Sonisk Selskap - Drums & Drones
November 12 - 14
Sonic Sheriff: Bjørn Ognøy
Concert 14.11.21 at 16:00 (with dancers from ImproLaBergen)
Espen Lund - Trumpet/Electronics
Simon Kjelsvik - Double Bass (5 string)
Kristoffer Riis - Guitar
Bjørn Ognøy - Guitar
Jard Hole - Drums
Nils Are Drønen - Drums
Thore Warland - Drums
Rita Maria Farias Munoz
Ine Terese Hogstad
Marit Loe Bjørnstad
Mai Veronica Lykke Robles Thorseth
Marit Loe Bjørnstad og Mai Veronica Lykke Robles Thorseth
Sound Engineer - Paal Rasmussen
Technical Coordinator - Leo Preston
Live Video Streames - Stian Remvik
Technical Assistent - Aisté Žumbakyté
Camera - Marte Bleu
Camera - Nils Nesse
Cameras - Thomas B. Brandt
This was the second season of in Wrap’s AV Lab. It was led by Bjørn Ognøy and recorded by Paal Rasmussen. The final concert was presented on Sunday 14th November with dance improvisation by dancers from ImproLaBergen in three different rooms around the arts centre.
Improvisation is a tool that all the participating musicians value within their respective practices although they come from a range of different backgrounds and playing styles. The unusual choice of three drummers was underpinned by an emphasis on space and discipline.
Each drummer was limited as to the number of components in their kit, and other musicians were limited as to the number of effects pedals they could bring, to keep the focus on the interplay between the whole ensemble. The focus was on subtlety evolving soundscapes rather than on solos.
A starting point was to bring together particular characteristics from noise rock as well as other familiar improvisation milieus. However, Ognøy’s primary interest was in the natural chemistry between the members of this never-before-united ensemble. It was therefore neither appropriate nor desirable to define a musical genre in advance.
Bjørn Ognøy’s musical background is primarily from rock and metal, but over the past 10 years or so he has worked a lot with improvisation; both as a solo artist, in duos, ad-hoc constellations and regular bands, as well as Bergen Impro Big Band, in which he has served as a board member for 10 years.
Leo Preston is Artistic Director at Wrap and designer of Wrap’s AV Lab. He was also one of the driving forces behind the annual musical gatherings in Ibsensgate 31 that gave birth to Sonisk Selskap. He is a musician, songwriter, playwright and theatre maker who’s work has been performed throughout Norway as well as Mexico and Portugal. His intimate understanding of the technical framework at Wrap is at the core of what makes unique events like this one possible.
Paal Rasmussen studied music technology and production at what is now London Metropolitan University, and ran a commercial studio in Asker. He has recorded a wide variety of genres represented by artists such as DDE, Det Betales, To Rustne Herrer, Kristiansand kammerorkester, Julie Felix, Ketil Bjørnstad, Jan Erik Wold, Kåre Virud, Mattis Hætta, Hans Rotmo, Mohr, Ellen Bøtker and Heidi Hauge.
Rasmussen is also known for his work with surround mixes, and with speaker and acoustic design. He is currently engaged with designing the room acoustics in Studio A in the AV Lab.
Drums & Drones
Bjørn Ognøy talkes about putting together his ensemble!