For Dreams Of Our Future, composer and vocalist Sofia Jernberg in collaboration with Ariadne Greif asked a cross-section of Oslo school children to draw, tell or write down the contents of their dreams. Then she took their recollections and turned them into music. In performance, the children themselves make up the choir that sing these extraordinary dream songs.
US contemporary pianist and composer Cory Smythe’s Circulate Susanna is based on the his nostalgic memories of family gatherings in the warm embrace of a bygone America. In those impromptu concert rituals, his father invented alien country melodies set on a distant fictional moon, inhabited by strange beings with music flowing in their veins instead of blood. Smythe’s piece is rooted in these mystic memories from his childhood.
Ariadne Greif is a soprano and performer acclaimed for her interpretations of contemporary vocal repertoire. In addition her own pieces have involved video, multimedia and the dazzling range of her versatile, expressive voice. She presents a brand new work for Ultima 2022 that plays with childhood fantasy, children’s literature and abstraction.