Bergen International Festival 2015 English catalogue - Page 66

066 BE RGE N INTE RN AT I ON AL FE STIVAL 2015 Stockhausen – Stimmung FR I CT I ON F RICT ION B E RG E N IN T E RN AT ION A L F E ST IVA L 2 01 5 Theatre of Voices Else Torp, Louise Skovbæch, Randi Pontoppidan, Wolodymyr Smishkewych, Jakob Bloch Jespersen, Paul Hillier singers Alwynne Prichard performer World premieres of works by: ADAM DE LA COUR (1979–) FELIX KUBIN (1969–) FRANÇOIS SARHAN (1972–) GERHARD STÄBLER (1949–) HELMUT OEHRING (1961–) TROND REINHOLDTSEN (1972–) ØYVIND TORVUND (1976–) HOLLIE HARDING (1986–) VINKO GLOBOKAR (1934–) Paul Hillier artistic director Ian Dearden sound design with Theatre of Voices 0 67 KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN (1928–2007) Stimmung In association with Borealis festival Supported by Oticon Foundation m H Å KO N S H A L L E N DAT E/ T I M E Wednesday 03 June at 19:30 D U RAT IO N 1:10 OT H ER Introduction in English by Peter Meanwell, artistic director of Borealis at 18:55. Come into the inner pocket of sound – and bring a cushion! k Grammy-winning Theatre of Voices is one of the best vocal ensembles in the world. Their fearless repertoire oozes technical mastery, and the ensemble's interpretation of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Stimmung definitively demonstrates the range of sounds that their magical oral cavities have in store. Stockhausen composed Stimmung in 1968, just before the student uprisings in Paris and Berlin, Chairs are available by advance arrangement championing the cause of limitless art and – contact us at inner liberation. The German word Stimmung has several meanings, including 'tuning' and 'mood', but the primary sense of the title T IC KET * Full price: 350 'implies not only the outward tuning of voices Under 30: 150 or instruments, but also the inward tuning of one's soul' (Hillier). A low B flat drone expands *Festival card: 40 %–30 % discount upwards through overtone singing and resulting rhythms. Stockhausen's interest in Asian shamanism and other meditational religion is audibly evident. The repeated 'magic names' are gods and goddesses from many cultures; the erotic verse was written by Stockhausen himself. Stockhausen influenced generations of musicians. He played an important part in the development of rock music in the 1960s 066 W W W.FIB.N O World premiere Ø ST RE DAT E / T IME Thursday 04 June at 20:00 DOG/GOD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder DU RAT ION 1:00 T IC K E T * Full price: 190 Under 30: 150 *Festival card: 40 %–30 % discount (including German krautrock), and has left a lasting impression on techno, electronica, house and ambient music. He was a mentor to Björk and a source of inspiration to the Beatles. This concert should be experienced lying on the floor of Håkonshallen. Bring your own favourite cushion, or use the cushions and blankets provided. Artist-vocalist-composer Alwynne Pritchard has commissioned a series of short musical works based on the title DOG/GOD. The idea came to her on reading Paul Auster's novel Timbuktu, in which Mr Bones, a likeable mongrel, is the main character. On this occasion Alwynne Pritchard premieres eight of the works, all of which make substantial vocal and physical demands on the performer. With loud dog whines, esoteric tunes, divine tranquillity and hellish upheaval these feral, ritualistic minidramas explore the concepts of loneliness, divinity, in(dependence), obedience, (self-) destruction, desolation, absence and fleeing. The charismatic British artist, who lives in Bergen, has collaborated with leading musicians and ensembles from all over the world. Her compositions, performances and concerts have been featured at several international festivals and in major concert halls. All About Jazz – New York has described her as producing '… a delivery between that of a rock-music diva and a verbal and physical contortionist'. She has also made her mark as the artistic director (2008–14) of the experimental music festival Borealis in Bergen. W W W.F IB.N O 0 67