Double bass in unusual positions
Icelandic, now Copenhagen-based composer and double bassist Bára Gísladóttir‘s work is based on thoughts regarding the concept of sound as a living being. Her solo albums Hīber (which she will perform at NEXT) and Mass for some showcase her primary instrument in unusual positions; rumbling, distorted, winding, at times almost harsh, the sounds of the double bass twisting and turning. Similarly to instrumentalist contemporaries like Leila Bordreuil (cello) or Patrick Shiroishi (various wind instruments), Gísladóttir blurs the line between contemporary composition, sound art and experimental music. These are sounds miles beyond what you imagine when someone says “double bass”. As part of our partnered audience development project NOISS, Icelandic composer Bára Gísladóttir will perform at NEXT on Friday, 26 November in A4 – Space for Contemporary Culture.
NEXT Festival is part of Project NOISS (Norway – Iceland – Slovakia): New Music for New Audiences. Project NOISS received a grant of 192 300 € from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grant scheme. The project was co-funded with an additional 28 845 € from the National Budget of the Slovak Republic. The project’s aims include audience development and capacity and mobility building promoting the values of creativity, artistic freedom and collaboration in contemporary avantgarde music.
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