Music Without Borders at Forum for Artistic Research 2015

21 October - update of the photo gallery with a recent series of images from Surnadal.

Monday October 19th. at Kick Scene, Kristiansand. Live musicians: Kirsten Bråten Berg (vocal), Annbjørg Lien (Harding Fiddle), Bjørn Ole Rasch (Keyboard) Karl Oluf Wennerberg (drums) and musicians appearing in the video projection: Savy Ouch (vocal), Theara Yun (Cambodian violin) and Sigurd Brokke (jew's harp). This was the first live presentation of part of the Music Without Borders project, featuring video I recorded during sessions in August 2014 and March 2015 with musicians from Norway, Cambodia, Palestine, Lebanon and Syria. 

Towards the end of the project period, video material will be compiled into a documentation film and there will be some form of installation, as well as further live concerts. The project was also introduced and discussed within the framework of the Forum for Artistic Research at the University of Agder, Kristiansand.

Vocal by Savy Ouch (video projection)
Vocal by Kirsten Bråten Berg and Harding Fiddle by Annbjørg Lien

Jew's harp by Sigurd Brokke (projection) and harding fiddle by Annbjørg Lien

Theara Yun playing traditional Cambodian fiddle (projection) and Annbjørg Lien, harding fiddle

Kirsten Braathen Berg (vocal), Annbjørg Lien (Harding Fiddle), Bjørn Ole Rasch (Keyboard) Karl Oluf Wennerberg (drums)

Sigurd Brokke, jew's harp (projection) and Annbjørg Lien, harding fiddle.


Music Without Borders

On Tuesday 20 October, at University of Agder, Kristiansand, myself, Bjørn Ole Rasch and Ingolv Haaland will be presenting work in progress from the artistic research project Music Without Borders, within the Artistic Research Forum. I am involved as a visual artist, with the ultimate aim to produce a video installation that utilises some of the audio-visual material generated during the project. At this point it is too early to say what the final result will actually be, but we have so far made recordings with some great musicians from Norway, Asia and The Middle East. The picture below is one of my favourites, mouth harp virtuosos extraordinaire Sigurd Brokke, from Setesdal in Norway. His new cd, simply called Munnharpe II, is a fantastic demonstration of just how much it is possible to get out of one of the world's most basic instruments. Inspiring! The music is also timeless - even though he is playing pieces that are in some cases quite ancient, they sound fresh and contemporary. If somebody played me this and told me it was newly composed music by a contemporary composer, I'd believe them!