Norient is proud to present a new series of cutting-edge concerts and audiovisual performances. In collaboration with the Rewire festival (Den Haag, the Netherlands) and Schauspielhaus Zürich Norient presents exciting acts of today's pop music on the theater stage in Zurich, Switzerland. In the first edition on April 21, 2018, the experimental sound worlds of Ben Frost will collide with the dark avant-garde pop of Jenny Hval. A second event will be held on June 9. More acts to be announced soon. Buy tickets here.
Exactly twenty years ago the journalist and writer Kodwo Eshun attempted in his influential book More Brilliant than the Sun – Adventures in Sonic Fiction to rethink the perception of music in general by finding a new language for music (rather than rely on words that leave the radical imaginary space of music untapped). He did this by describing and excavating the unacknowledged traditions of diasporic science fiction, by finding a «future shock» in music and sounds. Today, it is still obvious, how limiting traditional language is, especially attempts to describe current sonic phenomenons; more than ever, pop music is crossing borders, is audiovisual, powerful and aesthetically challenging. Contemporary musicians debate political topics and appear provocative and virtuosic at the same time. With this new series of concerts and audiovisual performances, Norient and Rewire want to present the diversity of the current Sonic Fiction on the theater stage in Zurich to a wider audience. We are looking forward to meet you there.
> Read a text by Adam Harper about the concept of Sonic Fiction: «Sound Creates Reality»
19:30h at Schauspielhaus Zürich, Pfauen
Tickets from CHF 35 to 70
Line up to be announced soon.
20:00h at Schauspielhaus Zürich, Pfauen
Tickets from CHF 35 to 70
20h: Jenny Hval
Jenny Hval has in recent years made a name for herself as a recording artist and writer both in her native Norway and abroad. Multidisciplinary and transgressive are words often employed to describe her art, but Jenny Hval’s polyphonic artistry is in fact seamlessly interwoven between musical, literary, visual and performative modes of expression. Her artistic voice is altogether present, accessible and obscurely complex at the same time. Follow Jenny Hval on Bandcamp, Facebook, SoundCloud, Twitter, or YouTube.
> Read a sonic fiction about her song «That Battle is Over» by Luise Wolf
21.30h: Ben Frost
The music of Ben Frost is about contrast; influenced as much by Classical Minimalism as by Punk Rock and Metal, Frost’s throbbing guitar-based textures emerge from nothing and slowly coalesce into huge, forbidding forms that often eschew conventional structures in favor of the inevitable unfoldings of vast mechanical systems. Follow Ben Frost on Bandcamp, Facebook, SoundCloud, Twitter, Website, or YouTube.
> Read a sonic fiction about his album The Centre Cannot Hold by Maha El Nabawi
> A bit of everything and beyond, Switzerland, 22.4.2018, Concert Review (Link)
> Artnoir, Switzerland, 22.4.2018, «Sonic Fiction in Zürich» (Link)
> Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland, 20.4.2018, «Aus Sounds werden Welten» (Link)
> Züritipp, Switzerland, 18.4.2018, «Für Ohr und Auge» (Link)
> kulturtipp, Switzerland, No. 9/2018, Event Note «Sonic Fiction» (Link)
> Tsüri.ch, Switzerland, 10.4.2018, «…Ein Aufruf, anders über Musik nachzudenken» (Link)
> Zweikommasieben, Switzerland, 3.4.2018, Sweep «Sonic Fiction» (Link)
In collaboration with:
Curation: Thomas Burkhalter and Bronne Keesmaat
Cooperation: Theresa Beyer and Hannes Liechti
Project Coordination: Hannes Liechti
Art Design: Caroline Grimm (Schauspielhaus Zürich)
Media partner: zweikommasieben Magazin