes sonic landscapes that are glowing, harmonious and melancholic.

In collaboration with nyMusikk.

WHEN10pm
WHEREBlå  Map
PRICE200/100.-
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11/09
5pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Prøvesalen

11.09.15, 5 pm

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Prøvesalen

NOK 200/100

Matthew Shlomowitz: Lecture About Bad Music (WP)

Alexander Schubert: Sensate Focus

 

Can music really be bad in itself or is ‘bad’ really nothing other than a subjective opinion?

That is the question Matthew Shlomowitz asks in Lecture About Bad Music, which was specially composed for the Anglo-Belgian octet. The work, which was written for lecturer, clarinet, electric guitar, synthesiser and violin, has been commissioned by Ultima and will receive its debut performance here. Australian-born Shlomowitz draws on elements from many field and genres, employing musical demonstrations and recreations of psychological experiments to examine differences between musical experience and musical material.

Alexander Schubert‘s Sensate Focus combines light and image, allowing lighting effects take on the role of fifth performer to a quartet of musicians. In the work, Schubert, who studied bioinformatics, experiments with the the interfaces between gesticular movements and musical sounds, where the performers’ physical movements and position in the room are essential elements of the composition.

Plus Minus Ensemble specialises in new music and modern key works. It is particularly known for its interest in avant-garde, experimental and conceptual music, such as Stockhausen’s seminal work from 1963, from which the ensemble takes its name.

WHEN5pm
WHEREDen Norske Opera & Ballett, Prøvesalen  Map
PRICE200.-
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11/09
8pm
Majorstuen Kirke, kapellet
INSTALLATION OPENING Ali Parandian: Untitled I, A poem for Norway

Majorstuen Kirke, kapellet / INSTALLATION OPENING Ali Parandian: Untitled I, A poem for Norway

Majorstuen Church, The Chapel, 20.00-22.00

Open for the remainder of Ultima between 22.00 and 24.00

Free admission

Multi-channel sound installation based on auditive and visual recordings made in Oslo between 2010 and 2015. Using documentation of man-made environments as its starting point and with the help of abstractions, this work endeavours to create a state whereby the viewer can focus on what lies beyond his own circumstances. The subdued style of the work endeavours to integrate the acoustic and architectural possibilities that lie in the church building. Ali Parandian moved from Tehran to Norway in 1989. He received his training in sound design at the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer. The exhibition is free and open to everyone throughout Ultima.

WHEN8pm
WHEREMajorstuen Kirke, kapellet  Map
PRICEFri entré.-
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11/09
10pm
Parkteatret
Atom™and Robin Fox: Double Vision + Amnesia Scanner

Parkteatret / Atom™and Robin Fox: Double Vision + Amnesia Scanner

11.09.15, 10 pm

Parkteatret

NOK 200/100

 

A spectacular feast of sound, music, colour and light, Double Vision is a collaboration between Atom™(aka Uwe Schmidt) and the Australian video artist Robin Fox. Fox’s synaesthetic laser show will merge with Schmidt’s deconstructed electronic pop, to create a playful and immersive audiovisual work.

Atom TM’s background was in the Frankfurt Techno scene of the early 90s (where he was known as Atom Heart), but he relocated to Santiago, Chile later in the decade where he has pumped out hundreds of releases under many aliases, including the electro-Latin vibes of Señor Coconut and warped pop songs of Lassigue Bendthaus. Robin Fox has released a handful of experimental electronic records both solo and partnered with Anthony Pateras; created energy devices for scientific use at the Bionic Ear Institute in Melbourne; designed dance visuals and has amazed audiences with his stunning laser shows.

Also featured is a rare Norwegian perfomance by the mysterious electronica collective Amnesia Scanner, whose futuristic visions hint at the dystopian sci-fi of Philip K Dick and soundtrack a world permanently corrupted by the excesses of genetic science, pollution and bio-hacking.

WHEN10pm
WHEREParkteatret  Map
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18/09
6pm
Norges musikkhøgskole

18.09.15, 6 pm

Norges musikkhøgskole, Levinsalen

NOK 200/100

 

Matthew Shlomowitz: The Major Sevenths Medley

Thomas Bensdorp: Jongens

Mauro Pawlowski: Als Mens Vermomd            

Bjørn Fongaard –

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 1

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 2

Aforismer op. 63 for electric guitar, percussion and voice

Guitar, percussion, voice: Anders Førisdal

 

The electric guitar will have the lead role when Norwegian Anders Førisdal joins forces with the Dutch-Belgian guitar quartet Zwerm. Since 2007, Zwerm has been attracting increasing attention for its projects, such as performing as a street parade band (complete with portable amplifiers) and a noise rock band of the brutal kind. Mixed with a generous dose of central European humour, the group has a long list of releases to its credit, among them The World’s Longest Melody, which The Wire Magazine hailed as “an obvious contender for album of the year 2010…”

At Ultima their programme will consist of early Norwegian experimental music by pioneer Bjørn Fongaard. They will also performe The Major Sevenths Medley, a greatest-hits ode to Matthew Shlomowitz’s imaginary band. Jongens is the name of one of Zwerm’s early albums, released when as young boys they recorded their first tracks on cassette. Twenty-five years on, the Dutch composer Thomas Bensdorp has written his own composition of those recordings. Als mens vermomd means “disguised as a human”, and deals with a strayed alien, written by dEUS band member Mauro Pawlowski.

WHEN6pm
WHERENorges musikkhøgskole  Map
PRICE200/100.-
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12/09
8pm
Deichmanske bibliotek avd. Grünerløkka

12.09.15, 8 pm

Deichman Library, Grünerløkka branch

Free

In a live installation, improvisation trio Parallax and Anders Tveit explore the area between composed and improvised music and the contrasts between acoustic and electronic sounds. In contrast to traditional multi-channel electroacoustic works, where the position of the sound and sound objects in a room are pre-determined, Parallax and Tveit undertake a more improvised exploration of the listening room itself. The physical room, loudspeakers, the acoustic instruments and the electronic sounds blend into one ‘instrument’. The audience and the performers are positioned in a circle surrounded by loudspeakers.

Performers:

Are Lothe Kolbeinsen: guitar

Stian Omenås: trumpet

Ulrik Ibsen Thorsrud: percussion/drums

Anders Tveit: live electronics and live spatialisation

 

Produced by Notam.

WHEN8pm
WHEREDeichmanske bibliotek avd. Grünerløkka  Map
PRICEFri entre.-
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19/09
8pm
Oslo domkirke
Closing concert: André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe, Oslo Domkor, Ensemble Allegria

Oslo domkirke / Closing concert: André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe, Oslo Domkor, Ensemble Allegria

André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe: New work (WP)

Arvo Pärt: Te Deum

Oslo Domkor and Ensemble Allegria

19.09.15, 8 pm

Oslo Cathedral

NOK 350/250

 

New work by André Bratten and Ole-Henrik Moe, and Arvo Pärt at Ultima’s closing concert

André Bratten has attracted considerable attention both in Norway and abroad for his elegant music, which lies somewhere between space disco and micro house. His debut album from 2013 received critical acclaim for its pure, well-rounded sounds and melodic synth lines. Bratten has a passion for contemporary music, and cites Giacinto Scelsi as his prime source of inspiration. Now, in collaboration with composer Ole-Henrik Moe, he has taken on the task of writing the music for Ultima’s closing concert.

The sustained, simple and meditative qualities of Arvo Pärt’s mystical, minimalist masterpiece Te Deum mark Pärt’s distinctiveness as a composer. The work is written for choir, strings, piano and wind harp. Te Deum, also known as the Ambrosian Hymn, is one of Christianity’s oldest and best-known hymns.

Performed by Oslo Domkor and Ensemble Allegria.

WHEN8pm
WHEREOslo domkirke  Map
PRICE350/250.-
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18/09
7:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

18.09.15, 7.30 pm

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Scene 2

NOK 350 – 100

Also 19 September, 6.30 pm

 

Chamber opera in one act & VII parts

Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Narrative by Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Words and phonetic textures by Anna Thorvaldsdottir 

Title and additional text by Mette Karlsvik

Director: Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson

Visual artist: Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir

Conductor: Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Musical supervision: Baldur Brönnimann and Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Performers: Sofia Jernberg, Mike Philip Fencker Thomsen, Melis Jaatinen, Joa Helgesson, Tinna Thorsteinsdottir, BIT20 Ensemble

 

Oblivious of the impending doom, humanity is struggling to find meaning and assembling it’s fractured identities. While the last man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security, an unsung primal scream resonates from the melting Glaciers of Greenland to the decadent core of civilization. In the vicinity of the enormous Great Greenland Ice Cap, in which the history of the earth is conserved, frozen in time, humanity is small. And yet man is destructive when he forgets his roots and origin. It is exactly this blind spot, this connection and this dangerous forgetfulness that UR_draws on.

UR_ features three voices, one actor, a grand piano and an ensemble of twelve performers. UR_ is the first major project to be carried out by members of the Far North Artist Network. The new work has been created over a period of two years in sessions in Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Germany. The Ethos of Far North is founded on exchange of ideas and art between artists from across boarders of countries – and cultures.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir has become a star within the contemporary music field. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere. In 2012 she received the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize. Her latest album Aerial (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classics November 2014) and was featured as “Best music of 2014” in The New Yorker.

