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VOCALIST, COMPOSER and PRODUCER

Song Circus, Laura Bowler and Kate Lane in residence

Song Circus are developing a fascinating new project, together with Laura Bowler, Lavinia Murray and Kate Land (UK) and cultural studies researcher Birgitta Haga Gripsrud (NO).

Together we are looking at the (un)articulated breast; through literature, history, art, religion, politics, psychology, popular culture, feminism, and social antropology.

The project will have shape as a music installation / music theatre and will be premièred in autumn 2018.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL FRIENDS!

Christmas Meditations in Bispekapellet, Stavanger:

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SONG CIRCUS IN NUTIDA MUSIK

Nutida Musik has written a very nice article and a great review about Song Circus and our album “Anatomy of Sound” (2L).

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FIVE STAR REVIEW IN THE SCOTSMAN!

“the three ensembles closed with a blisteringly visceral account of the budgeoning dissonances of Louis Andriessen’s notorious De Staat. It proved a fittingly powerful, provocative and confident, internationally focused conclusion to sound’s thrillingly ambitious weekend.”

http://www.scotsman.com/…/music-review-sound-festival-aberd…

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FREEDOM O(R) SPEECH

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I Solisti del Vento, Red Note Ensemble, Song Circus
Actor: Jan Decleir and Simon Callow
Conductor: Etienne Siebens
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Angela Merkel is a Wagner enthusiast, Barack Obama listens to Bob Dylan and Vladimir Putin enjoys Russian folk music. Still sounds are seldomly a point of concern for politicians. But if choirs can topple a government and symphonies can discourage an army, then music is more than purely pleasure. In ancient China the first emperor of a new dynasty determined which pitch was in harmony with the cosmos. And in his ‘Republic’ Plato regarded only Phrygian and Doric scales to be politically correct: all others threatened the ideal civilisation.

Dutch composer Louis Andriessen took Plato’s text as the initial concept for a cantata which forms a fist against rigid forms of government with energetic rhythms and recalcitrant chords. Andriessen’s ‘De Staat’ (The Republic) is both a accusation against the soulless and suffocating totalitarianism which Plato defends and a reflection on his musical convictions. Andriessen seems to say with his explosive minimalism: everything a composer puts to paper is filled with political, social or religious meaning.

Thereof Mauricio Kagel was also convinced. Everything this Argentinian German composed is a politically tinged mockery of musical history. In ‘Der Tribune’ (The Tribune) – an audio play for political orator, marching sounds and speakerphone – Kagel twists Andriessen’s rhythmical tightness to a virtuously absurdist monologue, soaked with comical rage and disdainful indignation. Demagogy, misleading the people and egotripping are merged with marching band music with oom-pah-pah coppers and tickling woods.

We place both these analyses of the political system – one razor sharp, the other viciously joyful – right next to each other. A new text by writer Dimitri Verhulst to Kagel’s music hurrays the dawn of a new political age with malicious merriment: ‘The future beckons, the sky is clearing and even the roses are turning blue. Tomorrow, tomorrow is mine and yours.’

A production of I Solisti del Vento in collaboration with Red Note Ensemble, Song Circus and Sound Festival with concerts Scotland, Belgium and The Netherlands

With the kind support of: Aberdeen City Council’s Made in Aberdeen programme, Creative Scotland National Lottery Funding, Music Norway and Arts Council Norway
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YET ANOTHER LOVELY REVIEW OF OUR ALBUM!

This time in German Magazine Bad Alchemy:

http://www.2l.no/anm/2L-117-124_Bad-Alchemy.pdf

GREAT REVIEW IN VITAL WEEKLY!

“An extraordinary work. What impressed me immediately is the immensely detailed and microtonal spectrum. A world full of nuances and small gestures that make up one giant musical construction in twelve movements. One can dwell endlessly in this strange world. Complex, and above all utterly beautiful.”

http://www.vitalweekly.net/1059.html

Programme release SOAC!

