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All ears for improvised music

Harsh noise artist Tralphaz from San Francisco.

In January, one of Scandinavia’s most celebrated festivals for improvised music will open its doors for the 16th time. All Ears has grown steadily since its inception in 2002, and today the festival draws performers – and visitors – from all corners of the world. By Linn Skjei Bjørnsen  |  Photo: Courtesy of Tralphaz

Taking place on 12-15 January at several locations in Oslo, All Ears is a non-profit festival by music enthusiasts for music enthusiasts. Born out of Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love’s passion for improvised music, the festival runs with the goal of conveying innovative and vital music from known and unknown artists, from both Scandinavia and the rest of the world. “What is so special about All Ears is that it is exclusively run by musicians, who constantly have a finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the genre,” explains festival organiser Guro Moe. “The nature of improvised music, with its energy and presence, has a unique ability to bring the audience extremely close to the music and the musi-

cians. We wish to present improvised music in all its forms and offer a festival that is solely structured on musical terms.” Over four days, festival goers can listen to some of the most influential artists in improvised music, take part in workshops and engage in conversations with performers. A performance not to miss is Jealousy Party, an explosive, abstract RnB duo from Italy, blending noise and improvisation with funk, Avant rock, dub and electronic – a fusion they have named Punca. Worth mentioning is also the highprofile Swedish-Israeli saxophonist, composer, artist and peace activist Dror Feiler, who will hold a workshop centred around today’s political landscape.

All Ears will take place at some of the Norwegian capital’s most iconic stages, including BLÅ, Nasjonal Jazzscene, Henie Onstad Art Center and Cinemateket Oslo. ALL EARS 2016 LINE-UP: Muddersten, Psykisk Tortur, Jon Balke, Small Ears, Jealousy Party, JD Zazie, Tralphaz, Billy Roisz, Sofia Jernberg, Mariachi (Nina Garcia), Paal Nilssen-Love, Joel Grip, Sven-Åke Johansson, Black Spirituals, Leila Bordreuil, Dror Feiler, Utku Tavil, DJ Greg Pope, Gaëlle Rouard

For more information, please visit: www.all-ears.no


Scan Magazine, Issue 95, December 2016