The development of the work is done in collaboration with Theater Trier, Germany and The National Theatre of Greenland.

The commission of the work was enabled through kind support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

WHEN7:30pm
WHEREDen Norske Opera & Ballett  Map
PRICE350 - 100.-
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19/09
6:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

 

19.09.15, 6.30 pm

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Scene 2

NOK 350 – 100

 

Chamber opera in one act & VII parts

Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Director: Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson

Visual artist: Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir

Narrative by Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Words and phonetic textures by Anna Thorvaldsdottir 

Title and additional text by Mette Karlsvik

Conductor: Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Musical supervision: Baldur Brönnimann and Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Performers: Sofia Jernberg, Mike Philip Fencker Thomsen, Melis Jaatinen, Joa Helgesson, Tinna Thorsteinsdottir, BIT20 Ensemble

 

Oblivious of the impending doom, humanity is struggling to find meaning and assembling it’s fractured identities. While the last man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security, an unsung primal scream resonates from the melting Glaciers of Greenland to the decadent core of civilization. In the vicinity of the enormous Great Greenland Ice Cap, in which the history of the earth is conserved, frozen in time, humanity is small. And yet man is destructive when he forgets his roots and origin. It is exactly this blind spot, this connection and this dangerous forgetfulness that UR_draws on.

UR_ features three voices, one actor, a grand piano and an ensemble of twelve performers. UR_ is the first major project to be carried out by members of the Far North Artist Network. The new work has been created over a period of two years in sessions in Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Germany. The Ethos of Far North is founded on exchange of ideas and art between artists from across boarders of countries – and cultures.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir has become a star within the contemporary music field. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere. In 2012 she received the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize. Her latest album Aerial (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classics November 2014) and was featured as “Best music of 2014” in The New Yorker.

The development of the work is done in collaboration with Theater Trier, Germany and The National Theatre of Greenland.

The commission of the work was enabled through kind support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

 

WHEN6:30pm
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18/09
7pm
Black Box Teater

18.09.15, 7 pm

Black Box Teater

NOK 240 – 100

Also 19 September, 6 pm

 

An evolutionary musical

Annie Dorsen’s Yesterday Tomorrow is a musical that breaks most of the rules for this genre. Unlike traditional musicals, the music for this musical is created during the course of the performance with the help of computer-generated algorithms, which means that the final result is different every time. The only points of reference are the two well-known songs Yesterday by The Beatles and Tomorrow from the musical Annie.

Based on evolutionary processes such as mutation and natural selection, the algorithms determine the most appropriate route from the first song to the next, or from what has passed to what is to come. As a result, the performance stands as an expression of the unpredictable nature of the present, as a contrast to a familiar past and the notion of a happy future. The music is performed by three singers who continually receive information about which rhythm, pitch and lyrics to sing. The result is an intelligent, humorous yet disturbing encounter between man and machine.

Annie Dorsen has previously work in film, dance and theatre, and in recent years has been particularly interested in artificial intelligence and digital performance. The Yesterday Tomorrow project was developed in cooperation with Pierre Godard and Greg Bellar from the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM.).

Concept, direction: Annie Dorsen. Music director: Joanna Bailie. Algorithm design: Pierre Godard. Sound design: Greg Beller. Video systems design: Ryan Holsopple. Lighting design and technical direction: Bruno Pocheron, Ruth Waldeyer. Producer: Alexandra Rosenberg. Performers: Hai-Ting Chinn, Jeffrey Gavett & Natalie Raybould. Coproduction: Holland Festival, Black Box Teater, Performance Space 122, La Villette – Résidences d’Artistes 2015, L’Hippodrome, scène nationale de Douai, Théâtre de Gennevilliers with Festival d’automne à Paris, Le Maillon-Wacken – Scene européenne – Strasbourg, théâtre Garonne – Scène européenne – Toulouse. Supported by: Mount Tremper Arts, Abrons Arts Center, New York State Council on the Arts.

WHEN7pm
WHEREBlack Box Teater  Map
PRICE240 - 100.-
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19/09
6pm
Black Box Teater

19.09.15, 6 pm

Black Box Teater

NOK 240 – 100

 

An evolutionary musical

Annie Dorsen’s Yesterday Tomorrow is a musical that breaks most of the rules for this genre. Unlike traditional musicals, the music for this musical is created during the course of the performance with the help of computer-generated algorithms, which means that the final result is different every time. The only points of reference are the two well-known songs Yesterday by The Beatles and Tomorrow from the musical Annie.

Based on evolutionary processes such as mutation and natural selection, the algorithms determine the most appropriate route from the first song to the next, or from what has passed to what is to come. As a result, the performance stands as an expression of the unpredictable nature of the present, as a contrast to a familiar past and the notion of a happy future. The music is performed by three singers who continually receive information about which rhythm, pitch and lyrics to sing. The result is an intelligent, humorous yet disturbing encounter between man and machine.

Annie Dorsen has previously work in film, dance and theatre, and in recent years has been particularly interested in artificial intelligence and digital performance. The Yesterday Tomorrow project was developed in cooperation with Pierre Godard and Greg Bellar from the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM.).

Concept, direction: Annie Dorsen. Music director: Joanna Bailie. Algorithm design: Pierre Godard. Sound design: Greg Beller. Video systems design: Ryan Holsopple. Lighting design and technical direction: Bruno Pocheron, Ruth Waldeyer. Producer: Alexandra Rosenberg. Performers: Hai-Ting Chinn, Jeffrey Gavett & Natalie Raybould. Coproduction: Holland Festival, Black Box Teater, Performance Space 122, La Villette – Résidences d’Artistes 2015, L’Hippodrome, scène nationale de Douai, Théâtre de Gennevilliers with Festival d’automne à Paris, Le Maillon-Wacken – Scene européenne – Strasbourg, théâtre Garonne – Scène européenne – Toulouse. Supported by: Mount Tremper Arts, Abrons Arts Center, New York State Council on the Arts.

WHEN6pm
WHEREBlack Box Teater  Map
PRICE240 - 100.-
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17/09
12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT Gobi Drab

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT Gobi Drab

Loftet

NOK 50

 

Gobi Drab is a recorder player, performer and pedagogue. In her repertoire, she connects free improvisation with the rhetorics of early music and the intricate structures of contemporary music. She is particularly fond of square Paetzold recorders and has a great interest in contemporary dance. Gobi is a co-founder of “snim – spontaneous network for improvised music“ and member of PLENUM, a Paetzold recorder ensemble. In her composition glass eye I – II – III, written in May 2015, she explores the acoustic textures, possibilities and impossibilities of her instruments.

She will also perform Ansgar Beste’s Dialogues Sauvages (2013-14) for (hyper-)prepared Paetzold square bass recorder, a virtuoso solo work that produces “sounds you’ve never heard on a wind instrument”.

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19/09
8pm
Oslo domkirke
Closing concert: André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe, Oslo Domkor, Ensemble Allegria

Oslo domkirke / Closing concert: André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe, Oslo Domkor, Ensemble Allegria

André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe: New work (WP)

Arvo Pärt: Te Deum

Oslo Domkor and Ensemble Allegria

19.09.15, 8 pm

Oslo Cathedral

NOK 350/250

 

New work by André Bratten and Ole-Henrik Moe, and Arvo Pärt at Ultima’s closing concert

André Bratten has attracted considerable attention both in Norway and abroad for his elegant music, which lies somewhere between space disco and micro house. His debut album from 2013 received critical acclaim for its pure, well-rounded sounds and melodic synth lines. Bratten has a passion for contemporary music, and cites Giacinto Scelsi as his prime source of inspiration. Now, in collaboration with composer Ole-Henrik Moe, he has taken on the task of writing the music for Ultima’s closing concert.

The sustained, simple and meditative qualities of Arvo Pärt’s mystical, minimalist masterpiece Te Deum mark Pärt’s distinctiveness as a composer. The work is written for choir, strings, piano and wind harp. Te Deum, also known as the Ambrosian Hymn, is one of Christianity’s oldest and best-known hymns.

Performed by Oslo Domkor and Ensemble Allegria.

WHEN8pm
WHEREOslo domkirke  Map
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11/09
10pm
Parkteatret
Atom™and Robin Fox: Double Vision + Amnesia Scanner

Parkteatret / Atom™and Robin Fox: Double Vision + Amnesia Scanner

11.09.15, 10 pm

Parkteatret

NOK 200/100

 

A spectacular feast of sound, music, colour and light, Double Vision is a collaboration between Atom™(aka Uwe Schmidt) and the Australian video artist Robin Fox. Fox’s synaesthetic laser show will merge with Schmidt’s deconstructed electronic pop, to create a playful and immersive audiovisual work.

Atom TM’s background was in the Frankfurt Techno scene of the early 90s (where he was known as Atom Heart), but he relocated to Santiago, Chile later in the decade where he has pumped out hundreds of releases under many aliases, including the electro-Latin vibes of Señor Coconut and warped pop songs of Lassigue Bendthaus. Robin Fox has released a handful of experimental electronic records both solo and partnered with Anthony Pateras; created energy devices for scientific use at the Bionic Ear Institute in Melbourne; designed dance visuals and has amazed audiences with his stunning laser shows.

