Simon Steen-Andersen’s album ”Pretty Sound” recorded by the Norwegian ensemble asamisimasa is nominated for the Norwegian Grammy Spellemann 2012.
The album was released on Dacapo Records in 2011 and was well received all over. The Danish newspaper Politiken’s Henrik Friis wrote: “With its three-dimensional sound production the CD is a deeply fascinating introduction to the young composer, who right now, more than any other in his generation, show us the way forward.”
The Norwegian ensemble asamisimasa was formed in Oslo in 2001 and combines performances of the classical repertoire and post-war avant-garde with new pieces especially written for them, also including electronics, video or other media. They have worked with Steen-Andersen several times and have no less than nine of his works in their repertoire.
The Spellemann award show is held at Stavanger’s Concert house March 23, 2013 and is broadcasted live on the Norwegian TV channel NRK 1. The concert house hosts 2.500 audiences, who will be presented for 18 categories covering all imaginable genres. “Pretty Sound” is one out of three nominees in the category “Samtid” (contemporary).