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Norwegian musicians at the University of York Spring Festival

 Date:03/05/2006 - 12/05/2006
 Type:Culture, Music
 Location:England, London

Norwegian-Swedish female vocal group Trio Mediaeval presents new works at the festival whilst Trygve Seim takes up his saxophone to perform with fellow Norwegian Frode Haltli on accordion.

07/04/2006 :: The University of York Spring Festival (3 to 12 May 2006) celebrates the music of today, from improvisation to world and UK premières, with performers from Norway, New York and Paris, as well as members of the music department. 

Links with the eclectic ECM recording label – the University holds the UK’s only complete ECM archive – are marked with concerts given by headline artists Trio Mediaeval, Tryve Seim saxophone, and Frode Haltli accordion.

Norwegian-Swedish female vocal group Trio Mediaeval presents new works written for it by William Brooks, Trygve Seim and Sungji Hong, whose setting of the Mass features on the Trio’s recent ECM CD ‘Maris Stella’. Trygve Seim takes up his saxophone to perform with fellow Norwegian Frode Haltli, accordion, in a concert of their own music and traditional Scandinavian tunes.  John Potter, whose long association with Arvo Pärt dates back to the Hilliard Ensemble’s hugely successful ECM recordings, features in performances of music by Pärt and Veljo Tormis.

Formed in Oslo in 1997, the Trio was coached initially by the Hilliard Ensemble and is now making a powerful impact on both sides of the Atlantic. The Trio’s three ECM recordings have received international praise and the latest, ‘Stella Maris’, featuring Sungji Hong’s Mass, was released last autumn. William Brooks' piece sets mediaeval love poems and Trygve Seims' new work is based on texts by the Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Rumi.

Trygve Seim and Frode Haltli are two stars of the 'second generation' of Norwegian musicians, who following the huge success of Jan Gabarek, draw on a broad musical canvas with impressions of jazz, contemporary classical music, the music of Japan and India, as well as traditional Scandinavian tunes. The range and subtle textures produced by both instruments create a fresh, and distinctly Norwegian, sound. They will play music from their ECM recordings as well as new duo and solo pieces. The Guardian describes Trygve Seim as 'no sax player you’ve ever heard – more like wind in the trees, or wooden flutes.’

Festival Administrator Celia Frisby said: ‘By presenting events in an informal and relaxed atmosphere we enable the audience to meet composers and performers and to experience at first hand the energy that informs the creation and performance of new music.’

The Festival is funded by the University of York, the PRS Foundation and the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

A leaflet giving the full programme is available from the Box Office (01904 432439); boxoffice@york.ac.uk and on the website www.YorkConcerts.co.uk/springfestival

Trio Mediaeval
Wednesday 10 May
7.30pm Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
£10.00, concs £8.00, students £3.00

Trygve Seim saxophone
Frode Haltli accordion
Friday 12 May
7.30pm Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
£10.00, concs £8.00, students £3.00



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Trygve Seim takes up his saxophone to perform with fellow Norwegian Frode Haltli at the festival

Norwegian-Swedish female vocal group Trio Mediaeval presents new works at the festivalPhoto: CF Wesenberg

Frode Haltli performs on Friday 12 MayPhoto: CF Wesenberg

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