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arne nordheim & the polish experimental studio/vevnad

  • Norges Musikkhøgskole Slemdalveien 11 Oslo Norway (map)

In conversation with the director of Nordheimsenteret Harald Herresthal, radio journalist Marek Zwyrzykowski recalls Nordheim´s time in Poland and the beginnings of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio (PRES) in Warsaw in the late 50s. Marek Choloniewski, director of the Electroacoustic Institute of the Krakow Academy of Music will describe the situation of electronic music in Poland today. 

Follows a talk by sound engineer Mats Claesson, who assisted Nordheim in the transition from the analogue to the digital era and worked with eminent composers such as John Cage and Iannis Xenakis. Claesson is head of the composition and music theory department at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Composer Asbjørn Flø will then present one of Arne Nordheim´s later composition, Vevnad (1993). 

The lecture will be preceded by a reception at the cantina of the Norwegian Academy of Music and a performance of Arne Nordheim´s Vevnad (1993) for diskklavier, electronics, trombone and cello.  With Asbjørn Flo (electronics), Sverre Riise (trombone) and Emery Cardas (cello). Read more about Vevnad here


Arne Nordheim (1931-2010) made his international breakthrough in the beginning of the 1960s with the song cycle Aftonland (Evening Land, 1957), followed by Canzona (1960) and Epitaffio (1963). His work has since then been played by leading orchestras and musicians around the world, and he is considered the Norwegian contemporary composer who has achieved the greatest recognition beyond the boarders of his own country. Nordheim received a large number of prices and honors including the Arts Council Norway Honorary Award (1990). From 1981 he was the tenant of Grotten, the honorary residence offered by the State to the nation's most outstanding creative artist. In 1997 he was elected honorary member of the International Society for Contemporary Music. 



Harald Herresthal is professor at the Norwegian Academy of music and is teaching music history and church music. He has published numerous articles and books about Norwegian music. In 2010 he took the initiative to create the Arne Nordheim center - center for new and experimental music at the Academy and is currently the center's director.





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Marek Zwyrzykowski (b.1952) is a journalist and broadcaster at the Music Department of Polish Radio 2, the public radio station’s arts-and-culture channel. A graduate of the Musicological Faculty at Warsaw University’s Department of History (1977), he joined Polish Radio in 1978 and has since been involved in the presentation of music programmes, making interviews and running live broadcasts. He has served as a presenter at many prestigious events in Poland and abroad, including the live broadcast of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Seven Gates of Jerusalem from the Congress Center in Jerusalem (world premiere, 1997). He is the author of numerous programmes, particularly on contemporary music, including those devoted entirely to electroacoustic music (Hortus musicus – hortus electronicus, on the air since 1990). From 1990 (Oslo) to 2007 (Lisbon),  he acted as Polish Radio’s delegate to UNESCO’s International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music.  In 2005 he was one of the founding members of the Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (PSeME), which is affiliated to the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music


Marek Choloniewski is born in Krakow in 1953. He studied organ (with L.Werner), theory of music and composition (with B.Schaeffer) and electronic music (with J.Patkowski) at the Krakow Academy of Music, since 2000 the director of the Electro-acoustic Music Studio. Choloniewski is founder and co-founder of many groups and societies: Muzyka Centrum Art Society, Freight Train, Studio MCH, DoubleMark, CH&K&K, mc2 duo, Infinity Quartett, Kinetic Trio and dizzy kinetics. 

Choloniewski writes instrumental, electroacoustic, music for theater, film and radio and works with sound and video installations, audio-visual, outdoor and net projects. Author, founder, artistic director, coordinator and cooperator of many international projects: „audio art“ series (1987), Audio Art Festival (1993-), International Workshops for New Music Cracow/Stuttgart (1993-). Internationale Akademie für Neue Komposition und Audio Art in Tirol (1993-), Silent Films with Music Live (1994-), Global Mix (1998-), Art Boat (2000-), GPS-Art (2000-), Ensemble Spiel (2003), Bridges and European Modern Orchestra (2003), Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (2005-), Integra (2005-2011) Polish Sound Art in China, Chinese Sound Art in Poland.



Emery Cardas was born in Genoa, Italy in 1961. After receiving his diploma at the Conservatory in Naples, Italy, he studied at the Music Academy in Vienna with Tobias Kühne, and at Indiana University in Bloomington with Janos Starker. For many years he played in the Christopher Quartet with his three brothers, coached among others by Hatto Beyerle, Rostislav Dubinsky and Leonard Bernstein. He has held the principal cello position in Naples (Italy), Barcelona (Spain), Bergen (Norway), and is currently Principal cellist in The Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo. His instrument is a Nicola Gagliano, Naples 1769.

Sverre Riise studied trombone with professor Ingemar Roos at the Norwegian State academy of Music, and has held the position as principal trombone in the Norwegian Opera Orchestra and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, where he still is today. In 2000-2001 and 2006 he was playing with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has occasionally been playing with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Oslo Sinfonietta. Sverre Riise is currently a teacher at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.

Asbjørn Blokkum Flø holds a diploma in composition from the Norwegian Academy of Music. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance composer and sound artist with focus on instrumental music, electronic music and sound art for radio and installations. Flø's works have been performed in a number of festivals, including DEAF (Dutch Electronic Arts festival, Rotterdam, the Netherlands), Synthése (International Festival of electronic music and sonic art - Bourges, France), Ultima, Oslo and the Ibsen Festival, Oslo. He has represented Norway in Ars Acustica twice.

The participation of Eugeniusz Rudnik  is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.