Full programme release for Borealis 2022 coming very soon…
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Borealis 2022 to MUNCH

In coming years, MUNCH and Borealis will collaborate on presentating experimental soundscapes and music in Norway’s two largest cities. The collaboration starts with Borealis Preview on the 10th of March. An evening presenting a taste of the upcoming Borealis programme, to an Oslo audience at the brand new MUNCH museum in Bjørvika.  

Looking for volunteers!

Finally it’s time to expand the festival team and start getting ready for March, which means that our volunteer registration is open! As a volunteer you get to see how the festival works from the inside, meet interesting new people, have great concert experiences and last but not least get certified work experience.

Shining stars from Sápmi, Navajo Nation and Norway with sounds for sea and radio

Borealis 2022: Niilas composes for the ocean and the historic Nordnes Sea Bath, whilst Jenny Berger Myhre, Elina Waage Mikalsen & Autumn Chacon embrace the radio format.

March isn’t as far off as you think…

Several major projects planned for 2021 were put on hold when the pandemic hit but as the fog eases here in Norway these exciting artistic visions can finally be realised. Borealis announces five major projects commissioned for the 2022 festival from Norwegian and international composers, improvisers, sound artists, musicians and set designers! Borealis 2022 takes place 16–20 March in Bergen, Norway in various venues across the city and will offer everything from concerts, installations, performances, workshops, talks, radio, film, hot club nights and icy baths – this time without the pandemic’s restrictions and uncertainty!

Meet the young composers of Borealis Ung Komponist!

It’s an absolute joy to announce the 4 new participants of our Mentor Programme Borealis Ung Komponist: Mirsaeed Hosseiny Panah, Astrid Solberg, Peder Niilas Tårnesvik and Karoline Wallace! All four are both performers and composers and between them they master jazz vocals, cello, santur and electronics. We can’t wait to follow them as they compose music for vocal ensemble TABULA RASA which premieres at Borealis in March 2022.

Read about the third gathering with Borealis Ung Komponist 2022!

In late November the four participants of Borealis Ung Komponist met up for the third gathering, together with the ensemble TABULA RASA, which they are writing music for. The mentor for the second workshop was violinist and composer Harpreet Bansal. We asked Peder Niilas Tårnesvik, one of this year’s participants, how it’s been so far!

Peder Niilas Tårnesvik has establised himself with great power in the last couple of years as one of the most interesting electronica artists and producers in Norway. With his project Niilas he stepped out of the shadows and released his first full-length album titled Also This Will Change in 2020. The album won a Norwegian Grammy for “Best Electronica” in 2020. In addition to his participation in Borealis Ung Komponist, Niilas is creating a commission piece for Nordnes Sjøbad in Bergen during Borealis 2022.

Watch the conversations from Borealis 2021

On the occasion of Borealis 2021, we invited some of this year’s contributors to talk about their creative processes and collaborations. Relive these conversations with Andreas Borregaard and the composers behind the works he premiered during Borealis 2021, and the conversation with composer Raven Chacon and his two co-conspirators, Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson, who together reflect on how the score can be more than just notes on a sheet of paper.