Lemur @ The Cramb Residency  

Published: 26 April 2024

Norwegian quartet, LEMUR, return to Glasgow to lead this year's Cramb Residency, in conjunction with Nordic Music Days.

Norwegian quartet, LEMUR, return to Glasgow to lead this year's Cramb Residency, in conjunction with Nordic Music Days.

During their time at the University from the 8-9 May 2024 , they will perform in the University Chapel on Wednesday 8 May at 6pm and host an open workshop and discussion on Thursday 9 May.

On Wednesday 8 May, they will perform twice - joining the end of Kevin Bowyer's organ recital (6pm) before, after a short break, their own set at 7.30pm. These events are free and open to all.

On the afternoon of Thursday 9 May, they will take over the music building at 14 University Gardens for a discussion of their work at 2pm [in the Club Room], followed by a short break and some site-specific workshops in different parts of the building [3pm-6pm]. As with the concerts, these are free and open to all.




LEMUR, made up of Michael Francis Duch (bass), Hild Sofie Tafjord (horn), Lene Grenager (cello) and Bjørnar Habbestad (flutes) have worked together in various combinations and with a range of collaborators (ranging from pianists John Tilbury and Sten Sandell to the Caput Ensemble and Icelandic Symphony Orchestra) since 2006.

Describing themselves as 'a sonic organism that transforms, blends and breaks the boundaries of their instruments and the art of quartet playing' they work across experimental and contemporary music, jazz and classical.

Their most recent album, 'Critical Bands', which was recorded with more than fifty musicians in various locations in Norway, Denmark and Iceland, was nominated in the Contemporary Classical category in the prestigious Spellemann Prisen, Norway's major music awards show.

The quartet have numerous connections with Glasgow, having first performed with the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra (GIO) in 2014 and at the University Chapel in 2016. Just before the first COVID lockdown they played at the CCA with AMOR, one of the outcomes of which was the collaborative recording, AMOR/LEMUR ep, released on Night School Records in 2021.

They will return later in 2024 as part of Nordic Music Days -a festival presenting Nordic (and Scottish) contemporary music and sound between 30 October - 3 November.

The Cramb Residency

Over a 100 years old, the Cramb Residency is a series of lectures, talks, workshops and performances funded by a bequest to the University from the estate of Susannah Cramb.

It has hosted a range of composers, musicians, critics and composers including Gustav Holst, Aaron Copland, Thea Musgrave, Susan McClary and most recently, in 2022, Maggie Nicols.





First published: 26 April 2024