The renowned contemporary music ensemble Cikada perform composer Jon Øivind Ness' new work Popping.
For this new piece, Norwegian Composer Jon Øivind Ness has been inspired by the Residents' album Tunes of Two Cities, David Byrne & Brian Eno's My Life In the Bush of Ghosts; the fictional groups Chubs and Moles; and supposedly futuristic music from movies like Blade Runner, The Fifth Element and Starship Troopers. The result is popular music from different fictional cultures – perhaps popular music in a broad sense, as an equivalent to folk music, jazz or light music.
In Popping, music is kidnapped by an evil sorcerer, the rodent-like Harry Lemen, and locked up in a dark thought prison. Here we can hear depressive versions of, among others, Diana Ross's 'Upside Down' and the guitar solo from Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb'. Eventually, Karol Szymanowski's ghost gives the sorcerer a lesson he will never forget and sets the music free. With humour and a cosmopolitan awareness of diverse genres, Ness has created a little artistic fable.
The concert is part of the 2018 Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.
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