Unbroken

Concert review at Jazzdor, Strasbourg with Michele Rabbia, Eivind Aarset, Trio iXi and Jan Bang

Dark Star Safari

Concert review in Leipzig volkszeitung

Punkt 2019

The Wire review

Review in The Wire from this year Punkt festival.

Arve Henriksen

The Timeless Nohwere

Rune Grammofon has released a box set of albums with new material including the newly Cryosphere produced by Jan Bang featuring drummers, Helge Norbakken, Ingar Zach and Audun Kleive in addition to two new and exiting musicians :Kristian Isachsen and Italian Walter Laureti  (both programming). The basic material on the album was recorded live in Fredrikstad and reworked by Bang at his Punkt Studio in Kristiansand.

links: http://www.runegrammofon.com/artists/arve_henriksen/rlp3210-arve-henriksen-the-timeless-nowhere-4lp/

reviews: 

https://salt-peanuts.eu

https://jazzinorge.no

Dagsavisen: "Dette er ikke et samlealbum med tidligere utgivelser. Et av dem er riktignok utgitt tidligere, «Towards Language - Live at Punkt». Albumet er opptak av en konsert fra 2017, samme år som Henriksen ga ut studioalbumet «Towards Language», der han hadde med seg Jan Bang (sampling), Erik Honoré (sampling og synth) og Eivind Aarset (gitar). Albumet ble utgitt i fjor, men kun digitalt. Det er et ypperlig album som i seg selv fortjener en fysisk utgivelse: I denne sammenhengen, som en del av en større utgivelse, en større musikalsk fortelling, passer det dessuten svært godt inn."

Previous events

Battleship Potemkin - live soundtrack by Matt Calvert + Jan Bang

Kings Place, London

Battleship Potemkin Live Score

Jan Bang and Matt Calvert

Presented by EFG London Jazz Festival

The masterpiece of early cinema, Eisenstein’s 1925 Soviet classic, Battleship Potemkin finds its new sound with Opera North’s 2017 commission to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution and also to honour the wish of Eisenstein who hoped the score to be rewritten every 20 years to retain its relevance for each new generation. The film will be screened with Norwegian electronic musician and producer Jan Bang (Punkt) and Matt Calvert (Three Trapped Tigers) performing the score live with guitars, electronics and found sounds which are utterly fitting to the scenery, intensifying Eisenstein’s phenomenal imagery.

Arve Henriksen w/Jan Bang / Eivind Aarset / Erik Honoré

Frankfurt

Arve Henriksen: Towards Language

Jan Bang Eivind Aarset Erik Honoré

Punkt at Born Creative Festival

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Tokyo

My good friend and composer colleague Dai Fujikura is the artistic director of the Born Creative festival at the Metropolitan Theatre in Tokyo, Japan.

Punkt Festival

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Kristiansand

15th anniversary of the Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Norway. goto: www.punktfestival.no

PUNKT 2019 is the 15th festival edition, connecting voices of memory with future sounds, and expanding the festival’s venues to include the Sørlandet Art Museum, the Kilden Performing Arts Centre and the city’s cathedral Domkirken, in addition to Kick Scene. A limited number of earlybird 3-day passes are available now, see below for details.

Thurston Moore comes to Punkt 2019 with the Thurston Moore Ensemble, the quartet will perform at Kick Scene on Friday 6 September. Thurston Moore will also take part in this year’s Punkt Seminar, curated by David Toop.

Bugge Wesseltoft's Scandinavian supergroup Rymden with former Esbjorn Svensson Trio rhythm section Dan Berglund (bass) and Magnus Öström (drums) will close the festival at the Kilden Performing Arts Centre.

Guitar innovator Steve Tibbetts performs in the cathedral with Marc Anderson, preceded by an organ concert by Ståle Storløkken and the vocal ensemble Trondheim Voices performing “Folklore”, composed by Helge Sten and Ståle Storløkken.

First encounters: Punkt 2019 presents Dai Fujikura's Shamisen Concerto (Orchestra version World Premiere) performed by Japanese shamisen virtuoso Hidejiro Honjoh and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, and the debut concert by Dark Star Safari, a new band project by Jan Bang, Erik Honoré, Eivind Aarset and Samuel Rohrer who release their debut album in May.

