DISKOTEK – FAR NORTH http://farnorth.is Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:05:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 VIDEO: FAR NORTH DISKOTEK SESSIONS APRIL 2015 http://farnorth.is/far-north-diskotek-sessions-april-2015/ Sun, 10 May 2015 16:56:35 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=1082

Far North | Diskotek Sessions for Contemporary Music, Theatre, and Performance – ICE in Greenland from ICE on Vimeo.

Video: Ross Karre


PROGRAM SERMERMIUT ILULISSAT CULTURE HOUSE APRIL 11th & 12th http://farnorth.is/program-sermermiut-ilulissat-culture-house-april-11th-12th/ Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:58:36 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=1075 program_sermermiut_nytt



Heiner Goebbels in Greenland http://farnorth.is/heiner-goebbels-in-greenland/ Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:58:16 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=987 We are thrilled to announce that Heiner Goebbels will be joining our artist community in the far north for the 2015 WINTER DISKOTEK SESSIONS in Greenland.

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The composer and director Heiner Goebbels (*1952) belongs to the most important exponents of the contemporary music and theatre scene. His compositions for ensembles and big orchestras published by Ricordi Munich are currently performed worldwide as well as several of his music theatre works and staged concerts, mostly produced by Théâtre Vidy Lausanne and the Ensemble Modern.

Heiner Goebbels works as a professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen (Germany) and is President of the Theatre Academy Hessen. From 2012 to 2014 he is the artistic director of the International Festival of the Arts RUHRTRIENNALE.

Upcoming performances can be seen in the Calender.

The Archive offers a large number of articles, reviews, pictures, a catalogue of works, the performance history and discography. Most of his CDs are produced and published by ecm records.

The music theatre productions Max Black, Hashirigaki, Eraritjaritjaka, Stifters Dinge and I went to the house but did not enter are in the repertoire of Théâtre Vidy. Schwarz auf Weiss, Eislermaterial, Landschaft mit entfernten Verwandten are in the repertoire of the Ensemble Modern. The London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra in the Age of Enlightenment performSongs of Wars I have seen and the Ensemble Klang (N) an ensemble version of Walden.

His latest productions John Cage: Europeras 1&2, When the Mountain changed its clothing, Harry Partch: Delusion of the Fury and Louis Andriessen: De Materie are distributed by the Ruhrtriennale.


Extraordinary Erna http://farnorth.is/extraordinary-erna/ Sun, 22 Mar 2015 12:20:12 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=1014  This force of nature will be joining us for the Far North DISKOTEK Sessions in April.


 ERNA ÒMARSDOTTIR is born in Reykjavik, Iceland. She graduated from PARTS (performing arts research and training studios)1998 under the direction of Anna Teresa de Keersemaeker. Following her graduation she worked with the Belgian theater director Jan Fabre in several creations. She worked also with the Belgian dancecompany Ballet c De la B and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Foi. She has been one of the founders and a member of two collectives, EKKA from Reykjavik and PONI from Brussels.

The last years she has mainly been creating and touring internationally with her own work. She created IBM 1401 ( a users manual) ,2002 and THE MYSTERIES OF LOVE, 2006 in colloboration with the composer Johann Johannsson. She has created and directed several works for the Icelandic dancecompany. Amongst those are: in collaboration with Emil
Hrvation(Janez Janza) WE ARE ALL MARLENE DIETRICH FOR, 2005 and in collaboration with Damien Jalet and Gabríela Friðriksdóttir TRANSAQUANIA, ( OUT OF THE BLUE) 2009 and TRANSAQUANIA-INTO THIN AIR thin air, 2010. In 2009 she directed and created BLACK MARROW for the Melbourne based company Chunky Move at the Melbourne international Artsfestival as-well in collaboration with Damien Jalet.

Together with Valdimar Jóhannsson she created the company Shalala in 2008. Amongst their most recent works are WE SAW MONSTER, premiered at the National theater of Iceland for the Reykjaviks Artfestival 2011, THE TICKLING DEATH MACHINE , premiered at the Kunstenfestival des Arts Brussels, 2011, TEACH US TO OUTGROW OUR MADNESS, premiered at Les antipodes, Scene nationale des Quartz in Brest 2009 , the theatrical band LAZYBLOOD. She is a member of the trio Skyrleebob together with Gudni Gunnarsson and Lieven Dousselaere.

She has also collaborated several times with the Icelandic visualartist Gabriela Fridriksdottir,(for venice biennale 2005 etc) and the Icelandic musician Bjork. as well as Ólöf Arnalds, Ben Frost etc….In November 2007 she had the honor to be chosen the artist associated at the festival LES GRANDES TRAVERSEES in Bordeaux in France. Curating it and performing all her recent work. She has several times been mentioned in the Ballet Tanz yearly nominations for outstanding dance or promising choreography.


