Guitarist & composer
You | me - live
Very happy to announce that there will be a live version of You | me touring this autumn with a dream line-up of Tony Buck, Ingar Zach and Hans Hulbækmo on drums and percussion, and Håvard Volden, Adrian Myhr, David Stackenäs and myself on various guitars. Morten Olsen will also be joining on some of the gigs. We’ll be playing doing concerts in Oslo, Copenhagen, Berlin, Helsinki and Trondheim, with more activity planned for 2019.
Concerts with Christian Wallumrød
Playing two concerts with Christian Wallumrød in Norway this week! 2. October at Playdate in Bergen, and 4. October at Inderøy Jazzforum. We are also working towards a recording. More info about this soonish. Check out a small excerpt of our music below.
New release announced for November 23.
I have a new record coming out on HUBRO in november, featuring Canadian string quartet Quatuor Bozzini, the words and voice of Caroline Bergvall and percussionist Ingar Zach. 'pressing clouds passing crowds' was originally a commission for Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville in 2016, very excited it will finally be out. From Hubro's press release: “Inspired by meeting poet Caroline Bergvall in 2015 and the music of Robert Ashley that I was listening to at the time, I was wanting to make a longer, slow-moving piece centered around a speaking voice”, says Myhr. "The composition is in six parts, but the parts all blend into each other so that they feel like one slowly changing state of mind.” The result is a triumphant achievement where music and text appear inextricably bound up with each other, with Bergvall’s hypnotic voice and incantatory delivery acting at times like an additional musical instrument, while the string quartet’s stabs, drones and glissando slides provide emphatic punctuation and rich musical counterpoint to the evolving story, which is itself a complex layering of sound and sense, discourse and narrative."
pressing clouds passing crowds with Quatour Bozzini, Caroline Bergvall and Ingar Zach
Pressing clouds passing crowds, a piece I composed for Quatour Bozzini, Caroline Bergvall and Ingar Zach, originally premiered at FIMAV-festival in Victoriaville in 2016, will be released on HUBRO in late-november. Recorded last year at Athletic Sound in Halden, the recording turned out really well, and I’m very excited to share it soon with you all.
North Sea Round Town w/ Ensemble Ensemble, Rotterdam (NL)
Kongsberg Jazzfestival w/ You | me, Kongsberg (NO)
Copenhagen Jazz Festival w/ Lars Greve, Copenhagen (DK)
Festival Météo with You | me, Mulhouse (FR)
Festival Baignade Interdite with You | me, Rivières (FR)
PUNKT Festival w/ You | me, Kristiansand (NO)
Kim Myhr has been one of the leading voices on the experimental scene in Norway in recent years, both a composer and a guitarist. Myhr's solo music can be described as an orchestral exploration of the 12-string guitar. He has released three solo records; "All your limbs singing" (SOFA 2014), and «BLOOM» (HUBRO 2016), and «You | me», which came out on HUBRO in November 2017. The latter features contributions from drummers Tony Buck, Hans Hulbækmo and Ingar Zach, and recieved a "Honorary Mention" at Nordic Music Prize in 2018. It was nominated alongside Björk, Fever Ray and 9 other Nordic Artists.
Myhr is an active composer and regularly writes music for chamber ensembles, electroacoustic settings and various theatrical projects. He has written two critically acclaimed works for Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, the first with Sidsel Endresen for Moldejazz in 2009, and the second one written together with pop singer Jenny Hval for Ultima festival in 2012. Both works have since been released on record. In June 2018, Myhr premiered a new work for Australian Art Orchestra for Melbourne Jazz festival, and in November 2018 he is releasing a longer piece for the Canadian string quartet Quatour Bozzini, poet Caroline Bergvall and percussionist Ingar Zach. He is currently working on different projects with Christian Wallumrød, Lasse Marhaug, Kjell Bjørgeengen, Eve Risser and Sofia Jernberg.
You | me (2017)
«A sonically adventurous record, beautifully listenable and immersive»
Nordic Music Prize Honorary Mention
«Kim Myhr is a master of slow-morphing rhythms and sun-dappled textures that seem to glow from the inside…It’s an album to bolster the spirits and ground the nerves. traveling music for big-sky vistas»
★★★★ The Guardian (UK)
"a tremendous piece of music»
«delicate and suffused with beauty, yet exudes a power derived from the clarity of its creative vision. Truly, an ocean of sound.»
★★★★ MOJO (UK)
«surely a minor masterpiece»
«a trance state between the acoustic and the electronic, where an alchemical late-hours lyricism is born.»
★★★★ MOJO (UK)
Årets sjuende beste norske plate
"extravagants orages qui peuvent se transformer en transports shamaniques, dérives cosmiques et ruminations bruitistes, tout un capharnaüm extra-musical parfois effacé au profit de nappes cristallines semblables à d’évanescents mandalas sans cesse recommencés. […] comme des étonnements d’enfance.» Les Inrockuptibles (FR)
In The End His Voice Will Be The Sound Of Paper (2016)
«A grotesquely beautiful paradox of sound»
SLUG magazine (US)
«arresting piece of work»
The Quietus (UK)
«Compelling, riveting listening»
All about Jazz (UK)
All Your Limbs Singing (2014)
«A delirious love letter to the 12-string acoustic guitar»
WIRE Magazine, Clive Bell (UK)
"One of Myhr's finest attributes is his courage to let the music unfold with guileless simplicity, so we focus tightly on the sound. Elsewhere he brings his devilish command of the guitar to bear."
Sydney Morning Herald, John Shand (AU)
«Simple, direct and utterly absorbing»
Fluid Radio (UK)
"An extremely attractive offering: open, considered and refreshingly heedless og trends".
Just Outside (US)