George Lewis and Rolf-Erik Nystrøm on Contemporary Music and Diversity
Composers and musicians George Lewis and Rolf-Erik Nystrøm present the results from the two-day Ultima Festical workshop exploring how contemporary music can promote aesthetic diversity.
In a rare visit to Norway, the distinguished US composer, improvising trombonist and teacher George Lewis, plus Norwegian saxophonist Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, will bring together Oslo based musicians to investigate how an art form such as contemporary music – so deeply rooted in post-war central European aesthetics – can engage with notions of diversity.
Modern music’s core values include a constant search for the unknown, and a voyage of artistic discovery involving research and experimentation. How can those values be channeled into creating diversity? Lewis and Nystrøm will attempt to answer some of these questions in collaboration with their invited participants. A open-form piece by George Lewis will form the basis of the workshops’ musical and discursive work, and the sessions will conclude with a presentation.
Ultima Context is supported by Norsk Komponistforening, Fritt Ord and Bergesenstiftelsen.
More information about the Ultima workshop here