Suzanne Farrin bringing Ondes Martenot to Greenland http://farnorth.is/suzanne-farrin-bringing-ondes-martenot-to-greenland/ Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:14:16 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=1032 Suzanne Farrin, in collaboration with ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), is bringing  Odes Martenot to Greenland for the first time in history (as far as we know!). Together with, by now DISKOTEK veteran, Ross Karre she will  make the eerie sounds of this peculiar instrument resonate under the Arctic winter skies. Stay tuned!

“Like field recordings from inside the cerebral cortex” (Timeout Chicago)
Suzanne Farrin’s music explores the interior worlds of instruments and the visceral potentialities of sound. Her music has been performed by some of the great musicians of today on stages across Europe and North and South America.
Tim Page, the former classical music critic of the Washington Post wrote: “If you can imagine the dense, perfumed chords of Messiaen’s piano music combined with the clangorous, insistent, near-pictorial tone-clusters of Frederic Rzewski’s Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues, you will have some idea of what Farrin’s work sounds like. Yet it transcends its derivations to leave the distinct impression of its own.”

She has been featured at venues and festivals such as Mostly Mozart, Matrix, Alpenklassik, Music in Würzburg, BAM NextWave, Die Glocke (Bremen), Theaterforum (Bayern), Town Hall Seattle, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Symphony Space, the Walker Art Center, SALT (Victoria, B.C.), Festival Nuevo Mundo (Venezuela) and New York’s The Stone, Spectrum, Joe’s Pub, among many others. She has been supported by organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation, Meet The Composer, the Wachovia Foundation, Concert Artists Guild and New Music USA. Some of the musicians and ensembles who have interpreted her work include the American Composers Orchestra, The League of Composers Orchestra, ICE, the Arditti Quartet, the Spektral Quartet, So Percussion, Antoine Tamestit, Leonard Elschenbroich, Anthony Roth Costanzo,Ksenija SidorovaJoshua Rubin, Nuiko Wadden and Ben Melsky. She has been a guest at the MATRIX Festival at the SWR in Freiburg, Germany (2013) and the Harvard Summer Composition Institute (2012, 2014). In addition to composing, she is a regular host on Q2, the New York City-based new music radio station.Upcoming commissions for 2014-15 include new works for countertenor and ensemble for the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) with Anthony Roth Costanzo and a work for cello and accordion for The Philharmonic Society of Bremen.Suzanne Farrin is Associate Professor and Chair of Composition at the State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase. She holds a doctorate in composition from Yale University. “Corpo di Terra,” released on New Focus Recordings, is devoted entirely to her music, which may also be heard on the VAI, Signum Classics, Albany Records and Tundra labels.

Throat Singing Goddess Sylvia Cloutier http://farnorth.is/throat-singing-goddess-sylvia-cloutier/ Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:18:05 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=1056 https://youtube.com/watch?v=3pWq1X0wUKEframeborder%3D0allowfullscreen

We are positively ecstatic that Sylvia Cloutier will be with us at the DISKOTEK in April.



SYLVIA CLOUTIER originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (Northern Quebec) presently based in Montreal is a mother, performing artist, producer, director, well known for Inuit throat singing and drum dancing and has collaborated with artists all over the world including Think of One from Belgium; Tafelmusik, a Toronto based baroque orchestra; Montréal based DJ Madeskimo. Ms. Cloutier is also the co-founder of a performance company Aqsarniit producing shows that promote Inuit culture for special events such as Nunavut Celebration at the Museum of civilization in April 1999, Toonik Tyme and Alianait festival in Iqaluit, Canadian North Airlines 2007 Nunavut Day Gala and directing fashion shows with the Government of Nunavut promoting the high fashion industry of seal skin products in Canadian arctic for various events. Ms. Cloutier is also involved as a motivational speaker for youth events with organizations like the National Aboriginal Achievement foundation. She has helped train youth in video production, throat singing, theatre, dance, cultural and artistic activities while addressing social issues through working with Qaggiq theatre, the Northern village of Kuujjuaq and has worked with Social work through Hip Hop projects with the Blueprints for life team traveling to communities in Nunavik and Nunavut. She also worked with visual artists such as Jonathan Cruz in training youth to build murals in the north. She joined her Excellency Governor General Michaelle Jean on the state visit to Norway and Ukraine in 2009 and was named “Woman of the Year” by Pauktutiit, a national Inuit women’s organization and recently received an award for “Outstanding young woman of the year” by Qullit Nunavut women’s organization. Ms.Cloutier recent work was based at the Kativik Regional Government in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil running the Circus program CIRQINIQ for youth in Nunavik. Sylvia is the Producer and co-director of TULUGAK uniting performing artists from Nunavik, Nunavut and Greenland performed in Iqaluit, Nuuk, Banff and Ottawa since 2011.











