- I work primarily with people, not with instruments or paper, "says composer Therese Birkelund Ulvo. She composes in intimate dialogue with performers and focuses on how this exchange of ideas with other musicians can supplement the written score. Her music is also inspired by other art fields, such as film, text and sound art.
Ulvo’s music moves in the intersection between the acoustic and electronic, both realms reciprocally coloured by the other. The compositions often arise out of various forms of friction, noise and overtones created by the instruments.
The compositional forms seem to appear as open, sometimes bordering on the improvised, while still maintaining a strong narrative aspect. This openness allows both performers and listeners the freedom to shape the music. On one level, the composer gives up control, but in return she gains presence and a direct, almost tactile contact with the listener.
Therese Birkelund Ulvo (born 1982) studied composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She also has a tight bond to Norwegian traditional music, a genre that has a rich array of micro-tonal and rhapsodic passages, open forms and performer-based compositions.
Ulvo has written music for a wide range of ensembles. In Ensemble Epoch, which consists of Britt Pernille Frøholm on fiddle and Ulvo on electronics, she also experiments with the space surrounding the listening experience. The duo has performed in a variety of settings including open air events and club performances, leaving the performers in a closer and more committing encounter with the listener than in larger concert halls.

Text: Hilde Borchgrevinck
Translation: Tomas Lauvland Pettersen

Selected works:
2010 - 'cause nobody's like that - solo piano, 12 min. Commissioned by Ellen Ugelvik, supported by Arts Council Norway.

2010 - Apéritif - sopran, alt, piano, 10 min. Commissioned by Ensemble Fanfaronner, supported by Arts Council Norway.

2009 - Dette har du sett før, sopran, klarinett, fiolin, perc, opplesning, 12 min. Commissioned by Litteraturfestivalen, Lillehammer, supported by Arts Council Norway.

2009 - Simpel/Ny/Norsk/Musikk/Maskin (stryk det som ikkje høver). Cooperation with the composer Jørgen Karlstrøm. Showed at the Bergen Sound Gallery in January 2009, and at Podium in Oslo February 2009.

2009 - Kjærlighetes valg, Film music, documentary on Islam and homosexuality, 37 min. Commissioned by the film manager Eirik Andreas Sandaker, supported by Skeiv Verden.

2008 - Aurora - clarinet, fiolinv, cello, piano, 11 min. Commissioned by Ida Kristine Hansen, supported by Arts Council Norway.

2008 - Grapple - piano, double bass, percussion, 15 min. Composed for Eple Trio.

2008 - Silent Song - soprano and electronics, 8 min. Composed for Silje Aker Johnsen.

2007 - Fragile - solo hardanger fiddle, 11 min. Composed for Britt Pernille Frøholm.sd
 
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