I Want the Beatles to Play at My Art Center! - Music from the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter Archives 1969-2012
This 2LP presents seminal works of music from the nearly 50-year history of Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK). When HOK founder Sonja Henie exclaimed that she wanted The Beatles to play at her art center, in essence she expressed its founding ambition to produce and stage a lively cross-artistic program that captured the contemporary spirit of the day in live form. This release is filled with previously-unreleased material recorded at HOK by artists such as Jim O'Rourke, Deathprod, Arne Nordheim, Soft Machine, John Cage and Jenny Hval. I Want the Beatles to Play at My Art Center! presents a small selection from HOK's vast sound archives. For the first time, one can hear excerpts from Kåre Kolberg and Paal-Helge Haugen's commissioned work "Rekviem for Janis Joplin" from 1972, Håkon Kornstad improvising in 2012, Hal Clark playing the legendary Buchla-synthesizer in The Norwegian Studio for Electronic Music in 1975, and Soft Machine at its prime in 1971 with Robert Wyatt on drums. The LP also contains commissioned works by Jenny Hval, Deathprod, Lasse Marhaug, and Jim O'Rourke, all produced by HOK over the last years. Other artists represented on the 2LP are Bjørn Fongaard, The Aller Værste!, Svein Finnerud Trio, Sigurd Berge, and Spontaneous Music Ensemble. This release accompanies the exhibition "I Want the Beatles to Play at My Art Center! -- Tidsbasert kunst ved HOK 1968-2011," which opened on October 28th at HOK with performances by Deathprod and Nils Bech. The exhibition and releases are curated by Lars Mørch Finborud. Housed in a gatefold sleeve.