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VoxLAB SpringFEST '20 

Dear audience!

VoxLAB warmly welcomes the celebration of the voice as an instrument at this year's festival VoxLAB VårFEST 2020 from 25 to 28 August.

Due to the corona epidemic and infection control considerations, we unfortunately have to postpone some of the planned concerts and workshops at the festival indefinitely. This applies to the festival's main guest, the composer Franziska Baumann, as well as the narrative opera Det Innerste Lyset  by Kristin Bolstad and Tormod Fuglestad and B lind Date Impro . We look forward to showing this on a later occasion.

We can welcome you to two all-evening programs on 25 and 28 August at Sentralens Marmorsalen, and a guided immersive performance on 27 August around Grünerløkka under the direction of Ann-Helen Schjølberg.

The festival opens with six soloists : two renowned soloists - Elin Rosseland and Evelina Petrova, two young talents - Christian Beharie and Bendik Sells, and two newcomers to the Norwegian music scene - Trina Coleman and Tejaswinee Kelkar. They have been free to choose which vocal work they want to perform. You will be able to experience everything from acoustic to electronic and cross-genre work.

On the last evening we invite you to  Multichannel works for voices  where Kristin Norderval, Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer, Julian Skar, Anders Vinjar and Mariam Gviniashvili present new works for voices and multichannel speaker systems._cc781905 -5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ The concert is curated in collaboration with EAU - Electric Audio Unit, which works with the dissemination of electroacoustic music, with a particular focus on multi-channel works, 3D sound and immersive listening experiences.


Regards ,

the board of VoxLAB


25 August:          Launch at the Central Winter Garden, Festival 185 :00  (Cancelled due to corona)

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26. august:        Foredrag og verksted _cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_with Franziska Baumann at Khio - at 14:00 

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27 August:     
Urge Displacement - MIR - at 17:30

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August 28:      Multichannel works for voices: Extensio_01/Flying Blind/

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Franziska Baumann's Gravity Pleasures at 2:00 p.m.

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VoxLAB closely monitors infection restrictions in the form of audience restrictions and other measures. In addition, we offer everyone in the audience a mask at the entrance. Tickets are purchased in advance online.

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FESTIVAL LAUNCH -   (Cancelled due of corona)

Vinterhagen, Central  at 18:00 - 18:45

Address:  Øvre Slottsgate 3, 0157 Oslo

We welcome everyone to Sentralen before we officially open VårFEST 2020.
VoxLAB's chairman Kristin Norderval says a few words about this year's festival and presents the programme.

There will be light refreshments and an opportunity to get information about the festival.

After this we move to the Marmorsalen, and to the first concert "Seks Solier"

The public is welcome to join the concert, or come back later to experience one of the other concerts.


Marmorsalen, Sentralen  at 19:00 - 20:30

Address:  Mariboes gate 8, 0183 Oslo

Price:   Regular:   NOK 200

          _cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Student\Honours:  100 NOK

On the occasion of VårFEST 2020, VoxLAB has invited six vocalists/composers to perform solo at Sentralen. They have been free to choose which vocal work they want to perform, and how they want to accompany themselves. During this evening, you will be able to experience works that span acoustic and electronic music. The composers take inspiration from different song traditions and at the same time stretch the boundaries in unexpected ways. Come and experience some of Oslo's most exciting vocalists/composers!


In the roots of a melody I find shadows

An experimental composition for voice and instrument. 

"I also usually listen and analyze different eco-acoustic soundscapes as a starting point for both composition and improvisation. This composition will be an aleatoric exploration in the process of attending to a melody and finding its shadows."


Bendik Sells (born 1991 in Trondheim) is a composer and improviser who lives and works in Oslo. He is doing a master's in Applied Music Theory at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he also has a degree in composition. Bendik is a singer in Oslo14 and in the improvisation trio "Tri".



