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

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

 "Before choosing to become a fulltime composer, I worked as a musician within improvisational music, and with pop/jazz and avant-garde-bands. My background as a band musician has made me look at all the performers I work with as important for my expression. Rhythmic structures as well; 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."

"Before choosing to become a fulltime composer, I worked as a musician within improvisational music, and with pop/jazz and avant-garde-bands. My background as a band musician has made me look at all the performers I work with as important for my expression. Rhythmic structures as well; 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."

2019

New commission for Ensemble Allegria, for chamber orchestra, TBP late 2019

New commission for 2 pianos & 2 percussion players, for NyMusikk Østfold TBP november 2019

2018

"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 + excerpt @ NRK Spillerom, starting from 29'25", also interview + piece @ BBC Hear and Now, starting at 3'45")

"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 concerts with Ensemble neoN & Jan St Werner + DAF at the Ultima Festival September 15th & 16th at Henie Onstad Art Center

"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

New piece for choir & percussion “diamond & dagger”. Commissioned by Ensemble 96 with Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen, will be performed at Paulus church in Oslo, November 11th

Recording "Parallaxis Forma" by Catherine Lambs with Ensemble neoN in December

New commission for Stillae Trio, "Madrigal", performance TBA 2018/2019

New commission for guitar and flute (Andreas Karlsen & Maiken Mathiesen Schau), TBP 2019

2017

"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

 

2016

"All Play" performed at the MATA festival in New York, April 12th, by Ensemble neoN (review nytimesreview newyorkclassicalreviewreview lucidculturereview 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 performancereview of album the guardianradio interview in Norway/Norwegian)

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