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 physical experience 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, early music as the a cappella music of Zarlino and the lute repertoire of Dowland.
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.
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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.
This duo plays semi-composed but mainly improvised music consisting
of sustained notes with subtle changes in intonation and tonal colour.
Fredrik Rasten works with acoustic guitar 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. A goal for the music is to open a room for details which invite the listener inside the musical material in an active and exploring way.