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I am curating Sound of a Cage. The triennale is build up around the legacy of John Cage and his fellows, and it combines presentations of art, music, design, performance, workshops, lectures and topical discussions. This third edition of set focus on sound poetry. Sound of a Cage take place at Tou Scene on 6.- 8. of October. Welcome to Stavanger!

Explore the program and our websites!

Great review in Nieuwe Noten (NL)

“A simply unique performance by Song Circus on this album, “Anatomy of Sound”. Years of preparation is presented to us this incredible piece, and in such an exemplary manner. This piece requires an incredible amount of these five vocalists. There is alternately sung and spoken, but the human voice is also used by all other means, literally as an instrument. From whisper soft to icy raw and between all possible nuances, an unreal diverse spectrum of tone colours. A whole fairytale; poetic, terrifying and ghostly time. As a musical poem in which each note will be extremely detailed in the spotlight. Gjertsen’s music sounds remarkably transparent, and his musical language very detailed and full of nuances. This is music that begs to be listened extremely concentrated. Only then his world reveals itself fully…”

Listen to the music: http://phonofile.link/anatomy-of-sound
Hybrid SACD and Pure Audio Blu-ray: https://shop.klicktrack.com/2l/1001457

Read the whole review in Dutch:

The program of Sound of a Cage will be released on the 15th of August

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I am the curator of Sound of a Cage, a triennial is build up around the legacy of John Cage and his fellows. SOAC combines art, music, design, performance, workshops, lectures and topical discussions. This third edition of Sound of a Cage set focus on sound poetry.

Sound poetry is an artistic form bridging literary and musical composition, in which the phonetic aspects of human speech are foregrounded instead of more conventional semantic and syntactic values; “verse without words”.
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CLASSICAL:NEXT ROTTERDAM

Song Circus had an amazing and busy week during Rotterdam in May, attending seminars and meetings, establishing new collaborations, booking concerts and performing a successful showcase concert in deDoelen! Thank you for inviting us Classical:NEXT!

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VIDEO RELEASE!

I am so proud to present our new video “Anatomy of Sound”!

Concept & idea: Maja Friis and Liv Runesdatter
Film director: Maja Friis
All sound performed by Song Circus (songcircus.no)
Music composed by: Ruben Sverre Gjertsen
Sound production: 2L / Lindberg Lyd (Morten Morten Lindberg and Jørn Simenstad)
Producer: Liv Runesdatter
Cinematographer: Anders Nydam
Visual consultant: Lys og Trolddom / Rasmus Møbius

The video is awailable in different formats and can be customized for screening. The music is originally recorded and produced in Auro 3D.

Contact for screening: Song Circus / Liv Runesdatter – liv@songcircus.no

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Upsweep-Whistle-Bloop at Nordischer Klang, Greifswald. Concept, visuals and music by Jasmijn Visser and Stine Janvin Motland. Performed and created with Song Circus (Liv Runesdatter, Signe Irene Stangborli Time, Anita Kaasbøll, Eva Bjerga Haugen, Stine Javel), Costumes by Altinstark(Esra Altin, Samy Celler) photos by Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky
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“AND YET THEY SING” AT NABLUS CULTURE FESTIVAL

Unforgettable, beautiful and outrageous at the same time. Touching and thought-provoking meetings, especially among people in Askar Refugee Camp. Adults and children living in anything but security and hope for the future, and who struggle for dignity and freedom every single day. I am deeply grateful that I got to experience this, thankful for the people I´ve met and can I can not wait to go back.

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A very good documentary about Palestina and factors that makes a sustainable development of the Palestinian state extremely difficult. In English. https://tv.nrk.no/program/KOID28002115/gazas-upaalitelige-hjelpere

Thank you Nablus Culture Festival / Hakim – Project Hope, Nablusforeningen and The Municipality of Stavanger.

