News RESIDENCY IN STAVANGER TOGETHER WITH COMPOSER LAURA BOWLER AND DESIGNER KATE LANE (UK) · June 1st, 2017

Song Circus are developing a new and fascinating project, together with Laura Bowler, Lavinia Murray and Kate Land (UK) and Read more…

GREAT REVIEW IN THE SOUND PROJECTOR! · June 1st, 2017

“Landscape With Figures sounds positively bustling with activity compared with this largely static set of haunting, abstract murmurs and howls. Read more…

SONG CIRCUS IN NUTIDA MUSIK · June 1st, 2017

Nutida Musik has written a very nice article and a great review about Song Circus and our album “Anatomy of Read more…

A GLIMPSE INTO SOUND OF A CAGE TRIENNIAL 2016 · June 1st, 2017

Sound of a Cage 2016 – Trailer from Liv Runesdatter on Vimeo.

FREEDOM O(R) SPEECH · June 1st, 2017

I Solisti del Vento, Red Note Ensemble, Song Circus Actor: Jan Decleir and Simon Callow Conductor: Etienne Siebens Angela Merkel Read more…

FIVE STAR REVIEW IN THE SCOTSMAN! · June 1st, 2017

“the three ensembles closed with a blisteringly visceral account of the budgeoning dissonances of Louis Andriessen’s notorious De Staat. It Read more…

YET ANOTHER LOVELY REVIEW OF OUR ALBUM! · June 1st, 2017

This time in Bad Alchemy: http://www.2l.no/anm/2L-117-124_Bad-Alchemy.pdf

GREAT REVIEW IN VITAL WEEKLY! · June 1st, 2017

“An extraordinary work. What impressed me immediately is the immensely detailed and microtonal spectrum. A world full of nuances and Read more…

CHRISTMAS MEDITATIONS 12 30 2016 · June 1st, 2017
Great review in Nieuwe Noten (NL) · September 1st, 2016

“A simply unique performance by Song Circus on this album, “Anatomy of Sound”. Years of preparation is presented to us Read more…

SONG CIRCUS AT SOUND OF A CAGE 2016 · August 8th, 2016

Sound of a Cage is build up around the legacy of John Cage and his fellows. The triennial is curated Read more…

SONG CIRCUS AT CLASSICAL:NEXT · August 8th, 2016

Song Circus had an amazing and busy week during Rotterdam in May, attending seminars and meetings, establishing new collaborations, booking Read more…

Upsweep-Whistle-Bloop · May 20th, 2016

by Jasmijn Visser (visual artist, NL), Stine Janvin Motland (sound poet, NO) and Song Circus. In 1961 the USA activated Read more…

FILM RELEASE! · May 20th, 2016

We are super proud to present our new video “Anatomy of Sound”! Concept & idea: Liv Runesdatter and Maja Friis Read more…

Review in The Vinyl Anachronism · February 8th, 2016

This collection of experimental pieces for five voices and electronics is definitely not in the wheel house of your average Read more…

French review “Anatomy of Sound” · February 8th, 2016

OPUS HD: Le groupe vocal Song Circus composé de six artistes, Stine Janvin Motland, Maria Norseth Garli, Liv Runesdatter, Anita Read more…

Song Circus selected for Classical:NEXT 2016! · February 5th, 2016

We are very proud to share with you all that Song Circus is selected as one of six curated showcases Read more…

Anatomy of Sound nominated Norwegian Grammy · January 5th, 2016

The Song Circus album “Anatomy of Sound”, with music by Ruben Sverre Gjertsen and Ole-Henrik Moe is nominated Spellemann 2015 Read more…

Album release! · December 14th, 2015

We are happy and proud to present the newly released album Anatomy of Sound! The album marks the first release Read more…

RELEASE CONCERTS DURING NORDIC MUSIC DAYS IN COPENHAGEN · September 9th, 2015

  SONG CIRCUS – ANATOMY OF SOUND           September 26th 15.30 / 16.45 Dome of Visions, Copenhagen Read more…

The Project

Anatomy of Sound is not only the name chosen for the record, but also the concept that permeates all of Song Circus´ artistic work during the period 2014-2018. Anatomy of Sound contains eight projects and fifteen composers.

 

The repertoire focuses on the expansion of the register of expression and sound available to the human voice. In addition, Anatomy of Sound suggests a multitude of potential historical, theoretical, phenomenological and artistic angles.

 

These websites will be in continuous development until January 2018, with the intent to convey different aspects of the project.

 

THE RECORD RELEASE

For more than four years, Song Circus has collaborated with Ruben Sverre Gjertsen on the development of his Landscape with Figures. The human voice is a central part of the instrumental palette of this project and much of the music is the result of the joint efforts of the ensemble and the composer. Landscape with Figures is partially open in its form; the music is tremendously detailed and intricately notated and requires considerable musical and vocal technique and virtuosity. The composition stretches the limits of tonal flexibility and microtonal precision. Landscape with Figures IIa is composed for performance with eight or sixteen sound channels. A related piece, written for Song Circus and Sinfonietta, was performed with Oslo Sinfonietta during the Ultima Contemporary Music Festival in Oslo in the fall of 2013.

