Cikada artist

CIKADA ENSEMBLE Since its formation in Oslo in 1989, the Cikada Ensemble has developed a refined and highly acclaimed profile on the international contemporary music scene. From the very beginning, Cikada has consisted of flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, string quintet and conductor Christian Eggen. All ten are equal, permanent members, and the ensemble has become synonymous with the Oslo Sound of fresh, vibrant, warm and virtuosic inter-pretations of consciously selected, contemporary repertoire. In concerts at major international festivals and on numerous albums, Cikada’s distinct ensemble profile manifests itself in strong program¬ming. Integral to this work is a wish to develop long-term collabora¬tions with composers and to build composer portraits with commis¬sioned works over time. The nine musicians also form various formations within the group: Cikada String Quartet and Cikada Trio (flute, clarinet, piano) work as inde¬pendent Cikada units, adding to the ensemble’s international identity. Cikada was awarded the prestigious Nordic Music Prize in 2005. MUSICIANS ON THIS ALBUM: Anne Karine Hauge – flute Rolf Borch – clarinet Bjørn Rabben – percussion Kenneth Karlsson – piano Karin Hellqvist – violin Odd Hannisdal – violin/Hardanger fiddle Bendik Foss – viola Torun Stavseng – cello Magnus Söderberg – double bass Christian Eggen – conductor