Since its founding in 1980, Frankfurt based Ensemble Modern has been among Europe’s leading New Music ensembles. On Punkt’s opening day, the ensemble will perform at the Sørlandet Art Museum, a concert that will also provide sonic material for the aforementioned performance by Dark Star Safari.

Also at the art museum: Under the moniker Azkadenya, string duo Vilde & Inga meets Sidsel Endresen. Azkadenya plays free improvised music with acoustic instruments, amplified to acheive a more rough and intense expression. Later in the festival, Sidsel Endresen & Jan Bang will perform a duo concert at Kilden.

Guitarist Kim Myhr plays at Kilden with his project You | me, featuring David Stackenäs, Håvard Volden, Adrian Myhr, Tony Buck, Ingar Zach and Hans Hulbækmo.

More concerts, Live Remixes and seminars will be announced later.

Pleasure Garden

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KÜNSTLERHAUS BOSWIL, Flurstrasse 21., CH-5623 Boswil

Vernissage Sonntag, 7. Juli 2019, im Anschluss an die Matinee «Phönix» des Boswiler Sommers, Apéro riche

Öffnungszeiten Montag, 8. Juli, bis Sonntag, 4. August 2019, 6.00 bis 23.00 Uhr, individuelle Besichtigung ohne Voranmeldung

Finissage Freitag, 2. August 2019, 19.30 Uhr, mit Apéro und Chorkonzert

Unmittelbar nach dem Boswiler Sommer verwandelt sich der Moränenhügel rund um die Alte Kirche Boswil in einen zauberhaften Musik- und Hörgarten. 32 Klangboxen, versteckt in den Bäumen und in der Gartenanlage, schaffen einen spielerischen, kontemplativen Raum, in dem man flanieren, lauschen und mit seiner Bewegung die Klangwelt verändern kann. Eine poetische musikalische Sommer-Intervention im Freiamt und am Freiämterweg – ein sinnliches akustisches Erlebnis für alle Altersgruppen, das einlädt, den historischen Kirchenbezirk rund um die Alte Kirche neu und ungewohnt wahrzunehmen.

«Pleasure Garden» ist initiiert von der australischen Komponistin und Blockflötenvirtuosin Genevieve Lacey. Musik und Umgebungsgeräusche lassen einen Hörgarten als interaktives Instrument entstehen. Ein ausgeklügeltes Audiodesign verwandelt den Garten in einen Ort von musikalischem Spiel, von Ruhe und Freude. Die Installation besteht aus 32 Lautsprechern und einem Surround-Klangsystem. Die Lautsprecher sind rund um Kirche, Kapelle und Pfarrhaus in den Bäumen und in der Gartenanlage des Künstlerhauses versteckt. Inspiriert von der Musik von Jacob van Eyck, dem holländischen Musiker, Komponisten, Improvisator und Edelmann des 17. Jahrhunderts, dessen «Der Fluyten Lust-hof» 1644 erschien, kombiniert die Klanginstallation Melodien von van Eyck mit Feldaufnahmen aus Australien, Holland und Norwegen sowie zeitgenössischer elektroakustischer Klangkunst von Genevieve Lacey und Jan Bang (Norwegen).

Musikalisch ist das Stück äusserst delikat und auf die Verhältnisse rund um das Künstlerhaus ausbalanciert. Die Komposition ist durchlässig genug, dass auch die Klänge des Ortes selbst präsent sind und es Luft für die Besucher gibt, um zu träumen, zu spielen und nachzudenken. Die technischen Installationen sind unsichtbar, sodass das Projekt einen zauberhaften Effekt hervorruft. Über Kameras reagiert der Garten auf Bewegungen der Besucher, die im jeweils nächsten Lautsprecher klanglich aufgenommen werden. In diesem Sinn bespielen und komponieren die Besucher selbst den Garten.

Unbroken: IXI Trio, Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang, Michele Rabbia

Berlin

Jazz d'Or, Berlin

Since its creation in Paris in 1994, trio iXi (Régis Huby / Guillaume Roy / Atsushi Sakaï) has developed a particular link with a rhythmic musical language suggesting sound landscapes or paintings. The meeting with Michele Rabbia, Jan Bang and Eivind Aarset’s poetical and dreamlike universe came together earlier this summer for a three day workshop at Le Triton in Paris. The music developed at in Paris was rhythmically precise, constantly evolving, ever changing in structure/form creating delicate and disturbing textures with mutant combinations.

