Utmark presents a concert with two outstanding improvisers: Sofia Jernberg and Kjetil Møster.
Sofia Jernberg is a Swedish experimental singer, composer, improviser and performer. She was born in Ethiopia in 1983 and grew up there, in Vietnam and in Sweden. One of her deepest interests as a singer is to investigate and explore the “instrumental” possibilities of the human voice. Her singing vocabulary also includes sounds and techniques that often contradict conventional singing styles, such as non-verbal vocalisation, split tone singing, pitchless singing and distortion. Music theatre and contemporary opera play a significant part in her artistic oeuvre. She has appeared in productions of Arnold Schönberg’s ‘Pierrot Lunaire’ and Salvatore Sciarrino’s ‘Lohengrin’. Several composers have written roles specifically for Jernberg, including Emily Hall in ‘Folie à Deux’ and Anna Thorvaldsdottir in ‘UR_’.
Another key focus of her practice lies in her collaborations with visual artists, such as Camille Norment, participating in her pieces ‘Rapture’ (Venice Biennale 2015) and ‘Lull’ (Bergen International Festival 2016). She featured as a singer in the 80-minute film ‘Union of the North’ by Matthew Barney, Erna Ómarsdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson. As well as performing solo, Sofia Jernberg works regularly with Fire! Orchestra, The End, in a duo with Mette Rasmussen and in a duo with Alexander Hawkins.
Kjetil Møster is a Bergen based saxophone player, involved in a vast array of bands, artists and projects within the field of jazz, improvised music, electro-acoustic noise, contemporary music, free rock, hip hop, pop and so on. Known from Møster!, Datarock, Ultralyd, Zanussi Five, The Core, King Midas, he has also done projects with Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Paal Nilssen-Love, Bugge Wesseltoft, Jon Christensen, Andrew D’Angelo, Jim Black, Maja Ratkje and others. His playing is influenced by jazz giants like John Coltrane, Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders as well as rock, electronic music and contermporary music. Lately he has been involved in a PhD project researching the use of electronics together with the saxophone.
This concert is one of the events that are a part of Bergen Kunsthall’s exhibition File Under Freedom, on view February 5 – March 27, 2022.
Utmark is Bergen Kunsthall’s own concert series, presenting Norwegian and international musicians from a wide range of genres, with a focus on alternative expressions and experimental, visionary and exploratory music.
Utmark events are free to members of Bergen Kunsthall, Borealis Listening Club and students of BAS, KMD and Grieg Academy.