Glenn Kotche, NS artist-in-residence and rhythmic anchor in Wilco – one of the most beloved rock bands on the planet – premiers his NS commission for percussion and string ensemble featuring Norwegian Grammy-award winning NS group-in-residence, 1B1.
1B1 is a progressive string ensemble founded in 2008. It unites musicians teaching at the University of Stavanger, their most accomplished students, and members of the distinguished Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. 1B1’s founder and artistic leader is violinist Jan Bjøranger. In its short existence, the ensemble has already collaborated with such outstanding performers and composers as Arvo Pärt, Clemens Hagen, Benjamin Schmid, Steve Reich, Tonu Kaljuste and Lars Anders Tomter. 1B1 received a Norwegian Grammy for the “Holberg Variations” album, and was chosen as the first recipient of a major grant from Talent Norge AS (Talent Norway). In November, 1B1 makes its debut at the National Sawdust venue in New York. The residency includes concerts, recording sessions and a reception attended by the Norwegian Minister of Culture, Thorhild Widvey.