Also featured is a rare Norwegian perfomance by the mysterious electronica collective Amnesia Scanner, whose futuristic visions hint at the dystopian sci-fi of Philip K Dick and soundtrack a world permanently corrupted by the excesses of genetic science, pollution and bio-hacking.

WHEN10pm
WHEREParkteatret  Map
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18/09
7:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

18.09.15, 7.30 pm

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Scene 2

NOK 350 – 100

Also 19 September, 6.30 pm

 

Chamber opera in one act & VII parts

Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Narrative by Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Words and phonetic textures by Anna Thorvaldsdottir 

Title and additional text by Mette Karlsvik

Director: Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson

Visual artist: Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir

Conductor: Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Musical supervision: Baldur Brönnimann and Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Performers: Sofia Jernberg, Mike Philip Fencker Thomsen, Melis Jaatinen, Joa Helgesson, Tinna Thorsteinsdottir, BIT20 Ensemble

 

Oblivious of the impending doom, humanity is struggling to find meaning and assembling it’s fractured identities. While the last man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security, an unsung primal scream resonates from the melting Glaciers of Greenland to the decadent core of civilization. In the vicinity of the enormous Great Greenland Ice Cap, in which the history of the earth is conserved, frozen in time, humanity is small. And yet man is destructive when he forgets his roots and origin. It is exactly this blind spot, this connection and this dangerous forgetfulness that UR_draws on.

UR_ features three voices, one actor, a grand piano and an ensemble of twelve performers. UR_ is the first major project to be carried out by members of the Far North Artist Network. The new work has been created over a period of two years in sessions in Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Germany. The Ethos of Far North is founded on exchange of ideas and art between artists from across boarders of countries – and cultures.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir has become a star within the contemporary music field. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere. In 2012 she received the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize. Her latest album Aerial (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classics November 2014) and was featured as “Best music of 2014” in The New Yorker.

The development of the work is done in collaboration with Theater Trier, Germany and The National Theatre of Greenland.

The commission of the work was enabled through kind support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

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19/09
6:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

 

19.09.15, 6.30 pm

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Scene 2

NOK 350 – 100

 

Chamber opera in one act & VII parts

Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Director: Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson

Visual artist: Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir

Narrative by Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Words and phonetic textures by Anna Thorvaldsdottir 

Title and additional text by Mette Karlsvik

Conductor: Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Musical supervision: Baldur Brönnimann and Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Performers: Sofia Jernberg, Mike Philip Fencker Thomsen, Melis Jaatinen, Joa Helgesson, Tinna Thorsteinsdottir, BIT20 Ensemble

 

Oblivious of the impending doom, humanity is struggling to find meaning and assembling it’s fractured identities. While the last man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security, an unsung primal scream resonates from the melting Glaciers of Greenland to the decadent core of civilization. In the vicinity of the enormous Great Greenland Ice Cap, in which the history of the earth is conserved, frozen in time, humanity is small. And yet man is destructive when he forgets his roots and origin. It is exactly this blind spot, this connection and this dangerous forgetfulness that UR_draws on.

UR_ features three voices, one actor, a grand piano and an ensemble of twelve performers. UR_ is the first major project to be carried out by members of the Far North Artist Network. The new work has been created over a period of two years in sessions in Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Germany. The Ethos of Far North is founded on exchange of ideas and art between artists from across boarders of countries – and cultures.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir has become a star within the contemporary music field. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere. In 2012 she received the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize. Her latest album Aerial (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classics November 2014) and was featured as “Best music of 2014” in The New Yorker.

The development of the work is done in collaboration with Theater Trier, Germany and The National Theatre of Greenland.

The commission of the work was enabled through kind support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

 

WHEN6:30pm
WHEREDen Norske Opera & Ballett  Map
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18/09
6pm
Norges musikkhøgskole

18.09.15, 6 pm

Norges musikkhøgskole, Levinsalen

NOK 200/100

 

Matthew Shlomowitz: The Major Sevenths Medley

Thomas Bensdorp: Jongens

Mauro Pawlowski: Als Mens Vermomd            

Bjørn Fongaard –

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 1

Sinfonia Microtonalis # 2

Aforismer op. 63 for electric guitar, percussion and voice

Guitar, percussion, voice: Anders Førisdal

 

The electric guitar will have the lead role when Norwegian Anders Førisdal joins forces with the Dutch-Belgian guitar quartet Zwerm. Since 2007, Zwerm has been attracting increasing attention for its projects, such as performing as a street parade band (complete with portable amplifiers) and a noise rock band of the brutal kind. Mixed with a generous dose of central European humour, the group has a long list of releases to its credit, among them The World’s Longest Melody, which The Wire Magazine hailed as “an obvious contender for album of the year 2010…”

At Ultima their programme will consist of early Norwegian experimental music by pioneer Bjørn Fongaard. They will also performe The Major Sevenths Medley, a greatest-hits ode to Matthew Shlomowitz’s imaginary band. Jongens is the name of one of Zwerm’s early albums, released when as young boys they recorded their first tracks on cassette. Twenty-five years on, the Dutch composer Thomas Bensdorp has written his own composition of those recordings. Als mens vermomd means “disguised as a human”, and deals with a strayed alien, written by dEUS band member Mauro Pawlowski.

WHEN6pm
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13/09
1pm
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

13.09.15, 1 – 4 pm 

Henie Onstad Arts Centre

NOK 200/100

Entry to all exhibitions at the Henie Onstad Arts Centre are included in the ticket price

 

The first performance of Building Instrument, a commissioned work inspired by Kurt Schwitters, a talk on the history of art by Karin Hellandsjø and Oda Wildhagen Gjessing, and the official opening of a new exhibition of the artist’s work.

13.00 (Auditorium)

A talk on Kurt Schwitters’ artistic accomplishments, by Karin Hellandsjø and Oda Wildhagen Gjessing

14.00 (Studio)

Building Instrument – SCHWITTERS (WP) 

A hybrid between acoustic pop and improvised contemporary music, Building Instrument masters the art of control and release.

The trio consists of Mari Kvien Brunvoll (vocals, electronics, various instruments), Øyvind Hegg-Lunde (drums, percussion) and Åsmund Weltzien (synth, electronics). Kvien Brunvoll was described by Bugge Wesseltoft as a unique talent, has been remixed by Ricardo Villalobos, and received two nominations for a Spelleman award. Keyboard player Åsmund Weltzien plays with Thea Næss, while drummer Øyvind Hegg-Lunde plays in the bands Big Almost, Crab is Crap with Ståle Storløkken, and has toured with Sweden’s José Gonzalez.

They have written a commissioned work for Ultima 2015 comprising brand new music inspired by different aspects of Kurt and his art.

15.00 (Mini Prisma)

Vernissage of the new Kurt Schwitters exhibition.

Opening of the new Kurt Schwitters room, exhibiting more than 30 of the artists works on loan from Sparebankstiftelsen DNB, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, and Sprengel Museum Hannover.

15.00 (Mini Prisma)

Agnes Hvizdalek will perform a selecton from the Kurt Schwitters sound poem Ursonate.

Agnes Hvizdalek (b. 1987) has developed a unique vocabulary of sounds with her voice as the only instrument. Her work includes solo performances, live sound installations and collaborations with Harald Fetveit, Kristin Andersen (SPUNK), Norwegian Noise Orchestra and the international improvisation orchester ÖNCZkekvist. This will be Hvizdalek’s first performance of the Schwitters poem.

 

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WHEREHenie Onstad Kunstsenter  Map
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13/09
6pm
OCA (Office for Contemporary Art Norway)

Camille Norment Trio, David Toop
Sofia Jernberg, vokalensemble Oslo 14

13.09.15, 6 pm

OCA Office for Contemporary Art Norway

Bill.: 200/100

Pre-talk at OCA 5pm. Introduction by Katya García-Antón, Director of OCA.

 

Camille Norment, who is Norway’s entry to the 56th Venice Biennale, began her collaboration with composer and writer David Toop at Café OTO in London in 2014. The collaboration resulted in a performance at the Biennale. The performance explores the legends, stories and mysteries of the depth of the oceans through sound. It is still being continually developed, and will be performed at Ultima in September.

The Oslo-based American artist Camille Norment’s practice includes performance, installation, drawing and sound. She explores how the body is interconnected with its environment through sound, and contemplates on the power of dissonance to create spaces for new ways of thinking. David Toop is a British composer, writer and professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at the London College of Communication. The third edition of his debut book, Rap Attack, has just been released. He has recorded five solo albums since he released Ocean of Sound in 1995.

