The Norwegian Academy of Music, the Arne Nordheim Centre for Artistic Research (NordART) and Victoria – Nasjonal Jazzscene collaborates on the symposium "On the Edge – improvisers on music and methods". A fine selection of improvisers meets at this mini-festival with concerts, interviews, presentations and discussions. This year’s theme is Improvisation in Studio.
At On the Edge practitioners meet to perform on stage, give presentations, interviews and to discuss these matters. Confirmed artists are:
Sidsel Endresen & Jan Bang -- Helge Sten & Ståle Storløkken of Supersilent
Stian Westerhus -- Tone Åse/Thomas Strønen : VOXPHERIA -- Monkeyplot
Skrap -- Kjell Bjørgeengen / Keith Rowe duo -- Maja Ratkje -- Bugge Wesseltoft -- Petter Wettre
David Sylvian has curated an ensemble for On the Edge: Keith Rowe, David Toop, Rhodri Davies, Rie Nakajima and Phil Durrant.
This exposition will be updated both before and after the symposium dates: 30 November - 2 December, 2016
Ensemble & Ensemble of Me is an artistic research fellowship project carried out at the Norwegian Academy of Music, as part of The Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme between 2011 and 2015. In this project I produced solo improvisations deriving from the music of two improvising ensembles to which I belong: Dans les arbres and Huntsville, and I produced collective improvisations with the ensembles.
The project’s key questions:
- What are my concepts when improvising with the ensembles and when improvising alone?
- How do the ensemble improvisations inform my solo improvisations?
- What do I think about when I think about our and my own improvisations?
The Haruki Murakami-paraphrase in the sub-heading indicates a process of on-going reflection upon what I regard as key aspects when I improvise. More specifically, what I regard as key aspects in the music of Dans les arbres and Huntsville, as well as for my own solo improvisations. These reflections reveal key aspects and main challenges that emerged during my attempts to create solo works informed by the ensembles. The reflections are chiefly documented in the form of a personal encyclopaedia. The encyclopaedia includes audio and visual examples, both from the final artistic results and from artistic activity during the project.