After two months of summer, there are still some sounds of last season hanging around in my head. But in a week’s time, I’ll be back on the road, discovering new places and new sounds. As a fan of photo books, I can only recommend Moby’s book “Destroyed” ( http://destroyed.moby.com/ ) – as a little snapshot of life on tour.
I’ll start off in Buenos Aires, pre – rehearsing for Nono’s Prometeo, one of the greatest works ever, in my opinion. Then I’ll go to Norway to work with the Oslo Philharmonic and my mate, the great baritone Leigh Melrose. We’ll do works by Charles Ives, such as his songs arranged by my friends, composers Georg Friedrich Haas and John Adams, plus Ives “Three Places in New England” and a new work by norwegian composer Lene Grenager.
Apart from Oslo Phil, I’ll meet many other orchestras I haven’t worked with, yet, next season: Helsinki Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Copenhagen Philharmonic and Danish Radio Sinfonietta, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and Norwegian Opera.
Some of the music we play is new to me, as well. And some works are by great contemporaries I had the chance to work with, such as Kaija Saariaho and Sir Harrison Birtwistle, whose 80th birthday we’ll celebrate with some concerts and his opera “Yan Yan Tethera” at the Barbican, in May 2014.
Apart from new acquaintances, I’ll work with many old friends and colleagues in 2013/14. The musicians of the Orquesta Sinfonica do Porto, Iceland Symphony, London Sinfonietta and Klangforum Vienna have shared good moments and great concerts in the past and I am looking forward to seeing them, again. There are also many soloists such as percussionist Colin Currie, sound designer Andre Richard and many composers I’ll meet again, next year.￼
Above all, my group Bit20, who is based in Bergen, Norway, is presenting their brand new season of new music, talks and sound art performances. Bit20 is becoming a real hothouse for innovation and top class performance. In 2013/14 we’re bringing the most incredible sounds and people to Bergen: The norwegian premiere of Romitellis video opera “An Index of Metals” and the live film soundtrack to Fritz Lang’s silent movie “Metropolis” to name just a few. Guests include author, lecturer and sound artist Brandon LaBelle, DJ Gisle Martens Meyer and composer Djuro Zivkovic. They are all busy shaping, inventing and analysing future sound worlds and we’re proud to present them as part of Bit20’s season.