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Dans les Arbres
Ars Nova Workshop welcomes the return of Dans les arbres and the Philadelphia debut of guitarist Kim Myhr in this special Norwegian double-bill.
Finding its roots in a few iterations of the ensemble, including Ivar Grydeland and Ingar Zach’s concurrent studies towards a Master’s degree in Chamber music and their work as a duo, Christian Wallumrød’s involvement with that duo, and Xavier Charles’ guest appearance on a release of another project, No Spaghetti Edition, these musicians have a long and accomplished history of collaboration. In 2006, the quartet met to work on a cohesive sound and to compose music for their self-titled first release. Since then, the band has been touring in Europe, North America and Japan as a quartet. Dans les arbres have also performed with guest musicians such as Yumiko Tanaka, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O´Rourke and the young Norwegian duo Vilde & Inga.
As ECM describes it, “their music moves gently but steadily ahead on broad planes of sound, the textural scenery changing as DLA harnesses its wealth of unorthodox extended techniques.” Where 2008’s Dans les arbres is marked by an ” all-acoustic exploration of sonorities and textures that often sound electronic, and the affinities of its soundworld with those of contemporary composition” (The Wire), the ensemble’s second release, 2012’s Canopée, incorporates the additional layer of Grydeland’s electric guitar.
"A delirious love letter to the 12-string acoustic guitar.” Wire Magazine
Kim Myhr is an active voice of the creative music scene in Norway, both as a composer and as a guitarist. Myhr's first solo record was released January 2014, and explores the acoustic possibilities of the 12-string guitar, often reminding the listener 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, and Jim Denley, among others. He composed another piece for the orchestra for the 2012 Ultima Festival entitled "In the end his voice will be the sound of paper," this time featuring the voice of Jenny Hval. Myhr also 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 recording, "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 concert there, which is planned to be released in 2014 as a 3CD-box set.
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