A meeting between French actor and artist Francois Monnet and Danish composer Nicky Bendix, resulted in the creation of a spoken word album, based on the French translation of the poems of legendary Norwegian poet Olav Hauge. Francois Monnet lived for ten years in Norway and has published the book ”Nord Profond” in France - a collection of poems by Olav Hauge translated into French.
Meeting in Nicky Bendix's studio in Denmark, the two artists layed the foundation for the CD and recorded Francois Monnet reciting the poems. Nicky Bendix has since been sculpting the music and sounds around the poems, creating a contemporary soundscape with a classical touch, mixed with sounds from the Scandinavian nature and electronic instruments.
An extra feature is guest artist Miriam Monnet Kielberg, violinist, composer and daughter of Francois Monnet. Miriam studies folk music at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Odense, Denmark. She contributes to the album with one of her original compositions, her singing and her virtuos violin playing.
Contributing to the ablum is also the wonderfull Canadian singer Sora who lends her magical, cetic inspired voice to the title track and the postlude.
At Art Sanctuary 2013 a selection of Olav Hauge poems from this collaboration will be presented, in connection with some of Francois Monnets other artworks.
released August 16, 2014
Recitation and translation: Francois Monnet
Singer on titte track and postlude: Sora (Andrea de Jong)
Composer, violinist and singer on "Polar Sol", "Étendues lumineuses": Miriam Monnet Kielberg
Producer, sound designer, composer and musician on all other track: Nicky Bendix