NOVEMBER 1 2014
CT-SWaM In Between at Fridman Gallery
The IN BETWEEN series focuses on presenting one night sound installation & performance during the evening hours of Fridman Gallery’s ongoing visual exhibitions.
Bernd Klug (Austria) – Cold Commodities – Album Release
double and electric bass, electronics
Kim Myhr (Norway)
Cold Commodities – Album Release
This album is the product of years of solo concerts and work in the studio, throughout which Klug was developing ways of enabling the double bass / bass frequencies to ring freely while designing specific scenarios to tell stories about the people and things that surround us.
Besides multitrack acoustic double bass, feedback double bass, or electric bass, each track features a “guest artist”. These “artists” include sonifications of a satellite dish, Klug’s recording device’s CPU, his wireless LAN router, an impulse response space design (homemade reverb chambers of my apartment), a conversation in front of his window, his neighbor’s Mexican music, his US Artist Visa proposal (data conversion via a hex editor), local police transmissions, and a cupreous donkey.
For the CD release show Bernd Klug will use the site specific “guests” to recreate the different tracks of the CD as compositional as well as improvisational concepts.
Kim Myhr (born 1981) is an active voice of the creative music scene in Norway, both as a composer and as a guitarist, with frequent performances throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and North- as well as South-America.
Myhr’s first solo record will be released january 2014. His solo music explores the acoustic possibilities of the 12-string guitar, and can remind the listener of early music of Ligeti and of Morton Feldman, but it also contains an energy and simplicity similar to american folk music.
As a composer, Myhr wrote “stems and cages” for the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra in 2009, a large ensemble including Sidsel Endresen, Christian Wallumrød, Jim Denley among others. The music was released on the CD “stems and cages” in 2010, and recieved wide critical acclaim. Kim wrote another piece for the orchestra for the 2012 Ultima festival called “In the end his voice will be the sound of paper”, this time featuring the voice of Jenny Hval. More activity is expected for this project in 2014. Myhr works frequently with dance, notably writing music for productions by italian choreographer Francesco Scavetta, and in 2014 a new collaboration with dancer Orfee Schuijt.
Kim is one third of MURAL, a trio with australian wind player Jim Denley and percussionist Ingar Zach. They have worked together since 2007, and have released two CDs; the last one “Live at the Rothko Chapel”, is a documentation of a continuing relationship with the Rothko Chapel in Houston. In april 2013, MURAL played a four hour long concert there, which is planned to be released in 2014 as a 3CD-box set.
“A delirious love letter to the 12-string acoustic guitar”
WIRE Magazine, Clive Bell
“One of Myhr’s finest attributes is his courage to let the music unfold with guileless simplicity, so we focus tightly on the sound. Elsewhere he brings his devilish command of the guitar to bear.”
Sydney Morning Herald, John Shand
“His liquid, 12-sring acoustic guitar shimmers like a flock of birds taking flight, then cascades as if running rapids. A lovely album.”
TheArtsDesk, Kieron Tyler
“This is non-hierarchical music, in the sense that every tone, timbre and rhythmic element participates fully and equally in the sound […] simple, direct, and utterly absorbing”
Fluid Radio, Nathan Thomas