Audrey Chen & Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø
………….voice & trombone…………

… as with many seemingly incongruous pairings, what defines the subtle union of this duo are the deeper synergies that are simmering beneath the surface. Together, Nørstebø and Chen, with the sound sources of trombone and voice, maneuver a balance between fragility, intimacy, the ecstatic and measured control. They share a common sense of pulse and an inherent understanding of the way they each aurally manage and let go of every consecutive moment. The lungs release through to mouths to bell, back and forth like a tactile breathing exchange.

upcoming concerts:
Architecture of voice (Kiev/UA)
w/ Phil Minton, Thomas Rohrer & Michael Vorfeld
+ butoh dancers Flavia Ghisalberti & Valentin Tszin

Kongsberg jazzfestival (Kongsberg/NO)
House concert (Berlin/DE)
– w/ Ute Wassermann & Brad Henkel
tba (Ostrava/CZ)
tba (Opava/CZ)
Transgressions festival (Torun/PL)
Klangfest (Untergreith/AT)
Klangfest (Untergreith/AT)
Zavod sploh (Ljubljana/SI)
Rhiz/Der blöde dritte mittwoch (Vienna/AT)

currently booking and open dates in:
September – Europe
08.-11. october – Czech republic/Poland++
17.-18. october – Austria ++
+ open for festivals/single dates throughout the year

Contact us for proposals:

Audrey Chen
Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists,doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976. She turned to the cello at age 8 and voice at 11. After years of classical and conservatory training in both instruments, with a resulting specialization in early and new music, she parted ways again in 2003 to begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic.
Now, using the voice and cello, Chen’s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing explores preparations, traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language.
Recent projects, aside from performing solo, include her voice only duo with London based artist, Phil Minton, a duo with NYC turntablist, Maria Chavez and a collaborative project with German conceptual artist, John Bock. Since 2004, Chen has been performing across Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Canada and the United States.
She is currently based in Berlin, Germany

Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø
(born 1986 in Trondheim) is a trombonist working mostly within contemporary fields of music. An ambiguous relationship with the trombone has led him to explore both the boisterous and brassy side of the instrument, as well as it’s counterpoint in microscopic and ‘electronic’ sound possibilities. Utilizing a wide spectrum of playing techniques, from pure long tones to noise and the almost inaudible, he often works balancing the intuitive with the precisely constructed. Having toured actively since 2010,
he has played at clubs and festivals in more than half of the European countries, as well as in Russia and Japan. Nørstebø’s time is divided between his regular projects; As deafness increases, Lana trio, Whirl (with Tobias Delius), Nørstebø/Strid/de Heney, BEAM SPLITTER (with Audrey Chen), new music ensemble Aksiom and the freejazzpop-band Skadedyr.
Apart from his big range of collaborations, Henrik has been working regularly with solo music since 2007. His debut record was released in 2011, and his second solo record “Melting into foreground” is being released on SOFA late 2015. In addition to numerous other releases, his discography contains duo records with Swedish pianist Rasmus Borg and Austrian sound artist Daniel Lercher.

Feel free to contact us for info/booking:
hmnbooking (a) / audreyisabelchen (a)


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past concerts:
25.03.16 (Buenos aires/AR) w/ Leonel Kaplan
22.03.16 Casa dasein (Buenos aires/AR)
17.03.16 El nuevo don caballero (Cabo Frio/BR)
16.03.16 Audio rebel (Rio de Janeiro/BR)
15.03.16 Dissenso (São paulo/BR) – w/ Phil Minton & Thomas Rohrer
14.03.16 Fita crepe (São paulo/BR) – w/ Phil Minton & Thomas Rohrer
13.03.16 Trackers (São paulo/BR) – w/ Phil Minton
12.03.16 Universidad de San Martín (Buenos aires/AR)
10.03.16 Teatro Colón (Buenos aires/AR) – Bob Ostertag, acoustic transcriptions
08.03.16 Teatro Colón (Buenos aires/AR) – w/ Bob Ostertag & Phil Minton

11.02.16 Audio foundation (Auckland/NZ)
10.02.16 Audio foundation (Auckland/NZ)
09.02.16 Pyramid club (Wellington/NZ)
07.02.16 Tim’s place (Marahau/NZ)
06.02.16 Darkroom (Christchurch/NZ)
05.02.16 The Anteroom (Dunedin/NZ)
04.02.16 Auricle (Christchurch/NZ)
20.01.16 Ny musikk Stavanger (Stavanger/NO)

13.12.15 Quiet cue (Berlin/DE) – w/ Richard Scott
12.12.15 Spektrum (Berlin/DE) – w/ Flavia Ghisalberti & Valentin Tszin
01.12.15 Drumherum (Berlin/DE) – w/ Mazen Kerbaj & Tomomi Adachi
19.11.15 L‘entre deux (La Chaux-de-Fonds/CH)
18.11.15 Atelier de l’Etoile (Besançon/FR)
17.11.15 Plattfon (Basel/CH)
16.11.15 Freispiel/E-werk (Freiburg/DE)
14.11.15 Grünspan (Villach/AT)
24.09.15 Gogolfest (Kiev/UA) – w/ Flavia Ghisalberti & Valentin Tszin
19.08.15 The Scope (Brighton/UK)
27.05.15 Victoria Nasjonal jazzscene (Oslo/NO)