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Concert and afterparty for our two new exhibitions, with Øyvind Torvund, Dan Bodan and DJ No:sler.

18:30 to 20:30 Preview of two new exhibitions

Yorgos Sapountzis: The Protagonists
Ian Hamilton Finlay, with contributions by Jason Dodge, Christian Flamm, Beatrice Gibson and Will Holder 

19:30 to 20:00 The Servants, Concert

Music by Øyvind Torvund, with Harry Cameron-Penny (Clarinet), Sarah Mason (Percussion), Mark Knoop (Piano), Alice Purton (Cello), Yorgos Sapountzis and members of Young Arnolfini.

At the exhibition opening, Norwegian composer Øyvind Torvund will perform the world premier of The Servants, a new work composed especially for Yorgos Sapountzis’ new show. It continues his ten year long collaboration with the artist, for which Torvund has regularly produced music for Sapountzis’ works. Øyvind Torvund is one of the key composers of his generation, influenced by experimental improvisation, pop and classic music. His works have been performed by the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Sinfonietta and Plus-Minus ensemble (UK), among others.

‘Torvund is one of those composers who are not content to preserve the legacy of new music, but who search for fresh aspects and strategies to artistically express their own contemporary experiences. Raw melodic schemes may come from Purcell, the infill from the detritus of electronic distortion or street noise.’

Read more here.

20:30 to late Afterparty in Arnolfini café bar with DJ No:sler

22:00 Dan Bodan

Dan Bodan describes himself as a ‘singer-songwriter with beats’, slow-paced and smooth-as-velvet, starring himself and his amazing crooning voice. He has recently signed with DFA.

Dan Bodan is a Canadian singer, songwriter and producer living in Berlin. During the early 2000s, while studying photography in Montreal, Bodan supported himself working in call centres, lighting video shoots and manning the coat check at the underground club Zoo Bizarre. In this environment he began developing a distinct style of songwriting, utilising production methods of experimental and electronic dance music but applying them to sincere love songs. Since moving to Berlin in 2007 he has performed, shirtless and sweaty, on four continents and worked with a throng of different artists, musicians, designers and producers to make everything from his first digital downloads to a self-styled record label, Mangrove. He has become a fixture at the now-defunct bar Times where he hosted monthly nights of maudlin crooning. In 2012 he released a series of singles, including a split 7″ with Hot Chip member Alexis Taylor.

‘You better keep an eye out for this one. It will be huge.’

Read The Guardian’s feature here

With kind support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London.