During Bergen International Festival last week, Nordic Council announced the nominees for Nordic Council Music Prize 2015. From Norway the quartet Dans Les Arbres and mezzo-soprano Tora Augestad are nominated.
Augestad is one of Norway’s most recognised cabarat artists. Since 2010 she’s worked on several projects with Swiss director Christoph Marthaler, ranging from opera, classical, jazz, pop and cabaret. Most recently Augestad premiered a chamber opera at Bergen International Festival.
Dans Les Arbres goes back to the time when Ivar Grydeland and Ingar Zach studied for their master thesises at the Norwegian Academy of Music between 2001 and 2003. Since then the duo has become a quartet and they’ve released two albums on ECM Records and played over 100 concerts worldwide. They’ve received much appreciation for their unique approach to the music, resulting in gradual and nuanced processed sound transformations.
The ensemble consists of Xavier Charles (FR) – klarinett/trekkspill, Ivar Grydeland (N) – gitar & banjo med preparering / shruti box, Christian Wallumrød (N) – preparert piano / trekkspill, Ingar Zach (N) – stortromme/perkusjon.
This year marks 50 years since the award was handed out for the first time. Then Swedish Karl-Birger Blomdahl was awarded the prize for his work ‘Aniara’.
The prize is 350.000 DNOK, making it one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. The winner will be announced and handet out in Reykjavik October 27th as a part of Nordic Council’s session.