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Ultima celebrates 25 years with a spectacular program

By Erlend Buflaten Posted: 02. Sep, 2015

Andre Bratten has the honor of closing the 25th edition of Ultima this year (photo: Stephen Butkus)

The 25th edition of Ultima Contemporary Music Festival kicks off next week with an impressive program filled with world premiers and exciting works.

Set to take place from September 10th through the 19th, Oslo will once again be the center of the contemporary music scene when Ultima takes over several venues of all sizes for its 25th edition. In the years since 1991 when the first festival was held, Ultima has grown to be one of the leading and most important festivals for contemporary music in Europe and the biggest in the Nordic countries.

Leading Norwegian and international artists, ensembles and curators are making this years program one of the strongest in years. With numerous world premieres, visitors are set to experience several one of a kind performances.

Dive in to Ultima’s 25th anniversary program on their website

Some highlights of Ultima 2015’s program

Elisabeth Vatn – The Color Beneath
Vatn’s work ‘The Color Beneath’ will be performed in James Turrel’s light installation ‘Skyspace’ at the Ekeberg Sculpture Park. Natural light from sunrise and sunset are reflected and projected in Turrel’s installation and with Vatn’s music it is set to be an unforgettable piece.

Nils Petters Molvær – Lucid Dream
Renowned jazz composer, producer and trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær will leave the venues he usually perform and bring his soundscape back in to the nature, from which his sound is so heavily influenced. ‘Lucid Dream’ blends lights, pictures and sound to take the spectator on a walkabout of the unknown and uncertain.


Lucid Dream (photo: Susanne Diesner)

Henrik Helstenius – Ørets teater: Om naturen
In another nature inspired work, Henrik Helstenius will together with Oslo Sinfonietta and Dans les Arbres blend concert and drama as Helstenius sheds light on natures role in art. Music from Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Edvard Grieg has been paired with music from Salvatore Sciarrino, Helstenius own compositions and music from the Norwegian/French quartet Dans les Arbres.

Helge Steen – Sow Your Gold In The White Foliated Earth
Ensemble Musikfabrik return to Ultima to play new music written by Helge Steen solely for Harry Partch’s special instrument park. This piece cannot be played on conventional instruments which makes this one of the must see concerts of Ultima.

Andre Bratten / Ole-Henrik Moe – Arvo Pärt Te Deum and new work
Ultima 2015 will be closed by Andre Bratten and Ole-Henrik Moe in Oslo Cathedral along with Oslo Domkor and Ensemble Allegria. Known for his blend of space disco beats and minimalist house, Bratten has teamed up with composer and violinist Moe to write Ultimas closing concert for classical instruments mixed with a heavily processed soundscape.


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