Ingar Zach is one of the leading percussionists/improvisers from Norway. He is known for the wide range of sounds in his drum kit and his dynamic, energetic use of percussion. Now living in Madrid, he concentrates on his solo work and his regular ensembles. He has been dedicated to experimental music and folk music for the last five years and is now touring and recording with his regular ensembles in Europe, Canada, USA, South America and Asia. He founded the Norwegian label for improvised music, SOFA, together with guitar player, Ivar Grydeland in May 2000 and the SILLÓN label in 2005.

In his Online Masterclass series for Sounds Unheard – ‘Sonic Possibilities’ – Ingar speaks about his experiences in free improvisation and composition in both solo and ensemble contexts, and the challenges of breaking down musical traditions to find a sound of your own.

In part two, ‘Freedom & Structure’, Ingar discusses his return to Norway and the development of his practice in experimental music and free improvisation. Through his long term collaborations with musicians, including guitarist Ivar Grydeland and improvising quartet Dans les arbres, Ingar has tried to find new ways to structure this music. In the following episode, this thread continues into a discussion of how to find a ‘group sound’ in these contexts. 

Join us on Wednesday for part three of this masterclass, where Ingar discusses how his improvising ensembles have developed their distinctive aural identities. To learn more about Ingar, please visit his website.


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