Deadline Sunday 12 June 2022.
Applications will be read in week 24 & 25.
All applicants will be contacted prior to the announcement of the participants.

Bergens festival for experimental music Borealis is proud to present another round of its mentor programme Borealis Ung Komponist and are looking for 4 versatile music creators who are in the starting phase of developing as a composer, or who wants to further develop their skills to write music for others. Borealis work to promote a wide range of voices and role models – and want the future of experimental music to be characterised by many different perspectives. The programme has no upper age limit, and the participants of this year’s mentor programme will be remunerated.

Participants will with support from 3 mentors and in close collaboration with a dedicated ensemble write a piece of music of approx. 15 minutes that will be performed at the festival in 2023. This year’s mentor programme runs over the course of 7 months and includes 4 workshops with a duration of 3-4 days each, all happening in Bergen between August/September 2022–March 2023. The mentor programme aims to gather music creators with different musical preferences, experiences, backgrounds, methods and practices. You don’t have to work exclusively with notated music, the programme is open to other ways of communicating musical ideas, for example graphic scores.

This year’s mentors are a group of internationally renowned composers, performers and artists: Lo Kristenson (SE), Camille Norment (US/NO) & Øyvind Torvund (NO). Scroll down for more on the mentors.

This year’s ensemble is YrrY ­– a Bergen based trio who explores acoustic, electronic and physical possibilities in improvised and newly composed music and who for this iteration of the mentor programme joins forces with cellist Carmen Bovéda. Scroll down for more on the ensemble.
Instruments: vibraphone, drum kit, voice & cello.

Borealis Ung Komponist is supported by Arts Council Norway & the City of Bergen.

Borealis is a festival for experimental music, which also has activity throughout the year. The festival has existed since 2004 and presents ground-breaking experimental music and art from Bergen, Norway and around the world. Borealis Ung Komponist was first organised in 2017 and is one of Borealis’ most important initiatives throughout the year. 20 music creators have “graduated” from the mentor programme and have gone on to create their own recognised projects in the field of contemporary music, but also in jazz and performing arts. The mentor programme has contributed to a richer and more vibrant music scene in Western Norway, but also nationally, by raising new voices in the field of experimental music. It aims to stimulate more inovation and exchange of experience, and to encourage budding composers to step forward and take their place. Borealis Ung Komponist also aims to provide professional competence to the new generation of Norwegian composers. Borealis wants to continue this important work of finding and shaping the next generation of music creators with a penchant for experimenting with sound and sees that there is a need to increase the width of representation on the programme. The festival has long focused and worked hard to represent the society it exists in, both on, in front of and behind stage, by making conscious choices on gender balance and ethnic diversity in its programme.

Borealis Ung Komponist is an arena for development where you as a music creator and your musical ideas are taken seriously. You must be prepared for, and want to, challenge yourself, and be willing to work both in groups and independently. It is important and expected that each participant has progression between each workshop. Participants can also use the mentors in these intermediate phases to get help to move forward. The framework for the workshops is always set in advance, and you get timetables and information well in advance. Nevertheless, some flexibility is given so that the participants themselves can shape how they want to work and structure their time with the mentors and the ensemble. It is a priority to create a good group dynamic and emphasis is placed on common meal breaks and time for conversations, so that the participants get to know each other, the ensemble, and the mentors well. This contributes to a relaxed atmosphere and creates a space where ideas and concepts can develop in a good way.

The mentor programme runs from August/September 2022 to March 2023 and is remunerated. Participants must write a work of approx. 15 minutes that will be performed at the festival in 2023. Participants must be able to attend all the workshops.

Over the course of the programme, each participant will create their own work/piece of music, which has its World Premiere at Borealis 2023 March 15–19, in Bergen. Borealis is also working to take the music on tour in the region after the festival.

Each participant is remunerated with NOK 30,000 – half at start-up in August/September, and half after the work has been premiered in March 2023. For participants not residing in Bergen Borealis may grant financial support for travel and hotel but will not cover all costs.

The mentor programme is divided into 4 workshops with a duration of 3 or 4 days. They consist of meetings with the mentors, as well as rehearsals and development of the music in collaboration with the ensemble YrrY. Participants are required to work on their pieces on their own between each workshop. There is only one mentor present per workshop. The workshops will take place on the following times:

2022

Week 35 (Introduction Day Wednesday 31 August + workshop #1: Thurday 1–Saturday 3 September)
Week 39 (workshop #2: Wednesday 28–Friday 30 September)
Week 48 (workshop #3: Thursday 1–Friday 2 December)

2023

Week 3 (workshop #4: Wednesday 18–Friday 20 January)
Week 11 (rehearsals & concert)

The workshops mainly take place at Bergen International Cultural Center (BIKS) in Kong Oscars gt. 15, located in the centre of the city. The premises are wheelchair accessible.

Have other accessibility needs?
Notify us via the application form.

The workshops will be held in Norwegian. Although this can be re-evaluated if the selected participants benefit most from the workshops being held in English.

Borealis is looking for new voices, and selects the participants based on motivation, idea, self-development aspirations as well as the ability to work with others, and the final group composition. Borealis ensures that the diversity in society is represented in the mentor programme and enforces gender balance.

We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of age, gender, disabilities, ethnic background and sexual orientation. Working conditions will be facilitated for participants with disabilities. There is no upper age limit on the programme. You can be in the early stages of your career as a music creator no matter your age. The mentor programme and the concert are part of Borealis’ artistic program, and the selection of participants is made by Borealis.

