With a strong Norwegian focus at the upcoming Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival focus, MIC Norway and its 99 Minutes webcast series devotes an entire programme to the Norwegian composers, ensembles and performers featured at the festival’s roster.
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2010 marks the start of a three-year Norwegian focus at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF). The festival collaborates closely with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London and MIC Norway to create a strong programme featuring composers, ensembles and performers that showcase the strength and diversity of Norwegian contemporary music. For the last decade, the festival has featured a long list of Norwegian performers and composers, perhaps most notably accordionist Frode Haltli and composer Rolf Wallin. The two are also featured on this year’s roster as well as other strong names such as Ole-Henrik, Moe, Eivind Buene, Olav Anton Thommessen and SPUNK.
Writes HCMF’s Artistic Director Graham McKenzie in an intro to the 99 Minutes HCMF Special:
‘On a recent visit to Oslo I met with the composer/violinist Ole-Henrik Moe and his wife the wonderful violinist Kari Rønnekleiv. They were on route to a recorning session with the experimental electronic duo Alog who record for Rune Grammofon. Wes spoke about Ole-Henrik’s collaborations with metal band Motorpsycho, and how he came to write for, record, and perform with the Arditti Quartet. Our conversation turned next to traditional music, the Hardanger fiddle, his work with Nils Økland, and to Celtic folk music and the influence of Norse music on fiddling in the extreme North of Scotland. For me this is Norwegian music in the 21st Century. This freedom for the artist to work across musical genres and to draw on the music traditions of the past to provide a contemporary soundscape. Yet I am not speaking of a fusion music, as what it seems is absolutely unique to Norway is that within a single piece each musical idiom co-exists alongside the other, without compromise, and retaining its purity of form. This is what interests me about Norwegian music at this moment, and this is what I hope we can capture across the next three festivals and beyond!’
The latest 99 Minutes programme features an overview of the composers and performers featured at the 2010 HCMF including Ole-Henrik, Moe Rolf Wallin, Jon Øivind Næss, Arne Nordheim Matsc, Lene Grenager, SPUNK, SEKSTETT, Michael Francis Duch, Frode Haltli, Eivind Buene, POING, Trond Reinholdtsen, Olav Anton Thommessen, moha!, and Gjermund Larsen Trio.
In addition to the rich and diverse playlist, 99 Minutes’ host Guttorm Andreasen also talks to cellist, composer and conductor Lene Grenager in the hour-long programme.
|Theme song: Tøyen||India Pindia||Did you bring me on national television to tell me this too?||Blackbean and Placenta BBPTC 203|
|Arditti Quartet||Ole-Henrik Moe: Vent||Vent litt lenger||AURORA ACD 5054|
|Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Martin Grubinger(perc)||Rolf Wallin: Das War Schön - II Mon trés cher Pére||Act||Ondine ODE 1118-2|
|Ametri String Quartet||Jon Øivind Næss: Darey Tilih!||Ametri||AURORA ACD 5025|
|Arne Nordheim||Collage IV: Dei Kjenslelause||The Nordheim Tapes: Electronic Music from the 1960s||AURORA ACD 5051 2 CD|
|Matsc||Mats Claeson: Eleven||One Hundred Years of Unbiblical Sex||Farbror Melker Records EQLNO08001|
|Lene Grenager (cello)||Huldreslått||Slåtter, slag og slark||Euridice EUCD 32|
|SPUNK||Septemberunderlaget||det eneste jeg vet er at det ikke er en støvsuger||Rune Grammofon RCD 2010|
|Sekstett||6 1||SEKSTETT: Gjerstad, Skaset, Grenager, Tafjord, Mølstad, Moe||Conrad Sound CNRD304|
|Michael Francis Duch (bass)||December 1952||Edges||3 DB Records 010|
|Frode Haltli (accordion)||Lyrisk Vals||Passing Images||ECM 1913|
|Ametri String Quartet||Eivind Buene: Fragmentarium II||Ametri||AURORA ACD 5025|
|POING||Fisk i Kjerka||Giants of Jazz||The Legendary Royal Records RR 90210|
|Rolf-Erik Nystrøm(sax)/Trond Reinholdtsen(composer)||Everyday, 1-4||Concepts of Sorrows & Dangers||AURORA ACD 5045|
|Peter Herrestahl(vln)/Gonzalo Moreno (pno)||Olav Anton Thommessen: Please Accept my Ears||Bull's Eye||BIS Records BIS SACD 1512|
|Natasha Barrett (composer)||Submerged (part 2)||Trade Winds||AURORA ACD 5056|
|moha!||Home Four||Norwegianism||Rune Grammofon 2064|
|Gjermund Larsen Trio||Kjerkslått||Aurum||Heilo HCD 7252|