I am a Norwegian guitarist (b. 1988) working in the field of experimental and improvised music, both improvised and composed. My main focuses are exploring and utilizing the acoustic possibilities of the steel string guitar, motivated by a fascination for the almost tactile experiences of acoustic phenomena. The last months I have been working extensively with intonation and an extended concept of consonance as a point of departure, both in solo work and in duos with trumpeter Torstein Lavik Larsen and bass player Jonathan Heilbron. I have also had the lucky opportunity to take lessons in this field with composer and violist Catherine Lamb.
Other music that I am inspired by includes wandelweiser music, traditional british folk and early music.
Pip is an acoustic duo working within the improvised/experimental field. The duo explores the possibilities of the acoustics of trumpet and guitar with a focused sense of intonation and timbre as a point of departure. They create gradually developing textures in an intermediate state between static and organic.
with Jan Martin Gismervik – drums, Adrian Fiskum Myhr – bass, Torstein Lavik Larsen – trumpet
Oker combines sounds from extended instrumental techniques with open tonalities and deconstructed grooves. The ensemble balances between airy gestures and dense collective blocks of sound.
Fredrik Rasten works with acoustic guitar and in exploring the possibilities for putting this instrument in new musical contexts. With extensive use of preparations and different non-tempered tunings, he creates warm sounds in gradual development. He also includes subtle use of the voice to make interfering thick timbres and tonalities in combination with the guitar. A goal for the music is to open a room for details that invites the listener inside the musical material in an active and exploring way.
He is also playing composed music, especially related to quiet / Wandelweiser music and Just Intonation music, and has performed pieces by Johan Lindvall, Antoine Beuger and Catherine Lamb.