 

In cooperation with nyMusikk and the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

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11/09
9pm
Kulturkirken Jakob
Cecilie Ore: Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy

Kulturkirken Jakob / Cecilie Ore: Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy

11.09.15, 9 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 350/250

Also 12 September

 

A new burlesque chamber opera on fundamentalist religion and misogyny

“Violence against women is one of the greatest human rights scandals of our time”. This statement by Amnesty International is the backdrop to Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy. The performance focuses on how the three major patriarchal religions of the world prevent sex equality and ultimately results in violence. In the performance, excerpts from the Bible, the Koran and texts of Judaism are juxtaposed with the Declaration of Human Rights, Dante’s Divine Comedy and stories of everyday life. Burlesque humour, self-irony and surrealism are also given a central place in what is a serious matter.

The Norwegian composer Cecilie Ore has won both national and international prizes for her work. She has been performed and commissioned by major orchestras, ensembles and choirs, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, the BBC Singers, and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

In her new work seven renowned singers are accompanied by a percussion trio and music, voices and sound over loudspeakers.

Cecilie Ore: composition, libretto, Bibbi Moslet: libretto, dramaturgy, Susanne Øglænd: director, Carle Lange: set design, Signe Becker: costume design, Sverre Randin: lighting design, Cato Langnes and Mats Claesson: sound design

Conductor: Cathrine Winnes

Singers: Tora Augestad, Eir Inderhaug, Ingebjørg Kosmo, Marianne E Andersen, Håkon Kornstad, Frank Havrøy, Olle Holmgren 

SISU Percussion Ensemble: Bjørn Skansen, Marius Søbye, Teodor Berg

Anders T Andersen: voice

 

Performed in English

Supported by Norsk Kulturråd, Ultima, Bergesenstiftelsen, Fritt Ord, Notam, Festspillene i Bergen, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere, Det Norske Komponistfond, Fegerstens Stiftelse, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, SISU og nyMusikk.

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WHEREKulturkirken Jakob  Map
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12/09
9pm
Kulturkirken Jakob
Cecilie Ore: Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy

Kulturkirken Jakob / Cecilie Ore: Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy

12.09.15, 9 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 350/250

 

A new burlesque chamber opera on fundamentalist religion and misogyny

“Violence against women is one of the greatest human rights scandals of our time”. This statement by Amnesty International is the backdrop to Adam & Eve – a Divine Comedy. The performance focuses on how the three major patriarchal religions of the world prevent sex equality and ultimately results in violence. In the performance, excerpts from the Bible, the Koran and texts of Judaism are juxtaposed with the Declaration of Human Rights, Dante’s Divine Comedy and stories of everyday life. Burlesque humour, self-irony and surrealism are also given a central place in what is a serious matter.

The Norwegian composer Cecilie Ore has won both national and international prizes for her work. She has been performed and commissioned by major orchestras, ensembles and choirs, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, the BBC Singers, and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

In her new work seven renowned singers are accompanied by a percussion trio and music, voices and sound over loudspeakers.

Cecilie Ore: composition, libretto, Bibbi Moslet: libretto, dramaturgy, Susanne Øglænd: director, Carle Lange: set design, Signe Becker: costume design, Sverre Randin: lighting design, Cato Langnes and Mats Claesson: sound design

Conductor: Cathrine Winnes

Singers: Tora Augestad, Eir Inderhaug, Ingebjørg Kosmo, Marianne E Andersen, Håkon Kornstad, Frank Havrøy, Olle Holmgren 

SISU Percussion Ensemble: Bjørn Skansen, Marius Søbye, Teodor Berg

Anders T Andersen: voice

Performed in English

Supported by Norsk Kulturråd, Ultima, Bergesenstiftelsen, Fritt Ord, Notam, Festspillene i Bergen, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere, Det Norske Komponistfond, Fegerstens Stiftelse, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, SISU og nyMusikk.

WHEN9pm
WHEREKulturkirken Jakob  Map
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12/09
3pm
Parkteatret
Cikada: James Dillon / Jon Øivind Ness

Parkteatret / Cikada: James Dillon / Jon Øivind Ness

 

12.09.15, 3 pm

Parkteatret

NOK 200/100

 

James Dillon: Oslo/Triptych

Jon Øivind Ness: Gimilen

 

Scottish composer James Dillon is a household name in his home country, with commissioned works from and performances by many of the UK’s biggest orchestra and influential international ensembles. Oslo/Triptych was commissioned for Cikada in 2011 as part of a three-part project Dillon conducted with ensembles from Leuven, Oslo and New York. Dillon is known for his large-scale projects, such as Nine Rivers, the symphonic cycle of monumental proportions, but his smaller works are also impressive, often composed with specific musicians in mind. Oslo/Triptych includes Indian harmonium, an instrument often used by Cikada in recent years.

The concert also marks the launch of Cikada’s new album witch consist of music by Jon Øivind Ness and Liza Lim. Ness’ work Gimilen takes its name from two lakes in the woodlands north-east of Hakadal, Norway. He often draws on nature for his inspiration, and several of his works are named after lakes in the Oslo region. Gimilen (2014) had its première at the KLANGSPUREN Festival in September last year.

Cikada is one of Norway’s most distinctive contemporary music ensembles, and has also made its mark internationally as an exciting and expressive exponent of new music. The ensemble has been an important contributor to Ultima for many years.

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WHEREParkteatret  Map
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10/09
7pm
Oslo Konserthus
Ultima's opening concert - Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

Oslo Konserthus / Ultima's opening concert - Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Ultima Contemporary Music Festival. The jubilee starts with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra 10 September.

 

Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

 

10.09.15, 7 pm

Oslo Konserthus

NOK 450 – 100

Also 11 September

 

Conductor: Vasily Petrenko

Steven Osborne – Piano

Cynthia Millar – Ondes Martenot

The Ultima Festival will open with Turangalîla-Symphonie, a large-scale piece of exhilarating, intoxicating orchestral music and a modern classic by Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992). The piece will be performed by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of principal conductor Vasily Petrenko.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Oslo Philharmonic on this large-scale project for the opening concert at this year’s Ultima Festival. Olivier Messiaen’s music touches on life’s big questions, such as human beings’ relationship with God and nature. It is music that appeals to a wide audience and that has meant a lot to many of today’s composers. An interesting and spectacular way to mark the 25th anniversary of the Ultima Festival.” Lars Petter Hagen, Director and Artistic Director

The theme for this year’s Ultima is “On Nature”.

Music – both how it originates and how we understand it – is closely connected to science. Ever since the Stone Age, physics, psychology, astronomy and biology have inspired people to create music – and they continue to do so today. Nature is also a key source of inspiration for Olivier Messiaen. He was a keen ornithologist, and many of his compositions, like TurangalîlaSymphonie, are based on notations of birdsong.

Tickets

The Thursday 10.9 and Friday 11.9 performances of Turangalîla-Symphonie are included in the Oslo Philharmonic’s subscription series.

HRH Crown Prince Haakon and Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey to attend Ultima’s opening concert.

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11/09
7pm
Oslo Konserthus
Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

Oslo Konserthus / Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

11.09.15, 7 pm

Oslo Konserthus

NOK 450 – 100

 

Conductor: Vasily Petrenko

Steven Osborne – Piano

Cynthia Millar – Ondes Martenot

 

Turangalîla-Symphonie, a large-scale piece of exhilarating, intoxicating orchestral music and a modern classic by Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992). The piece will be performed by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of principal conductor Vasily Petrenko.

 

Music – both how it originates and how we understand it – is closely connected to science. Ever since the Stone Age, physics, psychology, astronomy and biology have inspired people to create music – and they continue to do so today. Nature is also a key source of inspiration for Olivier Messiaen. He was a keen ornithologist, and many of his compositions, like TurangalîlaSymphonie, are based on notations of birdsong.

Tickets

The Thursday 10.9 and Friday 11.9 performances of Turangalîla-Symphonie are included in the Oslo Philharmonic’s subscription series.

 

WHEN7pm
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11/09
7:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

Oslo Sinfonietta / Dans les arbes

11.09.15, 7.30 pm

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

NOK 250/150

Also 12 and 13 September, 6.30 pm

 

Classical works by Franz Schubert and Edvard Grieg meet contemporary works by Henrik Hellstenius, Salvatore Sciarrino, the Norwegian-French quartet Dans les arbres, and improvisations in Ørets teater III: om naturen. A collaboration between composer Henrik Hellstenius, instructor and dramaturg Kai Johnsen and video artist Boya Bøckman.

Nature – the romantic, the tedious, the unpredictable, the tiny, the vast, the dangerous and cruel; the underlying idea for the performance is to use nature as material for a concert of music, texts and video. Nature is form, motion and sound. Sounds that change during the course of the day and the seasons of the year. Or could it be that the days and the seasons transform the sounds of nature, just as they also transform the sounds of people?

The solo vocalists are Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen and Stine Janvin Motland. Also performing will be two of Norway’s leading music ensembles, Oslo Sinfonietta and the critically acclaimed jazz quartet Dans les arbres.

Ørets teater III: om naturen is a continuation of Henrik Hellstenius’ four-concert series performed at the Bergen International Festival in 2011.

