Birds and bells
by The Norwegian Radio Orchestra with support from Arts Council Norway
This piece was commissioned by The Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) to be a part of NRKs (The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) summer concert that was also the opening of Operafest Røykenvik
With inspiration from the sounds of summer – birds, water, cycling and the progress of a summer hit, I have written a piece where the orchestra gets to whistle, hum, shout, sigh, play quite normally, play on a bicycle, bike bells and bird whistles. Because this was written for the musicians in KORK, I knew I could ask for a lot since these musicians are playful people who have a wide comfort zone.
The result is a work that occasionally kind of rocks, but which has the unmistakable “Bentemusik stamp” – with humour, sonorous qualities and poetics of the everyday.