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22 May - 5 June 2024

The sound of the forest

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​A playful concert experience. 

On a walk in the forest, little T-Sound gathers sounds for his collection while his companion Boss insists they should use the sounds to create a museum. 

The story of this newly written children's performance is told through song, music and giant, colourful illustrations created by the children's book author Åshild Kanstad Johnsen. She is the creator of the books about Kubbe and is known for her characteristic, delightful drawings.

The music was written by this year's festival composer in residence, Øyvind Torvund, for the piano and percussion quartet Yarn/Wire. During the festival, a new version of the performance will be premiered. Torvund's music consists of both sci-fi sounds, synth melodies and recordings from nature and is performed on a variety of instruments.

The proposal for a children's performance originally came from the American quartet Yarn/Wire, who have collaborated with Torvund for a number of years.

'I liked the idea of writing for children, and imagined a kind of 1970s muppet show that was about recording sounds and using them in a large exhibition,' says Torvund.

Photo above: Yarn/Wire (photo: Pascal Perich) and illustration by Åshild Kanstad Johnsen


Read more about Festival composer Øyvind Torvund.

See also Yarn/Wire in concert with JACK Quartet on Friday 31 May in Håkonshallen.

  • Music
  • Family


  • Grieghallen
    Accessible with wheelchair Designed for hearing impaired The venue has serving


​30 min


Standard: 180
Children u/16: 100
Senior: 162
FiB Fordel: 126
BT Fordel: 135

Family package (2 adults + 2 children under 16): 420
Family package (2 adults + 1 children under 16): 318
Family package (1 adult + 2 children under 16): 288

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    • Åshild Kanstad Johnsen author, illustrator, concept
    • Øyvind Torvund composer, concept
    • Ingrid Askvik dramaturgy, direction
    • Katrine Lunde Mackenzie, Sigmund Njøs Hovind cast

    • ​​Yarn/Wire
    • Laura Barger piano
    • Julia Den Boer piano
    • Russell Greenberg percussion
    • Sae Hashimoto percussion

A collaboration between

​Festspillene i Bergen, Rainy Days Luxembourg, Wien Modern, the Momentary, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Festival Musica Strasbourg and Elbphilharmonie

Music by

    • Torvund
    • Øyvind Torvund (1976–)
      The sound of the forest

Supported by

Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and The Bergesen Foundation


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