Audrey Chen & Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø
………….voice & trombone…………
BEAM SPLITTER is the duo of Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø (NO) and Audrey Chen (US).
Using the trombone and voice, they 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.
Since beginning their collaboration in 2015, Nørstebø and Chen have been extensivelytouring the globe, in Europe, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, and the USA.
They have taken part in larger commissioned works at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires
and largely conceptualized a theatrical adaptation of MEDEA in front of the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine (for butoh dancers and musicians) produced by the Ukho Agency. They have shared their collaborative projects with artists such as Phil Minton,
Bob Ostertag, Michael Vorfeld, Thomas Rohrer,
Valentin Tszin, Flavia Ghisalberti and Leonel Kaplan.
Beam Splitter will release their debut album in 2017.
“Beam Splitter is highly improvised, extremely crafted
and held in an iron will for experimentation.”
– Jean Louis Fernandez, La Nacion, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016.
Klub Dragon (Poznan/PL)
Gallery of fine arts (Ostrava/CZ)
Maticni dum (Opava/CZ)
Residency – Klanghaus (Untergreith/AT)
Zavod sploh (Ljubljana/SI)
Rhiz/Der blöde dritte mittwoch (Vienna/AT)
Izakaya (Oslo/NO) – w/ Azumaru (butoh)
Feel free to contact us for info/booking:
hmnbooking (a) gmail.com / audreyisabelchen (a) gmail.com
26.08.16 Mobius (Boston/US)
23.08.16 Washington Street Arts Center (Boston/US) – w/ Fleisenberg & Asimina Chremos
22.08.16 Improv. festival (Penobscot/US) – w/ Flandrew Fleisenberg & Asimina Chremos
21.08.16 Improv. festival (Penobscot/US) – w/ large ad hoc ensemble
20.08.16 Frantasia festival (Livermore Falls/US) – w/ Fleisenberg, Chremos & Id M Theft Able
18.08.16 Frantasia festival (Livermore Falls/US) – w/ Fleisenberg & Asimina Chremos
17.08.16 Rigby mansion (Philadelphia/US) – w/ Flandrew Fleisenberg & Asimina Chremos
15.08.16 65Fen (New york/US) – w/ Flandrew Fleisenberg
13.08.16 Red Room (Baltimore/US) – w/ Flandrew Fleisenberg
12.08.16 Black Iris (Richmond/US) – w/ Flandrew Fleisenberg
15.07.16 House concert (Berlin/DE) – w/ Ute Wassermann & Brad Henkel
08.07.16 Kongsberg jazzfestival (Kongsberg/NO)
12.06.16 Architecture of voice (Kiev/UA) – w/ Phil Minton, Thomas Rohrer & Michael Vorfeld
+ butoh dancers Flavia Ghisalberti & Valentin Tszin
25.03.16 Una.casa (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)
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.