Ensemble E: PLUGS & EE OPUS ONE / Wrocław
A master of creating large musical forms in contact with live sound in real time. He builds in a workshop process together with a musical ensemble a piece juxtaposing instruments from different genre spheres, in this particular case the traditional Norwegian hardingfele violin and the Biłgoraj bitch. A piece of lively musical progression evoking color and lots of energy. This will also be the debut presentation of ENSEMBLE E collective – a new group of international artists and musicians working in the field of contemporary experimental music, noise, improvised music, contemporary folk, free jazz and other experimental music fields and traditions.
Ensemble E is an international group of artists and musicians working in the field of contemporary experimental music, noise, improvised music, contemporary folk, free jazz and other experimental musical fields and traditions. The musicians work under the direction of Mats Gustafsson and conduct in-depth research on traditional and alternative ways of expression of Scandinavian and Polish folk music, and on how, by placing these traditions in completely new situations, new music can be created. Ensemble E’s Lublin concert is the group’s debut, and Gustafsson’s composition entitled Opus ONE will have its world premiere. In this composition, in addition to traditional jazz instrumentarium, traditional instruments of Poland (Biłgoraj bitch) and Norway (hardingfele violin) will be used. Mats Gustafsson himself is a phenomenal specialist in improvised music scenarios, a master of creating large musical forms in contact with live sound in real time. A piece of live musical progression evoking color and lots of energy.
Solo improviser, often in collaboration with contemporary dance, visual art, poetry and theatre Composer of solo work for saxophone, live electronics and ensemble pieces. Sound Installations.
Commissions by Swedish Concert Institute, Swedish National Radio (P1 & P2), KulturBro 2000, Krakow jazz autumn 2013, Norrlands Operans Symfoniorkester, Now and Forever Space project 2014, Klangforum Wien. Compositions played by Sonic Youth, Nu-ensemblen, Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Copenhagen Art Ensemble, The Thing, AALY Trio, The End, Trondheim Improvisers Ensemble, Neneh Cherry, NyMusikk TRondheim, FRIM Storband, Trondheim Voices a.o. Curator of festivals; Sounds 89 & 99, Solo -92, Dygn (-95), Open Music – KulturBro 2000, 2002, Wels /unlimited music 2003, Perspectives 2004, Perspectives 2007, Perspectives 2009, Nickelsdorf Konfrontationen 2010…
Curator of Swedish concert Institute’s tour project-series “Frislag” since 2000. Re-started FRIM in 1998 (the association of free improvised music in Sweden). Citizen of Elgaland/ Vargaland (KREV) Started Blue Tower Records with Harald Hult in 1989. Started Crazy Wisdom with Christian Falk and Conny C. Lindström in 1999.
Started Olof Bright Editions with Thomas Millroth in 2000. Started SLOTTET with Conny C Lindström and Maria Eriksson in 2006.
Extensive touring, over 2000 concerts and over 250 recording projects, with music ensembles and solo projects in Scandinavia, Europe, Australia, Africa, South & North America and Asia. Major festivals and clubs/performance theatres/museums in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Lithuania, Lettvia, Russia, Poland, Belarus, Germany, Ukraine, Belgium, Holland, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Monaco, Slovenia, Turkey, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, India, China, Japan, Korea, Tasmania, Australia, New Zeeland, USA, Brazil, Canada and Ethiopia.
Daniel Formo is a keyboard player, improviser and sound artist from Trondheim, Norway, working within a broad range of music from improvised and written contemporary music, to jazz and popular genres, as well as electroacoustic music and electronic art. His work takes a special interest in the relationship between language and music, instrument building, and between virtual and real soundscapes.
Formo has established himself as a stylistically innovative musician and composer, especially utilising the Hammond in exciting new ways as well as building new instruments blending electric and acoustic sources.
Susana Santos Silva is a Portuguese trumpeter, improviser and composer based in Stockholm, Sweden. One of the most exciting improvisers in the world’ (Downbeat), Susana has a singular artistic approach that comes out of a comprehensive spectrum of influences, from classical, improvised and contemporary music to jazz and textural sound art. She is interested in stretching the possibilities of the instrument, exploring new ways of expression within music, as well as dissolving the boundaries between composition and improvisation as well as between acoustic and electronic music.
Besides her solo practice she has been working with her projects Impermanence and Life and Other Transient Storms and with collaborative bands with Kaja Draksler, Torbjörn Zetterberg, also in trio with Hampus Lindwall, the trios Child of Illusion and Fish Wool and the quartet Hearth.
After many years since graduating from her classical and jazz studies, Susana is now attending a Master program in Electroacoustic Composition at KMH in Stockholm.
Much in demand she has been playing with an array of different projects/bands and with musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, Joëlle Léandre, Mat Maneri, Paul Lovens, Hamid Drake, Mats Gustafsson, Lotte Anker, Sten Sandell, among many others.
A musician of rare diversity. His work focuses on the piano, which is the main source of his creativity, but he still seeks different means of musical expression. He has had a long and well known career as a pianist in free jazz and free experimental improvisation. He has performed and toured with European improvisers such as Paul Lovens, Harri Sjöström, Phil Minton and Roger Turner and Swedish improvisers such as Mats Gustafsson and Per-Åke Holmlander.
