Roscoe Mitchell solo & duo with John McCowen

Roscoe Mitchell solo & duo with John McCowen

A special evening of composition in real time from Roscoe Mitchell and John McCowen. As a tireless explorer of improvisation and multi–instrumental performance, Mitchell’s multimedia solo HOMONCULUS sees the 81 year old legend duet with himself across time and space. Through a new film made in collaboration with film maker Wendy Nelson, Mitchell, live in Bergen performs saxophone and percussion with Roscoe at home in Wisconsin, creating possibilities of multidimensional solo-ing and expression that explore the full range of Mitchell's instrumental interests.

Joining Mitchell on stage for the second half of the concert is his one time student and now collaborator John McCowen. In their specially prepared duo performance UOOU, McCowen's micro timbral explorations of the contrabass clarinet meet Mitchell's bass saxophone playing, to create an unusual and dynamic combination of these two rarely heard low end instruments. Closing a week of performances and conversations with Roscoe Mitchell, this final concert for the festival brings together many facets of Mitchell as a performer and music creator, don't miss out!

Produced and initiated in collaboration with Bergen Kunsthall.
Presented with support by Bergen Jazzforum

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.

Roscoe Mitchell at Borealis – a festival for experimental music
16.3.–20.3 2022
As part of “File Under Freedom”, Bergen Kunsthall teams up with Borealis to present internationally
renowned musician, composer, and innovator Roscoe Mitchell live in concert, and two of his composed works performed by the BIT20 Ensemble String Quartet and the Norwegian Naval Forces Band.


Doors: 20:30
Venue: Bergen International Cultural Center, Fensal
Tickets: 275,– / 250,– / 200,–

In collaboration with Borealis – a festival for experimental music
16.3.–20.3 2022