"Beharie" is the musical melting pot of Christian Beharie. With songs inspired by indie soul and the pop genre, Christian Beharie experiments alone on stage using vocal effects, looping and guitar playing. 



Growing up surrounded by old school classics, such as The Fugees, Sting and Bob Marley, timeless and urban music has left its mark on the young voice's pop and R&B craft.




The elements of this concert will be acoustic solo voice with electronics. 



Elin is a musician, singer and composer who has been active since 1984 when she left the music academy in Oslo. She has worked with her own bands as well as different types of projects also as a solo artist. Her work includes the establishment of the Oslo 14 Vocal ensemble in 2014 with 18 singers who sing free improv and commissioned work. Her latest record release is set for September 2020, and is a duo collaboration with Johannes Eick.



This work plays with the idea of using everyday objects as speakers, and the body as its own speaker by reinforcing the chest. The text of this performance is borrowed from various musical styles that Tejaswinee has studied. The work plays with non-musical vocal sounds as if they were melodies.

Tejaswinee Kelkar is a singer and researcher at the RITMO center at the University of Oslo. Her research interests are melodic cognition, motion-capture and music-culture analysis. Her PhD is on the analysis of melodic movement, and her Masters is in computer science. As a vocalist, she has trained in classical Indian music, western classical composition, and plays the harmonium in addition to other instruments. Artistically, she is interested in a disembodied voice and physical distortion.



Evelina will perform an excerpt from her latest album "Imaginary Folklore". It was recorded in February 2020 with percussionist Roberto Dani and French horn player Arkady Shilkloper. The music consists of theatrical and poetic elements such as storytelling, songs and dances taken from Russian, Georgian and shamanistic traditions. This is also inspired by the work of Frank Zappa. Evelina works with the ritual aspect of folk music, which she believes can naturally be connected with contemporary and improvisational music.

Evelina Petrova is a composer, accordion player, and singer. She uses the possibilities both in her own voice and the accordion in an outstanding way, and also breaks the boundaries of the traditional expressions in both. The accordion in her hands sometimes turns into a percussion instrument, and at other times into a purely excellent technical accordion. The voice is her second instrument: she screams, laughs, wails, growls, barks, and uses her powerful breath. Although she performs in a sitting position, her performance is like a kind of dance.


Using an ambient echo from the piano and body percussion, Trina will interweave her own songs with an audience interactive improvisation.



Trina Coleman is an American composer-performer who began sharing her own songs after facing unexpected personal trials. She draws material from her classical schooling and multicultural background as she creates a progressive soul expression that pulses with a powerful personal narrative. She has performed at festivals and concert stages on the US east coast with her band Sojourne, before moving with her family to Oslo in 2016. Trina performed on The Voice Norway in 2019 with her own rendition of "Ain't No Sunshine", and she will do debut at Den Norske Opera this spring with Nordic Black Theatre's production of "After the Dream."

Seks Solier
Franziska Baumann_photo- Francesca Pfeff

Part 1: Lecture and presentation by Franziska Baumann about her work - "Voice & Sensor Live Electronics"

In her lecture, Franziska Baumann will discuss her work as a composer and vocalist specializing in gesture-based live electronics. Her research interests include the intersection between philosophy and performance in technological environments, and the role of the body in a time of technological change. She has composed a large proportion of work where she processes the voice, and plays excerpts using a MacBook Pro with Steim's software JunXion and Ableton Live software and gesture-controlled MIDI instruments.

The lecture/performance/presentation reflects the relationships between an embodied acoustic voice and disembodied spatial voices through gestural communication through the SensorGlove interface. 

The interface between her as a singer and the performing system is part of the integrated system that mediates the communication. 

Part 2 Workshop - Contemporary Vocal Art Practice & Improvisation


The workshop provides a multifaceted insight into vocal improvisation and vocal performance: voice warm-up, different singing techniques and expanding the voice spectrum (emotions, energetic qualities, physicality, gestures), and the search for the spontaneous, the emotional voice in a sophisticated, archaic or everyday expression. Furthermore, Franziska looks at the exploration of sounds, melodies, yodeling, language and process. Improvisation techniques are the basis for modules and ideas for leading group performances in order to explore and uncover the spectrum of the human voice in a playful context. 