Six highly talented musicians and improvisers are together on stage, coming from very different and complementary musical universes. Norway, France, Italy and Japan : musical cultures and inventions hitting against one another to create an immaterial, timeless and strong music, widely open to space.

Régis HUBY – Violin (FR) Guillaume ROY – Violin (FR) Atsushi SAKAÏ – Cello (JAP) Jan BANG – Electronics (N) Michele RABBIA – Percussions & drums (IT) Eivind AARSET – Guitar (N)

With Arve Henriksen

Nattjazz, Bergen

ARVE HENRIKSEN "TOWARDS LANGUAGE" Tuesday May 28 USF Verftet Lyrical, world class trumpet from Norwegian jazz star ​ ARVE HENRIKSEN trumpet JAN BANG live sampling ERIK HONORÉ live sampling EIVIND AARSET guitar ​ The music of Arve Henriksen is marked by a unique sound. Lyrical, yet playful, Henriksen does not shy away from bringing his music in new directions - even in the middle of a concert. His sound is breathtakingly beautiful, and often subject to a test of the rules of jazz, whether he plays with a sax mouthpiece or with no mouthpiece at all. In addition to his own various projects and numerous collaborations, Arve Henriksen is a member of the legendary group Supersilent. This evening he brings with him guitar guru Eivind Aarset and the masters of electronics Bang and Honoré. Together these four make magic. A must see at this years festival.

Pleasure Garden

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Norfolk & Norwich festival, Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate, Norwich

Music and environmental sounds combine in the magnificent gardens of Felbrigg Hall to create a listening garden. Visitors are invited into the music and natural architecture, to play the garden, stroll or recline with friends and strangers.

Inspired by the story and music of Jacob van Eyck – the 17th century Dutch musician, composer, improviser and nobleman, Pleasure Garden combines excerpts from his work, set within new music by Genevieve Lacey (Australia) and Jan Bang (Norway).

UK PREMIERE FREE with Felbrigg Hall admission

Ensemble Modern / Jan Bang: With these hands

Haus der Dutsche Ensemble Akademie, Dachsaal, Frankfurt Am Main

Checkpoint concert with the Ensemble Modern.

In the workshop concerts of the series ›Checkpoint‹, Ensemble Modern explores the boundaries between contemporary music and experimental positions from other musical traditions. After encounters with electronic club music and Japan’s musical culture during the last episodes, on April 9, 2019 the Norwegian musician and producer Jan Bang will make a guest appearance at the Ensemble’s residence in Frankfurt’s Ostend. Through groundbreaking collaborations with artists such as the double bass player Arild Andersen, the trumpet player Arve Henriksen or the pianist Tigran Hamasyan, Jan Bang has established himself as one of the most fascinating live electronics artists in contemporary jazz. Subtle electronic overlayering of instrumental sounds, live sampling and especially pre-composed material enable glittering sound sculptures to arise, apparently suspended in space. Together with Erik Honoré, Jan Bang is also the founder and co-director of the festival ›Punkt‹, which takes place annually in Kristiansand and unites live electronics and jazz in many different formats – especially in live remix, in which sampled sounds from an instrumental concert are reconstituted during a subsequent electronic performance. One of these live remixes already brought Jan Bang together with Ensemble Modern in 2013 at the ›Frankfurter Positionen‹. For the next edition of ›Checkpoint‹, he joins Ensemble Modern members for the first time for joint improvisation.

Funded by the Deutsche Bank Stiftung.

Supported by Det Norske Komponistfond, Komponistenes Vederlagsfond, TONO.

Henriksen/Aarset/Bang/Honoré

Frankfurter Allgemeine review by Norbert Krampf

As part of the book fair in Frankfurt during the NORSK festival, Norbert Krampf of Frankfurter Allgemeine has written a review praising the quartet of Arve, Eivind, Erik and Bang saying:

"After all these years, it is not surprising how precisely the sound artists themselves are played together in a mostly freely improvised concert. For long stretches, their performance assumes the traits of a musical meditation that suggests sincerity, perhaps even spiritual depth, without exhibiting it in the foreground. The detailed game with nuances, shaded and softly lit tones, many familiar and some less-expected timbres offers at least long-time observers barely real surprises, but convinced by unmistakable personal statement. ".

