Countertenor and performance artist
Sean Bell presents a compilation of songs from music history, circulating around the themes of love, loneliness, belonging and doubt. In combination with Bell’s own self composed songs, these textual themes intertwine, creating an atmospheric whole. The songs, both old and new, are dressed and coloured with simple rearrangements and playful interpretations, often with a hint of irony.
Bell is currently working on an album with his own arrangements of songs by John Dowland (1563-1626), in collaboration with Harald Jordal as producer.
Andreas Andersen (guitar and other string instruments) and Sean Bell form the duo Andersen/Bell, which focuses on an intimate and acoustic sound. They cherish the simple and tasteful, and combine inspiration from classical, folk and popular music. The duo question the relationship between melody and accompaniment by experimenting with intriguing arrangements. Their latest project has been a collection of songs by Norwegian composers, arranged for countertenor and electric guitar.
The vocal quintet Early Voices focuses on performing Renaissance and early Baroque repertoire with a Nordic vocal sound, as well as Norwegian folk songs. It's members are all professional singers with experience in ensemble singing on a qualatively level.
+47 is a new music ensemble based in Oslo. The ensemble focuses on a vast array of repertoire, but particularly on the youngest generation of Norwegian contemporary music.
Oslo 14 is a vocal ensemble pool of 15-20 singers based in Oslo, Norway. The ensemble works mainly with pure human voice sounds, most often acoustically, but occasionally even with live electronics, effects etc. as well.
Oslo 14 aim to develop and perform new, contemporary music as singers with jazz and improvisation backgrounds, and to push Norwegian choir/vocal ensemble music, as well as improvised music, in a new direction.
Ny Norsk Messingkvintett
Sean Bell has done several collaborations with the Norwegian brass quintet Ny Norsk Messingkvintett. Their first project together was instigated by the composers group from Ny Musikk (NMK) in 2017.
Since then, they have premiered six pieces for brass quintet and countertenor. Their most recent work is the semi-staged concert for children «Eg er ein frosk» (2018) by Norwegian composer Kristin Bolstad.