MIC’s latest ’99 Minutes’ webcast with strong contemporary focus as performers and composers such as Cecilie Ore, Maja Ratkje, Frode Haltli, Trondheimssolistene and Lasse Marhaug prepare to head over to the UK’s Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival which kicks off on November 18.
2011 marks the second step of a three-year Norwegian focus at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF). The festival collaborates closely with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London and MIC Norway to create a strong programme featuring composers, ensembles and performers that showcase the strength and diversity of Norwegian contemporary music. For the last decade, the festival has featured a long list of Norwegian performers and composers, perhaps most notably accordionist Frode Haltli and composer Rolf Wallin.
Haltli is duly profiled with an in-depth interview in the latest ‘99 minutes’ webcast which is entirely devoted to the Norwegian composers and performers that are featured on the 2011 HCMF roster. In addition to Haltli, HCMF director Graham McKenzie also talks on his approach to the programming of the 2011 festival. The latest 99 Minutes programme features an overview of the composers and performers featured at the 2011 HCMF including Lene Grenager, Cikada String Quartet, Jon Balke, Frode Haltli, Nils Henrik Asheim, Trondheimssolistene, Trond Reinholdtsen, Gjermund Larsen, Eivind Buene, Britt Pernille Fr°holm, Cecilie Ore, Maja Ratkje and Lasse Marhaug.
Says HCMF’s Artistic Director Graham McKenzie on the ‘99 Minutes’ HCMF Special:
‘For me this is Norwegian music in the 21st Century. This freedom for the artist to work across musical genres and to draw on the music traditions of the past to provide a contemporary soundscape. Yet I am not speaking of a fusion music, as what it seems is absolutely unique to Norway is that within a single piece each musical idiom co-exists alongside the other, without compromise, and retaining its purity of form. This is what interests me about Norwegian music at this moment, and this is what I hope we can capture across the next festivals and beyond!’
Playlist '99 Minutes':
|Lene Grenager||Attitude||Affinis Suite||+3db Records 009|
|Cikada String Quartet||John Cage: String Quartet in four parts||In Due Tempi||ECM 1799|
|Jon Balke / Cikada String Quartet||Rotor||Rotor||Curling Legs CLP cd 42|
|Frode Haltli||Looking on darkness||Looking on darkness||ECM 1794|
|Nils Henrik Asheim||Nicht||Broken Line||Aurora ACD 5044|
|Trondheimssolistene||Mozart: Violin concerto no. 3||Mozart Violin Concertos||2L 38|
|Trond Reinholdtsen||Unsichtbare Musik||-||-|
|Gjermund Larsen||Bachslňtt||Aurum||Heilo HCD 7252|
|Eivind Buene||Asymmetrical Music V||Asymmetricl music||SOFA 523|
|Britt Pernille Fr°holm||For allje dei||Rik du er||TA:LIK TA46cd|
|Cecilie Ore||Etapper||Sinus Seduction||Aurora ACD 5018|
|Maja Ratkje / Lasse Marhaug||Complaints won’t help||Music for gardening||Pica 009|
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