nmh at ultima academy: music with the real
Sep
17
Sep 18

nmh at ultima academy: music with the real

  • Norwegian Academy of Music

This series of lectures, open rehearsals and performance workshops examines the practices of composers actively engaged in letting the outside world into their music.  

What new languages are created when “real-life” sounds meet purely musical material? What new dialogues and meanings come to the fore?

With Hans-Thies Lehmann, Eero Tarasti, Anne Danielsen, Håkon Stene and composers Henrik Hellstenius, Carola Bauckholt, Johannes Kreidler, Joanna Bailie , Matthew Shlomowitz. 

Open for musicians, composers, actors and dancers.

Read more here.

leonardo da vinci - david toop and heloisa amaral in conversation
Sep
13
9:30 pm21:30

leonardo da vinci - david toop and heloisa amaral in conversation

  • Kultuhuset

A new music-text-film work for Ultima by David  Toop, performed by Elaine Mitchener, is based around the scientific and artistic thought patterns of the quintessential ‘Renaissance Man’, Leonardo da Vinci. In conversation with Ultima Academy curator Heloisa Amaral, David Toop discusses this multilayered piece. Read more here.

richard taruskin: scientifica & mirabilia
Sep
13
8:30 pm20:30

richard taruskin: scientifica & mirabilia

  • Kulturhuset

In his massive Turangalîla-Symphony, which opens this year’s Ultima festival, Olivier Messiaen speaks of life, death, God and nature. With the composer’s love for birds and birdsong as a starting point, Richard Taruskin discusses the symbolic use of birds in the language of music: prophetic birds, messengers from beyond. This lecture links nature, music and the supernatural in a true Wunderkammer spirit.

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henrik h. svensen: anthropocene, or the age of man
Sep
13
7:30 pm19:30

henrik h. svensen: anthropocene, or the age of man

  • Kulturhuset

The Anthropocene is the geological designation for the era in which we live today. Humans and our activities dominate the planet and circumvent nature, irreparably altering many aspects of the Earth’s inbuilt systems. Award-winning geologist Henrik H. Svensen talks about the cultural and scientific issues at stake in the Age of Man. Read more here.

rolf inge godøy: sound and gesture
Sep
12
2:30 pm14:30

rolf inge godøy: sound and gesture

  • Kulturhuset

Drawing on the works of the French pioneer of musique concrète in the second half of the 20th century, Pierre Schaeffer, music researcher Rolf Inge Godøy discusses sound perception and the relationship between sound and bodily motion in our experience of music. Read more here.

sensate focus - alexander schubert and rob young in conversation
Sep
12
2:00 pm14:00

sensate focus - alexander schubert and rob young in conversation

  • Kulturhuset

Before turning to composition, German composer Alexander Schubert had extensive training in neurobiology and computer sciences. This has influenced his musical work, which focuses heavily on the links between light, gesture and sound. In conversation with Rob Young, Schubert talks about his new work for Ultima, Sensate Focus. Read more here

semir zeki: the neurobiology of aesthetics
Sep
12
1:00 pm13:00

semir zeki: the neurobiology of aesthetics

  • Kulturhuset

This talk by Semir Zeki investigates the relationship between brain activity and aesthetic appreciation and artistic creativity. Further, it outlines the results of experiments on how the brain responds to ‘beauty’ in different forms – visual, musical and mathematical. Read more here.

bruno laeng: synaesthesia, or the illusions of perception
Sep
12
12:00 pm12:00

bruno laeng: synaesthesia, or the illusions of perception

  • Kulturhuset

Synaesthesia is the ability to experience one sense through another, such as hearing the sound of a trumpet as yellow, or ‘smelling’ poetry like perfume. This talk by Bruno Laeng surveys the phenomenon of synaesthesia and give some examples of its relationships with the arts and music. Read more here.

luc ferrari: journal intime (film, 60 min., 2015)
Sep
11
6:30 pm18:30

luc ferrari: journal intime (film, 60 min., 2015)

  • Kulturhuset

Filmed alongside the world premiere recording of Ferrari’s brilliant, forgotten music theatre piece Journal Intime, this portrait by Testklang’s Aron Kitzig is made up of diary excerpts, interviews with his widow Brunhild as well as unpublished archive material that brings Ferrari’s own voice back to life. Read more here.

a short history of biology
Sep
11
3:00 pm15:00

a short history of biology

  • Kulturhuset

This lecture by Anders Kristian Krabberød presents a selection of the main events in the history of biology, and traces how historical events, technological innovations and advances in other scientific disciplines have shaped the evolution of the study of life. Read more here.

on nature and the un-natural: re-visiting the wunderkammer
Sep
10
4:00 pm16:00

on nature and the un-natural: re-visiting the wunderkammer

  • Kulturhuset

Our Wunderkammer exhibition opens with a lecture by media theorist Wolfgang Ernst. Ernst discusses the way online culture recalls the haphazard organisation of the Renaissance Wunderkammer and looks at new digital manifestations of the curiosity cabinet. Read more here.

a cabinet of curiosities
Sep
10
Sep 13

a cabinet of curiosities

  • Kulturhuset

An immersive and experimental interpretation of the Renaissance-style Wunderkammer by students and artists connects works presented at the festival the world of nature and of natural sciences.   Our Wunderkammer is created by professional artists, composers, researchers, visual arts and musicology students from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and from the University of Oslo, Department of Musicology.Includes a performance program on Friday 11 September from 8-11pm.