Concept: Henrik Hellstenius

Dramaturgy: Kai Johnsen

Video: Boya Bøckman

Soloists: Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen, Stine Janvin Motland

Conductor: Andrea Pestalozza

Oslo Sinfonietta

Dans les arbres

 

WHEN7:30pm
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12/09
6:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

Oslo Sinfonietta / Dans les arbes

12.09.15, 6.30 pm

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

NOK 250/150

Also 13 September, 6.30 pm

Classical works by Franz Schubert and Edvard Grieg meet contemporary works by Henrik Hellstenius, Salvatore Sciarrino, the Norwegian-French quartet Dans les arbres, and improvisations in Ørets teater III: Om naturen. A collaboration between composer Henrik Hellstenius, instructor and dramaturg Kai Johnsen and video artist Boya Bøckman.

Nature – the romantic, the tedious, the unpredictable, the tiny, the vast, the dangerous and cruel; the underlying idea for the performance is to use nature as material for a concert of music, texts and video. Nature is form, motion and sound. Sounds that change during the course of the day and the seasons of the year. Or could it be that the days and the seasons transform the sounds of nature, just as they also transform the sounds of people?

The solo vocalists are Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen and Stine Janvin Motland. Also performing will be two of Norway’s leading music ensembles, Oslo Sinfonietta and the critically acclaimed jazz quartet Dans les arbres.

Ørets teater III: om naturen is a continuation of Henrik Hellstenius’ four-concert series performed at the Bergen International Festival in 2011.

Concept: Henrik Hellstenius

Dramaturgy: Kai Johnsen

Video: Boya Bøckman

Soloists: Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen, Stine Janvin Motland

Conductor: Andrea Pestalozza

Oslo Sinfonietta

Dans les arbres

WHEN6:30pm
WHEREDen Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2  Map
PRICE250/150.-
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13/09
6:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

Oslo Sinfonietta / Dans les arbes

12.09.15, 6.30 pm

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2

NOK 250/150

Also 13 September, 6.30 pm

Classical works by Franz Schubert and Edvard Grieg meet contemporary works by Henrik Hellstenius, Salvatore Sciarrino, the Norwegian-French quartet Dans les arbres, and improvisations in Ørets teater: Om naturen. A collaboration between composer Henrik Hellstenius, instructor and dramaturg Kai Johnsen and video artist Boya Bøckman.

Nature – the romantic, the tedious, the unpredictable, the tiny, the vast, the dangerous and cruel; the underlying idea for the performance is to use nature as material for a concert of music, texts and video. Nature is form, motion and sound. Sounds that change during the course of the day and the seasons of the year. Or could it be that the days and the seasons transform the sounds of nature, just as they also transform the sounds of people?

The solo vocalists are Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen and Stine Janvin Motland. Also performing will be two of Norway’s leading music ensembles, Oslo Sinfonietta and the critically acclaimed jazz quartet Dans les arbres.

Ørets teater III: om naturen is a continuation of Henrik Hellstenius’ four-concert series performed at the Bergen International Festival in 2011.

Concept: Henrik Hellstenius

Dramaturgy: Kai Johnsen

Video: Boya Bøckman

Soloists: Njål Sparbo, Silje Aker Johnsen, Stine Janvin Motland

Conductor: Andrea Pestalozza

Oslo Sinfonietta

Dans les arbres

WHEN6:30pm
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PRICE250/150.-
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13/09
6pm
OCA (Office for Contemporary Art Norway)

Camille Norment Trio, David Toop
Sofia Jernberg, vokalensemble Oslo 14

13.09.15, 6 pm

OCA Office for Contemporary Art Norway

Bill.: 200/100

Pre-talk at OCA 5pm. Introduction by Katya García-Antón, Director of OCA.

 

Camille Norment, who is Norway’s entry to the 56th Venice Biennale, began her collaboration with composer and writer David Toop at Café OTO in London in 2014. The collaboration resulted in a performance at the Biennale. The performance explores the legends, stories and mysteries of the depth of the oceans through sound. It is still being continually developed, and will be performed at Ultima in September.

The Oslo-based American artist Camille Norment’s practice includes performance, installation, drawing and sound. She explores how the body is interconnected with its environment through sound, and contemplates on the power of dissonance to create spaces for new ways of thinking. David Toop is a British composer, writer and professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at the London College of Communication. The third edition of his debut book, Rap Attack, has just been released. He has recorded five solo albums since he released Ocean of Sound in 1995.

 

In cooperation with nyMusikk and the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

WHEN6pm
WHEREOCA (Office for Contemporary Art Norway)  Map
PRICE200/100.-
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15/09
9pm
Nasjonal jazzscene
David Toop: Of Leonardo da Vinci - Quills/a Black Giant/Deluge

Nasjonal jazzscene / David Toop: Of Leonardo da Vinci - Quills/a Black Giant/Deluge

 

15.09.15, 9 pm

Nasjonal jazzscene

NOK 200/100

 

David Toop: Of Leonardo da Vinci – Quills/a Black Giant/Deluge (WP)

Of Leonardo da Vinci is a result of a collaboration between improv legend, sound artist and author David Toop (score and libretto based on Leonardo da Vinci’s accounts of his dreams), acclaimed photographer/film maker Barry Lewis, renowned vocalist Elaine Mitchener, and making his operatic directorial debut, award-winning choreographer, Dam Van Huynh. Together they have created a work – an innovative contemporary music theatre piece that intricately melds music, sound art, image and movement to transform space, inviting audiences into a unique and intimate realm of disturbing beauty. 

“Absorbed in the visions, memories, prophesies and observations recorded in Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, a woman dwells on the writing of a life. As oracle, scholar, acolyte, medium and innocent she voices the spirit of Leonardo, reflecting the nature of life as it moves closer to its end, its teeming presence, the meaning we divine from marks and signs, the flight of the voice, living and dying.”

Music and libretto: David Toop

Voices: Elaine Mitchener

Film: Barry Lewis

Choreography/Director: Dam Van Huynh

 

 

WHEN9pm
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PRICE200/100.-
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12/09
6pm
Kanonhallen
Ensemble Musikfabrik: Partch/Deathprod/Steen-Andersen

Kanonhallen / Ensemble Musikfabrik: Partch/Deathprod/Steen-Andersen

Ensemble Musikfabrik

12.09.15, kl. 18

NB: Early arrival at Kanonhallen is recommended! 

NOK 350/250

 

Simon Steen-Andersen: Korpus

Harry Partch: And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma

Helge Sten: Sow Your Gold In The White Foliated Earth (WP)

 

The Godfather of the American Just-Intonation movement, the composer, theorist, visionary and instrument-builder, Harry Partch (1901-1974), developed a highly complex tuning system that made the realisation of his music impossible on conventional instruments. Harry Partch developed and built an extensive collection of instruments: resonating sound-sculptures of idiosyncratic beauty and remarkable stage presence.

In 2012, the entire collection of microtonal instruments was built for German Ensemble Musikfabrik. With more than 40 instruments – string, percussive, bell and keyboard instruments as well as smaller hand-held instruments, the ensemble has been able to realize the conditions under which the fascinating and exotic Harry Partch Œuvre.

Thanks to its extraordinary profile, and its superb artistic quality, Ensemble Musikfabrik has since its formation in 1990 had the reputation of being one of the World’s leading ensembles for contemporary music. The ensemble is particularly dedicated to artistic innovation – new, unknown, and often personally commissioned works in an unusual media are typical of their productions.

For this project they are collaborating with Norwegian musician and producer Helge Sten, best known by his Deathprod alias. Sten is a renowned musician and producer with connections to various band projects including Motorpsycho and Supersilent. He makes music which falls at the intersection of noise, jazz, modern composition, electronica and rock, but he is most often described as a noise artist.

They will also perform Simon Steen-Andersen’s Korpus and Partchs And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma (1963–66).

 

The last time Ensemble Musikfabrik visited Oslo was during Ultima 2013. Their version of Harry Partch’s Delusion of the Fury under the direction of Heiner Goebbels received glowing reviews and ranked high on many lists for best stage performance of the year.

Best stage experiences in 2013: Delusion of the Fury, Ultima Festival/National Theatre

“A multitude of peculiar, custom-made instruments from the eccentric American composer Harry Partch has been made accessible to the world by International Ibsen Award winner Heiner Goebbels. A rare concert to which people from all over the country came to hear.”

Dagsavisen‘s Best Stage Experience 2013.

“It’s howling, wild, almost ecstatic. This feast of a performance was one of many triumphs during this year’s Ultima. The festival, which most associate with weird contemporary music, has broadened its scope. This year it succeeded in showing us why we need musical outsiders like Harry Partch. “

Haakon Flemmen, Klassekampen

WHEN6pm
WHEREKanonhallen  Map
PRICE350/250.-
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15/09
7pm
Universitetets aula
The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra: Eivind Buene

Universitetets aula / The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra: Eivind Buene

 

15.09.15, 7 pm

Universitetets aula

NOK 395 – 120

 

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and composer Eivind Buene build bridges from our own time to the past

They will perform two works that were previously commissioned by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra as well as the works by which they were inspired. Buene’s Stilleben for 15 solo strings serves as an atmospheric prelude when played together with Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 17 (2nd movement). Using the first tones of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Buene treats Wagner’s building blocks in a slow, translucent meditation. Garland is a comment on Baroque composer Matthew Locke’s string suites.

