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Week 11 in Review

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 14. Mar, 2014

New Emilie Nicolas video, Leif Ove Andsnes US recitals, Songlines Award nominations and Billie Van’s latest – it’s our Week in Review.

Emilie Nicolas – ‘Grown Up’ new track and video

Declared by many media outlets as one of by:Larm’s true standout acts, Emilie Nicolas maintains the momentum gained by releasing a new track this week; ‘Grown Up’, and a stunning accompanying video. The video, directed by André Chocron, is Nicolas’ first and depicts her childhood via a sublime mix of retro Super-8 footage.

Leif Ove Andsnes – new release and Carnegie recital

11th of March marked the release of pianist Leif Ove Andsnes’ ‘The Beethoven Journey: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4’, which has already been lauded as “a landmark of artistic integrity, intelligence, and musical insight” (Telegraph, UK). Recorded for Sony Classical with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and directed from the keyboard by the pianist himself, the new album heralds Andsnes’s first all-Beethoven solo recital program, which takes him to the main stages of four of the US’ leading venues – New York’s Carnegie Hall (March 19), Chicago’s Symphony Center (March 16), Atlanta’s Spivey Hall (March 14), and Princeton’s McCarter Theatre (March 17) – crowning his epic 19-city, eleven-country tour across America, Europe, and Japan.
Full info HERE.

Billie Van – new video and Clash track of the Day

Earlier this week, Billie Van earned herself a Clash Music Track of the Day distinction for her new single ‘I Let You Down’ and accompanying video. Make sure to check out the slightly surreal, David Lynch-inspired video with and energetic Billie Van performing in front of a staid, static crowd.


New Borealis Festival artistic director announced

This week, Bergen’s Borealis Festival announced that Peter Meanwell has been appointed as the festival’s new artistic director. Peter Meanwell has ten years experience in the BBC Radio 3, the UK’s premier cultural radio channel. In the BBC, parallel to creating radio programs with new music, classical and world music, he has programmed and arranged concerts with live music. Says Meanwell: – – I’m delighted to be joining the Borealis team, and look forward to building on the innovative and dynamic programs that Alwynne Pritchard has developed over the last six years . Bergen is such a rich tapestry of cultural people and institutions it’s exciting to be comfortable two bring my musical and artistic passions to the table, and work closely with the community here.

Monoswesi Songlines nomination

Monoswezi, an Oslo-based collective of musicians originally from Mozambique, Norway, Sweden and Zimbabwe were this week nominated for a Songlines Music Awards in the ‘Cross-Cultural Collaboration’ Category for their album ‘The Village’. The winners, to be selected by the Songlines editorial team, will be published in the June 2014 issue of Songlines.
Monoswezi is also confirmed for Jazzahead! 2014 in April.

Ultima Festival – world premieres set for September

The Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival announced this week world premieres set for September by what the festival declares as ‘two of the most important composers of their generation’. Norway’s Trond Reinholdsen and Dane Simon Steen-Andersen are set to premiere new works at the key festival this autumn. Trond Reinholdtsen’s ‘Concert for piano, player piano and orchestra’ features vocalist Ellen Ugelvik alongside the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Ivan Volkov and is described by the festival as ‘…a work that will (partly) be a conceptual clash between the piano concertos of John Cage and the maoist ‘The Yellow River’.

by:Larm retrospective

by:larm 2014 was a blast – relive those hectic but fun days with this compulsory video.

New Nordic Playlist

No week is complete without it – the Nordic Playlist is here in a fresh incarnation, curated by Finnish rapper Redrama and featuring Norwegian entries by Nico & Vinz and Nico D.
Listen in HERE.