Norway’s most unique rock phenomenon, Motorpsycho, comes to Olav’s Festival and Byscenen with a commissioned work inspired by Håkon Gullvåg’s paintings.
The premiere will be during Olav’s Festival and the work will then be performed on Saturday 10 August, the last day of the Øya Festival.
Motorpsycho used Håkon Gullvåg’s art for the first time in their album The Tower (2017), which was a moral-ethical statement, strongly influenced by the presidential election in the USA. Collaboration with Gullvåg continues in the group’s next album, The Crucible, to be released in February 2019.
Continuing the partnership, Motorpsycho will write music especially for Olav’s Festival and Øya Festival. Although an autonomous work, it will constitute part of the cycle which is visually characterised by Gullvåg’s paintings. The combination of Motorpsycho and Gullvåg’s aesthetics has proved to be a perfect match.
As is already known, Håkon Gullvåg’s 60th anniversary will be marked by a number of exhibitions during Olav’s Festival 2019. So in addition, there will be the premiere of a commissioned work based on precisely Gullvåg’s visual universe.
Motorpsycho continually move in and out of musical comfort zones, combining the experimental with the catchy, the unexpected with explicit references from the history of rock – while at the same time remaining first and foremost themselves.
Motorpsycho were also comissioned to write Konsert for folk flest (Concert for ordinary folk) for St. Olav Festival in 2014, where the text was from Johan Harstad’s Manifest for folk flest. Subsequent LP/CD, DVD and book received very good reviews.
The concerts during Olav’s and Øya Festival feature Motorpsycho with friends since the work requires a larger band. Lars Horntveth as well as other well-known musicians will be part of the project.