 

Punkt awarded the 2019 Agder Regional Culture Prize .

Punkt´s artistic directors Jan Bang and Erik Honoré is awarded the 2019 Vest-Agder Culture Prize

 

Fylkeskulturprisen tildelt til Punktfestivalen

Hovedutvalg for kultur og utdanning har i dag besluttet at Fylkeskulturprisen fra Vest-Agder fylkeskommune for 2019 går til Punktfestivalen ved kunstneriske ledere Jan Bang og Erik Honoré. Fylkeskulturprisen består av 50.000 kroner, samt et kunstverk signert Gro Suvatne, fra en spesialbestilt serie fra 2015.

Punktfestivalen hadde 15 årsjubileum i 2019. Den ble allerede i åpningsåret kåret til "This year`s most innovative festival" av BBC Music Magazine. Årlig kommer et stort oppbud av markante medier og bransjefolk fra mange land.

Festivalens kjennemerke er live-sampling under konserter. Lydene fra musikerne bearbeides og sendes direkte ut til publikum i en ny miks. På den måten kan alle i bandet improvisere sammen. På 90-tallet kom Jan Bang opp med denne helt nye måten å jobbe på, og metoden ble så fundamentet i Punktfestivalen. Festivalen er unik i Norge og banebrytende i sin sjanger.

I løpet av de 15 årene siden den beskjedne starten i 2005 har Punkt vokst til et ambisiøst prosjekt med fire hovedformål, knyttet sammen av live remix-konseptet og et nettverk av musikere. De fire hovedmålene er:

  • Den årlige «moderfestivalen» i Kristiansand i månedsskiftet august/ september. Hovedsakelig publikumsfestival, men også et betydelig bransje/showcase-element. Festivalen er basert på konseptet live remix (alle konserter remikses umiddelbart av andre musikere) og har vært besøkt og gjestekuratert av artister som Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno og David Sylvian.
  • Punkt på turne: mer enn 25 byer i Europa, Asia og Canada har hatt besøk av Punkt-konseptet med norske, internasjonale og lokale artister. Siste stopp i år var Tokyo i slutten av september.
  • Punkt som et kontinuerlig kunstnerisk prosjekt: konserter, innspillinger, audiovisuelle prosjekter.
  • Punkts sentrale rolle i utviklingen av den elektroniske musikkutdanningen ved Universitetet i Agder.

av Torkelsen, Jan H., publisert 22. oktober 2019 | 

Eivind Aarset | Jan Bang

Oslo Jazzfestival

Henning Bolte published a review from Oslo Jazzfestival where Jan Bang performed live together with long time collaborator Eivind Aarset and drummer Anders Engen. 

Recollections of an Oslo experience
by Henning Bolte:

- Jan Bang is always working standing and highly movable, his body movements and gestures accompany and figure the musical lines. He acts as a mixture of percussionist and conductor or ballet dancer. That elevates the music in physical ways giving the impression of an alchemist tapping from a rich reservoir of hidden, secret sources. It becomes graspable by the rhythm of his body movements.

You can read the full article here:
https://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=568111 

(Photo:Arild Danielsen)

Jan Bang and Ensemble Modern

Concert review in Mannheimer Morgen

Mannheimer Morgen published a great review  of Jans concert together with the wonderful Ensemble Modern in Heidelberg. Also, the duo concert with Eivind Aarset received a phenomenal review   in the same paper: https://www.morgenweb.de/mannheimer-morgen_artikel,-kultur-bisweilen-alarmierend-_arid,1533481.html

Jan Bang AiR at Enjoy Jazz

Concerts and masterclass and lecture in Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg.

In October Jan is the Artist in Residence at Enjoy Jazz festival. During the whole month of October Jan is performing a string of concerts with a variety of projects such as the legendary Ensemble Modern, Dark Star Safari, duo with Eivind Aarset and a Punkt live remix together with Erik Honoré + guest (tba). 

During the residency, Jan will also be giving a lecture and masterclass at the Pop academie in Mannheim.

https://www.enjoyjazz.de