Radio Tenthaus 84 : “On SeSiSå” Part Two -Christian Meaas Svendsen&Wei Ting Zeng
25/01/2022 20:00 – 23:00
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Radio Tenthaus episode 84 “On SeSiSå” Part Two, features bassist/composer Christian Meaas Svendsen and SeSiSå artist/cellist/composer Wei Ting Zeng. They discussed the participants'(children age 8-12) musical expression and approaches to a more free way of music performance.
In episode 84, Christian and Wei Ting reviewed the music played by the workshop participants of SeSiSå from an improvised musician and composer’s point of view. They discussed the articulation, texture, approach of the participants’ musical expression. The notation Wei Ting used in the workshops where she and the participants taped dozens of round shapes in 3 exhibition rooms, was inspired by Christian’s composition “Red Line“. They had a conversation about if the way of notation worked for youth and if it also applied for professional musicians.
With Chrisitan’s experience in performance and workshops for children, they discussed the methods of leading youth into a sound world and introducing them to a world with no borders where children are able to express themselves freely but with the right guidance.
On SeSiSå is a series of talk radios broadcasted in relation to the workshop-based exhibition “SeSiSå”, currently on view at TENTHAUS from 07 – 22.Jan 2022.
Three different groups of artists will be invited to each of the three talks. With a seemingly serious adverb “on”, “On SeSiSå” reviews and discusses children’s “creativity”, including visual, aural and improvisational exercises during the workshops of SeSiSå, and dialogues on body, space, and site-specific gestures.
Christian Meaas Svendsen is a Norwegian jazz bassist. He has worked with Nakama, Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Mopti, Momentum, Aksiom, Ayumi Tanaka Trio and Duplex. He runs Nakama Records.
Svendsen started his jazz career within Kongsberg Big Band, was a year at Toneheim folkehøgskole and later studied Performing jazz music at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) in Oslo where he did a bachelor in both jazz/improv and classical music. During his years at NMH he studied under Bjørn Kjellemyr and Dan Styffe. He also exchanged to Cologne where he studied under Dieter Manderscheid, Sebastian Gramss and Dietmar Fuhr. In 2007 he was awarded Kongsberg Jazzfestival’s talent scholarship. During the Kongsberg Jazzfestival in 2010, Svendsen was referred to as “the festival’s busiest musician” by Laagendalsposten when he performed seven gigs in different constellations during the festival. In 2011 he received Kongsberg Municipality’s Cultural for his involvement with the city’s traditional festival JuleJam.
Together with his own quintet Mopti he won the 2012 JazzIntro award. He is a member of the band Nakama with Adrian Løseth Waade, Andreas Wildhagen, Agnes Hvizdalek and Ayumi Tanaka. The band runs Nakama Records.
Svendsen is also noted for his work with several (2-3) bows at the same time, and also playing with his feet. Quoting from one of his essays from his website, “The body of the instrument and our own body is the ingredients that make up sound, so there is always an aspect of physicality involved, sometimes obvious, sometimes not so much … I am trying to utilize my body in its current condition to create music that is genuine for this exact time and space…Hands, feet, cheek, head, mouth, voice, arms, legs.”