Forsén is interested in Swedish folk music. He has collaborated with traditional fiddlers and singers, and has also performed as a solo artist. Drawing on his deep knowledge of traditional folk music, Forsén has worked in both traditional and experimental situations.In the spring of 2019, he released his solo album “Visa från Dorotea”, which was very enthusiastically received by audiences and critics.
For 12 years Arne collaborated with kora player Alagi M´Bye from Gambia, until his unpredictable death in 2018. They toured annually in Sweden, sometimes together with saxophonist Jonas Knutsson, and Arne also visited Gambia and studied traditional music.
For several years Forsén has been particularly interested in the compositions of Swedish jazz legends Lasse Werner and Kurt Lindgren, which has resulted in two CD releases, with the Sune Spångberg Trio and the Werner-Lindgren Project.
Lasse Werner’s music also played a central role in a duet with vocalist Pia Olby.
Another cross-over project is “SPÅR” (“paths”), which combines free improvised music (with drummer Henrik Wartel) and live painting (Solveig Hiestand).
Arne Forsén also has a deep sense of the value of teaching, focusing on improvisation in various forms, mainly looking for ways to improvise crossing musical genres.
He is a lecturer in piano and improvisation at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and a piano teacher for children at Gnesta Cultural School.
Helga Myhr is a hardanger fiddle player and singer, working in the field of Norwegian folk music and contemporary and experimental music.
She finished her studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2019. Her first solo album, Natten veller seg ut, was released on the label Motvind Records in October 2019, that also received a nomination to Spellemannprisen (the Norwegian Grammy Awards).
Myhr composed here first commission work, Andsyning, at Osafestivalen 2020. Andsyning will be released at the record label Heilo in the spring of 2022.
Violinist, fiddle player, singer, composer. Musician fascinated with Polish folk art. Seeker of universal language, which connects distant musical cultures of the world. Graduate of Ethnomusicology at Warsaw University.
She performs and records albums with numerous bands, co-creating projects on the borderline of styles and cultures (Etnofonie Kurpiowskie, Struktura, Stilo, Kontraburger, Village Kollektiv and others). Since 2001, he has been a co-founder of Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa, with which he has achieved numerous successes on the most prestigious stages all over the world (including WOMAD, WOMEX, Glastonbury Festival, Rudolstadt Festival, Solidarity of Art, Rainforest Festival).
Together with the band she cooperates with many artists from Poland and abroad: Norway, Sweden, Spain, USA, Canada, India, Iran (among others Esperanza Spalding, Bill Laswell, Leszek Możdżer, Kayhan Kalhor, Sandy Scofield, Andy Teirstein, Jack Wall, Mercedes Peon, Dj Feel-X, Torgeir Vassvik, Dhoad Gypsies from Rajastan, Hedningarna) creating new constellations of ethnic sounds. She is closely connected with folk singers and musicians from Mazovia (Maria Bienias, Marianna Rokicka, Stefan Nowaczek, Carniacy, Bandysionki, Kapela Zdzisława Kwapińskiego, with whom she recorded the album Re:Akcja Mazowiecka together with KzWW), as well as with the band from Dobrowody on the Polish-Belarusian border.
She is also co-author and performer of music for Japanese manga, computer games (Myst IV), films (Zaginione Urzecze, Kapel Mistrze, Zimna Wojna, Sąsiady), theater plays (Balladyna, Tale of Three Horses, Musicians of the Great Field) and music for the New York new opera A Blessing on the Moon. As a soloist, she collaborates with composer Nikola Kolodziejczyk (2019 premiere of the composition Barok Nowa Ery – Handel XXI, in 2022 premiere of the Symphony “Return to Matanza” with the Symphony Orchestra of the Pomeranian Philharmonic).
The artist sings with a white voice and specializes in playing reconstructed Polish folk instruments – the Biłgoraj bitch and Płock fiddle, using the so-called nail technique and experimenting with their specific sound.
Maniucha Bikont (born 1986) – singer, musician, anthropologist, participant of field research in Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. She sings traditional, modern and authorial music, plays the tuba. She arranges songs, creates theatrical and film music. A graduate of the Institute of Polish Culture and Artes Liberales, she also studied at the chair of ethnomusicology at the Academy of Music in Kiev under Prof. Yevgen Yefremov (2010/2011).
Graduate of master’s studies at the Institute of Polish Culture and doctoral studies at Artes Liberales. Three-time scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, winner of the Tournament of Real Musicians (2014), two-time winner of the New Tradition competition (2016, 2017), nominated for the Coryphaeus of Polish Music (2020, 2021).
Vocalist of the bands: Maniucha and Ksawery, Tęgie Chłopy, Niewte, Dziczka, Z lasu. She cooperates with Assaf Talmudi, Cezary Duchnowski and Radical Polish Ansambl, with Bartek Weber and Aurora Collective, or Prusinowski Kompania band. Her most personal album is Oj borom borom.