Saturday afternoon’s Avanthagen («Avantgarden») presents musicians in constellations that are often (but not always) completely new.
Originally, Avanthagen took place in one of Kongsberg’s finest and oldest courtyards, but since the weather offered either burning heat or pouring rain, the festival decided to move the event indoors. And actually, Smeltehytta is the perfect arena for Avanthagen – an event we arrange in collaboration with nyMusikk (the Norwegian society for contemporary music). Together we have put together a smashing programme:
Ingrid Laubrock (sax) and Pat Thomas (piano)
This surprising meeting is guaranteed to result in some surprises! German Ingrid Laubrock started her career in London before moving to the USA, where she is now a top-ranking artist, playing with musicians like Myra Melford, Mary Halvorson and Tom Rainey. Englishman Pat Thomas is of course a well-known name to anyone interested in contemporary jazz and improvised music. He has worked with names such as Derek Bailey and Tom Oxley, but has also collaborated with Norwegian musicians such as Ståle Liavik Solberg and Per Zanussi, among others.
Klaus Ellerhusen Holm (sax and clarinet) solo
Jazz writer Peter Margasak has written in Downbeat that “Klaus Ellerhusen Holm is one of the most curious and probing improvisers within Norway’s bustling creative music scene.» Holm is probably best known from the band Honest John, where noticeable influences are Dutch free jazz and also composers such as Webern and Sciarrino. Expect to hear these impulses in Holm’s solo music, but exciting surprises will also be in the mix!
Tøyen Fil & Klafferi
Tøyen Fil & Klafferi comprises Hanne Rekdal (flute and bassoon), Kristine Tjøgersen (clarinet), Eira Bjørnstad Foss (violin) and Tove Margrete Erikstad (cello), and has made a name as an important contemporary music ensemble in Norway. The group has delighted audiences with world premieres performed at festivals such as Ultima and Only Connect in Oslo. They bring two works by Klaus Holm to Avanthagen: Chinese Telephone from 2019, and a completely new work, whose title we will discover in the concert.
Concert start: 14:30
Mari Eriksen – visual artist
Our artist-in-residence, Mari Eriksen, has used the “Særing” programme and venue to create several site-specific works that are being exhibited in Smeltehytta during the festival. This project will give both the audience and the performers an extended artistic experience for all the senses. See more about Mari Eriksen’s work here.
You can buy a ticket just for Avanthagen, but if you want to see more concerts at Smeltehytta (including the “Særing” programmes), and the night concerts at Energimølla, you can buy a pass covering all these events: Særingpass 2022.