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neoN – ensemble neoN

ALVIN LUCIER: Two Circles · OREN AMBARCHI, JAMES RUSHFORD: Monocots · JAN MARTIN SMØRDAL: My Favorite Thing 2 · JULIAN SKAR: Kunsten å tvile 2 · KRISTINE TJØGERSEN: Travelling Lightmore…

Ensemble neoN

– Influences are fun and multifarious, typical of today’s young-guard Norwegian composers. The CD booklet contains an essay by pop experimentalist Jenny Hval which gives poetic insight into various non-denominational cultural bents at play. [The Guardian]

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Ensemble neoN takes new music to the next level.

Bringing with them youthful experimentalism in their sonic adventures, Ensemble neoN has throughout its short life span established itself as a progressive, original and uncompromising group on today´s contemporary music scene. Their debut album “neoN”, consisting of five pieces, establishes the group as a considerable force on the experimental music scene for years to come. The album consists of music by Alvin Lucier, Oren Ambarchi & James Rushford, in addition to works by the ensemble´s own composers Kristine Tjøgersen, Jan Martin Smørdal and Julian Skar.

Consisting of twelve Oslo-based musicians with a passionate interest in contemporary music, Ensemble neoN strives to initiate, produce and perform music that reflects current trends in music and other art forms. Although rooted in the experimentalism of contemporary Western art music, Ensemble neoN easily defies any conventional genre boundaries, drawing on musical impulses and inspirations ranging from improvisation, soundscapes and musical theater, to pop and electronica. With members with a background from several leading Norwegian orchestras and ensembles, the group and its members have already made an impact and gained recognition both as individual musicians and as a group at home in Norway – most notably winning a Norwegian Grammy Award for their collaborative album with Susanna Wallumrød, “The Forester” – and internationally, with The New York Times describing the group as “an impressive group” for their performance at the 2016 Mata Festival.

The album “neoN” contains liner notes written by the experimental singer/songwriter Jenny Hval.

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Bringing with them youthful experimentalism in their sonic adventures, Ensemble neoN has throughout its short life span established itself as a progressive, original and uncompromising group on today´s contemporary music scene.

Defying genre boundaries

Although rooted in the experimentalism of contemporary Western art music, Ensemble neoN easily defies any conventional genre boundaries, drawing on musical impulses and inspirations ranging from improvisation, soundscapes and musical theater, to pop and electronica. An inspirational contributor to the continually expanding borders of the art musical world, Ensemble neoN creates and performs works which cross musical genres and art forms, demanding flexibility and creativity. The album consists of music by Alvin Lucier, Oren Ambarchi & James Rushford, in addition to works by the ensemble´s own composers Kristine Tjøgersen, Jan Martin Smørdal and Julian Skar.

Vulnerability and defiance

The album opens with flickering light. As Jenny Hval writes in her liner notes, Kristine Tjøgersen´s “Travelling Light 2” might take place inside a camera lens, continuously alternating its setting allowing shifting amounts of light enter the aperture. The flickering turns into bigger fragments in Jan Martin Smørdal´s “My Favorite Thing 2”. Here a series of little themes or sounds overlap and build into a series of dynamic parts. The piece ends in impossible friction between two types of longing: the longing of isolated cherished memories, and the longing to transform them into a complete, larger body. In Oren Ambarchi´s and James Rushford´s “Monocots”, the pieces that make up the structure are larger, but airier, and each sequence is interrupted by a little pause before the music begins again. The music plays on, with a guitar wandering through a forest of half drones. As Alvin Lucier´s “Two Circles” start playing one is lifted up by the shifting frequencies of the drones, as if floating around in a room full of different overtones and resonances. And so, “Two Circles´” ritual sacrifice has crept over into the last piece on the record, the restless but precise “Kunsten å Tvile 2” by Julian Skar, an act of hopeful defiance and an unusually strong end point to a record that refuses to become the sum of its parts – it stays in complexity.

Ensemble neoN

Formed in 2008 by Jan Martin Smørdal and Julian Skar, together with a group of musicians with a background at The Norwegian Academy of Music, Ensemble neoN aims to present music at the highest level possible, focusing on Norwegian and international works. The group and its members have already made an impact and gained recognition both as individual musicians and as a group at home in Norway – most notably winning a Norwegian Grammy Award for their collaborative album with Susanna Wallumrød, “The Forester” – and internationally, with The New York Times describing the group as “an impressive group” for their performance at the 2016 Mata Festival.

Release date: 30.09.2016

EAN: 7044581350843

Cat.No.: ACD5084

Priskategori: CD