Ensemble neoN

Monday, February 22nd, 2016 - 11:00 am

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Based is Olso, Norway, Ensemble neoN was formed by Jan Martin Smørdal and Julian Skar in 2008 from as a modular group of musicians educated at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Comprised of nine musicians, two composers, and a conductor, neoN aims to present music at the highest level possible, focusing on Norwegian and international works. In addition to their dedication to the performance of newly-created works, neoN has also committed itself to present cross-genre projects straddling the popular and art-music worlds as well as interdisciplinary collaborations with visual artists, performing artists, and installation artists.

In 2009, Ensemble neoN began a collaboration with the singer-songwriter Susanna Wallumrød: a collaboration that has led to numerous concert performances in non-classical venues as well as the critically-acclaimed co-production “The Forester” released on CD, vinyl, and digitally worldwide. In 2013, “The Forester” won the prestigious Spellemannprisen, Norway’s Grammy.

NeoN has premiered numerous works and performed at leading festivals such as the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, where they premiered Johannes Kreidler’s seven-hour “Audio Guide;” Germany’s Hamburg Festival for Experimental Music and Weimar Frühjahrstage; Oslo’s Ultima Contemporary Music Festival; Colombia’s International Image Festival; Seoul, Korea’s Pan Festival; the Molde Jazz Festival, as well as throughout their native Norway.