Application deadline was Sunday 12 June 2022

Application Form here

Questions about the mentor programme and process can be directed to Managing Director of Borealis; Tine Rude: tine@borealisfestival.no

Technical problems with the application form or similar can be directed to producer of Borealis Ung Komponist; Mia Julie Wiland: miajulie@borealisfestival.no 

How to apply:

  • upload your CV to our Dropbox (education, performances, courses, releases, work history – include everything you think is relevant. We also want minimum 2 references).
  • send us sound or video recordings of your music
    EITHER by uploading files via our Dropbox.
    Remember to mark the file with: “your name_title”.
    OR by entering links in the application form.
    It can be Soundcloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, Vimeo or other sites you use to upload your music. Be selective: Do not send everything, but what you think is most representative of you and the music you are interested in making right now. 1–3 examples are enough.
  • you are in the starting phase of your career as a music creator/composer, regardless of age
  • you have a desire to develop further as a music creator
  • you want guidance within a professional framework
  • you have one or more ideas about how you want to experiment with the singers in the vocal ensemble
  • you can convey your musical ideas to others
  • you can participate in all the workshops in Bergen

THE MENTORS

Photo: Inga Margrete Aas

Lo Kristenson creates music where expressions of resistance, harshness and clumsiness co-exist with fragile delicacy and vulnerability. In her creative practice Lo seeks to challenge her own ways of working in collective musical practices. The foundational structures for her music lie in the personal meetings between composer and musician. Among the ensembles that she has collaborated with are the Norwegian duo Vilde & Inga, danish collective Damkapellet, Malvakvartetten, Kvinnoorkestern and Allegria. As a sound artist Lo has collaborated with Annika Liljedahl, where sculptures of insects meet insect sounds that our human ear normally cannot perceive.
Lo is a 2018 graduate of the Master’s Programme in Composition from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm where she studied for, among others, Karin Rehnqvist. Her work has been presented at established platforms such as the art gallery Artipelag (SE), Norrlandsoperan, the festivals Sound of Stockholm, Only Connect (NO) and KLANG festival (DK).

“It’s a privilege to be invited into the creative process of other composers. There was a time when I’d not sign up for any masterclass or open seminars because I was terrified that my innermost being would be criticised. But, I’ve had som great mentors that took their time, listened and somehow understood where I was going with my quirky ideas.” Lo Kristenson

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Photo: Herman Dreyer

Camille Norment is an interdisciplinary multimedia artist, composer, and performer whose art and performance works are exhibited and performed worldwide. Cultural psychoacoustics is both an aesthetic and conceptual framework for much of her practice – the investigation of socio-cultural phenomena through the sonic as a force over the body, mind, and society. Composing artworks – through recorded sound, sculpture and installation, drawing, and live performance – she applies this concept towards the creation of critical artworks that are preoccupied with the way in which context, form, space, and the body of the viewer create experiences that are both somatic and cognitive. Camille represented Norway in the 56th Venice Biennial of Art (2015), with a three-part solo project that included a large-scale sound and sculptural installation, a publication series, and a sonic performance series. Camille had a background of dance and music before completing her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Art History at the University of Michigan, Honors College. She completed both her Masters of Fine Art and a second Masters in Interactive Telecommunications at New York University, and she is a Whitney Independent Study Program Fellow. Parallel to her artistic career, Camille has worked as a researcher at the renowned Interval Research multimedia think tank in Silicon Valley, and as Professor of Art at Malmö University. 

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Photo: Dimitri Djuric

Norwegian composer Øyvind Torvund has played guitar in rock and improvising groups alongside regular musical studies in Oslo and Berlin. His music assembles disparate materials and inconsistent attitudes: sounds from rock or from everyday life or nature occurring in chamber music, simplicity in a complex context, improvisation coexisting with exact notation, music combined with film or projections, and seriousness in counterpoint with humour. Øyvind was nominated for Nordic Council Music Prize in 2016, and won his second Norwegian Grammy in the category Contemporary together with BIT20 Ensemble in 2020 for The Exotica Album, released on the label Hubro.

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THE ENSEMBLE
YrrY

Owen Weaver, Carmen Bovéda, Mari Galambos Grue & Håkon Skjæret (Photo: Evan Monroe Chapman, Håkon Leinan, Ada Miko, Koka Nikoladze)

YrrY combines two of the world’s oldest means of making music – voice and percussion – in new and surprising ways. For this iteration of Borealis Ung Komponist they join forces with cellist Carmen Bóveda to form a quartet. Together they explore acoustic, electronic and physical possibilities in improvised and newly composed music. Vocalist Mari Galambos Grue specialises in contemporary and early music, focusing on the ability of the voice to express feeling and identity. Percussionists Håkon Skjæret and Owen Weaver share a passion for new music and unconventional instruments, also working together in Bergen’s BIT20 Ensemble as performers and educators. Carmen Bovéda is a cellist and founder of the string quartet Rosella which aims to renew classical music and support experimental projects. She has also played and collaborated with renowned artists such as Aurora, Gabrielle and DePresno. 

Mari Galambos Grue: Lyrical coloratura soprano – clear and high pitched voice, that can do fast runs and big leaps with ease. Register from a–d3. Register fra a–d3. Voice gets weaker in lower registers. Except for that Mari is open to testing out different things with her voice and is used to singing both acousticly and using a microphone.
Håkon Skjæret: Versatile, classicly trained percussionist. Will be playing the vibrophone for this iteration of Borealis Ung Komponist. Regiest f–f3. With or without engine + any other objects used for preparation of the instrument.
Owen Weaver: Educated in both classical and rythmical percussion and has a lot of experience with the drum set in contemporary music settings in addition to genres such as jazz, rock, hip-hop and experiemental. For Borealis Ung Komponist the drum kit can be used rythmically, meldocally or in atmospheric ways. Or in ways no one has ever heard it be used before…
Carmen Bovéda: Carmen is a very flexible cellist and is as comfortable doing classical and contemporary music as she is playing pop music.

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