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Camille Norment Trio (Camille Norment, Håvard Skaset, Vegar Vårdal)
In this unique ensemble, Camille Norment unites the voices of the electric guitar, the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, the rare glass armonica and electronics, exploring the instruments’ collective sensual and contextual psychoacoustics. Their recent release, Toll, resonates through a tantalizing union of its instruments’ voices and their paradoxical cultural histories. Each of the instruments were simultaneously revered and feared, or even outlawed, at various points in their histories.
In a slipstream of warping time and abrasive textures, the music levels ‘beauty’ with ‘noise’, and the consonant with the dissonant as it embraces scratches, feedback, and taunting microtones as equals to purest of tones. Forming earworms and wooing songs, simple melodic phrases reference one another - the echo is like the conjuring and re-forming of a memory that is at once psychological and somatic. It is at times, hypnotic and others a wall of intense complex sound.
Two-time Bessie award winning actor and dancer Okwui Okpokwasili ghosts a guest appearance in a new collaborative work with the ensemble; a rhythmic shadow dance of music, light and spoken word.
Oneirogen (Mario Diaz de Leon) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, equally known for his modern classical compositions and work in experimental metal and electronic music. Under the name Oneirogen, he creates "dark, shimmery metal-gone-drone epics" (Time Out New York) on guitar and electronics.
The project was initiated in 2012 with the release of Hypnos (Denovali, Shinkoyo), which garnered widespread acclaim among fans of experimental and heavy music for its varied and cinematic intensity. A second album, Kiasma (2013) was released in 2013 on the German Denovali label. While maintaining a strong electronic (and unclassifiable) sound, Kiasma offered an intensification of the metal elements present on the debut.
Oneirogen's immersive and sub-bass heavy performances have been heard around the USA, and at European festivals including CTM Festival (Berlin) and Doom Over Leipzig. Presented as a continuous solo performance, this special event at The Kitchen will expand Oneirogen's guitar-based live setup, and will include songs from the albums which have never been played live before.
The performance by Camille Norment Trio is made possible by the Henie Onstad Art Center, Kulturrådet -Arts Council Norway, Music Norway, Norsk Billedkunst, and Office For Contemporary Art, Norway (OCA). Music programs at The Kitchen are made possible with support from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and with public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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