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The festival week ahead

The festival week ahead

The festival is officially on!
During the past weekend we’ve been able to enjoy the Gothenburg Symphony being remixed by Norwegian artists Rakel Nystabakk and Eirik Ask, the mind blowing music collective Siwan who brought us on a beautiful musical journey and American ensemble Dog Star Orchestra who gave us the most delicate microtonal minimalism. Göteborg Sounds was a tour de force of contemporary music, noise, improvisation and wind music at Kronhuset in Gothenburg. And to round off the weekend, electro-acoustic titan Carl Michael von Hausswolff did a mind-bending set at 3:e Våningen and contemporary ensemble Gageego! dove head first into spectral exploratory music at Stenhammarsalen. But we still have a full-on festival week ahead of us. Have a look at the program below!

Tuesday, October 2nd

A Shrinking Emptiness [SE] – Atalante, 19.00
Contemporary music, readings, images, text fragments. A Shrinking Emptiness is as much concert as it is an installation and a lecture. An audiovisual landscape, a temporary room that the listener is welcomed into.

Wednesday, October 3rd

Mimitabu [SE] – Atalante, 18.00
Contemporary ensemble Mimitabu presents a program of music for ensemble and four channel tape, hexagon screws, square neck screws and hanger bolts, electro-mechanical devices and major sound fetishes in pop-music.

Jean D.L. & Karen Willems [BE] – Brötz, 20.30
Vague beats, electric humming, bells and dissonance all make out the basis for the guitar-and-drums duo of Jean D.L. & Karen Willems. Restful and light, constantly on the tipping point between beauty and chaos. Playing the same evening are the two Brötz acts Jonsson/Ring/Nyberg and Bjørn Marius Hegge Trio.

Thursday, October 4th

Anja Lauvdal / Heida Karine Johannesdottir / Signe Emmeluth [NO/DK] – Nefertiti, 20.30
Blending jazz, hip hop beats, improvisation and electronica, Anja Lauvdal and Heida Karine Johannesdottir are in constant flux, at Nefertiti reinforced by Danish saxophone wonder Signe Emeluth. Expect the unexpected.

Three Trapped Tigers [GB] – Nefertiti, 21.45
British trio blending shimmering sci-fi explorations, cinematic landscapes, pulsing electronics, mammoth riffs and pounding drums. Focused and energetic, Three Trapped Tigers are a musical tour de force.

Friday, October 5th

GAS TALKS – The role of art in a rapidly changing world [CN/BE/CN/SE] – Atalante, 18.00
In a world where art is often used to pose critical questions, art can sometimes be used as an alibi for social change. What is the connection between art and society and what role should art play?

Featuring Joost Fonteyne, artistic director of the festival Wilde Westen in Belgium. Peter Burton, artistic director of the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival in Montreal, Canada. Du Yun, composer, multi-instrumentalist and performance artist blending chamber music, theatre, pop music, visual arts and noise. She is also the artistic director of MATA festival. Staffan Mossenmark, professor of Composition at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg, sound artist and artistic director of Göteborg Art Sounds, Sweden.

mir8 [AT/GB/AU] – Atalante, 19.30
mir8, consisting of Werner Dafeldecker, Hilary Jeffery and Tim Wright, creates cinematic, abstract landscapes. For this occasion they are joined by pianist Simon James Phillips and drummer Tony Buck.

Kobe Van Cauwenberghe [BE] – Atalante, 21.15
Using contemporary technology and the original set-up of reel-to-reel tape-recorders, guitarist Kobe Van Cauwenberghe presents No [More] Pussyfooting, a unique live arrangement of music by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp.

Saturday, October 6th

SCENATET – Concert Walk [DK] – Konstepidemin, 16.00
Concert Walk is a tailored event consisting of a musical program intertwined with site-specific surroundings blending art, music, nature, urban environments and cultural heritage into one seamless whole.

GAS TALKS – The festival as a means of resistance and openness [CN/IE/BE/CA/DK] – Atalante, 18.00
How does a festival relate to the world? How much of a mirror does it hold up to reflect society at large, and how much does it function as pure escapism?

Featuring Du Yun, composer, multi-instrumentalist and performance artist blending chamber music, theatre, pop music, visual arts and noise. She is also the artistic director of MATA festival. Jennifer Walshe, interdisciplinary artist who has been called the most original voice to emerge from Ireland in the past 20 years. Anna Berit Asp Christensen, artistic director of the Spor festival, Denmark. Joost Fonteyne, artistic director of the festival Wilde Westen in Belgium. Peter Burton, artistic director of the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival in Montreal, Canada.

Jennifer Walshe [IE] – Atalante, 19.30
Jennifer Walshe has been called the most original voice to emerge from Ireland in the past 20 years. Moving between performance and sound art, often with a touch of humor, Walshe is something out of the ordinary.

Horse Lords [US] – Atalante, 21.15
Part riffing, part meticulously controlled free jazz, Horse Lords create music that pull apart and reassembles itself into abstract forms, with rhythms and tones achieving trancelike effect through repetition and discipline.

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Since 2011, Dag is one of three the co-owners of Gothenburg based production company Producentbyrån. Producentbyrån is a team of producers and project managers working with various artists, companies, festivals, conferences and projects in performing arts, both in Sweden and internationally. Dag has a background as a sound technician and also works as a composer and musician for separate works, film and performing arts productions. Dag works with the GAS-Festival’s communication and graphic design.

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