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Norway 2014 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Punkt Festival, Føniks Kino, sal 1, Kristiansand, Norway; September 6, 2014. Very good audience recording.

Henning Bolte,

To mark its 10th anniversary, the Punkt Festival invited one of music’s most important artistic pioneers: American musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson.

The festival concept is centered around the concept of Live Remix. Immediately following Punkt performances, they are remixed live for the audience. The remixes work on the basis of the recorded original performance, which is reused and transformed in manifold ways. The remix can be solely electronic, but more often than not it is a combination of musicians acting in both modes, electronically and acoustically. As a small-scale festival, Punkt is artistically focused, interdisciplinary, horizontal, local and communicative…

Another remix concert, a concluding apotheosis was still waiting to happen in the big hall of the Fønix cinema: the performance of Laurie Anderson and Arve Henriksen, remixed by Christian Fennesz, with visuals by the great master, Tord Knudsen. The stage setting was brilliant, the commitment high. So were expectations. Both Anderson and Henriksen were - as usual - good in focusing on intimate sounds, gestures and narratives. Both manifested themselves in full strength unfolding rich and flourishing sonic landscapes, but maybe it was just that which prevented moments of sudden bare wonder to arise, unforeseen transmutation to happen or cross-fertilizations to occur. Some elements did not find their place, getting lost. Nevertheless, moments of pure beauty, reminiscence and near- surrender occurred, strengthened by Fennesz’s remix, which followed immediately. The shrieking sound streams of his guitar, full of subtleties, gradually burned away the sonic landscapes just experienced. It remains a miracle how he managed this appealing equilibrium of loudness, noise, texturing and sub-melodic traits.

Fiona Talkington,

While [Anderson and Henriksen’s] first meeting gave hints of what the two might go on to produce together – Laurie’s feisty fiddle playing, Arve’s whispering trumpet – Fennesz’s remix showed no mercy and fuelled a high speed take-off in partnership with a key figure at Punkt, lighting designer and live visuals wizard Tord Knudsen. Out of this Fennesz hinted at the lyricism we had heard in the concert with plaintive guitar chords. The audience was breathless.

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In 2015, Laurie Anderson released Heart Of A Dog, the soundtrack to the documentary about the death of her rat terrier Lolabelle. The album stands “as an exquisite and emotionally condensed suite of songs about love, death and absence, with the spirit of Lou Reed floating behind every chord. Anderson’s most coherent and humane record.” (click here)

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Thanks to as2005 for sharing the show at Dime.

Picture by Luca Vitali, posted at - Thanks!

external mics (Luhd) > Roland Edirol R-09 @ 24-48
Location: dead senter half way up
For this share: flac > wav >  wav 16-44 > mp3

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Disc 1
Track 101. Improvised Music - Part A 10:17 (17.3MB)
Track 102. Improvised Music - Part B 10:22 (17.4MB)
Track 103. Improvised Music - Part C 9:48 (16.5MB)
Track 104. Improvised Music - Part D 8:52 (14.9MB)
Track 105. Improvised Music - Part E 9:57 (16.7MB)
Track 106. Improvised Music - Part F 9:10 (15.4MB)
59 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Remix by Fennesz - Part A 14:20 (24.1MB)
Track 202. Remix by Fennesz - Part B 10:45 (18.1MB)
26 mins

Note: The two tracks have been arbitrarily split for easier access.

Laurie Anderson
Arve Henriksen
Christian Fennesz

Click here to order Laurie Anderson’s Heart Of A Dog.

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  1. 4 Responses to “LAURIE ANDERSON - NORWAY 2014”

  2. Thanks for this. And a happy new year to BigO!

    By the sobsister on Jan 2, 2016

  3. BigO-much appreciated, BUT… a humble request: If possible, love to hear from Laurie’s tour with Kronos Quartet, I think in 2015 or 14? What audience recordings I’ve heard have been fabulous music, fighting very echoy ambience.

    That said, thanks for all your efforts. This site has been the college of musical knowledge for many of us.

    By Happy Camper on Jan 2, 2016

  4. (oops - make that more like 2013)

    By Happy Camper on Jan 2, 2016

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