The orchestra Mira Thiruchelvam has assembled in her cooperation with Vestnorsk Jazzensemble (VNJE) bears a deeply personal signature - and it speaks volumes about the still untapped potential on the Norwegian music scene.
Thiruchelvam is a flutist, composer, lyricist and producer, known from her band 9 Grader Nord and award winning collaborations with Gutu Abera and the concert version of Karpes Omar Sheriff. Throughout her career, she has blended her musical background from Sri Lanka with just about anything. In this instance, “just about anything” means diverse impulses such as Syrian oud, Indian classical violin and vocals, indie dream pop from Bergen, greek folk music, modular synths and jazz heavyweights. Catchy, experimental and shape shifting - Mira Thiruchelvam & VNJE shows us a future for improvised music in Norway, here and now.
Over the course of several thrilling albums and heavy touring activity, Bixiga 70 has become one of the most acclaimed and influential exponents of contemporary Afro-Brazilian sounds in the world today. The ten piece band is named after Bixiga, the neighbourhood in their hometown São Paulo. “70” is an hommage to Fela Kutis legendary outfit Africa ‘70 and represents the other part of the equation - a passionate, floor-shaking exploration of afrobeat and beyond.
Bixiga 70 visited Oslo World back in 2018 for an absolutely packed show at Nasjonal Jazzscene. That concert might well be one of the single most ecstatic moments in our festival's history. Yes, they’re that good - and this year, Bixiga 70 will return to Norway and the 30th edition of Oslo World.
Ever since their founding in the early nineties and the breakthrough album The Orphan’s Lament in 1994, the Tuvan quartet Huun-Huur-Tu has brought the rich, ritual throat chants of Central Asia to audiences all over the world. In doing so, they have not only made a name for themselves - they have played a unique role in spreading knowledge about traditional laryngeal singing in the world of modern music.
The quartet, still helmed by the original members Kaigal-ool Khovalyg and Sayan Bapa, has performed for kings and queens, music aficionados, in concert halls and at huge festival stages. They have also played memorable shows at Oslo World twice before - in 2009 and 2014. We are delighted to welcome them back for a third time this year!