Arne Nordheim Prize Concert – Portrait Jan Martin Smørdal

The winner of Norway’s highest composer award

Friday, 16 September, at 19:00
150–250 kr

Meet Jan Martin Smørdal, winner of this year’s Nordheim prize, and join the celebrations!

Since 2001, the Arne Nordheim Composer’s Prize has been awarded to an innovative Norway based composer. It is given out every second year by the Department of Culture during the Ultima Festival.

For the first time in the history of the Prize, MUNCH will be the venue for the presentation of this year’s prize concert and ceremony.

Jan Martin Smørdal is both a musician and a composer. In the 2000s he performed regularly with Jenny Hval/Rockettothesky, Hanne Hukkelberg, Jessica Sligter, and his own 15 piece ensemble, Acoustic Accident. He is a co-founder of Ensemble neoN, a group of 12 forward thinking musicians that has made an important contribution to Oslo’s new music scene.

Jan Martin Smørdal (born 1978) is a composer and musician, and also co-founder and member of Ensemble neoN. Smørdal comes from the band scene with a focus on experimenting and improvisation. In the course of the last fifteen years he has become a highly sought-after and very active composer. Smørdal’s works spans from solo works, to pieces for orchestra, choir, and installations. Deeply motivated by music making as a social activity, much of Smørdal's music is created in close collaboration with the performers.

The Portrait Concert at MUNCH highlights the different aspects of Smørdal’s work and includes performers closely connected with his whole career as a composer. Flock of Me, a piece for flute and recordings of flute played by Jumi Murakami, reflects his interest in flocking movements and herd behaviour in nature, as a way of organising dynamic movements and structures in the sound. The performance space and audience seating and movements will be arranged in ‘flocks’ and other unconventional patterns.

His My Favorite Thing triology includes works for larger groups. The common theme is the idea of delving into your most powerful musical memories and creating something that builds on the intensity of a few brief, remembered moments. Tonight two of these are performed by percussion group Pinquins and ensemble neoN, the group Smørdal co-founded in 2008. Finally Jennifer Torrence will play the world premiere of a brand new percussion work composed especially for this occasion.

A great opportunity to hear a spread of work from this innovative and inventive composer.

Jan Martin Smørdal Portrait Concert

Foyer/Festsalen staircase from 18.00

Flock of Me (2015–16)
Electronics, 5 channel playback

Festsalen 19.00

Répétitions (2021)
Alessandra Rombolà – flute

My Favorite Thing 1 (2017)


Presentation of Arne Nordheim’s Composer Prize 2022

My Favorite Thing 2 (2015)
Magnus Loddgard – conductor
Ensemble neoN

New work (2022, WP)
Jennifer Torrence – solo

Ensemble neoN. Photo: Anna-Julia Granberg / BLUNDERBUSS


Alessandra Rombolà


Jennifer Torrence, Sigrun Rogstad Gomnæs, Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen


Magnus Loddgard


Ensemble NeoN

In collaboration with


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