Since its founding in 1978 by the Concert Band Association of Baden-Württemberg, the Landesblasorchester Baden-Württemberg (Wind Orchestra Baden-Württemberg, LBO) has presented itself as one of the most successful symphonic bands in Germany. It consists of 80 musicians and the band comes together for four intensive weekends to rehearse for its upcoming concert programme. Numerous international prizes and CD productions attest to the enduring excellence of the band.
Among LBO ́s most recent successes was its first prize in gold with distinction in the Concert Division at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade (2005, NL). In 2011, the band also won the 2nd International Symphonic Band Competition in Berlin.
At a young age conductor Björn Bus began as percussionist before taking up the trombone. He studied the trombone at the music conservatories of Maastricht and Aachen. He studied conducting with Alex Schillings and Jan Cober at the music conservatories of Groningen and Maastricht in the Netherlands. In 2011, he received a master’s degree with honours.
At the World Music Contest in Kerkrade (2009, NL), he won the bronze baton, conducting the Marinierskapel der Koninklijke Marine (Dutch Marine Wind Band). Currently, Bus conducts many orchestras in the Netherlands and the professional wind ensemble Helicon. Bus became the LBO’s musical director in 2014.
Each orchestra will play a programme of 45 - 60 minutes, including the test piece “Cerebral Vortex”. This composition was written by Øyvind Moe. He composed this for Musikkforeningen Nidarholm for their participation in the World Music Contest in Kerkrade (2009, NL). The composition is published by Norsk Noteservice.
The title refers to a form of writer’s block caused not by lack of ideas, but rather by the inability to channel and give form to the madness swirling inside the head of someone with a great desire
to express something. In this respect, the piece can be said to be a composer’s exercise in keeping focus. A limited amount of material is repeated and treated creating a development that always has a solid anchor point. This is emphasized by the return to the opening theme towards the end.
Moe’s musical background lies in the bands of his home town of Bergen, Norway. He studied composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where his teachers included Bjørn Kruse, Henrik Hellstenius, Lasse Thoresen, Asbjørn Schaathun, and Olav Anton Thommesen. He also studied musicology and music technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), as well as software development at the Bergen University College.As a performer, he has many years of experience playing the saxophone in several of Norway’s leading amateur wind orchestras.
Geregistreerd tijdens ECWO European Championship for Wind Orchestras May 20 – 21, 2016
In The Great Hall of TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, the Netherlands door Mirasound Media Services.