Anja Lauvdal’s Cosmic River: If We Could Talk
“If We Could Talk” is an activistic and spiritual work about the Numedal River which runs through Kongsberg.
Anja Lauvdal’s composition is inspired by the idea of exploring nature, and the belief that the more we know about the natural world around us, the more we will want to look after it. If We Could Talk is a fictional conversation with the river, and is about how we should pay attention to the quieter voices around us, both humans and non-humans. It seeks to explore and challenge how we listen – or don’t listen – in a world full of noise.
The work is in two parts: a concert and a soundwalk along the river.
If We Could Talk asks what the river would tell us if it could speak. What has it experienced, and how does it perceive itself and the creatures that live in and around it? How do the stories that we tell, and the arts’ influence, impact on how people view themselves in relation to nature? What is our connection to the natural resources that surround us; what do we want to preserve and how can we humans contribute to natural diversity?
Through the power of music, photography and journalism we will listen to the river, observe it, experience it, taste it and feel it. We will discover things that we didn’t know about the river and what it has experienced, encompassed and endured.
Idea and concept: Anja Lauvdal and journalist Ingerid Salvesen
Visual imagery: Line Ørnes Søndergaard
Anja Lauvdal – composer / piano and synths
Elsa Bergman – double bass
Veslemøy Narvesen – drums
Henriette Eilertsen – flutes
Johanna Scheie Orellana – flutes
Heida Karine Johannesdottir – tuba
Amund Storløkken Åse – vibraphone/percussion
Lighting: Ingrid Skanke Høsøien
Sound design: David Solheim
Doors open: 18:00
Concert start: 19:00