Scene Norway culminates in a three day focus on Punkt, the ground-breaking Festival from southern Norway’s Kristiansand, bringing together some of the country’s finest and most original contemporary musicians into creative dialogue with artists from the UK and beyond...a mind-expanding collision of acoustic and electronic sound masterminded by Jan Bang and Erik Honoré.
Punkt takes the idea of live remixing to a new level, occupying two spaces in Kings Place to create back-to-back concerts for a moving audience. In the live room, across the three days, musicians including Nils Petter Molvær, Sidsel Endresen, Eivind Aarset, Arve Henriksen and Morten Qvenild combine in varying formations to create stunning sonic landscapes. After each set, the audience crosses the foyer to Hall Two to find the original material completely re-invented. Reflective, acoustic sets can mutate into pumped-up electronica, whilst high density, full on performances can become stripped to their bare essentials - sampled, re-mixed and transformed into a completely new entity.
Norwegian Punkt UK lead artists:
Nils Petter Molvær
Nils Petter Molvær, trumpet player, composer and producer, brings togeather multiple music styles - jazz, ambient, house, electronic and break beats, as well as elements from hip hop, rock and pop music - and effortlessly melts them into convincing soundscapes of deep intensity.
Molvær’s interest in both acoustic and electric music is evident in the ease with which he handles the conventions of pop, rock and funk, alongside those of modern jazz. These unique sensibilities soon established him as a much sought after musician in Oslo. After his intermezzo with the Norwegian jazz combo Masqualero, Molvær was introduced to Manfred Eicher, who integrated him into his cast of musicians, doing studio sessions with ECM artists such as Robyn Schulkowsky.
Molvær has released a string of applauded albums as a leader, beginning with 1997’s now classic outing ‘Khmer’ which helped define the whole nu-jazz movement in Norway. Molvær’s latest release is this year’s ‘re-vision’ – a collection of motion picture soundtracks written by the trumpeter/producer/composer.
Joining Molvær for the Punkt UK/Scene Norway performance is a cast of Norway’s finest: guitarist Eivind Aarset, drummer/percussionist Audun Kleive and bassist Audun Erlien.
Eivind Aarset is a guitarist with a unique musical vision who absorbs and reflects all manner of music while retaining an enviable individualism and high quality craftsmanship that can span from quiet intimacy to searing intensity. As one of Norway’s most in-demand guitarists, Eivind Aarset has worked with Bill Laswell, Dhafer Youssef, Jon Hassell, Paolo Fresu, Brian Eno, J.Peter Schwalm, Talvin Singh, and Andy Sheppard. He works regularly with Nils Petter Molvær’s band, (appearing on all of Molvær’s albums, including the breakthrough album “Khmer” and 2006’s award-winning “ER”).
Aarset also is a regular collaborator of Dhafer Youssef’s, both live and in the studio.
His debut as a bandleader on Jazzland Recordings, 1998’s ‘Electronique Noire’ was described by the New York Times as “One of the best post-Miles electric jazz albums”. It set a high benchmark, but one which Aarset has consistently met and exceeded, both in the studio and in live performance. Since his debut, Aarset’s has released three solo outings with 2007’s ‘Sonic Codex’ being the latest.
The celebrated guitarist brings with him three highly acclaimed performers saxophonist Håkon Kornstad, drummer Wetle Holte and bassist Audun Erlien.
Sidsel Endresen represents one of the Norwegian jazz scene’s most distinctive voices. Since her debut in the late 70s, Endresen has fronted a number of her own groups and worked with a large number of Norwegian and international jazz musicians. She has worked within a wide range of musical genres, including contemporary music, multimedia performances, choir and symphonic music. She has collaborated with Norwegian poets and worked extensively with the voice as solo instrument.
Since 1990 Sidsel has written music for several theatre-and dance-performances, been festival composer for Molde Int. Jazz festival 1993, Bergen “Nattjazz” 2002 - toured and participated in festivals in Scandinavia, Europe, Great Britain, Canada, China and Japan. She has been awarded several Norwegian Music Awards, among others 4 Norwegian ”Grammies”, the “Buddy Award” 2001 (Norwegian Jazz Association´s highest award) as well as being nominated for The Nordic Council Music Award 2000. She has released 14 records and participated as sidewoman on a number of other releases. Sidsel also teaches at The Norwegian State Academy of Music.
For her Punkt UK/Scene Norway performance, Endresen is joined by Jan Bang and Erik Honoré.
DJ Strangefruit is one of Norway’s most respected DJs with countless applauded gigs under his belt. Strangefruit is also known for his collaboration with Nils Petter Molvær as well as acclaimed shows on national radio. For a number of years, DJ Strangefruit has worked extensively with Punkt founders Bang and Honoré, performing on decks and contributing to the festival’s unique live-remix concept.
Date: Thu 20 / Fri 21 / Sat 22 November
Time: 7:30pm / Venue: Kings Place - Hall One & Hall Two
In addition to the above mentioned artists, Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang and Morten Qvenild are also scheduled to perform during the three day extravaganza of Punkt UK.