Following their free workshop earlier that day, Dans les arbres will be performing a free concert at 8 PM on Thursday, November 30, in the ImprovLab! As with the workshop, this event is free and open to all.
Dans les arbres is an improvising ensemble comprising French clarinetist Xavier Charles alongside three Norwegians: pianist Christian Wallumrød, guitarist Ivar Grydeland, and percussionist Ingar Zach.
The group’s idiosyncratic inhabitants form unusual combinations of airy, wooden, metallic sounds, prepared strings, and tampered drumheads. Their world of sounds and fine sense of communication lead to collective playing and spontaneous group-composing said to be in a “class of its own.” Their music moves gently but steadily ahead on broad planes of sound. The dynamic textural scenery evolves as Dans les arbres harnesses its wealth of unorthodox extended techniques.
Since the recording of their first album in 2006, Dans les arbres has performed more than 150 concerts around the globe. The group’s releases Dans Les Arbres (ECM 2008), Canopée (ECM 2012), Phosphorescence (HUBRO 2017), and Volatil (SOFA 2019) have received praise from reviewers and audiences alike. In 2019, Dans les arbres started releasing music from special projects on the group’s Bandcamp profile. Dans les arbres was nominated for the prestigious Nordic Music Prize in 2015. Dans les arbres has performed with guest musicians such as Yumiko Tanaka, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O’Rourke, the Norwegian duo Vilde & Inga, and The Norwegian Wind Ensemble. Together with singers and the Oslo Sinfonietta, the group performed the piece About Nature by Henrik Hellstenius at the Oslo Opera House in 2015.