French review “Anatomy of Sound” OPUS HD

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Le groupe vocal Song Circus composé de six artistes, Stine Janvin Motland, Maria Norseth Garli, Liv Runesdatter, Anita Kaasbell, Eva Bjerga Haugen et Ronnaug Bakke, est spécialisé dans la musique contemporaine et l’improvisation. Il propose ici deux œuvres, « Landscape With Figures » de Ruben Sverre Gjertsen, sur des textes de Damian Vitanza et James Joyce, puis « Persefone » de Ole-Henrik Moe JR. Ruben Sverre Gjersten a étudié la composition à l’Académie Grieg de Bergen auprès de Morten Eide Pedersen et James Clapperton avant de suivre les Masters classes de notamment Brian Ferneyhough, Klaus Huber, Salvatore Sciarrino, Philippe Hurel. Ole-Henrik Moe JR fit ses études de violon et de composition en Norvège, en France et en Allemagne. Sa rencontre avec Iannis Xenakis, à la Sorbonne à Paris fut, pour lui, déterminante. Comme au temps de la chanteuse et muse de Luciano Berio, Cathy Berberian dans les années soixante, c’est une technique vocale nouvelle que l’on aborde ici, faisant la part belle à la virtuosité. Dans une mise en espace particulière, la musique se déploie avec rigueur et force, laissant l’auditeur à la fois spectateur et acteur d’un univers aux repères déplacés qu’il faut reconsidérer à l’aune d’un partage émotionnel totalement nouveau lui aussi. Avis aux amateurs.
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http://www.opushd.net/article?article=2293

Song Circus is selected for Classical:NEXT!

We are very proud to share with you all that Song Circus is selected as one of six curated showcases at Classical:NEXT in May 2016!

“Norwegian ensemble Song Circus is comprised of five vocalists, and the music they make is thrilling, demanding, and light-years removed from traditional choral music. ‘Anatomy of Sound’ showcases the work of two composers, Ruben Sverre Gjertsen and Ole-Henrik Moe. Their pieces are jangled and nervous. Thick vocal textures are interwoven with washes of digital sound. A singer’s whisper morphs into a full-throated roar, then yields to near-subliminal mouth percussion. Just as unique, Song Circus’ stage setup surrounds the audience, positioning them within the ensemble so they can act as co-conspirators in the performance.”

http://www.classicalnext.com/program/showcases/live_showcases

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I have been working on a new art project: “Transit”, a music installation with Song Circus and a group of untrained voices by refugees and immigrants from nine different countries.
Text by Confucius and Mansur Rajih (Jemen/Norway). Guest soloist: Khaled Habeeb (oud).

In the first week of Desember we did eight performances in Rogaland, Western Norway. We have made new friends, and we have been moved by individuals´ strength and bravery. I have witnessed how people contribute to help the refugees who arrive the city, and I have met skepticism.

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In collaboration with Johannes Læringssenter. Supported by Rogaland Fylkeskommune, Stavanger Kommune, Musikernes Konsertfond (MFO Rogaland) and Arts Council Norway.

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“Through minutiae explorations into the very microlevels of sound anatomy, through vocal investigations into, as well as the activation of, spatial premises and through the discovery of timbral qualities of objects, Song Circus masters an unusual audial vocabulary that expands the idea of what music can be.”

We are happy and proud to present the newly released album Anatomy of Sound.

Listen here: http://phonofile.link/anatomy-of-sound

The album marks the first release from the contemporary vocal chamber ensemble and a first time collaboration with the multiple Grammy-nominee Lindberg Lyd. Delve into minutiae explorations of the very microlevels of sound anatomy, through vocal investigations that expands the idea of what music can be!

If you have access to a home cinema or audio surround system, we invite you to a fascinating three dimensional soundscape. Anatomy of Sound is available on Blu-ray and hybrid SACD, recorded, produced and released by Lindberg Lyd /2L.

