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 three, ‘Musical Exchanges – Finding a Group Sound’, Ingar discusses his work with the improvising ensembles Dans les arbres and Huntsville. How do you know when you’ve found something valuable as a group, and how can you go deeper into the sonic possibilities? In this episode Ingar discusses some of the ways these ensembles have found their distinctive sound identities.

Join us on Friday for the final part of this masterclass, where we’ll take a closer look at both Ingar’s solo projects and his work as a composer. To learn more about Ingar, please visit his website.


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