31 08 2009

Henie Onstad HOK 09






I have been in Norway for 10 days at Henie Onstad Art Center, a guest of Lasse Marhaug who is curating the music for an art exhibition called To Be Heard is To Be Seen / HOK Live 09. I worked on a 75 minute modal piece titled "Petite Geante" for contradoublebass, doublebass, halldorophone, sine wave, tape machines and piano. Had great players there, including Daniel O'Sullivan (Ulver, Mothlite) on the Steinway. The contradoublebass player was Michael Duch, a Scottish-Norwegian dude whos played with Tony Conrad a bunch... guy is fantastic. Double bassist was a jazz player named Per Zanussi, also a great player, intensifying timbre ability! Hildur Gudnadottir (Múm, Angel, Pan Sonic) played the halldorophone, a new cello type instrument with acoustic feedbacking abilities. Highlights included, doublebass beating tones, sinewave and halldorophone duo, cake for the bassists and pianist, shifting mood and timbre throughout, and the piece ended in a 12 minute absolutely brutal and spectral intensity. Amazing reaction from the audience, especially considering the concert was at 3 PM on a sunday at a museum opening a new exhibition. Quite invigorating. We are honored and humbled, thank you.


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