A December newsletter from Borealis - a festival for experimental music, in Bergen, Norway
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Christmas is coming, so as an early present we wanted to announce just one more of the amazing events coming up at Borealis 2017. Once again we've teamed up with Utmark, the concert series at Bergen Kunsthall, to present a fierce night of music, uncompromising, challenging and unbelievably danceable. As ever we seek to bring you music that doesn't fit in any boxes, and with Moor Mother + Abdu Ali + DJ Marfox we've put together three people who are doing the vital job of stirring things up, and pushing the boundaries of their scenes.

Read on for more, as well as a little report on our recent trip to Slovakia, and a chance to buy a full Festival Pass, at the cheapest price you'll see all year.

God Jul and Godt Nyttår as they say here, enjoy Christmas!
Peter & Tine
Moor Mother + Abdu Ali + DJ Marfox
Borealis’ 2017 Utmark collaboration brings another night of visceral new sounds, featuring two artists from the US - Moor Mother and Abdu Ali, who are bending definitions of rap and channelling a new afrofuturism to create raw platforms for new messages - and DJ Marfox, bringing the rhythms of Lisbon’s Angolan-Portuguese underground to the dance floor. From Philadelphia, USA, interdisciplinary artist Camae Ayewa’s Moor Mother project blends protest and time-travel in a whirlwind of often angry, experimental noise and poetry. Abdu Ali straddles the worlds of Baltimore clubs and experimental rap, weaving powerful verses on homophobia and racism in to a wild uncategorisable live performance. Closing out the night is DJ Marfox, label boss of Lisbon’s acclaimed Principé label, which has been at the forefront of releasing contemporary dance music coming out of Portugal's capital, its suburbs, projects & slums.
The full programme will be released in January, so jump on the chance to get a super-cheap Festival Pass now!!
Slovakian Adventures
We had an amazing trip a few weeks back to the NEXT Festival in Bratislava to hear two projects develop that will be coming to Borealis in March. DRUMS (pictured) featuring four incredible drummers, Michaela Antalová, Chris Corsano, Anja Jacobsen and Øyvind Skarbø, who are working at different outer-edges of the drum-kit. They developed a composed work in which their different personalities really complemented each other, but where you could also hear moments of tension. Thor Magnusson also performed his Fermata project starting to develop relationships with two players, Sofia Jernberg and Michal Matejka, who will come to take part in his new performance piece Fermata/Völuspá at Borealis in March, which will feature surround sound microtonal drones, chanting of Old Norse Sagas and free improv!

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