Franziska Baumann is an internationally recognized vocalist-performer-composer. She works in many different fields that include free improvisation, acoustic vocal performance, vocal performance art with live electronics, sound installations and interdisciplinary work.

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on KHIO at 14:00-18:00   (Cancelled due of corona)


Part 1 (14:00 – 16:00): Lecture and presentation by Franziska Baumann about her work

Part 2 (16:00 – 18:00):  Workshop

Place: Art Academy, Fossveien 24, 0551 Oslo

Price: free


To participate: Send an email to, with a few sentences about yourself and why you want to participate. 


St. Edmund's church at 19:00 - 20:00

(Cancelled due by corona)

Address: Møllergata 30, 0179 Oslo

Tickets can be ordered at:


Ordinary:  200  NOK

Student\Honours:  10 0 NOK


Tormod Fuglestad, Kristin Bolstad

Who are you when you have nothing?

Through the history of John of the Cross

and the Reformation in Spain around the year 1500,

reflects, says Tormod Fuglestad

and composer/musician Kristin Bolstad

about who we are and how we live our lives.

About the artists:

Tormod Fuglestad is a storyteller and author who works with both historical and personal narratives. He describes people as complex beings with a wide range of actions and emotions. This story is inspired by the fact that man is always free to choose the good, regardless of the situation.

Kristin Bolstad works as a composer, vocalist and improviser. Her music is often conceptual, with improvisation and a playful character, or inspired by minimalism with clusters and wide blocks of sound. Kristin has written for ensembles such as Quatuor Bozzini, Alpaca Ensemble, Scenatet, Telemark Kammerorkester and Stemmeklang, with concerts at festivals such as Ultima, Borealis, Copenhagen Klang and Nordic Music Days.

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MIR at . 18:00 - 20:00

Limited number of tickets! Meeting at MIR at 18:00


Address: Mir, Markveien 61, 0550 Oslo

Price:   Regular:   NOK 220


Ann-Helen Schjølberg (artistic director), Oda Aunan, Sacha Slengesol Balgobin, Jonas Barsten, Marita Vangen Bratteteig, Hilde Hannah Buvik, Øystein Elle, Sander Nordahl, Øivind Olsen/Chaotic Morphs, Julie Falkevik Tungevåg.

Urge Displacement is a newly written site-specific and partially enveloping music-dramatic work, based on biographical material and the composition "Solar Domestic" by Ann-Helen Schjølberg, which was first performed during VoxLAB's Solsnu concert in December 2019.

The performance takes place in three locations: an apartment in Deichmans gate, a secret basement and the concert venue MIR. The material is rewritten into various vocal expressions such as slam poetry, opera and monologues, and the event ends with a concert.

There are short distances to walk, all audience participation is voluntary, and prosecco or a non-alcoholic alternative is served.

The performance explores the concept of space, both directly linked to stage space and urban space, and in more figurative meanings such as space for action. It is about a view, a balcony door that cannot be opened, and about possible outcomes and decay. Can everything be repaired, and is it all just a matter of tuning? And if you don't own your apartment, do you still own a bit of your city?

The piece is produced by VoxLAB and Ann-Helen Schjølberg.


MIR  at 19:30 - 22:00

 (Cancelled due of corona)


Address:  Markveien 61, 0550 Oslo

Tickets can be ordered at: 

Price: Regular:  250 NOK

          _cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Student\Honours:  100 NOK

Welcome to VoxLAB's VårFEST After Party

with UD Concert & BLIND DATE IMPRO!  _d04a07d8-9cd9c08b139-3236

UD Concert is actually part of the play

"Urge Displacement", which ends with

a mini-concert at MIR, but that also works

to see just the concert.

