My Favorite Thing

Jan Martin Smordal

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Format: CD

Cat No: LWC1276

Format Details:

Release Date:  26 April 2024

Label:  Lawo

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  7090020182988

Genres:  Classical  Contemporary Classical  

  • Description

    Between 2015-2017, Smordal composed 3 works under the name "My Favorite Thing", consisting of music for the percussion trio Pinquins (MFT 1), Ensemble neoN (MFT 2), and the Broadcasting Orchestra (MFT 3). Based on interviews with all participating performers, Smordal has interpreted the performers' formative encounters with music from childhood. The works consist of direct quotations, abstracted reflections and free retellings.

    Smordal has long been concerned with mechanisms behind herd behaviour, reflex movements, self-standing patterns and spontaneous social dynamics. Thoughts about such phenomena, and concretizing and interpreting such phenomena as sound and flow, have been the springboard for much of my work over the past 10 years. On this release you can hear an early example of this, where an individual's short-term memory forms an entire swarm, "Flock of me" played by Yumi Murakami.

    The disc also contains another early work "less-sense". The piece was written for and performed by Silje Aker Johnsen, Kristine Tjogersen and Ane Marthe Sorlien Holen. Through a text fragment by Augustine, the I-person tries to remove his former self, gradually by unraveling his own note.

    Jan Martin Smordal (b.1978) is a composer and performer. He is also a member and co-founder of Ensemble neoN, an award-winning new music collective that initiates and implements projects internationally. Smørdal is an established composer with works for orchestra and chamber ensembles, in addition to installations, choral works and improvisations in various forms. He is co-recipient of a number of Spellemannprize, and in 2022 received Arne Nordheim's Composer's Prize.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. less-sense (no intro)
      • 2. My Favorite Thing 1
      • 3. My Favorite Thing 2
      • 4. My Favorite Thing 3: I. -
      • 5. II. another memory
      • 6. III. memory of major - minor, pulses
      • 7. IV. arpeggios, beats
      • 8. V. memory of major - minor
      • 9. VI.
      • 10. ...something about a bird
      • 11. Flock of Me