 

 Read more here.

 

buenos aires: steen andersen, neue vocalsolisten, asamisimasa and esteban buch in conversation
Sep
19
10:00 am10:00

buenos aires: steen andersen, neue vocalsolisten, asamisimasa and esteban buch in conversation

  • Loftet

Steen Andersen´s new opera deals with dictature, censorship and the cultural shock experienced during a long stay in the Argentine capital. Argentine musicologist Esteban Buch hosts a conversation with composer and performers (Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and asamisimasa), following the different phases of putting on a stage work. Read more here


new music online (panel discussion)
Sep
18
2:30 pm14:30

new music online (panel discussion)

  • Office for Contemporary Art

Streaming contemporary music can be tricky.  In this talk, musicians, producers, curators and tech people discuss how to match technological development with challenging or/and multimedial musical content a s well as how to create online contexts to present and distribute experimental music.

Panel discussion with Nordic Playlist, Erik Gard Amundsen, Pål Bratelund, Klaus Ellerhusen-Holm and Einar Idsøe Eidsvåg.

utopian north
Sep
18
11:00 am11:00

utopian north

  • Hausmania

Panel with Eivind Buene, David Brynjar Franzson, Ida Lundén, Simon Løffler, Maija Hynninen, Yngve Slettholm og Morten E. Pedersen

What are the advantages and disadvantages of living as a composer in the well funded Nordic states? In this forum, a handful of composers featured during Nordic Music Days 2014 discuss artistic life in the Nordic countries. Read more here

'arv': piano recital and panel
Sep
17
1:00 pm13:00

'arv': piano recital and panel

  • Kulturkirken Jakob

Ingfrid Breie Nyhus, Asbjørn Schaathun, Øyvind Torvund, Erik Dæhlin and Rob Young reflect on new technologies, and memory and folklore; NOTAM on Eivind Groven; Plus piano recital. Read more here.

 


 

badiou´s republic
Sep
16
2:00 pm14:00

badiou´s republic

  • Loftet

We regret to announce that philosopher Alain Badiou will not be able to attend Ultima Academy this year. The planned events will take place in January 2015. More information will come soon. 

 

Philosopher/playwright Alain Badiou reads from his Plato’s Republic, discusses the role and ethics of art in contemporary society and introduces the notion of 'anesthetics'.  Read more here.

the concept of nation: negri/laibach
Sep
14
12:00 pm12:00

the concept of nation: negri/laibach

  • Cinemateket

Philosopher, globalization theorist and activist Antonio Negri lectures on the rise and fall of the nation state; art/music collective Laibach discuss music and ideology. Read more here.

scelsi revisited/analysis:anahit
Sep
12
10:00 am10:00

scelsi revisited/analysis:anahit

  • Loftet

With Ragnhild Berstad, Klangforum Wien, Emil Bernhardt, Dr Alessandra Pellegrini.

Eight composers – including Ragnhild Berstad – were commissioned to write works for Klangforum Wien based on Scelsi´s privately recorded improvisation tapes. This conversation will seek connections between Scelsi´s work and the new pieces, discuss technical and interpretation challenges. Plus Anahit - compositional and interpretation analysis. Read more here.

scelsi the original
Sep
11
6:00 pm18:00

scelsi the original

  • Det italienske kulturinstitutt

 

With Alessandra Carlotta Pellegrini (Fondazione Isabella Scelsi)

Lecture on the enigmatic life and work of composer Giacinto Scelsi. Read more here.

othernesses: music in contemporary cairo
Sep
11
4:00 pm16:00

othernesses: music in contemporary cairo

  • Cinemateket

Concert, talk and film: Egyptian artists present their work and discuss the political role of music in contemporary Cairo. Follows a screening of Marco Wilms´ArtwarWith Ramz Sabry Samy, Yara Mekawei, Joachim Kwetzinsky, Andreas Engström and Jörn Peter Hiekel. Read more here.

kagel´s exotica
Sep
11
10:00 am10:00

kagel´s exotica

  • Loftet

With Jörn Peter Hiekel,  Rainer Römer and Ueli Wiget (Ensemble Modern)

Analysis of Kagel’s work as critique and alternative to the dominance of Western culture. Read more here.

book launch: music after 22 july
Sep
10
5:00 pm17:00

book launch: music after 22 july

  • Loftet

Book launch: Music after July 22

Music played a cathartic role in the aftermath of the tragic events of July 22 in Norway. In the book Music after 22 July (published by The Norwegian Academy of Music, Centre for Health), musicians and researchers from the fields of musicology, media, music and health, literature and religion write about how music helped cope with grief and anger, how it brought together people and musicians from different social and ethnic backgrounds, as well as about its use in public and official ceremonies to express the vision of a more inclusive society. Read more here.