Borealis Listening Club is a monthly free event that runs from August to March each year. BLC was established in 2015 and is a place to listen and talk about music. The events are open for all who want listen – from the first time listener to the seasoned musicologist. At BLC you’ll hear music and sounds you may never have heard before, and meet people who work with experimental music in many different genres. Every month we have a new theme to frame sounds and on the couch you’ll find our regular listening hosts: Artistic Director of Borealis Peter Meanwell and Project Manager and musician Vilde Tuv – and there’s always fresh popcorn on the tables!
Borealis Listening Club was established in November 2015. The festival wanted to be more present and visible throughout the year and not just a curiosity that appeared for 5 days once a year. Truly inspired by the deeper listening often mentioned in experimental music, we created this club where people can gather, play music, listen and talk together. We also dedicated ourselves to bring musicians and artists as guests to bring new perspectives into the conversations about music, and to create a platform where people can get to know all the exceptional artists working in the experimental field. Some of the previous guests of Borealis Listening Club are Pauline Oliveros, Knut Vaage, Rebecka Ahvenniemi, Freja Bäckman, Smerz, Øyvind Torvund and more. In season 4 we began giving the gatherings themes and have manouvred our way through Music for Voice and Weird Instruments to Protest, Isolation, Togetherness and Life.