After the concert: Opening reception until 22.00
The Bergen School of Architecture’s transformation from a former grain silo into a warren-like maze of studios and teaching spaces is magical, and for the opening of this year’s festival we have filled its nooks and crannies with playful musical adventures, reframing the concert experience and celebrating the transformation of its basement into a performance space. As you join us to wander through the building the Norwegian Navy Band will blow the cobwebs away with Anthony Braxton’s unconventional reading of a military fanfare, and navigate a spiral of drones in a world premiere of Danish improviser Johannes Lund. American Ensemble Pamplemousse will literally blow their own horns from outside the building, whilst overlooking the sea Ensemble Avgarde present the world premiere of a new commission from Norwegian bassist, composer and noise musician Guro Skumsnes Moe. Finally down in the epic acoustic of the basement, American composer Jessie Marino performs a ritual for snare drum, lights and electronics and Australian John Chantler creates a new work for empty silos using electronics, organs and the resonant frequencies of the space itself.
This concert will involve some walking through the building, and we advise you to wear something warm.
Guro Skumsnes Moe
Presented in collaboration with Bergen Arkitekthøgskole, Avgarde and SFMK.
Supported by US Embassy, Oslo; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Norwegian Arts Council; Statens Kunstfond.
Photo by Magnus Håland Sunde.