During her work residency at BEK, singer and composer Hilde Annine Hasselberg will prepare audio material for the project Et lite barn (A Little Child); a concert that draws parallels between the Christmas gospel and the current refugee crisis. The sound material will mainly be developed in Ableton Live with the use of natural sounds related to the story being told in the work. During the concert, this sound material will function both as an audible backdrop and as an instrument that Hasselberg can use live on stage.
The starting point for the project Et lite barn is the church musical work Et lite barn så lystelig (A Little Child So Merry), written by Sigvald Tveit and arranged by Harald Olsen. The project highlights music that is rarely performed, at the same time adding new musical expressions to the original work. By drawing parallels from the Christmas gospel to today’s refugee crisis, as well as merging text written by Kristina Quintano between the bars, this will become a Christmas concert reflecting on today’s worldview. Initiator Hasselberg has gathered a group of musicians, who in their own way represent different musical expressions and experiences, consisting of Morten Skage (bass), Annlaug Børsheim (vocals and fiddle), Kåre Opheim (percussion), Steinar Karlsen (guitar) and Hasselberg (vocals and electronics). A tour is planned to Arna, Norheimsund, Voss, Sogndal, Naustdal and Bergen Domkirke in November – December 2021.
Hilde Annine Hasselberg is a soprano, musician and composer based in Bergen, who completed her master’s degree at the Grieg Academy in Bergen in 2013. She takes solo assignments both in Norway and abroad, and is sought after as a chamber and church musician. In 2015, Hasselberg completed her advanced training in Live Electronics at the Norwegian Academy of Music, and has since had several concerts with her own works for vocals and electronics. The works Vindkraft (Wind Power) which were performed during the KORO project Luftballett (Air Ballet) at Bergen University College (2016) and SYKT RØRENDE! (SICKLY MOVING!), performed by YrrY Ensemble during the Borealis Festival 2020, are her largest composition projects. The past years, Hasselberg has been active in contemporary music in Bergen, both with self-composed music and in collaboration with various composers. Since 2010, she has been associated with Transiteatret-Bergen as a singer, musician and actor. Hasselberg is employed as a song teacher at Kulturskulen in Kvam, has had private students since 2006, and in recent years she has been part of BIT20 Ensemble’s education team on a project basis.