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Kim Myhr in concert on Radio France

By Erlend Buflaten Posted: 03. Jun, 2015

Kim Myhr (photo: Mayu Kanamori)

This Saturday, Radio France will air a special concert by guitarist Kim Myhr recorded in their Paris studio.

Early May, Kim Myhr flew to Paris to record a special session at Maison de Radio France. The special session consisted of a 40 minute long set of Myhr’s solo music. The intimate concert will be aired on France Musique Saturday June 6th at 11 CEST. Mark the time now.

Myhr is a prominent voice on the experimental music scene in Norway, both as a composer and as a guitarist, with frequent performances throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and North- as well as South-America. The Radio France concert will see Myhr perform songs from his latest critically acclaimed solo album «All your limbs singing».

We had a quick talk with Myhr on this special concert and his upcoming plans.

 – Tell us a little about the session. How did it come to happen?

– I first performed in the ‘A l’improviste’ program in 2009 with a french group called The Silencers, and I’ve known Anne Montaron, the head of the program, since then. She’s a lovely person, and an unusually knowledgable journalist. The last few years she has done some radio recordings of concerts of my groups at different french festivals, at Festival Météo a few years ago, and CRAK festival in Paris last year. And this year I finally got to come back to Radio France again, to perform a live solo concert with audience.

– How have you been received in France earlier. Is this a specially important market for you?

– I think France has been and still is an incredibly important country for experimental music. There is still a good infrastructure there with venues and festivals around the country, and a distribution company called Metamkine is doing a really good job spreading the music around. Until now the national French radio has also supported more radical forms of music, although this is unfortunately about to change, as Radio France is considering to get rid of the entire France Musique channel later this year. That would be terrible of course, and there has been lots of petitions and strikes against the new proposals.

– What else is on top of your agenda these days?

– I’ve been performing around 25-30 solo concerts a year these last few years, and I still have quite some solo performances planned. I enjoy it a lot. Right now I’m working on a new solo record, where I’m including electronics which is an exciting change for me. Early next year will see the release of the music I did for Trondheim Jazz Orchestra together with singer Jenny Hval. We recorded the music in Rainbow Studio last year, and I’m very excited about the result.

France Musique’s mission is to “discover and share the musical emotions: classical, jazz, world music and pop music”, and they will have a video of Myhr’s concert up on their site within the coming days.

 

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