Sunday, January 18, 2009

A short report from All Ears 2009

I'm just back from a snowy Oslo, and the All Ears festival, still without tinnitus. All Ears is a festival dedicated to improvisation and noise, and run by musicians who love this kind of music. It was held in an old factory building, and musicians like Lasse Marhaug, Paal Nilssen-Love and Kjetil Møster do most of the work themselves, from selling tickets to getting rid of drunkards. All this give you a good feeling, that music's what matters here.

I listened to:
Harald Fetveit/Håvard Skaset/ Børre Mølstad/John Hegre.
Stine J. Motland (Solo vocal).
Micahel Duch/Steve Beresford/Anita Kaasbøll.
Borbetomagus (Pure energy. No hostages taken).
Skull Defects (Dark electronic swedes).
Ingebrigt H. Flaten (Solo el-bass, with extra equipment).
John Hegre/Jean-Philippe Gross (Noise a la Hendrix and Who. Wheeee!).
Stian Westerhus (Solo guitar, rock & noise).

I liked most of the stuff, but was truly impressed by Stine J. Motland, who had a terrific voice (and voice control). This is a quite small woman with a huge sound indeed. Great!
More on the artists here.
You might be able to read the program in the picture here (click on it), even if the background is Lemur.
More pictures on Flickr later.

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