Matthew Barley/Cellist

Music is well said to be the speech of Angels.

Thomas Carlyle

BORN 1968

The musical spheres Jan Bang works in revolve around such luminaries as David Sylvian, Brian Eno, Sidsel Endresen, Nils Petter Molvaer, Dai Fujikura and Arve Henriksen. From his work as successful pop producer in the 1990s, his creative thrust and pioneering work in developing the concept of live remix improvising with electronics alongside more conventional instruments and performers has led today to him being constantly in-demand as a producer and performer.

In 2005 he launched, together with Erik Honore the internationally renowned Punkt Festival where Bang’s live sampling, his own musical instrument, works within the framework of overlapping concerts, one being the original, the other the remix. The Punkt brand has already travelled abroad to the UK, Germany and visited Tallinn in spring 2011.

Bang’s recent recorded work includes the acclaimed CDs Died In The Wool by David Sylvian, Cartography by Arve Henriksen, Dream Logic by Eivind Aarset and Jon Hassell’s Last Night the Moon Came, the latter three on ECM. Recent live performances and tours have included with Jon Hassell to Sydney Opera House as part of Eno’s own festival and playing Carnegie Hall in NYC and Royce HaIl, LA. In November 2008, as curator of Scene Norway during the opening of Kings Place in London, BBC’s Fiona Talkington invited Punkt for a three day festival as part of the London Jazz Festival. Bang was born in Denver and grew up in Kristiansand, Norway, nurtured by the legacy of his father’s vast record collection, his mother’s piano playing and the sounds of swallows in the family garden.

Click here to read about Noticing Things, the work being performed on Matthew Barley’s Around Britten tour.

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