Alnæs/Nørstebø/Meaas Svendsen

Wood, metal, lungs, consciousness, subconsciousness... Vilde Sandve Alnæs, Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø and Christian Meaas Svendsen makes their debut as an improvising trio, in a period of time where musicians colliding sound waves is a rare commodity. All three are members of the contemporary music ensemble “Aksiom”, and also have performed together in experimental situations earlier on. Trying to describe something yet to happen makes little sense, but this first meeting can easily be imagined to trigger an eruption of pent-up sociomusical energy. 

Vilde Sandve Alnæs is a violinist specialized in free improvisation and contemporary music, and has a master’s degree in classical music from The Norwegian Academy of Music. Her main project, Vilde&Inga, has toured all over Europe, released records on ECM and SOFA and been awarded The Lindeman Prize for Young Musicians for their work. She is also a founding member of the collective ‘Senter for Kollektivt Skapande’, plays in the chamber orchestra Ensemble Allegria and improvising trio Azkadenya, with Inga Aas and Sidsel Endresen.

Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø is a musician and sound artist focusing on trombone performance, as well as compositional projects utilizing heavy amplification of the brass instrument alongside external sound sources like half-clarinet and various noise generators. The primitive brass construction continues to be a source of both love and despair, and Nørstebø is utilizing active deselection as method in a continual physical and mental process where his patient and researching half keeps crashing with his restless and critical side. 

Christian Meaas Svendsen is a bass player with classical arms, jazzy legs, a compositional head and a heart of M U S I C. With bass, bow/s and his own body as a starting point, he continues developing a unique universe of sound and movement. Sound and music are relations, and the double bass a physical instrument that can be approached in so many other ways than the traditional. Meaas Svendsen is characterized as challenging, examining and innovative, and strives for being a uniquely personal musician and a bridge builder between the classical-, contemporary-, free- and rhythmical music traditions.