Otherworldly Resonances – Cikada & more Concert

A concert dedicated to composers and musicians who share a playful and adventurous relationship to music.



Photo: Observatoriet

Ellen Ugelvik + Sanae Yoshida
George Crumb (1929–), Otherworldly Resonances (for Two Amplified Pianos) (19’)
Cikada strykekvartett        
Rebecka Ahvenniemi (1982-), Tacit-Citat-ion
George Crumb (1929–). Black Angels (20’)

Vilde & Inga's project with the junior ensemble at Barrat Due is an innovative melting pot for musical and instrumental experimentation, exploration of sound, tone, and the act of listening. All these elements are in play when improvisation from the professional duo Vilde&Inga meets the sound of a new generation of musicians. Vilde&Inga (Vilde Sandve Alnæs and Inga Margrete Aas) achieved rare success with their improvised music as classical performers. Their accomplishments include award-winning CDs with the prestigious record label ECM amongst others. They are a guiding light for a new and creative direction in the field of classical music. 
The title of Rebecka Ahvenniemi’s piece refers to ‘tacit knowledge’ and ‘citation’ – the idea that music comes from a historical context of musical codes. The highly textured string quartet piece is inspired by the work of Kaija Saariaho, Hans Abrahamsen, Salvatore Sciarrino and Giacinto Scelsi.  
George Crumb, who passed away in February 2022, was known as an explorer in music with alternate forms of notation and expanded instrumental and vocal techniques. His work Otherworldly Resonances for two pianos is based on a hypnotic four-tone motif. It was one of Crumb’s first piano pieces after a break of almost 15 years. Black Angels is written for an eclectic string quartet where the instruments are amplified until the volume reaches the pain threshold. The musicians use instruments in untraditional ways, as well as whispering, singing, shouting, and drumming. Crumb was influenced by painful memories from the Vietnam War when he wrote Black Angels

PÅ! is all about the sounds of today. It’s a regular series of concerts and happenings highlighting the work of contemporary composers and performers. The series features the best musicians and ensembles playing music from a mix of well known composers and newcomers.  
The series is produced in collaboration with Therese Birkelund Ulvo and UR Productions. Supported by Komponistforeningen and Norsk Kulturråd.