 

The composition marked the end of Gjertsen’s scholarship through the University of Bergen’s scholarship program for artistic development, with the project “Between instrument and everyday sound”.  As part of the process, Gjertsen studied the academic work of Wishart and Ferneyhough, their systems of notation and compositions. He also studied overtone and throat singing under David Hykes. Another main aspect of Gjertsen’s research is intonation and microtonality with extensive use of overtone intervals and Javanese pentatonic tunings.

 

Ole-Henrik Moe’s Persefone is an acoustic piece written for five female voices and wine glasses. It is a textural study of vocal sound, dynamics and microtonality. Moe took inspiration from Morton Feldman when he wrote Persefone and, in the first part, he stretches silence and slowness so far that any sense of a horizontal timeline dissolves into a music of state.

 

Anatomy of Sound is recorded in Uranienborg Church by Lindberg Lyd in 9.0 Auro-3D to be released on Pure Audio Blu-ray by 2L. The record is also available as hybrid SACD.

 

Song Circus:

Stine Janvin Motland
Maria Norseth Garli
Liv Runesdatter
Anita Kaasbøll
Rønnaug Bakke (Moe)
Eva Bjerga Haugen 

 

Artistic director Song Circus: Liv Runesdatter
Balance Engineer and Recording Producer: Morten Lindberg
Recording Technician: Beatrice Johannessen

Electronics: Ruben Sverre Gjertsen

Conductors: Jonas Skartveit Rogne (Gjertsen) and Carl Anders Nilsen (Moe)

 

The production is funded by Kulturrådet / Arts Council Norway, FFUK / Fund for Performing Artists and FFLB

 

Ole-Henrik Moe (1966) has studied violin and composition in Norway, France and Germany. One year studying under Iannis Xenakis at the Sorbonne in Paris has been of particular importance to him. For many years, Ole-Henrik Moe worked closely with Arne Nordheim and assisted him on several compositions. As a violinist, Moe has been part of diverse orchestras and chamber ensembles and participated in the founding of Oslo Barokkorkester. He is also a very active improvisational musician. He has composed for the Arditti Quartet, Münchener Kammerorchester, Ensemble Laboratorium, Ensemble Recherche and Klangforum Wien. Kari Rønnekleiv, Moe’s wife, received a Spelleman award in 2007 for her publishing of Moe’s works for violin and in 2012. Ole-Henrik Moe was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize.

 

Ruben Sverre Gjertsen (1977) has studied composition at the Grieg Academy in Bergen with Morten Eide Pedersen and James Clapperton and has attended master classes with guest composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, Klaus Huber, Salvatore Sciarrino, Philippe Hurel, Luca Francesconi and Helmut Lachenmann. In 2013, the Universty of Bergen awarded Gjertsen a doctorate through the program for artistic development (program for kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid) where he currently teaches composition. His work has been performed at five Young Nordic Music (UNM) festivals in addition to the Luzern Festivalakademi og Voix Nouvelles at Royaumont. “Rituals II” for 59 musicians was chosen for ISCM 2004 in Switzerland. Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Vortex, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and Oslo Sinfonietta all count among the ensembles that have performed his music. The publication Grains on +3dB records received the Spelleman award 2009 in the category “contemporary composer.” Ruben Sverre Gjertsen was awarded Arne Nordheim´s Price for Composers in 2010.

Song Circus

The chamber ensemble Song Circus (2009-) consists of five professional Norwegian singers, led by Liv Runesdatter, who specialise in contemporary music and improvisation. Song Circus has established close and enduring relationships with several composers and creating artists. The ensemble has given life to an unusual and fascinating vocabulary of sound combined with rare musical precision.

Artistic Director:
Liv Runesdatter

Vocalists:
Anita Kaasbøll, Stine Janvin Motland, Liv Runesdatter, Eva Bjerga Haugen, Maria Norseth Garli and Signe Irene Stangborli Time.

Production:
CARMA Contemporary Art, Music & Dance

Booking:
liv@songcircus.no · +47 93243789

Label:
Lindberg Lyd · 2L

Design:
Werksemd by Nina Elisabeth Børke

Web design:
Jonas Ersland



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Have a listen to Stine Janvin Motlands Native Instrument Project here: [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/184755796″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

Dada Manifesto · August 8th, 2016

Dada Manifesto

Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim is invited to Sound of a Cage to present “Dada Manifesto”. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/153169006″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” Read more…

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Upsweep-Whistle-Bloop · May 20th, 2016
FILM RELEASE! · May 20th, 2016
Live concert photos · August 25th, 2015
OS SC Eggen svart:hvitt
Lindberg Lyd recording Song Circus · August 25th, 2015
Listen to sound excerpts · August 16th, 2015
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CONTACT & BOOKING

 

CARMA Contemporary Art, Music & Dance

Liv Runesdatter

+47 93243789

liv(AT)songcircus.no

 

 

Press release Anatomy of Sound:

Anatomy of Sound (ENG)

ANATOMY OF SOUND (NO) 3

 

 

Song Circus:
Pressebilde SC Gjertsen