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Kim Myhr

The piece consists of an acoustic 12-string guitar recorded in the Emmanuel Vigeland tomb in Oslo. The place has a very large acoustics which gives the possibilities to create an almost endless acoustic space with overtones staying for almost 20 seconds after the attack.

Kim Myhr (born 1981) is an active voice of the creative music scene in Norway, both as a composer and as a guitarist, with frequent performances throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and North- as well as South-America.

Myhr’s first solo record was released march 2014. His solo music explores the acoustic possibilities of the 12-string guitar, and can remind the listener of early music of Ligeti and of Morton Feldman, but it also contains an energy and simplicity similar to american folk music.

As a composer, Myhr wrote “stems and cages” for the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra in 2009, a large ensemble including Sidsel Endresen, Christian WallumrĂžd, Jim Denley among others. The music was released on the CD “stems and cages” in 2010, and recieved wide critical acclaim. Kim wrote another piece for the orchestra for the 2012 Ultima festival called “In the end his voice will be the sound of paper”, this time featuring the voice of Jenny Hval. Myhr works frequently with dance, notably writing music for productions by italian choreographer Francesco Scavetta, and in 2014 a new collaboration with dancer Orfee Schuijt.

Kim is one third of MURAL, a trio with australian wind player Jim Denley and percussionist Ingar Zach. They have worked together since 2007, and have released two CDs; the last one “Live at the Rothko Chapel”, is a documentation of a continuing relationship with the Rothko Chapel in Houston. In april 2013, MURAL played a four hour long concert there, which is planned to be released in 2014 as a 3CD-box set.

Shortlist history



David Bohn

22 May at 11:20PM


Strong, striking piece.

David Drexler

22 July at 07:45AM


Fantastic sounds in an interesting space.

Brian Ritchie

18 September at 03:00PM


Sonic Poetry and Architecture.

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