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Unsound Festival NYC – Norwegian performers take center stage

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 31. Mar, 2014

Experimental music festival Unsound returns to NYC with three key Norwegian artists on the roster this week.

In New York for the fourth time, the international, experimental music festival Unsound showcases three, diverse Norwegian performers for its 2014 edition, spanning the gap from free-improv to ambient electronica via contemporary/post-classical.

Unsound Festival is staged in New York form April 2 to 6. Originally based in Krakow in Poland, the experimental music festival is branching out across the globe. The NYC line-up includes 26 artists from around the world, and Norway is represented through three key performers: Le Petit Garçon, Paal Nilssen-Love and Håkon Stene are all part of the official festival program.

Le Petit Garçon

Le Petit Garçon aka Christian Hollingsæter performs at The Wick in Brooklyn, at 9 pm on April 5. As the Unsound program puts it, he “will present his take on isolated Ambient Techno using a vast expanse of distant shoegazing guitars, awe-inspiring ambient synth harmonics and churning, ice-breaking bass.”

More on Le Petit Garçon HERE.

Håkon Stene

Håkon Stene performs earlier on the same day, 3 pm at Issue Project Room. Stene is a Norwegian percussionist and a researcher and teacher at Norwegian Academy of Music. He has worked with Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory, Asamisimasa, Oslo Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien, Rolf Lislevand Ensemble, Barokksolistene and Nils Økland Ensemble, performed pieces by Michael Pisaro, Alvin Lucier, Gavin Byars and Christian Wallumrød among others.”

More on Håkon Stene HERE.

Paal Nilssen-Love

Also at Issue Project Room, Paal Nilssen-Love takes the stage the next day, on 6 pm at April 6. An acclaimed master Norwegian free jazz drummer, Nilssen-Love has performed with a large number of artists from across the world, including Peter Brötzmann, Ken Vandermark, Lasse Marhaug, Mats Gustafsson et al. At Unsound Festival New York he’ll play as part of the Bocian Records showcase.”

More on Paal Nilssen-Love HERE.


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