Norwegian composer, producer, musician, and member of Ensemble neoN.

contact: smordal@gmail.com  /  +47 996 35 881


Recent & current events - an undistributed newsletter

This year (and 2020) is full of interesting activity. Some of this you will also find in calendar.

As part of me being portrayed in Trondheim this spring (Ny Musikk/the organization Society of Contemporary Music), Trondheim Sinfonietta will do a concert (almost...) exclusively with my music April 27th. Really looking forward to that.

And in May I'll be attending the ISCM festival in Tallinn; the Finnish Defunensemble will once again perform my "All Play". Proud to represent Norway there!

I will be working mainly on two commissioned pieces this year, one for the Ensemble Allegria (chamber orchestra), and a piece for the Cikada Trio (piano, violin, cello). But I will also work some this year and (but for the most part) next year on a piece for 2 pianos and 2 percussionist, commissioned by Ny Musikk Østfold (S.C.M.) to be premiered 2020 (TBA).

In May Ensemble Ernst release a new record (Lawo), containing my "(herd)STUDY" among other pieces. And in August, on the same label, Karin Hellqvist release her first solo record, also containing my "flock foam fume" - immensely proud of this.

I'm just these days finalizing a record with Ensemble neoN and Eivind Lønning, to be released on Sofa (*my first release on that label) - with my music called "Choosing to sing". It will be released late this year.

And probably/hopefully time allows me to get another record ready this year: the full trilogy "My Favorite Thing". I've been working with this music for quite some time now, and I'm really looking forward to show this in its entirety to the world. The music is for percussion trio Pinquins, chamber ensemble neoN, and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

This year I'll also be joining in on several other projects. First off I will produce the first record of Tøyen Fil og Klafferi (Hanne Rekdal - flutes and bassoon, Kristine Tjøgersen - clarinets, Eira Foss - violin, Tove Margrethe Falkenberg Erikstad - cello), to be released by Aurora (Grappa).

And in May and June I'll be composer "consultant" for the artist Øystein Wyller Odden during the OsloBiennale. His project consist of a string section backing a concert piano that resonance directly our electrical currents 50Hz. This art performance will also be performed in September during the Ultima festival. During the Ultima festival, I will also perform in the sound installation/performance of Gunhild Mathea Olaussen.

In the middle of March Ensemble neoN went on tour to NY, performing a lot of Nordic + American music. My piece "The Lesser Nighthawk", was one of the pieces. neoN also had their release of a new record, at Phil Niblock’s loft (Experimental Intermedia). I'm also one of the performers on this record, containing a piece by Niblock and one by Catherine Lamb (released by Hubro).

Sometime before X-mas this year I'll be working with the fantastic violinist Harpreet Bansal. She will be composing new music (following the North-Indian Hindustani tradition), and I'll arrange this for her and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.