Posted in music | pictures on April 28, 2014

by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Serena-Maneesh "Somnambulism" @ IPR 4/26/2014
Sserena Maneesh
Sserena Maneesh

Anyone who came down to ISSUE Project Room on Saturday (4/26) to check out avant-garde Norwegian noise band Serena-Maneesh, expecting another loud rock show were in for a surprise. The one-off event, a part of Oslo's Ultima Festival, was the U.S. premiere of "Somnambulism," a tribute to influential electronic composer Arne Nordheim.

Accordionist Frode Haltli opened the set in the dark, church-like space, lit only by a tiny desk lamp. The audience then moved to the center of the room for Serena-Maneesh's performance, where they surrounded the band and choir in what felt like a holy ceremony. A haunting combination of electronic sounds, humming, and gong, their set also featured projections by acclaimed artist Ingrid Pop.

This was definitely not the same sort of show we've seen before from Serena-Maneesh, but the combination of sounds, art, space, and audience participation provided a reminder of why they are difficult to explain, but a wonder to experience.

More pics from the Issue Project Room "Somnambulism" performance along with the show's program (setlist), below...

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Frode Haltli, solo accordion

Magnar Åm: On the Banks of the Eternal Second
Aldo Clementi: Ein kleines...
Hans Abrahamsen: Air
Arne Nordheim: Flashing

Serena-Maneesh & Vocal Ensemble: Somnambulism - NY Premiere, a tribute to Arne Nordheim.

With Emil Nikolaisen, Ådne Meisfjord, Kristian Rangnes, and Brede Rørstad;
Ingrid Pop & Frode Fjerdingstad (visuals).
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Comments (4)

No, we were not expecting another loud rock show and we were not in for a surprise. We got our info about the show from more realiable sources than you and knew what to expect.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2014 8:05 PM

^You mad bro?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2014 8:51 AM

Awesome!

Posted by Pan | April 29, 2014 3:22 PM

It is also a blessing to have a very wonderful voice.

Posted by Feed the Children Reviews | May 13, 2014 5:58 AM

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