Combining the works like this shows how recognition and repetition are two different things. Buene assumes that we interpret everything we experience based on prior experience – and that is not a bad thing, not even in contemporary music. By also focusing on the perceptible sound experience, the works bridge the classical dichotomy between body and mind.

Eivind Buene (born 1973) is a Norwegian composer and writer whose music has been performed by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Cikada, among others. The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra is one of Norway’s leading chamber orchestras, and places emphasis on a solid classical repertoire, new works, and creative outreach. The concert also marks the opening of the orchestra’s season opening.

 

Eivind Buene: Stilleben

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 2. sats fra klaverkonsert nr. 17

Eivind Buene: Langsam und Schmachtend

Richard Wagner: Forspill fra Tristan og Isolde

Eivind Buene: Palimpsest

Eivind Buene: Garland

Matthew Locke: Consort of Four Parts, Suite nr. 3 & Suite nr. 1

 

Det Norske Kammerorkester


Terje Tønnesen conductor

WHEN7pm
WHEREUniversitetets aula  Map
PRICE395 - 120.-
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19/09
1pm
Universitetets gamle festsal

19.09.15, 1 pm

Universitetets gamle festsal

NOK 200/100

 

Jan Erik Mikalsen: Sonette for Choir (WP)

Edvin Østergaard: Darwin’s Lamentation (WP)

Edvin Østergaard: Unpredictable Moments

Maja Linderoth: Sonatform denaturerad prosa

 

What is the connection between the eureka-experience of the scientist, the one that leads to the radical breakthrough, and the creative process of the artist? And how can and the same idea be expressed differently in art and in science? This is the question Edvin Østergaard explores in the choral work Unpredictable moments. Besides being a composer, Østergaard is a professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and has for years been interested in the interface between the artistic and the scientific. In 2010 he was awarded the Spellemann Award for contemporary music.

Sonette for choir by Jan Erik Mikalsen was completed earlier this year and will now have its first performance at Ultima. The work is inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus from 1922, based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Mikalsen has received numerous awards, including Rostrum 2015 (The International Rostrum of Composers).

In Maja Linderoth’s Sonatform denaturerad prosa, based on Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf’s text with the same title, languages limits and ingredients is being explored. Linderoth is studying composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. The work has after its premiere at the Academy in March 2015, been performed in Groningen by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir.

The works will be performed by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir under the direction of conductor Grete Pedersen, and will be introduced by scientist and industrial entrepreneur Alf Bjørseth.

WHEN1pm
WHEREUniversitetets gamle festsal  Map
PRICE200/100.-
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11/09
10pm
Parkteatret
Atom™and Robin Fox: Double Vision + Amnesia Scanner

Parkteatret / Atom™and Robin Fox: Double Vision + Amnesia Scanner

11.09.15, 10 pm

Parkteatret

NOK 200/100

 

A spectacular feast of sound, music, colour and light, Double Vision is a collaboration between Atom™(aka Uwe Schmidt) and the Australian video artist Robin Fox. Fox’s synaesthetic laser show will merge with Schmidt’s deconstructed electronic pop, to create a playful and immersive audiovisual work.

Atom TM’s background was in the Frankfurt Techno scene of the early 90s (where he was known as Atom Heart), but he relocated to Santiago, Chile later in the decade where he has pumped out hundreds of releases under many aliases, including the electro-Latin vibes of Señor Coconut and warped pop songs of Lassigue Bendthaus. Robin Fox has released a handful of experimental electronic records both solo and partnered with Anthony Pateras; created energy devices for scientific use at the Bionic Ear Institute in Melbourne; designed dance visuals and has amazed audiences with his stunning laser shows.

Also featured is a rare Norwegian perfomance by the mysterious electronica collective Amnesia Scanner, whose futuristic visions hint at the dystopian sci-fi of Philip K Dick and soundtrack a world permanently corrupted by the excesses of genetic science, pollution and bio-hacking.

WHEN10pm
WHEREParkteatret  Map
PRICEfree
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19/09
1pm
Universitetets gamle festsal

19.09.15, 1 pm

Universitetets gamle festsal

NOK 200/100

 

Jan Erik Mikalsen: Sonette for Choir (WP)

Edvin Østergaard: Darwin’s Lamentation (WP)

Edvin Østergaard: Unpredictable Moments

Maja Linderoth: Sonatform denaturerad prosa

 

What is the connection between the eureka-experience of the scientist, the one that leads to the radical breakthrough, and the creative process of the artist? And how can and the same idea be expressed differently in art and in science? This is the question Edvin Østergaard explores in the choral work Unpredictable moments. Besides being a composer, Østergaard is a professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and has for years been interested in the interface between the artistic and the scientific. In 2010 he was awarded the Spellemann Award for contemporary music.

Sonette for choir by Jan Erik Mikalsen was completed earlier this year and will now have its first performance at Ultima. The work is inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus from 1922, based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Mikalsen has received numerous awards, including Rostrum 2015 (The International Rostrum of Composers).

In Maja Linderoth’s Sonatform denaturerad prosa, based on Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf’s text with the same title, languages limits and ingredients is being explored. Linderoth is studying composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. The work has after its premiere at the Academy in March 2015, been performed in Groningen by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir.

The works will be performed by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir under the direction of conductor Grete Pedersen, and will be introduced by scientist and industrial entrepreneur Alf Bjørseth.

WHEN1pm
WHEREUniversitetets gamle festsal  Map
PRICE200/100.-
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15/09
7pm
Universitetets aula
The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra: Eivind Buene

Universitetets aula / The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra: Eivind Buene

 

15.09.15, 7 pm

Universitetets aula

NOK 395 – 120

 

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and composer Eivind Buene build bridges from our own time to the past

They will perform two works that were previously commissioned by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra as well as the works by which they were inspired. Buene’s Stilleben for 15 solo strings serves as an atmospheric prelude when played together with Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 17 (2nd movement). Using the first tones of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Buene treats Wagner’s building blocks in a slow, translucent meditation. Garland is a comment on Baroque composer Matthew Locke’s string suites.

Combining the works like this shows how recognition and repetition are two different things. Buene assumes that we interpret everything we experience based on prior experience – and that is not a bad thing, not even in contemporary music. By also focusing on the perceptible sound experience, the works bridge the classical dichotomy between body and mind.

Eivind Buene (born 1973) is a Norwegian composer and writer whose music has been performed by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Cikada, among others. The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra is one of Norway’s leading chamber orchestras, and places emphasis on a solid classical repertoire, new works, and creative outreach. The concert also marks the opening of the orchestra’s season opening.

 

Eivind Buene: Stilleben

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 2. sats fra klaverkonsert nr. 17

Eivind Buene: Langsam und Schmachtend

Richard Wagner: Forspill fra Tristan og Isolde

Eivind Buene: Palimpsest

Eivind Buene: Garland

Matthew Locke: Consort of Four Parts, Suite nr. 3 & Suite nr. 1

 

Det Norske Kammerorkester


Terje Tønnesen conductor

WHEN7pm
WHEREUniversitetets aula  Map
PRICE395 - 120.-
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15/09
9pm
Nasjonal jazzscene
David Toop: Of Leonardo da Vinci - Quills/a Black Giant/Deluge

Nasjonal jazzscene / David Toop: Of Leonardo da Vinci - Quills/a Black Giant/Deluge

 

15.09.15, 9 pm

Nasjonal jazzscene

NOK 200/100

 

David Toop: Of Leonardo da Vinci – Quills/a Black Giant/Deluge (WP)

Of Leonardo da Vinci is a result of a collaboration between improv legend, sound artist and author David Toop (score and libretto based on Leonardo da Vinci’s accounts of his dreams), acclaimed photographer/film maker Barry Lewis, renowned vocalist Elaine Mitchener, and making his operatic directorial debut, award-winning choreographer, Dam Van Huynh. Together they have created a work – an innovative contemporary music theatre piece that intricately melds music, sound art, image and movement to transform space, inviting audiences into a unique and intimate realm of disturbing beauty. 

“Absorbed in the visions, memories, prophesies and observations recorded in Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, a woman dwells on the writing of a life. As oracle, scholar, acolyte, medium and innocent she voices the spirit of Leonardo, reflecting the nature of life as it moves closer to its end, its teeming presence, the meaning we divine from marks and signs, the flight of the voice, living and dying.”

Music and libretto: David Toop

Voices: Elaine Mitchener

Film: Barry Lewis

Choreography/Director: Dam Van Huynh

 

 

WHEN9pm
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11/09
3pm
Deichmanske hovedbibliotek

11.09.15, 3 pm

Deichmanske hovedbibliotek

Free (Oslo Cultural Night)

 

Røster III takes the listener on an aural journey through a series of sound tableauxs carefully sculptured and arranged by the artist’s archive of field recordings from the Røst Arcipelago, in Lofoten, Northern Norway between 2010 and 2015. The work places the listening body in a time-space continuum where nature and culture co-exist and are given equal importance, giving ear to the eternal variation of voices and spaces; the geophonies and anthrophonies of Røst. Røster III is a sound work for eight channels or more, created and composed by Elin Mar Øyen Vister, site specifically mixed and spatialized in collaboration with Trond Lossius and BEK in Bergen.

