The Swiss artist Dieter Roth lived in the small town of Seyðisfjörður, on the east coast of
Iceland during the latter period of his life. During this time he created a slide installation,
which was a form of portrait of the town. For 2019 Skaftfell will re-stage this work in the
building where it was first shown, and consider the relationship between its local relevance
and its place within a wider art historical context, as well as exploring Roth's legacy within
present day contemporary art.
Location: Seyðisfjörður (Iceland) - Skaftfell Center for Visual Art and Angró, The Technical Museum of East Iceland
After we had already been working with the Karl Seglem & Christoph Stiefel Group about 5 years ago at the Jazz Festival Molde (NO) 2x with Monsterjazz performed, we are now for the summer 2019 at two other, very renowned jazz festivals in Norway, we have invited our unique, interactive children's jazz program "Monsterjazz" to play : am Kongsberg Jazz Festival and Oslo Jazz Festival.
Location: Kongsberg Jazz Festival - Oslo Jazz Festival
PORTA CHIUSA part one is an interdisciplinary performance that combines two film projections, a spoken-word text, and a live musical performance. It is based on the conflict that we are experiencing at the beginning of the 21st century, namely that of a world built upon national states, in which people are still not treated equally; in which we still speak about color and race; in which nutrition, health and access to education are still greatly conditioned by hierarchal classification. The main theme underlining the performance is the conflict between the “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,” (Declaration of Human Rights from December 10th, 1948) and the fact that this dignity is increasingly violated.
Location: Kafé Hærverk, Oslo / Konsert Galleriet, Trondheim
"Some pianists approach the instrument like it's a cathedral-Sylvie Courvoisier sometimes treats it like a playground," observes Kevin Whitehead aptly in the liner notes to D'Agala (Intakt), the latest album by the Sylvie Courvoisier Trio. "In two minutes, she covers more ground than some pianists get to in a set." He goes on to compare the venturesome interaction of this trio with a pioneering jazz icon from the 1950s: "There is something Herbie Nichols-like about the Courvoisier-Gress-Wollesen trio's feel: collective music-making as light-on-its-feet fun; a genuine trio music in which bass and drums are full partners with piano."
That striking cohesion and collective sense of play are what mark the Swiss pianist and her esteemed American rhythm mates as kindred spirits in the areas of color, groove and melody. The group's European tour in April-May 2018 celebrates the January release of D'Agala. Courvoisier, who has been a fixture on the New York scene for nearly 20 years, released her first album with Gress and Wollesen in 2014, when Double Windsor (Tzadik) was named Album of the Year by both Slate and New York City Jazz Record, along with receiving the "CHOC" from Jazz Magazine and Jazzman in France.
Beyond the trio, Courvoisier earned renown for balancing two distinct worlds- the richly detailed depth of her European chamber-music roots and the grooving, hook-laden sounds of the downtown New York jazz scene. Her long partnership with violinist Mark Feldman - acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic - has resulted in a seemingly telepathic duo, as well as a quartet. Courvoisier has worked with a who's who in avant-jazz, including John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, Evan Parker, Ikue Mori, Ellery Eskelin, Susie Ibarra, Fred Frith and Mary Halvorson. - Bradley Bambarger
One of the most creative pianists in the downtown scene, and a long time collaborator of Mark Feldman, Ikue Mori and many others, Sylvie combines a brilliant technique with a wild imagination that straddles classical, jazz, improvisation and more. Featuring the dynamic rhythm section of Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress, the music combines the best of improvisation and composition in the classic piano trio format. Three years in the making this is an essential project that highlights an exciting new musical world.- John Zorn
The dance productions "Little Joy", "Romeo, Romeo, Romeo" and "Kill Your Darlings" go on air Tour to Norway, Northern Germany, Croatia and Australia. Altogether about 25 Performances and 9 dance workshops are planned.
As part of the Festival de la Francophonie, the Embassy of Switzerland is pleased to invite you to the conference given in French by Mr. Alain-Jacques Tornare entitled "Le passage à Fribourg en Suisse (1915-1917) d'un éternel voyageur: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, écrivain et pilote" on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the residence of the Embassy of Switzerland. Due to the limited number of places available, those interested in the conference are requested to register at the Swiss Embassy by 19 March (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Klaus Johann Grobe is a duo of Zurich and Basel. Their third album "Du bist so symmetrisch" was released last October and the Swiss pop band has been playing concerts ever since, among others on 16 March in Oslo im Blå.
Inversia has started in Murmansk (RU) 3 years ago as the festival to shift the traditional
negative perception of darkness and to realise its difficult intersections with light in the design
of audiovisual experience. Now it has developed into an international platform to study the
phenomena of cultural isolation and apathy and their overcoming in new art forms, all
conditioned by the High North surroundings. This year, among Northern Europe based artists,
we invite Swiss explorers as well.
Since the 3 years of "Priority Jazz Promotion" (2012-2015), VEIN has continuously developed and in spring 2019 it is once again able to stage an attractive tour together.
The CD with the program "Symphonic Bop" with works by VEIN will be released worldwide on March 8 and performed with the Norrbotten Big Band in Sweden and Basel. In spring 2019, VEIN will concentrate on this program, which will be performed mainly as a trio.
The exhibition project "Lots of tiny people" evolves around Rudolf Steiner´s Blackboard Drawings. Along with the Steiners Blacboards, ten artist will participate in the exhibition and reflect on Steiners ideas where the value of spiritual practice where the guiding principle. They are from Canada, Netherlands, German, Iceland and Switzerland. The exhibition will take place at Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum January - April 2019.
Location: Kopavogur Gerdarsafn - Kopavogur Art Museum
Trials of Money turns the theatre into a court of justice. The audience is invited to take part in the Special Tribunal for Semi-Human Persons that, instead of human subjects or legal entities, puts that very complex "thing" on trial that we most commonly call "money". Can money be held responsible for the disastrous state the world is in today?