Håkon Thelin (NO)
Håkon Thelin is a double bass player and composer. Håkon is an Associate Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music where he is currently teaching subjects on composition and improvisation, as well as giving lessons in contemporary double bass. He performs on a double bass made by Giovanni Battista Ceruti (Cremona, 1800), provided by Dextra Musica, and a bass made by Peter Elias in 1999. He performs with the ensembles Oslo Sinfonietta and POING, and also regularly with Ensemble Modern and musikFabrik. At present, his main interest lies in the combination of contemporary music and folk music, and in the sonic exploration of harmonics and multiphonics on the double bass. This is expressed in his own compositions as well as in collaboration with folk singer Unni Løvlid. Together with Rolf-Erik Nystrøm on saxophones and Frode Haltli on accordion, Håkon forms POING, an ensemble which, since they started playing together in 1999, have been one of the leading ensembles for contemporary music in Scandinavia. They have played in clubs and concert halls in most European countries, the US as well as in China and Japan, with more than 100 first performances. For their work with contemporary music, POING were in 2009 awarded "Performer of the Year" by the Norwegian Society of Composers. In 2011, POING were artistic directors of the Ultima Festival in Oslo, Scandinavias largest festival for contemporary music. Håkon is at present the Chief Manager of the ensemble. Håkon' CD releases includes the 2004 solo release "a p)reference to other things", presenting works by Iannis Xenakis, Bent Sørensen and Jacob Druckman. His second solo recording called "Light" was released in 2011, featuring his own compositions. Light was awarded the Norwegian Grammy "Spellemannsprisen" for best contemporary album of the year in 2012. In the spring of 2015 he releases his latest solo project, called "Folk", with works inspired by folk music. He has also recorded a duo album with Stefano Scodanibbio and a tribute CD to Scodanibbio together with bass players like Mark Dresser, Sebastian Gramms, Jöelle Leandre and Barre Phillips. From 2007-2011, Håkon worked as artistic research fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music with the project "A new world of sounds - advancements in contemporary double bass techniques". Here, he specifically worked on the music and techniques of Stefano Scodanibbio, exploring sounds and creating new techniques to be used in his own music. Together with professor Knut Guettler he has also presented a groundbreaking research on multiphonics on the double bass. The documentation of his research is presented on the website www.haakonthelin.com/multiphonics.