The second annual Swedish Energies, presented by ISSUE Project Room, iDEAL, EMS, and the Consulate General of Sweden NYC, is a free two-night festival featuring a huge lineup of some of Sweden’s most exciting experimental musicians and artists. Performances include collaborations between U.S. and Swedish artists, as well as a cross-section of Sweden's most pre-eminent experimental groups.
CHRISTINE ÖDLUND (S)
MATS LINDSTRÖM (S)
VINYL TERROR & HORROR with guest JG THIRLWELL (DK/US)
ROLF ENSTRÖM (S)
AKI ONDA & LISE-LOTTE NORELIUS (JAP/S)
Curated by Lawrence Kumpf, Mats Lindström and Joachim Nordwall.
Sound and visual artist Christine Ödlund travels freely and comfortably between different modes of artistic expression. Inspired by psychic Annie Besant's thought forms, ecological chemistry, the occult, parallel universes, and extreme weather patterns, Ödlund's practice includes composition, painting, drawing, video and installation. Evoking a mysterious, dreamlike state of mind, Ödlund’s art is a place where divergent bodies collide and meet, new energies are born.
As studio director of EMS, composer and musician Mats Lindström is no doubt one of the key characters in the Scandinavian electronic music scene. He is comfortably creating his often harsh but somehow still accessible analog, electronic sounds (usually on self built synths and machines) for radio, dance, theatre and live performances. He recently released the "МИГ" LP for Stephen O'Malleys label Ideologic Organ where the central composition was recorded under massive security at the Aviation Engines Museum in St Petersburg with Russian jet engines. Lindström is a brave man making brave sound and noise.
VINYL TERROR & HORROR with guest JG THIRLWELL
First time collaboration! Camilla Sørensen and Greta Christensen have worked together since 2001 modifying, deconstructing and reconstructing turntables and vinyl records for their artistic needs as the Danish duo Vinyl Terror & Horror. The result of these modifications are amazingly detailed and well executed noise compositions- raw, lo/hi tech stuff! In this performance they meet Brooklyn-based composer, artist, musician and remixer JG Thirlwell, known from his numerous projects as Foetus, Clint Ruin and others. Thirlwell is one of New York’s true legends, with a background in London's punk and industrial music scene in the late 70's and the NYC underground scene in the early 80's. He is currently active composing for Bang on a Can and the Kronos Quartet as well as his own Manorexia project.
Stockholm-based electro-acoustic music composer Rolf Enström creates dramatic, beautiful, brutal, and sometimes violent sound worlds. Not strictly human but also hidden, interior, magic and personal ones that travels to deep, mystical space. Enström has released few records, but his "TNT" on Fylkingen Records (1986) is one of the classic releases of Swedish electronic music history.
AKI ONDA & LISE-LOTTE NORELIUS
Another first time collaboration. Aki Onda is a New York-based sound and visual artist, photographer, curator and composer. A 2012 ISSUE Project Room Aritst-in-Residence, Onda is a world traveller that has worked with some top names; Alan Licht, Blixa Bargeld and Jac Berrocal. His ongoing project Cassette Memories, which started on a trip to Morocco in 1988, brings his recordings from a sound diary of field recordings to our grateful attention. Aki Onda's music is personal, honest and free. Lise-Lotte Norelius is an EAM composer and live-electronics musician/percussionist with a background in free improv, experimental rock and groovy stuff. She is one of Stockholm's most active electronic musicians and also member of the creative ensemble of female composers and instrument builders Syntjuntan. Norelius makes difficult music fun to listen to.
Swedish Energies is presented by EMS, ISSUE Project Room, and The Swedish Consulate General NYC.
Swedish Energies is made possible, in part, through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.