“An unforgettable experience. Rich and strange. As audience I experienced being in a terrain, from a time when listening to the environment was essential for survival. To be reminded of this, not only intellectually but physically and spatially, is rare. I let myself run and seduce and enjoy a contemporary art experience, and was awakened by an ancient vigilance. Strange and exceptional”

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Disc 1
Hybrid SACD
MCH 5.0 DSD
Stereo DSD

Disc 2
Pure Audio Blu-ray
DTS HD MA 192kHz/24 bit 5.0
Auro-3D 96kHz/24 bit 9.0
LPCM 192kHz/24 bit STEREO
mShuttle: stereo FLAC 96kHz + MP3

RELEASE CONCERTS DURING NORDIC MUSIC DAYS IN COPENHAGEN

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SONG CIRCUS – ANATOMY OF SOUND

September 26th 15.30 / 16.45
Dome of Visions, Copenhagen

http://domeofvisions.dk/dome-of-visions/

The album Anatomy of Sound will be released at Song Circus´ concerts during Nordic Music Days in Copenhagen, one of the leading European festivals for contemporary music. Song Circus will perform Landscape with Figures by Ruben Sverre Gjertsen.

Song Circus has collaborated with Ruben Sverre Gjertsen on the development of his project Landscape with Figures since 2011. The human voice is a central part of the instrumental palette of this project and much of the music is the result of the joint efforts of the ensemble and the composer. Landscape with Figures is partially open in its form; the music is tremendously detailed and intricately notated and requires considerable musical and vocal technique and virtuosity. The composition stretches the limits of tonal flexibility and microtonal precision. The vocalists are positioned among the audience, and electroacoustic sounds are conveyed via a large loudspeaker setup that fills the room and creates a three-dimensional terrain.

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I was portrayed by Werksemd for Stavanger Asset Management and their spring publication.

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I made this music film back in 2009, and I still love Martin Hawkes photographing. Martin and Frank Shortt rented a caravan and visited some of the most beautiful spots in Rogaland. “So, ro snubberusken min” is based on three traditional lullabies from home (Vestfold, Norway, after Ola Gabriel Yndestad).

Cinematography: Martin Hawkes
Voice: Liv Runesdatter
Baglama: Vidar Skrede
Edit: Jon Garcia De Presno
Concept & Direction: Liv Runesdatter & Martin Hawkes
Produced by Saft Film. Supported by Filmkraft Rogaland.

So, Ro Snubberusken Min from saft film on Vimeo.

Visiting RiksUltima at Vibrandsøy

Just outside of Haugesund, a small town on the west coast of Norway, is Vibrandsøy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vibrandsøy.

During the first week of June Ultima (http://ultima.no), Concerts of Norway (https://www.rikskonsertene.no/english/english_rk/) and DKS invited 10 000 children to a contemporary music festival for kids – RiksUltima. I did six solo performances with megaphone and a duo performance together with the Dutch vocalist and sound poet, Jaap Blonk. What a wonderful location and what a nice festival concept!

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Recording “And yet they sing”

We are happy to announce that “And yet they sing” is being recorded and that it will be released on cd and by digital distribution during winter 2015/2016:

The piece was originally commissioned by ICORN and a part of Kapittel, Stavanger International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech and the first première was in September 2013. Music by Liv Runesdatter and poems by Mansur Rajih (Jemen/NO).

Liv Runesdatter (vocals, NO), Mansur Rajih (resitation, Jemen /NO), Abdulrahman Surizehi (benju, Iran/Balouchistan/NO), Rolf-Erik Nystrøm (saxophone, NO), Ilmari Hopkins (cello, FIN/NO), Tor Yttredal (saxophone, NO), Violin (TBA), Henning Rød Haugland (piano / percussion, NO), Snorre Bjerck (percussion, NO), Magnus Rød Haugland and Roar Skjelbred (double bass, NO)

 

This is the world

More beautiful than we want to know

and more delicate

More fragile than we can abide

 

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Sound of a Cage 2016 is under construction

The third triennial Sound of a Cage is under construction.

Sound of a Cage 2016 will have a main focus on sound poetry. The art conference is curated by Liv Runesdatter and located on Tou Scene in Stavanger. Among the other collaborators are Stavanger Art Museum, Rogaland Art Centre and NyMusikk.

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