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Konsert UTSOLGT! Så derfor: EKSTRAKONSERT

Konsert med SAGN i den magiske middelalderkrypten under Nykirken.

 

https://sagn.hoopla.no/sales/kryptkonsert/ 

 

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SAGN live outdoor concert

SAGN, my band with the divine Bodil Lunde Rørtveit, live at a magical outdoor concert.

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Tesla, Haap, Munch… everything

So many fun things happening all at once.

Let’s start with Teslagrad.

Teslagrad

Teslagrad

This incredible game will be released next week! Dec. 13 is the date. And on the same date the Official Soundtrack will be out as well (on Itunes etc). Teslagrad just got its first review in one of the largest Norwegian papers, and it scored a 5/6. And the music got a very good mention 🙂 I worked with Linn Kathrin Taklo on the music for Teslagrad, and you can read an interview with us here.

Teslagrad will be first out on PC and Mac, and later on the Wii U, playstations etc.

In Haap news: we just had a concert today, and on Sunday Heidi will be performing in Bergen’s largest concert hall. The full album is soooo close to being done, but December is as usual stuffed with all other kinds of december’y things.  But we do work constantly on the album, and will most likely release one or two more singles in January 🙂 And they will rock. And I mean ROCK.

Haap's Heidi Lambach, sucn an incredible singer and performer.

Haap’s Heidi Lambach

 

Munch Remastered. Bodil and I have shot video material for a little December surprise 😉 It might look a little like this:

Bodil Lunde Rørtveit - Munch Remastered video

Bodil Lunde Rørtveit – Munch Remastered video

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Skuld på Edvard

Skuld på Edvard

A review (in Norwegian) about Munch Remastered

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Munch Remastered – en perle av en forestilling

Munch Remastered – en perle av en forestilling

photo by: Mette Midtseter

Cornerteatret, Møhlenpris, søndag 29. september
Komponist og vokalist Bodil Lunde Rørtveit og komponist Jørn Lavoll
Dans: Alejandro Altamirano og Yanelis Brooks
Cello: Siri Hilmen
Regi: Vibeke Flesland Havre

Detalj og helhet i perfekt harmoni

I anledning Edvard Munchs 150 års jubileum har den Bergenske komponistduoen SAGN sluppet albumet «Munch Remastered». Albumet er inspirert av Munchs bildeserie ”Livsfrisen”. Forestillingen bygger på denne og består således av syv ’tableauer’ inspirert av Munchs bilder.
Vokalisten Bodil Lunde Rørtveit har et intenst scenisk nærvær. Stemmen hennes er fascinerende, direkte og til tider instrumental. Hun skaper klangskulpturer som vekselvis forsterker og kommenterer bevegelsene på scenen og hun evner å skape et sterkt utrykk ut av det uttrykksløse.
I det vakre åpningstableauet Solen lokkes vi inn i SAGN’s unike lyd– og fargeunivers. Gradvis letter tåken og silhuetten av et menneske trer fram. De kontemplative tableauene ble kontrastert gjennom de mer burleske, som i Livets dans og Kvinnen i tre stadier. Og slik balanserer ensemblet mesterlig mellom å dvele ved øyeblikkene og å drive forestillingen videre. Forestillingens kulminerte i det sjette tableuet Tiltrekning/Løsrivelse da danserne gikk inn i det som opplevdes som et dødsrituale. De hadde med dette skapt et perfekt ’gyldne snitt’ i sin forestilling. Yanelis Brooks’ dukkeaktige, nesten døde kropp, ble et leketøy som Alejandro Altamino skapte ulike skulpturer med. Det var som om Brooks’ indre forestillingsevne strålte ut av øynene på henne. Som om hennes mentale tilstedeværelse var motivert av Munchs egen desperasjon. Det var likevel ensemblets evne til å skape oppbygning og forløsning som fikk publikum til å holde pusten like til siste tone i tableauet Skrik.
Forestillingen er visuell og auditiv perle med sine førtifem minutter, og vekker både innlevelse, refleksjon og motstand hos publikum. Dette var profesjonelt til fingerspissene.

