Scene Norway 2 at King's Place
That Endresen and Jeck still seem to be searching for commonality, however, is part of the beauty of totally improvised contexts. Risky as they are, they're journeys that may not always successfully find their destination, but they're invariably trips well worth taking.
And so, with Scene Norway 2 drawn to a close, with a total of seven performances in three daysfour with Artist-in-Residence Molværit can clearly be considered a success. While its brevity did not allow for the breadth of the first series' ten-day run, but by using a single artist as the focal point for many of the performances, and that artist's birthplace as a common thread that ran through the majority of the shows, Talkington once again curated a series that will be remembered for a long time to come, and which has once again demonstrated exactly why attention paid to the music of this small country remains not just important but necessary. There is, of course, plenty of terrific music being made around the world, but it would be difficult to find another country with such a disproportionate amount of exceptional music being made by so many extraordinary musicians within such a relatively small population.
The only question is: it took five years for Scene Norway's second installment to take place; how long will it be before Scene Norway 3 exposes even more of Norway's music to Londoners making the trek to King's Place, a remarkable venue, custom-built for such events?