The Sound Magician Jacob Kirkegaard http://farnorth.is/the-sound-magician-jacob-kirkegaard/ Sun, 15 Mar 2015 12:24:56 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=1000 The extraordinary Jacob Kirkegaard will take part in the DISKOTEK Sessions this April.

Not just a wonderful artist, he is also a whole lot of fun!


Jacob Kirkegaard is an artist and composer who works in carefully selected environments to generate recordings that are used
in compositions, or combined with video imagery in visual, spatial installations. His works reveal unheard sonic phenomena and present listening as a means of experiencing the world. Kirkegaard has recorded sonic environments as different as subterranean geyser vibrations, empty rooms in Chernobyl, Arctic calving glaciers and tones generated by the human inner ear itself.

Based in Berlin Kirkegaard has presented his works at galleries, museums and concert spaces throughout the world, including MoMA in New York, LOUISIANA in Denmark, KW in Berlin, The Menil Collection & at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Aichi Triennale in Nagoya,  Japan and most recently with a solo exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. His sound works
are released on the TOUCH, Important Records, VON Archives & Posh Isolation labels.

“For all the scientific rigour to Kirkegaard’s research into the sonic possibilities of various materials, his work reveals an underlying fascinationfor the mysteries and myths embedded in them. His work channels an access to an inner world.” A.H. Neset, The Wire, 07/09earside_out-drawing-800

DISKOTEK SESSIONS 2015 http://farnorth.is/diskotek-sessions-2015/ Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:36:25 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=982 diskotek-01.FINAL

Alvin Lucier: Opera for Objects http://farnorth.is/alvin-lucier-opera-for-objects/ Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:31:50 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=936

Alvin Lucier: Opera for Objects (1997) | International Contemporary Ensemble and FAR NORTH // THE DISKOTEK from ICE on Vimeo.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Arnbjörg Maria Danielsen, Eivind Buene, Greenland, HH Poulsen, Hrafn Ásgeirsson, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Karl Sibelius, Klaus Geisler, Majbritt Bech, Mike Thomsen, National Theatre of Greenland, Phyllis Chen, Ross Karre, Sofia Jernberg, Tiffany Ayalik, Trond Reinholdtsen

From the 2014 summer DISKOTEK Sessions in Oqaatsut, Disko Bay, Greenland.

 Video by Ross Karre digitice.org


Lucier wrote OPERA WITH OBJECTS for his student class. The piece is a simple exercise in learning about the acoustical properties of various objects (“Your task is to make vivid for listeners the natural amplification inherent in physical things” ), but Lucier’s decisions as to how the piece should be performed make this exercise a Grand Opera. The performer stands behind a table with an arrangement of various objects of a more or less ordinary nature. A matchbox, an empty can, a candy jar… Rather than tapping the objects directly, the performer starts tapping one pencil against the other in a regular way, creating a rather dry sound. When the tip of the tapped pencil touches the surface of an object, the object amplifies the sound of the pencils. By moving the tip of the pencil along the surface, this sound can be altered. Once an object is explored, the performer moves on to the next (without stopping to tap), eventually with a slightly different speed or dynamics.

Since the amplification depends on the resonances of each individual object, the sound of the tapping can be very different and sometimes quite astonishing. One of the great surprises at many performances was a very small matchbox, one of Lucier’s favorite objects (from an oyster bar near his home). It turned out to be one of the loudest “amplifiers” and could have easily been the “leading voice” in this opera with (ordinary) objects. Sadly enough, it was stolen together with other objects on one of Lucier’s numerous concert travels…

One of Alvin Lucier’s most basic working premises: “If you let something happen and don’t make big changes, you start to hear the acoustical phenomena.” (Text by Viola Rusche & Hauke Harder)

VIDEOS: Lucier’s ‘Chambers’ with Kajaks http://farnorth.is/luciers-chambers-with-kajaks-2/ Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:00:24 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=964 Videos of Alvin Lucier’s ‘Chambers’ from two performances  at different locations around Oqaatsut/Rodebay, Disko Bay area.

Produced by Ross Karre and Phyllis Chen, International Contemporary Ensemble

Tiffany Ayalik
Klaus Geisler
Hans-Henrik Suersaq Poulsen