In honour of the 150th anniversary of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, four up-and-coming artists have made new versions of the compositions Edvard Grieg once wrote for the play.
Unge Ferarri’s debut album “Til Mine Venner” was released in 2015 and received great reviews from a number of national newspapers. The same year he was also nominated as Best Newcomer at P3 Gull, a Norwegian award ceremony that recognizes outstanding achievements in the music industry.
“The link between Hologram and Peer Gynt is that Peer does whatever he wants, and so did I.”
Unge Ferrari is based in Oslo, where he produces music that combines futuristic 808 beats with melodic R&B, pop, and hip hop. In 2016 the young artist toured all the Nordic countries and played at many of the major festivals in Norway. A year ago, he released the EP “Hva Er Vi Nå // H.E.V.N” together with Tomine Harket, and received standing ovations from critics and fans.
This year the singles “Hvis Du Vil”, “Vanilje”, and “Lianer” has been played frequently on Norwegian radio channels.
What did you think when you were asked to participate in this project?
“My first thought was ‘yes’! It sounded very exciting. The project gave me access to a lot of material, and it was a great challenge.”
How was “Hologram” created?
“The producer and I explored lots of ideas, and finally we settled for “Hologram”. It’s a tribute to different music genres and has an unusual lyrics. We created the track with samples from Grieg.”
What is your relation to “Peer Gynt”?
“I grew up with ‘Peer Gynt’ and my grandmother was very fond of the play. I listened a lot to music as a child and we read the play at primary school, but it was only in connection with this project that I learned more about the Peer Gynt universe.”
What was your relation to Edvard Grieg’s music before this project?
“Edvard Grieg is a legendary musician. His compositions are as impressive today as when he wrote them. The music deals with many exciting themes and is very relaxing to listen to.”
If you had visitors from abroad, which three cultural events would you recommend?
“I would invite them in the summer so I could take them to the Stavern, Øya, or Slottsfjell festival. I would also take them to the Astrup Fearnley Museum or the Munch Museum, and maybe on a road trip to Southern Norway or to the fjords in Fjord Norway.”
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What is it like to be an artist in Norway in 2017?
“If you have an understanding of the internet that is slightly above average, have good taste and make good music, you will do well. I think people today have opportunities that didn’t exist in the past, and that’s a good thing.”
Listen to “Hologram” on Spotify.
Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt was released in 1867, but was first seen on stage nine years later, at Christiania Theater. Since then, there has been many different versions of the play, in all major parts of the world. Peer Gynt is still one of the most famous plays in the world.
A well-known version of Peer Gynt is the annual outdoor production at Gålåvatnet in Gudbrandsdalen.
At the Ibsen Museum in Oslo you can learn more about the playwright’s life and work.
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21 October: Terminalen, Ålesund
10 November: Storsalen, Trondheim
17 November: ISF Verftet, Bergen
18 November: Folken, Stavanger
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