With:  Ann-Helen Schjølberg, Jonas Barsten,

Sander Nordahl, and Julie Falkevik Tungevåg.


The concert will be held from 19:30 - 20:00. Then we take a short break and at 20:30 we continue with Blind Date Impro. ​  Most of the festival's artists are gathered and ready for spontaneous musical meetings. The audience draws names and decides who will go into the fire, and whether it is a duo, trio or quartet format. 

The performers:

Kristin Bolstad (vocals), Elin Rosseland (vocals), Kristin Norderval (vocals/piano), Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer (vocals), Ann-Helen Schjølberg (vocals), Evelina Petrova (vocals/accordion), Bendik Sells (vocals), Øystein Elle (vocals), Tejaswinee Kelkar (vocals), Øivind Olsen (analog synth), Christian Roger Beharie (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Sander Nordahl (guitar),_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b -136bad5cf58d_Julie Falkevik Tungevåg (keys).

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FRIDAY 28.08

Multichannel works for voices:

EXTENSIO_01 - Ruth Wilhelmine /Julian Skar

FLYING BLIND - Kristin Norderval


UNITY - Mariam Gviniashvili

THE CENTRAL _cc781905-5cde -3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_KL.19 :00 - 20:00


Address: Øvre Slottsgate 3, 0157 Oslo


Ordinary:  200 NOK

Student\Honours:  100 NOK


Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer and Julian Skar, Kristin Norderval, Anders Vinjar, and Mariam Gviniashvili present works for voice and multichannel loudspeaker system.  The program is curated in collaboration with EAU - Electric Audio Unit.

EAU (Electric Audio Unit ) . focus on multi-channel works, 3D sound and immersive listening experiences.

Since its inception in 2009, the ensemble has performed hundreds of both older and newly written electroacoustic works in Norway and Europe, as well as held a number of workshops and masterclasses. EAU produces concerts, commissions new works by Norwegian and international composers, and organizes workshops.


Komponist:Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer          _cc781905 -5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_    Sound Designer: Julian Skar


The work is created for vocal solo with live electronics and is performed in a surround speaker rig with 8 speakers by the composers.  Extensio_01 is based on Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer's distinctive vocal sound world and the electronics continue the sonority of the organic voice.  The music is  essentially created in real time.

Extensio_01 is the first part of a long-term large format work: ONE VOICE ORCHESTRA  


Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer is a distinctive composer and voice artist who is inspired by ethnic vocal sounds, classical vocal tradition, Norwegian folk music and extended vocal expressions from the avant-garde tradition as well as various possible vocal technical mutations of these. She has developed a sonorous vocal expression with a voice range of more than 6 octaves. She won the Edvard Prize in 2019 in the CHALLENGER category for the production KLANGBIOTOPER and wrote the commissioned work HAUGEBONDEN for the Telemark Festival 2019.


Julian Skar is a composer and musician working primarily at the intersection of concert music, electronic music and musical theatre. 

He is house composer and Co-founder of the spellemannsvinnende ensemble Ensemble neoN.

“Flying Blind” (2020)  - Kristin Norderval


This work is for voice and a multichannel sound system. The singer uses a wireless motion sensor and a USB receiver to control the audio processing of the voice without the help of a visual interface. The piece plays with the liminal space between control and the lack of control. Vocal sounds are sampled in real time - nothing is pre-recorded. The singer controls what is sampled and processed, but must also always respond to the sonic surprises that the audio processing creates. Thus, no performance is the same.



