Jan Martin Smørdal – composer
Jan Maritn Smørdal has a Masters degree in performing and composition studies from The Academy of Music in Oslo. He has undertaken classes with Carola Bauckholt, Henrik Hellstenius, Lasse Thoresen and more. Jan Martin is interested in pojects where improvisation meets traditional composition. He has composed commisioned works for chamber groups, soloists, sinfonietta ensembles, choirs - and installations for bridges, mills and rooms.
He has collaborated with several orchestras in Norway, as well as chamber orchestras, both as arranger and composer. Jan Martin has worked for ten years as performer and guitar player in bands and as a solo-artist. He has made numerous productions with the performance ensemble L.U.N in addition to producing, composing and playing on more than thirty recodrings since 2004, contrubuting to several Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannpris) awarded records. His works have been performenced at several festivals including Nordic Music Days in Stockholm, The Ultima Music Festival in Oslo, The International Society of Contemporary Music Festival and The Free Resonance festival among others. He has also been empolyed as teacher in improvisation at The Norwegian Academy of Music, and occasionally as supervisor for Masters students at the University of Oslo. He was granted an artist grant from the Norwegian government 2012-2014.
Julian Skar – composer
Julian Skar was educated at The Norwegian Academy of Music and Universität der Künste in Berlin. He has a background in improvisation and popular music and is one of the most active composers in the contemporary music scene in Oslo today. In recent years, his works have focused on the use of electronics and music theatre.
Magnus Loddgard - conductor
Magnus Loddgard studied piano and conducting in Oslo and in Berlin, working primarily with opera and contemporary music. He has conducted opera productions in several Norwegian opera companies, including the Norwegian State Opera, where he also worked as a pianist and assistant for many years. He has worked with most of the orchestras and ensembles in Norway and has premiered many works, both as pianist and conductor. He is artistic director of culture festival “Fjøsfestivalen”.
Karin Hellqvist - violin
Swedish born violinist Karin Hellqvist resides in Berlin and performs internationally as an interpreter of contemporary music. She was educated at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Universität der Künste in Berlin, The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and The Royal College of Music in London where she was awarded an Artist Diploma in Performance in 2011. As a young violinist in a generation of musicians engaged in the music of today, she is active in several ensembles - Cikada, Oslo Sinfonietta, neoN and Curious Chamber Players. She dedicates her time to performing and commissioning new works as well as championing the established repertoire by Scandinavian and European composers, as a soloist or chamber musician. Karin performs frequently at major European including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Sacrum Profanum Krakow, Presences Paris, International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, Venezia Biennale and Warsaw Autumn. She gratefully acknowledges the support from benefactors as the Dobloug Foundation of Norway, RWE Dea of Norway/Germany, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the 45 International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt.
Inga Byrkjeland - cello
Inga Grytås Byrkjeland has a Masters degree from The Norwegian Academy of Music where she studies with Truls Mørk, among others. She works as a freelance cellist in orchestras, as a soloist and chamber musician. She has had numerous positions as first cellist in a number of Norwegian orchestras. In addition to this she performs regularly with The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and a number of baroque orchestras in Oslo.
Heloisa Amaral - piano
Pianist Heloisa Amaral was born in Brazil. At the age of sixteen, she moved to Ger many to study with James Avery at the Staatliche Hochscule für Musik Freiburg. After graduating, she completed a Masters degree in historical performance practice with Robert Hill at the same institution, transfering later to Norway to pursue a Masters degree in piano at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In 2003, she joined the then newly founded ensemble asamisimasa, of which she was a member until 2009. She currently works as a freelance pianist, fortepianist and harpsichordist. Heloisa has worked closely with renowed composers such as Lachenmann, M.Spahlinger, N.A Huber and S. Steen- Andersen and has performed both as a soloist and as a chamber musician in festivals and venues such as Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ultima, Cutting Edge Series, Borealis. In 2012, she was awarded a scholarship for excellency in performance from the 46th International Summer Course for Contemporary Music in Darmstadt, Germany. In addition to her career as a performer, Heloisa is active as organiser of cultural events, such as the MesterBach series and Kulturdag på Schafteløkken in Oslo. From 2010-12, she was Curator at Ny Musikk Oslo and works now as Education Project Coordinator at Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.
Silje Aker Johnsen – soprano
Ida Kristine Zimmermann Olsen – saxofon
Ida Kristine Zimmermann Olsen has a Masters degree from The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway. She studied with John Edward Kelly, Hans Christian Bræin and Geir Holm. In 2006 she was awarded RWE Deas scholarship which allowed her to study in Dusseldorf. From 2004-2007 she performed in The Kelly Quarted, an international chamber music ensemble based in Germany. She currently works as a freelance saxophonist in Oslo. In addition to Ensemble neoN she is also a permanent member of the NoXas Saxophone Quartet.
Kristine Tjøgersen – clarinet
Kristine Tjøgersen has performed with most orchestras and ensembles in Norway. She has a Masters degree from The Norwegian Academy of Music where she studied with med Hans Christian Bræin. During her studies she focused on contemporary music and new techniques for clarinet. She is a member of Polygon and has collaborated with numerous Norwegiab and international composers. She has premiered works by Therese Birkelund, Julian Skar, Ignas Krunglevicius and Sven Lyder Kahrs, aong others.
Yumi Murakami - flute
Yumi Murakami is a Norwegian-Japanese flautist, born in Oslo in 1982. She was educated at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. She finished her Master´s degree in Music Performance in 2010. She lives in Oslo and works as a freelance musician in Norwegian orchestras and ensembles. She has participated in festivals and courses for new music such as the Impuls Festival, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, The Ultima Festival and Venezia Biennale among others. As a performer of contemporary music she is dedicated to exploring new techniques and sounds on her instrument and performs and commissions new works for both chamber music and solo flute.
Solmund Nystabakk - gitar
Solmund Nystabakk (*1982) was born in Sørfold, Northern Norway. He studied guitar at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he also studied lute and early music. Currently working as a freelance lute player and guitarist, Solmund’s repertoire spans from the renaissance and baroque via classical guitar music to contemporary music and free improvisation. He is a member of Rank Ensemble (FI) and the Belgian baroque ensemble Scherzi Musicali, with which he made his recording debut in Domenico Mazzocchi’s opera La Catena d’Adone for the label Alpha in 2011. Together with Canadian mezzo-soprano Debi Wong he founded the duo White Sparrow, which was awarded 1st prize in the Nordic early music competition, EAR-ly, in 2012, in Oslo, Norway.
Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen - percussion
Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen (f.25.03.83) studied at The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and at The Royal Conservatorium of Music in Brussels, and has a Masters degree in performing arts. Ane Marthe is member of Pinquins, Ensemble neoN, NorthArc Percussion Group and Phaedra, and in addition to this she has worked with ensembles such as Cikada, Oslo Sinfonietta, Bodø Sinfonietta, The Norwegian Opera and Ballet amongst others. She also works a lot within the dance/theatre scene, and contributes as percussionist in performances by Fiksdal/Langgård/Becker (Night Tripper), Alan Lucien Øyen (Coelacanth), Yngvild Aspeli (Aske) and Ingvild Storhaug (Majka, jenta frå verdensrommet).