Throughout the last week, I have been so lucky to perform Unsongs in Northern Norway together with the incredibly talented Arkhangelsk Chamber Orchestra from northern Russia. The collaboration with Russian musicians constantly reminded me about how privileged I am as a Norwegian artist. Not all of my colleagues in other countries enjoy the same artistic freedom. Read more at The Independent Barents Observer. Photo: Studentsamfunnet Driv.
I’ll be performing at PEN International’s annual event on 18 November, marking the International Day of the Imprisoned Writers. On this day, US whistleblower Edward Snowden was supposed to be in Oslo to be awarded the Ossietzky Prize. Snowden, however, has not received a legal guarantee that he will not be extradited to the United States, should he come to Norway. Therefore, Snowden himself will speak to the assembly via skype from Moscow. Read more here.
“Music still has the power to confront authority” – The Guardian (3/5) “Moddi’s delivery is empathic and superb” – Uncut Magazine (8/10) “Moddi’s Anglicized versions of the originals are witty and spry” – Financial Times (4/5) “An eye-opening lesson in the importance of music” – Mojo (3/5) “One wonders why no one’s done it before” – The Quietus
“Moddis viktigste album” – Dagbladet (5/6) “Farlige tanker – storslagen musikk” – Aftenposten (5/6) “Originalt og tankevekkende” – Gaffa (5/6) “Ambisiøst og helhjertet” – Adresseavisen (5/6) “Et mesterstykke av en plate” – Musikknyheter (9/10) “Et stort og viktig prosjekt” – iTromsø (5/6)
Finally, after almost three years of work, Unsongs is out today. Out there, out here. The reviews and feedback has started ticking in. A good day. A good beginning. Click here to listen to Unsongs – 12 banned songs from 12 countries
I was so lucky to be invited to perform (and tell the story about) the song about Eli Geva on Norwegian talkshow Lindmo a few weeks before the album release. I was joined on stage by a string quartet from Trondheimsolistene, our first live performance together. Click here to see and hear Eli Geva at Lindmo.
The Guardian’s Wyndham Wallace writes good things about the upcoming album. “Music still has the power to confront authority. [The album] is a reminder that artists were once regularly moved to use their voices to inspire change.” Read the full article here.
“A Matter of Habit” is the third single from Unsongs, written by Israeli author Alona Kimhi and musician Izhar Ashdot. The army radio station Galatz cancelled a live performance of the song in 2012, later stating that “we should avoid celebrating a song that demonizes our soldiers.” Listen to the song here: http://moddi.lnk.to/a-matter-of-habit
Just as much as it is an album, Unsongs is a project to answer the question “What makes a song banned?”. After recording the album, I traveled all over the world together with photographer Jørgen Nordby to try and answer that question. On Unsongs.com you will get the stories behind the track on Unsongs, and about the people who wrote them. Go to www.unsongs.com
I have been granted 1300 words in the 250th edition of Index on Censorship, where I tell the story about how the song about Eli Geva sparked off the project that would become Unsongs. Index is available in print from BFI, the Serpentine Gallery and MagCulture (London), Home (Manchester) and News from Nowhere (Liverpool), as well as on Amazon and iTunes. Beautiful full colour digital versions are available on Exact Editions from anywhere in the world.