At Deichmanske hovedbibliotek, Røster III will be experienced in the old music room, which has a hexagonal space and was originally acoustically treated for the purpose of listening to the music library. The installation is created around a set up of eight speakers arranged in a vertical and a horizontal landscape, between the books in the bookshelves, and the room will at most times have no lights. The listening sense is hence given sensual priority in our otherwise dominantly visual culture. 

Maja S. K. Ratkje will be joining as guest performer on WeDoMagic at the opening of the installation.

Kristine Tjøgersen (clarinet). Inga Byrkjeland (cello). Maja S. K. Ratkje (vocal). Elin Mar Øyen Vister (mix, objects og electronics).

Røster III is supported by BEK i Bergen, Norsk Kulturråd og Komponistenes Vederlagsfond.

 

WHEN3pm
WHEREDeichmanske hovedbibliotek  Map
PRICEFri entré.-
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10/09
6:30pm
Ekebergparken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergparken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6:30pm

NOK 300

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

Thursday 10 September, 6:30–8:10 pm

Friday 11 September, 6:30–8:10 pm (free – part of Oslo Cultural Night)

Saturday 12 September, 6:30–8:10 pm

Sunday 13 September, 6–7:30am and 6:30–8:10 pm

 

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

WHEN6:30pm - 8pm
WHEREEkebergparken  Map
PRICE300.-
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11/09
6:30pm
Ekebergparken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergparken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6:30pm

Tickets will be available later, part of Oslo kulturnatt

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

Friday 11 September, 6:30–8:10 pm (free – part of Oslo kulturnatt)

Saturday 12 September, 6:30–8:10 pm

Sunday 13 September, 6–7:30am and 6:30–8:10 pm

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

WHEN6:30pm - 8pm
WHEREEkebergparken  Map
PRICE300.-
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12/09
6:30pm
Ekebergparken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergparken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6:30pm

NOK 300

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

 

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

WHEN6:30pm - 8pm
WHEREEkebergparken  Map
PRICE300.-
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13/09
6am
Ekebergarken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergarken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6 pm

NOK 300

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Sunday 13 September, 6–7:30 am and 6:30–8:10 pm

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

 

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

WHEN6am - 7:30am
WHEREEkebergarken  Map
PRICE300.-
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13/09
6:30pm
Ekebergparken
Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekebergparken / Elisabeth Vatn: The Color Beneath

Ekeberg Park, 6 pm

NOK 300

Each concert has a maximum capacity of 15 people

Sunday 13 September, 6–7:30 am and 6:30–8:10 pm

Ekeberg Park / Ganzfield

Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer Elisabeth Vatn was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with Anders Røine (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

Contemporary artist James Turrell works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

WHEN6:30pm - 8pm
WHEREEkebergparken  Map
PRICE300.-
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14/09
6pm
Vulkan Arena
Ensemble Aksiom - Knut Olaf Sunde: Comfort Music

Vulkan Arena / Ensemble Aksiom - Knut Olaf Sunde: Comfort Music

 

14.09.15, 6 pm

Vulkan Arena

NOK 200/100

 

A group of people arrived somewhere. Each and every one of them had their little quirks and endearing characteristics, but upon arrival it soon became apparent that they could easily be divided into two groups. When this was done, there was no turning back – one group had become two. The two groups’ experience of events that would follow would be markedly different from each other. It cast a shadow over the other team’s experience.

With Comfort Music, Knut Olaf Sunde resumes his investigation of site-specific conditions for listening, and in this concert installation, the audience’s attentiveness is tested as the situation apparently collapses. The audience gathers in the post-industrial premises of Vulkan, where grain mills were prevalent from the 14th century and people could wade across Akerselva, Oslo’s lifeblood during the industrial age. Comfort Music is a staged fiction work featuring musicians and a number of speakers in many channels.

Sunde is a composer and currently a research fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, with site awareness as his main field of interest. Timbre and space are inextricably linked, and through a number of concerts in open nature since 2007, Sunde has gradually moved his compositions to a location oriented field in order to create enhanced conditions for concentrated listening experiences.

Aksiom is an Oslo-based ensemble for new music founded in 2010. The ensemble focuses on the development of new works by composers. They also perform improvisations.

Musicians: Fredrik Brandstorp Olsen: saxophones, Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø: trombone, Anders Kregnes Hansen: percussion, Jonas Cambien: piano
Ole Martin Huser-Olsen: guitar, Vilde Sandve Alnæs: violin, Ivan Valentin Hollup Roald: cello, Christian Meaas Svendsen: double bass

Conductor: Kai Grinde Myrann

Comfort Music is produced by Notam in collaboration with Norwegian Telecom Museum.

WHEN6pm
WHEREVulkan Arena  Map
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19/09
8pm
Oslo domkirke
Closing concert: André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe, Oslo Domkor, Ensemble Allegria

Oslo domkirke / Closing concert: André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe, Oslo Domkor, Ensemble Allegria

André Bratten/Ole-Henrik Moe: New work (WP)

Arvo Pärt: Te Deum

Oslo Domkor and Ensemble Allegria

19.09.15, 8 pm

Oslo Cathedral

NOK 350/250

 

New work by André Bratten and Ole-Henrik Moe, and Arvo Pärt at Ultima’s closing concert

André Bratten has attracted considerable attention both in Norway and abroad for his elegant music, which lies somewhere between space disco and micro house. His debut album from 2013 received critical acclaim for its pure, well-rounded sounds and melodic synth lines. Bratten has a passion for contemporary music, and cites Giacinto Scelsi as his prime source of inspiration. Now, in collaboration with composer Ole-Henrik Moe, he has taken on the task of writing the music for Ultima’s closing concert.

The sustained, simple and meditative qualities of Arvo Pärt’s mystical, minimalist masterpiece Te Deum mark Pärt’s distinctiveness as a composer. The work is written for choir, strings, piano and wind harp. Te Deum, also known as the Ambrosian Hymn, is one of Christianity’s oldest and best-known hymns.

Performed by Oslo Domkor and Ensemble Allegria.

WHEN8pm
WHEREOslo domkirke  Map
PRICE350/250.-
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17/09
9pm
Riksscenen
Georg Friedrich Haas: In Vain

Riksscenen / Georg Friedrich Haas: In Vain

Ensemble Ernst

17.09.15, 9 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 200/100

Georg Friedrich Haas: In Vain

 

“A staggering experience and one of the first great masterpieces of the twenty-first century.” Sir Simon Rattle

Described by the English conductor Sir Simon Rattle as ‘one of the only already acknowledged masterpieces of the 21st-century’, In Vain by the Austrian composer, Georg Friedrich Haas, will be performed by Ensemble Ernst. An optical illusion for the ears, this cult piece is inspired by the stairways in the lithographs of graphic artist Max Escher.

Ensemble Ernst is one of Scandinavia’s leading sinfoniettas and has previously performed at several times at Ultima. The ensemble is an active commissioner of new works, and combines new music with contemporary music classics.

WHEN9pm
WHERERiksscenen  Map
PRICE200/100.-
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12/09
6pm
Kanonhallen
Ensemble Musikfabrik: Partch/Deathprod/Steen-Andersen

Kanonhallen / Ensemble Musikfabrik: Partch/Deathprod/Steen-Andersen

Ensemble Musikfabrik

12.09.15, kl. 18

NB: Early arrival at Kanonhallen is recommended! 

NOK 350/250

 

Simon Steen-Andersen: Korpus

Harry Partch: And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma

Helge Sten: Sow Your Gold In The White Foliated Earth (WP)

 

The Godfather of the American Just-Intonation movement, the composer, theorist, visionary and instrument-builder, Harry Partch (1901-1974), developed a highly complex tuning system that made the realisation of his music impossible on conventional instruments. Harry Partch developed and built an extensive collection of instruments: resonating sound-sculptures of idiosyncratic beauty and remarkable stage presence.

In 2012, the entire collection of microtonal instruments was built for German Ensemble Musikfabrik. With more than 40 instruments – string, percussive, bell and keyboard instruments as well as smaller hand-held instruments, the ensemble has been able to realize the conditions under which the fascinating and exotic Harry Partch Œuvre.

Thanks to its extraordinary profile, and its superb artistic quality, Ensemble Musikfabrik has since its formation in 1990 had the reputation of being one of the World’s leading ensembles for contemporary music. The ensemble is particularly dedicated to artistic innovation – new, unknown, and often personally commissioned works in an unusual media are typical of their productions.

For this project they are collaborating with Norwegian musician and producer Helge Sten, best known by his Deathprod alias. Sten is a renowned musician and producer with connections to various band projects including Motorpsycho and Supersilent. He makes music which falls at the intersection of noise, jazz, modern composition, electronica and rock, but he is most often described as a noise artist.

They will also perform Simon Steen-Andersen’s Korpus and Partchs And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma (1963–66).

 

The last time Ensemble Musikfabrik visited Oslo was during Ultima 2013. Their version of Harry Partch’s Delusion of the Fury under the direction of Heiner Goebbels received glowing reviews and ranked high on many lists for best stage performance of the year.

