ØYVIND TORVUND

Alongside regular musical studies in Oslo and Berlin, the Norwegian composer Øyvind Torvund played guitar in rock and improvising groups, and his music assembles disparate materials, inconsistent attitude: sounds from rock or from everyday life (or nature) occurring in chamber music, simplicity in a complex context, improvisation coexisting with exact notation, music combined with film or projections, seriousness in counterpoint with humor. Raw melodic schemes may come from Purcell, the infill from the detritus of electronic distortion or street noise. Categories are split open or blurred, habits unbent. To quote Iggy Pop: “The neon forest is my home.”

Torvund himself puts it like this:

“My chief concern is keeping an open approach as to what may function as the constitutive parts of a work of music, and trying to combine several kinds and levels of elements. … Contrasts, juxtapositions and completely opposite perspectives interest me because I believe that there is a lot happening around and beneath the ordinary musical framework, and a lot of unconscious forces to be explored.”

www.oyvindtorvund.com

 

LECTURE #1
Øyvind Torvund
10:30 WED 29.8
MN-FAKULTETET

 

CONCERT #4:
Ceremonial Processions
20:00 THU 30.8
BERGEN DOMKIRKE
Cinematic Pieces (2016)  For wind ensemble with synth soloist and samples