Wednesday, November 4, 2015


In November, 1B1 makes its debut at the National Sawdust venue. The residency includes concerts, recording sessions and a reception attended by the Norwegian Minister of Culture, Thorhild Widvey.


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Working with National Sawdust Partners, Artists in Residence and Curators during its residency, 1B1 will accompany a screening of The Great Beauty with live music, partnering with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and also work with composers Glenn Kotche, Gity Razaz, Andy Akiho and Paola Prestini, as well as percussionist Ian Rosenbaum.

On Thursday November 12th, the Norwegian Minister of Culture, Thorhild Widvey, will attend a reception to celebrate the musical partnership between 1B1 and National Sawdust and to highlight Norwegian contemporary music in New York, as promoted by the Norwegian Consulate General together with Music Norway. The reception will be co-hosted by the Norwegian Consulate General and the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce. The event will also mark the 100-Year Anniversary of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce.


During this evening, 1B1 will perform the entire album Holberg Variations, three versions of Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, for which the ensemble received a Norwegian Grammy. The performance is a highly original tribute to Edvard Grieg, as 1B1 has teamed up with jazz musician and composer Erlend Skomsvoll and one of Norway's most exciting pianists, Christian Ihle Hadland, creating new and updated versions of Grieg's perennial classic the Holberg Suite.


In 2016, 1B1 will return to New York for a two-week residency at National Sawdust in May, and to perform at the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, premiering Paola Prestini’s Hubble Cantata and a specially commissioned work by Terry Riley.


National Sawdust


National Sawdust, an unparalleled, artist-led, non-profit venue, is a place for exploration and discovery. A place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike.


In a city teeming with venues, National Sawdust is a singular space founded with an expansive vision: to provide composers and musicians across genres a home in which they can flourish, a setting where they are given unprecedented support and critical resources essential to create, and then share, their work.

Check out National Sawdust here.




6.00 PM Doors open


6.30 PM Pre-Talks:

Artistic Director Jan Bjøranger (1B1) and Creative and Artistic Director Paola Prestini (National Sawdust) present the cooperation between National Sawdust and 1B1.

Artistic Director Jan Bjøranger describes the ideas behind the Holberg Variations recording, for which 1B1 received a Norwegian Grammy.

CDs and LPs will be available for purchase.


7.00 PM Holberg Variations Part 1

The orchestra and piano versions of Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Op. 40, performed by 1B1 and Christian Ihle Hadland (piano).


8.00 PM Reception hosted by the Norwegian Consulate General and the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce.

The Norwegian Minister of Culture, Thorhild Widvey, welcomes the audience.

Light refreshments and drinks will be served.


9.00 PM Holberg Variations Part 2, "Recomprimprovariations”

Improvised version of Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite + Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók, performed by 1B1 and Erlend Skomsvoll (piano).





November 11th, 1 PM: Bach @ One concert in St. Paul’s Chapel, Trinity Church Wall Street


November 13th, 8 PM: The Great Beauty live score, which is part of the Dillon series at National Sawdust