Annabel Guaita

Bergens Tidende 30. september 2013

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Impressions from the very first Munch Remastered run-through

Opening night of Munch Remastered is only 10 days away!!

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Munch Remastered: Gul

Munch Remastered: Gul

EP #2, “Munch Remastered: GUL”, is now available on iTunes, Wimp and Spotify. Wake up gently with “The Sun” and calm down with “Young woman at the beach”!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/munch-remastered-gul-single/id689529703 – iTunes

http://www.wimp.no/wweb/album/21911403 – WIMP

http://open.spotify.com/track/1ITTjJ7u9ZLWtZhcoNQ1Si – Spotify

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Sagn – Munch Remastered RØD

Sagn – Munch Remastered RØD

Now also out on Spotify 🙂 Enjoy!

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RØD

https://itunes.apple.com/no/album/munch-remastered-r-d-ep/id639810771

Ole Marius Sandberg and his bass

Ole Marius Sandberg and his bass

There it is. On iTunes 🙂

The first of three EPs with music inspired by Munch paintings. It’s not “everyday” music this. Hehe. It’s raw, emotional, funky, and pretty wild at times.
I’ll point out a few of my own favourite bits of the music.

Sjalusi/Jealousy. The structure on this is so perfectly dramatic 🙂 And the chord progression with the bass constantly crawling up half-note by half-note and the violins filling out the harmonies make this song so intense and dreamy at the same time. Well done, Bodil and Jørn 😉 Check out the big payoff at 04:53 in the long version of the song. Goosebumps!!

Kvinne i tre stadier/Three Stages of Woman. Listen to this song on a headset, sit back, and just melt into the long bass solo. Yes, bass solo! Several minutes of a bowed classical upright bass soloing away.. with a little bit of distortion. Ole Marius Sandberg is the bass player. And when the solo is done, Bodil takes over the melody from the bass solo, and sings in such a mournful way, imitating the phrasing and the sound of the bass. It is so cool!

Livets Dans/Dance of Life. Finally, I get to include the amazing Steve Sklar in a song. He is sometimes called the human didgeridoo, but here he is a human jaw-harp and a human seljefløyte (willow flute). I can’t hide my envy of the amazing sounds Steve is able to create. He must be one of the finest overtone singers living on this planet.
Also on this song, geeky fun for me. The form is a Rondo (ABACADA), and the rythm and meter is also from old european classical music. So when you clap along, you clap on every 2 and 3: 1-2-3 1-2-3 1-2 1-2 1-2-3.

And of course.. Bodil and her incredible versatile voice. And if you are impressed (you will be!) by Bodil after hearing RØD, just wait for the other two EPs. BLÅ is in a very different emotional landscape, more lyrical and Bodil’s voice is so light and pure on some of those songs.

And of course. The man who was our absolute #1 wish for musician on this project, the amazing percussionist Terje Isungset.
We were so thrilled when he said yes to join us on this project. His percussion-kit is mostly things he has made himself…. of things he has found in the woods. He is maybe most famous for his ice instruments (yes, made of real ice) but on this project he brought his jaw-harps, lots of wood percussion, and a huge box of various metal things; big rusty bolts, metal sheets and other clangy objects… and also a collection of stones that has the most amazing overtones when he plays on them, either by hitting them or scraping them.

So, I hope you enjoy this music 🙂 It has been an adventure to create this, and the adventure continues later in 2013 when there will be a concert/modern dance hybrid concert of Munch Remastered produced here in Bergen.

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It is out!!!!!!!!

Munch Remastered: RØDMunch Remastered: RØD - itunes

The first of three EPs with music inspired by Munch paintings.  Check out the intense Sjalusi (Jealousy)

https://itunes.apple.com/no/album/munch-remastered-r-d-ep/id639810771

And visit SAGN on Facebook 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/sagnofmusic

 

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