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99 Minutes #7- Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival focus

With a strong Norwegian focus at the upcoming 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 7 101101 Huddersfield by MIC Norway

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2010 marks the start 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. The two are also featured on this year’s roster as well as other strong names such as Ole-Henrik, Moe, Eivind Buene, Olav Anton Thommessen and SPUNK.

Writes HCMF’s Artistic Director Graham McKenzie in an intro to the 99 Minutes HCMF Special:

‘On a recent visit to Oslo I met with the composer/violinist Ole-Henrik Moe and his wife the wonderful violinist Kari Rønnekleiv. They were on route to a recorning session with the experimental electronic duo Alog who record for Rune Grammofon. Wes spoke about Ole-Henrik’s collaborations with metal band Motorpsycho, and how he came to write for, record, and perform with the Arditti Quartet. Our conversation turned next to traditional music, the Hardanger fiddle, his work with Nils Økland, and to Celtic folk music and the influence of Norse music on fiddling in the extreme North of Scotland. 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 three festivals and beyond!’

The latest 99 Minutes programme features an overview of the composers and performers featured at the 2010 HCMF including Ole-Henrik, Moe Rolf Wallin, Jon Øivind Næss, Arne Nordheim Matsc, Lene Grenager, SPUNK, SEKSTETT, Michael Francis Duch, Frode Haltli, Eivind Buene, POING, Trond Reinholdtsen, Olav Anton Thommessen, moha!, and Gjermund Larsen Trio.Lene Grenager

Lene Grenager (photo: Ann Iren Ødeby)

In addition to the rich and diverse playlist, 99 Minutes’ host Guttorm Andreasen also talks to cellist, composer and conductor Lene Grenager in the hour-long programme.


Theme song: TøyenIndia PindiaDid you bring me on national television to tell me this too?Blackbean and Placenta BBPTC 203
Arditti QuartetOle-Henrik Moe: VentVent litt lengerAURORA ACD 5054
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Martin Grubinger(perc)Rolf Wallin: Das War Schön - II Mon trés cher PéreActOndine ODE 1118-2
Ametri String QuartetJon Øivind Næss: Darey Tilih!AmetriAURORA ACD 5025
Arne NordheimCollage IV: Dei KjenslelauseThe Nordheim Tapes: Electronic Music from the 1960sAURORA ACD 5051 2 CD
MatscMats Claeson: ElevenOne Hundred Years of Unbiblical SexFarbror Melker Records EQLNO08001
Lene Grenager (cello)HuldreslåttSlåtter, slag og slarkEuridice EUCD 32
SPUNKSeptemberunderlagetdet eneste jeg vet er at det ikke er en støvsugerRune Grammofon RCD 2010
Sekstett6 1SEKSTETT: Gjerstad, Skaset, Grenager, Tafjord, Mølstad, MoeConrad Sound CNRD304
Michael Francis Duch (bass)December 1952Edges3 DB Records 010
Frode Haltli (accordion)Lyrisk ValsPassing ImagesECM 1913
Ametri String QuartetEivind Buene: Fragmentarium IIAmetriAURORA ACD 5025
POINGFisk i KjerkaGiants of JazzThe Legendary Royal Records RR 90210
Rolf-Erik Nystrøm(sax)/Trond Reinholdtsen(composer)Everyday, 1-4Concepts of Sorrows & DangersAURORA ACD 5045
Peter Herrestahl(vln)/Gonzalo Moreno (pno)Olav Anton Thommessen: Please Accept my EarsBull's EyeBIS Records BIS SACD 1512
Natasha Barrett (composer)Submerged (part 2)Trade WindsAURORA ACD 5056
moha!Home FourNorwegianismRune Grammofon 2064
Gjermund Larsen TrioKjerkslåttAurumHeilo HCD 7252

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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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