Bergen Kunsthall is delighted to present three works which were commissioned by INA GRM, Sonic Acts and A4 as part of Borealis Festival in Bergen: new music for multiple speakers, spanning drone, noise and improv from three diverse and dynamic voices in today’s music world.
Australian modular synth performer John Chantler and South Korean cellist Okkyung Lee developed their pieces with the legendary Acousmonium system at INA GRM (French National Audiovisual Institute/Groupe de Recherches Musicales) in Paris, and Slovakian dirty techno artist Nina Pixel on The Pentacle – a powerful high fidelity mobile speaker system developed at STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam. Their new works, blending live performance with electronic sound through multiple speakers, are reimagined and performed live for a new 8 channel setting in Landmark at Bergen Kunsthall during Borealis 2020.
Bringing together new musical experiments from Bergen, Norway and around the world, Borealis occupies the city for 5 days each March, taking over the art galleries, concert halls and warehouse spaces, with concerts, installations, talks and films. Borealis works with living composers, sound artists, improvisers and musicians, to develop projects that rearrange the furniture of the musical world, to question our assumptions about what music is and where it can go. We do not stick to one type or genre of music, but open the doors to the most adventurous and innovative music makers to bring us something new.