Folk Cycles (Sold out)
asamisimasa I neoN I Yiran Zhao I Simone Hooymans I Benedicte Maurseth
Two concerts, two radical interpretations of the idea of folk.
Yiran Zhao: gòng · míng / 共 · 鸣 (2023, WP)
Yiran Zhao's new composition gòng · míng / 共 · 鸣 for asamisimasa explores connections between Chinese literature and Norwegian folk music. The Harding fiddle, with its understrings that vibrate in response to the other four, evokes Ancient Chinese rhetorical devices like intertextuality, where meaning emerges from complementary sentences. This dynamic resonance serves as inspiration for Zhao, prompting a heightened focus on the signifying potential of the performers' gestures, which become as significant as the auditory experience.
Always, and never the same (2023, WP)
Benedicte Maurseth / Simone Hooymans / Ensemble neoN
Ensemble neoN premieres Benedicte Maurseth’s Always, and never the same, featuring the composer on the Harding fiddle. The piece explores the way both folk music and contemporary minimalism evolve by the use of repetitions with constant variations. Live digital animations by Simone Hooymans, inspired by Norwegian nature and the traditional rosemaling (decorative rose-painting), flow in the background.
In co-operation with Ultima, with support from Kulturrådet and Det Norske Komponistfond.