Hi, this is the site of composer Jan Martin Smørdal - also a member of Ensemble neoN.

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

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“Before choosing to become a fulltime composer,

I worked as a musician within improvisational music,

and with pop/jazz

and avant-garde-bands. My back-





band musician has made me look at


the performers I work with as important for

my expression. Rhythmic structures as well; I am

engaged in what creates and define what rhythm

is. In the past couple of years my work has been

inspired by swarm phenomena. I work with the

relationship between the individual and the

group, and my music swaps between the static

repetitive, the atmospheric - even the poetic

like one comprehends standstill and movement

in flock patterns.”





"Flock of me" performed by Yumi Murakami February 2nd at Biermannsgården & 4th at Ny Musikk Stavanger
New commission from Borealis Festival, a piece for Bit20 string quartet and speakers, March 11th, Bergen
interview and excerpt @ NRK (starting from 29'25")
"Fill in the blank" and "My Favorite Thing 1" performed by percussion trio Pinquins April 28th at Sagene Festivitetshus
anniversary text - Pinquins 10 years!

Workshop and concert with Ensemble neoN & Jan St Werner at the Ultima Festival in September (as musician)

"My Favorite Thing 1" will be performed by percussion trio Pinquins October 6th at Kunsthall Trondheim (NyMusikk)

"My Favorite Thing 1" will be performed by percussion trio Pinquins October 8th in Stavanger (NyMusikk, venue TBA)

"All play" to be performed at Nordic Music Days, by Defunensemble, November 8th in Helsinki

Recording of Catherine Lambs "Parallaxis Forma" with Ensemble neoN in December (as musician)

New commission for Stillae Trio, "Madrigal", performance TBA 2018

New commission from Ensemble 96, for choir and percussion player, November 11th

New commission from Ensemble Allegria, for chamber orchestra, TBA 2019

And more TBC for 2018 and 2019 will be listed soon


"My Favorite Thing 2" with Ensemble neoN at Stavanger Konserthus, March 8th
"The Lesser Nighthawk" performed by Ensemble neoN at Periferien, Sentralen, 31st May
"My Favorite Thing 1" will have its premier June 18th, performed by Pinquins at Nynorskens Hus
"SHO(r)TS 1b" for flute solo performed at the Risuonanze Festival in Italy by Fosca Briante, June 18th
"Flock of me" performed during the Mis-En Festival, New York, June 23rd
4 new pieces for choir will be performed by Tønsberg Domkor w/Nina Karlsen, in Tønsberg, June 26th, at Papirhuset
"My Favorite Thing 3" will have its premier by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK), 16th September at the Ultima Festival

review Ballade (in Norwegian), Radio interview (in Norwegian) and full piece w/Kristin Kverdokk - and here in a shorter version of the piece

"(herd)STUDY" performed by Ensemble Ernst in Kristiansand October 16th, and in Stavanger 18th. The piece will also be recorded in November.
Auditive interpretation of prints by Hanne Borchgrevink, at OSL Contemporary, opening November 2nd (to 12th)
"My Favorite Thing 3" performed by Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) November 2nd at Store Studio
"(herd)STUDY" performed and recorded by Ensemble Ernst, Store Studio, November 5th
"Flock of me" will be performed by Yumi Murakami at Schafteløkken, November 7th
Will be working in December with Kristoffer Alberts on a new piece, TBA
New piece for Ensemble neoN, "3 gitarer (b)" at Majorstuen Kirke, December 20th


"All Play" performed at the MATA festival in New York, April 12th, by Ensemble neoN

review nytimes

review newyorkclassicalreview

review lucidculture

review feastofmusic

"My Favorite Thing 2" performed by Ensemble neoN at the Only Connect (Tectonic collaboration) May 21st, at Senttralen - Oslo

review ballade

"untitled #2" - awarded "Runner Up" in the Unbound composition contest, for flute swarm to be performed in Brisbane, Australia. Performed during the Unbound Flute Festival July 1st-3rd

video from performance

New commision, "(herd)STUDY" performed by Ensemble Ernst at the Ultima festival in Oslo, September 10th at Sentralen

radio interview on Spillerom Søndag w/Kristin Kverndokk (in Norway/Norwegian)

video of performance

New commision by Karin Hellqvist, "flock foam fume", performed during the Ultima festival in Oslo, September 13th at Sentralen

video of performance

"flock of me" performed during the Nordic Music Days, at Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland, October 1st

Ensemble neoN album release concert at Sentralen, "All play" performed, October 7th 2016

video of performance

review of album the guardian

radio interview (in Norway/Norwegian)

*The miniature pieces "SHO(r)TS" 1, 2 & 3 performed by Meadowsound trio in November 11th 2016, Bidrobon - Oslo.