Thursday 07.07.22

If we could talk: Sound walk along Numedalslågen (Thursday)

Prize winner Anja Lauvdal's commissioned work "If we could talk" is an activist and spiritual work about the river Numedalslågen which flows through Kongsberg.

Concert start: 11:00 Price single ticket: Free,


As part of her commissioned work "If we could talk" for the jazz festival this year, musician composer Anja Lauvdal is collaborating with journalist Ingerid Salvesen and photographer Line Ørnes Søndergaard to create a sound walk along part of Numedalslågen in the center of Kongsberg. The aim is to bring people closer to the river and its stories.

"If we could talk" springs from a desire to explore local nature, and the idea that the better you know the nature around you, the more you will want to take care of it. Through music, photography and journalism, we will listen to the river and its stories. This will happen at the concert with Anja Lauvdal's Cosmic River, but it will also happen in a separate sound walk that is free and open to everyone. The sound walk will combine Lauvdal's music with interviews, archive clips and texts that you listen to while walking along the river, and will be crowned with a video experience.

There will be a guided audio walk on Wednesday at 18:00 before the concert at 19:00, as well as in the morning on Thursday 7 July at 11:00. The sound walk starts on the west side of Gamlebrua, close to the large car park. You need a smartphone and a pair of earphones. There are two apps you need to download on your phone: Echoes and Artivive. They are both free and easy to use. Wear comfortable shoes. 

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It is also possible to do the trip on your own. Here comes a recipe.

In advance: Put on comfortable shoes, during the hike you will walk a little away from the path and down towards the river. Bring a smartphone and earphones. Download the “Echoes” app. 

When to start: In the Echoes app, there will be a walk called "If we could talk", at the top under "near you/nær deg". If it's not there, you have to search for it. Press the magnifying glass in the right corner and write "If we could talk". 

Once you find it, tap on the ride. Then press “Stream walk”. Put on the earphones.

You will see a black map of the area with some areas shaded in blue. The blue drop marks your position on the map. When you (and the blue drop) move into a shaded area on the map, a new sound clip will start playing. A few have experienced starting problems with not hearing the first clip, then it helps to press the pause button at the bottom of the screen, before pressing the play button again. 

This sound walk is designed to go slowly, to see and listen to the surroundings along the way and also to stop a bit. Finish listening to the sound clip before exiting a blue area and entering the next. 

Take the Sunday walk along the river and listen to its stories, then! And feel free to come on the guided audio tour too, it includes an element or two that only happens live. Good trip!

Cast: Idea and concept by Anja Lauvdal and journalist Ingerid Salvesen, Visual portrait by Line Ørnes Søndergaard. Cosmic River is 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, Ingrid Skanke Høsøien – lights, David Solheim – sound

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HORTA: Elias Akselsen/ Stian Carstensen/ Ola Kvernberg