Anja Lauvdal & Manja Ristić
An exciting collaborative work A(mA)nja: From island to island by Anja Lauvdal and Manja Ristić has been created for this year’s festival. On stage, Anja Lauvdal will be carefully layering her keyboard and synth sounds live with the pre-recorded material.
„Though separated by the sea between Croatia and Norway, the two artists have developed an intimate musical dialogue working remotely. Both Lauvdal and Ristić are mothers, which has shaped their careers as they have adapted to balancing family responsibilities with their artistic passions. Inspired by the coastal landscapes that surround them, Lauvdal and Ristić exchange recordings, guiding one another into new realms of sonic possibilities.“
Vowing a transient web, a dreamatorium with its own agenda thoroughly concerned about space—in—between, A(mA)nja is a subtle sonification of deep musicality, real and surreal journeys, and a giant Maelström hiding the unknown multiverse. Invitation for the descent is open, but whether those journeys are real or surreal one thing is certain—both Anja and Manja must take the ferry home.
Commissioned by A4, together with INA GRM (FR) and KONTEJNER (HR) as part of New Perspectives for Action, a project by Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the European Union and supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council and Bratislava City Foundation.