Accordionist Frode Haltli
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99 Minutes #18 - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival special

With a strong Norwegian focus at the upcoming 2011 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival focus, MIC Norway and its 99 Minutes webcast series devotes an entire programme to the Norwegian composers, ensembles and performers featured at the festival’s roster.

99 Minutes Program 18 111111 Huddersfield by MIC Norway

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 Frøholm, 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 GrenagerAttitudeAffinis Suite+3db Records 009
Cikada String QuartetJohn Cage: String Quartet in four partsIn Due TempiECM 1799
Jon Balke / Cikada String QuartetRotorRotorCurling Legs CLP cd 42
Frode HaltliLooking on darknessLooking on darknessECM 1794
Nils Henrik AsheimNichtBroken LineAurora ACD 5044
TrondheimssolisteneMozart: Violin concerto no. 3Mozart Violin Concertos2L 38
Trond ReinholdtsenUnsichtbare Musik--
Gjermund LarsenBachslåttAurumHeilo HCD 7252
Eivind BueneAsymmetrical Music VAsymmetricl musicSOFA 523
Britt Pernille FrøholmFor allje deiRik du erTA:LIK TA46cd
Cecilie OreEtapperSinus SeductionAurora ACD 5018
Maja Ratkje / Lasse MarhaugComplaints won’t helpMusic for gardeningPica 009

Check out the 2011 HCMF Spofify playlist here

HCMF on Facebook

Listen to previous editions of ’99 Minutes’ HERE.

DJ 99, aka Guttorm Andreasen, has worked as a presenter, DJ, reporter and producer at the national Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation for 16 years, from 1992 to 2008 during which he hosted a wide range of programmes ranging from popular children’s shows, cutting-edge music programmes at the youth channels as well as culture and arts programmes on national TV. From 2003 to 2006 he produced 702 editions of the multi-rhythmic daily programme Wasabi on the NRK P2 channel. Up to 200,000 people would tune in daily on the complete genre-free blend of Swedish funk, Jamaican tango, Belarusian electro, Nigerian jazz, Venezuelan rock, Danish cumbia, Norwegian and Chinese jungle techno ... and virtually every imaginable genre in between! DJ 99 has performed in a wide range of settings ranging from the Sónar Festival in Barcelona to a small bar on the edge of a Serbian village. In 2007 he was one of only three selected DJs to play at the major music industry WOMEX festival in Seville. In 2005 he reached the finals of the International World Beat DJ Competition in London.

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