Kristin Norderval is a composer and classical singer who develops new works for voice and technology in chamber music, opera, installations and performance. Norderval's work as a soloist includes performances with The Philip Glass Ensemble, Netherlands Dance Theater, and the San Francisco Symphony. She has recorded many works that have been written for her. Her own compositions feature in BIS, Deep Listening, Everglade, Koch International, MSR Classics, Nendo Dango and Losen Records. The New Yorker's music critic Alex Ross listed her solo CD - Aural Histories (post-ambient arias for voice and electronics) - on "Ten Notable Classical Music Recordings of 2012". Norderval founded VoxLAB in 2014 as a meeting point and incubator for new vocal music. She is currently a PhD scholar at the Oslo Academy of the Arts. 


for Mezzo Soprano and Live Electronic Video & Audio

The performers: Anders Vinjar and Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer (soloist)

"Potential Music" is a piece about classical problems related to human communication and the different transitions a piece of art goes through in a series of communication: composer - performer - audience. The live electronics are controlled by the performer's vocal and physical presence. Everything is projected back onto the stage, which acts as a multi-layered polyphony and recurring scenography for the performer to react to during the performance. Lyrical excerpts are taken from Beate Grimsrud's novels. They deal with insisting on misunderstanding, the complexity of simple things, and the need for the absurd in everyday speech. support from the Cultural Council.

Anders Vinjar's focus is electroacoustic music and computer-based composition. The compositions are artistic investigations of the potential of advanced IT techniques, each individual work is created through development work and specially developed programs. Vinjar is also active as a mediator, performer and concert organizer, holding workshops and courses in musical programming, computer-based composition and digital sound processing. He collaborates with a wide range of artists on programming and specialized IT solutions.

UNITY – for Vocal Ensemble and Electronics - Mariam Gviniashvili

Vocalists: Marika Schultze, Andrea Silvia Giordano, Evelina Petrova, Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer, Elise Macmillan, Kristin Bolstad, Kristin Norderval,_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b5cf58d_tejaswine Kelkar

UNITY is a piece for vocal ensemble and multi-channel electronics. The ensemble is placed in a speaker system in such a way that it forms another "meta-instrument" that connects to the speakers both in polyphony and spatiality.


Mariam Gviniashvili is an Oslo-based composer and sound artist originally from the country of Georgia. Her current focus is on multi-channel electronics and investigating the role of spaciousness in composition. Her artistic practice extends to audiovisual and interactive sound artworks, live improvisation and collaboration with performers.

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The festival's guest artist:  FRANZISKA BAUMANN

"GRAVITY PLEASURES"   (Cancelled due by corona)

- voice and gesture-controlled live electronics


Address: Øvre Slottsgate 3, 0157 Oslo

Tickets can be ordered at: TBA


Ordinary:  200 NOK

Student\Honours:  100 NOK

"Gravity Pleasures" looks past the physical outer edges of the voice and plays with gravity in our listening habits. The stage and the listening room merge into an imaginary vocal landscape. The listeners sit in the middle of the room, and in the middle of the sounds where the singer Franziska Baumann performs with gesture-controlled live electronics. Field recordings and voice recordings are the basis for the sound material, and the vocal cartography is based on found themes. This results in a musical structure that is staged on the spot with vocal orchestration and vocal performance.

Franziska Baumann is an internationally recognized vocalist-performer-composer.

She works in many different fields that include free improvisation, acoustic vocal performance, performance art with live electronics, sound installations and interdisciplinary work. With her four-octave voice, she explores the human voice as a multi-layered instrument that expands traditional boundaries and creates works at the intersection of voice and gesture, space and live electronics, in an attempt to discover and weave together new perspectives.

Franziska's cross-genre exposure to music allows her to work with musicians from different backgrounds. She has toured Europe, the USA, Canada, South Africa, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. A pioneer of digital live techniques, she works to process the voice in real time using a custom sensor glove and Ableton Live and JunXion software on a MacBook Pro. This allows her to control the voice, the sound and the spatial articulations with physical movements in real time.

Franziska has published in research projects such as "Interfaces in Live Performances", "Voice as a Musical Performative Phenomenon" and "Potentials of the Musical in a Linguistic Context". Her work has been referenced in many publications, and is well documented on CD, DVD and online.