Best stage experiences in 2013: Delusion of the Fury, Ultima Festival/National Theatre

“A multitude of peculiar, custom-made instruments from the eccentric American composer Harry Partch has been made accessible to the world by International Ibsen Award winner Heiner Goebbels. A rare concert to which people from all over the country came to hear.”

Dagsavisen‘s Best Stage Experience 2013.

“It’s howling, wild, almost ecstatic. This feast of a performance was one of many triumphs during this year’s Ultima. The festival, which most associate with weird contemporary music, has broadened its scope. This year it succeeded in showing us why we need musical outsiders like Harry Partch. “

Haakon Flemmen, Klassekampen

WHEN6pm
WHEREKanonhallen  Map
PRICE350/250.-
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14/09
8pm
Kulturkirken Jakob

14.09.15, 8 pm

Kulturkirken Jakob

NOK 200/100

 

Mathias Spahlinger: no 10, nachtstück mit sonne (WP)

Øyvind Torvund: Neon Forest Space

 

Motivated by a steady focus on the new, on development, and with an unwavering faith in music and in the expressive potential of musicians, Mathias Spahlinger‘s music is constantly evolving. Spahlinger uses elements from a broad spectrum of genres and techniques, and this seventy-year-old modernist has managed to leave his mark on the German and European music scenes as composer, thinker, and teacher. Ensemble asamisimasa has collaborated with Spahlinger on several occasions, and is currently planning a Spahlinger festival in Oslo in October.

At this concert, the ensemble will give a first performance of Spahlinger’s new work, no 10, nachtstück mit sonne. This concert also marks Øyvind Torvund‘s first portrait CD, Neon Forest Space. Torvud has also closely collaborated with asamisimasa in connection with first performances and concerts of his others works. Plastic Waves (2013) for piano and quartet is a different kind of work in that it mixes sounds from snare drums, piano melodies, harmonica and bass clarinet with broken glass and references to circus sounds.

Ensemble asamisimasa is an established Norwegian ensemble dedicated to new music, and is known for combining classic avant-garde with new works specially written for them, often with elements of electronics, video and other media. The members are: Kristine Tjøgersen (clarinet), Håkon Stene (percussion), Anders Førisdal (guitar), Ellen Ugelvik (piano) and Tanja Orning (cello).

WHEN8pm
WHEREKulturkirken Jakob  Map
PRICE200/100.-
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18/09
7:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

18.09.15, 7.30 pm

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Scene 2

NOK 350 – 100

Also 19 September, 6.30 pm

 

Chamber opera in one act & VII parts

Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Narrative by Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Words and phonetic textures by Anna Thorvaldsdottir 

Title and additional text by Mette Karlsvik

Director: Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson

Visual artist: Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir

Conductor: Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Musical supervision: Baldur Brönnimann and Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Performers: Sofia Jernberg, Mike Philip Fencker Thomsen, Melis Jaatinen, Joa Helgesson, Tinna Thorsteinsdottir, BIT20 Ensemble

 

Oblivious of the impending doom, humanity is struggling to find meaning and assembling it’s fractured identities. While the last man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security, an unsung primal scream resonates from the melting Glaciers of Greenland to the decadent core of civilization. In the vicinity of the enormous Great Greenland Ice Cap, in which the history of the earth is conserved, frozen in time, humanity is small. And yet man is destructive when he forgets his roots and origin. It is exactly this blind spot, this connection and this dangerous forgetfulness that UR_draws on.

UR_ features three voices, one actor, a grand piano and an ensemble of twelve performers. UR_ is the first major project to be carried out by members of the Far North Artist Network. The new work has been created over a period of two years in sessions in Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Germany. The Ethos of Far North is founded on exchange of ideas and art between artists from across boarders of countries – and cultures.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir has become a star within the contemporary music field. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere. In 2012 she received the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize. Her latest album Aerial (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classics November 2014) and was featured as “Best music of 2014” in The New Yorker.

The development of the work is done in collaboration with Theater Trier, Germany and The National Theatre of Greenland.

The commission of the work was enabled through kind support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

WHEN7:30pm
WHEREDen Norske Opera & Ballett  Map
PRICE350 - 100.-
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19/09
6:30pm
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

 

19.09.15, 6.30 pm

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Scene 2

NOK 350 – 100

 

Chamber opera in one act & VII parts

Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Director: Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson

Visual artist: Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir

Narrative by Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Words and phonetic textures by Anna Thorvaldsdottir 

Title and additional text by Mette Karlsvik

Conductor: Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Musical supervision: Baldur Brönnimann and Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason

Performers: Sofia Jernberg, Mike Philip Fencker Thomsen, Melis Jaatinen, Joa Helgesson, Tinna Thorsteinsdottir, BIT20 Ensemble

 

Oblivious of the impending doom, humanity is struggling to find meaning and assembling it’s fractured identities. While the last man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security, an unsung primal scream resonates from the melting Glaciers of Greenland to the decadent core of civilization. In the vicinity of the enormous Great Greenland Ice Cap, in which the history of the earth is conserved, frozen in time, humanity is small. And yet man is destructive when he forgets his roots and origin. It is exactly this blind spot, this connection and this dangerous forgetfulness that UR_draws on.

UR_ features three voices, one actor, a grand piano and an ensemble of twelve performers. UR_ is the first major project to be carried out by members of the Far North Artist Network. The new work has been created over a period of two years in sessions in Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Germany. The Ethos of Far North is founded on exchange of ideas and art between artists from across boarders of countries – and cultures.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir has become a star within the contemporary music field. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere. In 2012 she received the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize. Her latest album Aerial (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classics November 2014) and was featured as “Best music of 2014” in The New Yorker.

The development of the work is done in collaboration with Theater Trier, Germany and The National Theatre of Greenland.

The commission of the work was enabled through kind support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

 

WHEN6:30pm
WHEREDen Norske Opera & Ballett  Map
PRICE350 - 100.-
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16/09
3pm
nyMusikk
TALK François Bonnet: Live Jukebox

nyMusikk / TALK François Bonnet: Live Jukebox

François Bonnet: Live Jukebox

nyMusikk, 3 pm

Free

François Bonnet’s illustrated talk on the history and pioneering impact of Groupe de Recherches Musicales.

Since its establishment in Paris in 1958, the GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) has driven developments in musique concrète and electroacoustic music, expanding outwards from the radical vinyl and tape manipulations of its founder Pierre Schaeffer. The GRM has become an international magnet for composers seeking new expressiveness in electronic music and transformed sound.

In cooperation with nyMusikk

WHEN3pm
WHEREnyMusikk  Map
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18/09
12pm
Loftet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Frevo Gitarduo

Loftet / LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Frevo Gitarduo

18.09.15, 12 pm

Loftet

NOK 50

 

”How do you get two guitar players to play in perfect unison?” “Shoot one!”

Armed only with various guitars and electronics, Frevo will deliver a high-tech guitar duel performance when they take the stage at Ultima. They will be performing new works by Peter Jakober, Evan Gardner, Herman Vogt and Therese Birkelund Ulvo.

Frevo is a guitar duo formed by the two Norwegian guitar players Pål Granum and Andreas Karlsen. They started playing together in 1995 and have cooperated closely as a guitar-duo for more than fifteen years. During this period they have worked with most of the repertoire available for two guitars in addition to extensive work on transcriptions of suitable music for two guitars. They have also premiered many dedicated works by Nordic composers.

WHEN12pm
WHERELoftet  Map
PRICE50.-
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16/09
3pm
nyMusikk
TALK François Bonnet: Live Jukebox

nyMusikk / TALK François Bonnet: Live Jukebox

François Bonnet: Live Jukebox

nyMusikk, 3 pm

Free

François Bonnet’s illustrated talk on the history and pioneering impact of Groupe de Recherches Musicales.

Since its establishment in Paris in 1958, the GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) has driven developments in musique concrète and electroacoustic music, expanding outwards from the radical vinyl and tape manipulations of its founder Pierre Schaeffer. The GRM has become an international magnet for composers seeking new expressiveness in electronic music and transformed sound.

In cooperation with nyMusikk

WHEN3pm
WHEREnyMusikk  Map
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16/09
9pm
Vulkan Arena

16.09.15, 9 pm

Vulkan Arena

NOK 200/100

Pierre Schaeffer: TBA

Bernard Parmegiani: De Natura Sonorum seconde série

Luc Ferrari: Presque Rien N°2

Régis Renouard Larivière: Contrée

Kassel Jaeger: Campo Del Cielo

Espen Sommer Eide: The remarkable features of mosquito hearing (WP)

 

Since its establishment in Paris in 1958, the GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) has driven developments in musique concrète and electroacoustic music, expanding outwards from the radical vinyl and tape manipulations of its founder Pierre Schaeffer.

The GRM has become an international magnet for composers seeking new expressiveness in electronic music and transformed sound. In tribute to GRM’s achievements, Ultima presents an evening mixing French musique concrète classics by Pierre Schaeffer, Bernard Parmegiani and Luc Ferrari with new work by a younger generation of sonic explorers including Régis Renouard Larivière and Kassel Jaeger.

 

WHEN9pm
WHEREVulkan Arena  Map
PRICE