Norwegian music invasion in Bath

 Date:19/05/2006 - 04/06/2006
 Type:Culture, Music
 Location:England, Bath

Numerous Norwegian musicians are invading Bath to take part in the city's international music festival at the end of May.

Nils Økland: Hardanger fiddle/violin
This very special recital is an opportunity to appreciate the full extent of Nils Økland's unique combination of virtuosity and restraint, playing violin and Hardanger fiddle, in an intimate solo setting. While tomorrow afternoon’s concert showcases the violinist in a more contemporary context, this show focuses on a repertoire drawn from the music traditions of his native Norway.

Fri 26 May 2006
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Cost: £8

Nils Økland (Hardanger fiddle/violin), Sigbjørn Apeland (pump organ), Åsne Valland Nordli (vocals)
Nils Økland operates in a mysterious zone that somehow bridges traditional folk, contemporary classical music, jazz and improvisation. However this busy list seems too complicated for Økland’s calm and thoughtful music. A mainstay of the influential Rune Grammofon label, Økland evokes both the spacious landscapes of his Norwegian heritage, and the Cagean experimentalism that underpins similarly ambient and meditative music by Eno, Bryars and Skempton. Nils Økland produces some of the most spatial and evocative sounds ever heard on a violin. Performing on his native Hardanger fiddle, the eerie beauty of the resonating strings is enhanced by Åsne Valland Nordli’s voice, the purity of which encapsulates the clean sharp air of the fjords.

Sat 27 May 2006
Time: 2.00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Cost: £8 or admission by Jazz Pass Under 16s half price

John Surman, Karin Krog and Tomasz Stanko Quartet
John Surman is the doyen of British sax players, an international figure with dozens of great albums to his credit, including Road To St Ives and the Mercury-nominated Proverbs And Songs, and a significant body of compositional work to his credit. The great Norwegian singer Karin Krog has worked in duo with Surman since the 1970s, making a memorable appearance in the first Bath Festival jazz programme (1986). This concert is a rare and unmissable opportunity to hear them together.

Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko has achieved something extraordinary, which is to make beautiful, complex improvised music that communicates with both dedicated jazz fans and uninitiated music lovers at an intuitive and emotional level. Rather than putting together international all-star sessions, Stanko has wisely chosen to rehearse and develop a local and closely-knit ensemble of like-minded musicians; though his talented sidemen are still in their twenties, they have been playing together for the best part of a decade, and it shows.

Sat 27 May 2006
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Pavilion
Cost: £14 advance, £16 on door or admission by Jazz Pass Under 16s half price.

Åsne Valland Nordli: vocals
Singer Åsne Valland Nordli comes from the
village of Norheimsund by Hardangerfjord on
the west coast of Norway, and is steeped in the traditional music of the region. She has released three albums, the first recorded while she was still in her teens. She has collaborated widely with folk and jazz artists such as Nils Økland and trumpeter Arve Henriksen

Sat 27 May 2006
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Cost: £8

Maja Ratkje: vocals
Norwegian musician Maja Ratkje kicks off the Electronica Weekend with a solo vocal performance that’s different to other a capella singers — Ratkje’s vocal tones are looped, spun and processed through a rack of hardware. Her uncompromising solo performances use short themes and motifs to construct a long, unbroken piece. Jo MacGregor describes her work as ‘endlessly inventive, violent and beautiful.’

Fri 02 Jun 2006
Time: 1.00pm
Venue: Assembly Rooms
Cost: £8 or admission by Electronica Pass Under 16s half price

Bath Festivals Trust was created in 1993 to develop Bath as a festivals city and its overall mission is "to enrich people's lives through participation in the arts". Bath Festivals Trust annually presents Bath International Music Festival and Bath Literature Festival. In addition the Trust operates Creative Factory a ground breaking music project for young people, and the Babel Project offering Literature and Visual Arts for young people. This year's Bath International Music Festival runs from 19 May to 4 June.

Festivals Box Office on 01225 463362

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This year's Bath International Music Festival runs from 19 May to 4 June