1B1 (Jan Bjøranger)
As a performer in the field of classical music it is easy to fall under the spell of the past, but this is not the case for the young and innovative Norwegian string ensemble 1B1. The group was founded in 2008 by visionary violinist and artistic leader Jan Bjøranger and assembled from a pool of outstanding professional and student musicians from southwestern Norway, each marked-out by a desire to learn, a willingness to experiment and a passion for music in general.
1B1 is actively expanding the the repertoire and possibilities in classical music, rather than following a rule book of earlier generations. From its first public performance in 2008, 1B1’s hallmarks were audible: a tight, smooth sound with a dash of fizz and a noticeable sense of rhythm, of groove. Taking the lead from rock, jazz and world musicians, the ensemble removes music stands wherever possible, eliminating the barrier between performers and fans. This is the kind of attitude that led it to a Norwegian Grammy for their Holberg Variations album, as well as collaborative efforts with composers and musicians like Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Clemens Hagen,Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and others.
As a professor and head of the string department at the University of Stavanger, Jan Bjøranger occupies a prominent position among Norwegian musicians and pursues a very active career as a performing artist. The joint focus on progressive tutorial and innovative performance is at the heart of Bjøranger’s engagement with 1B1 and has turned a predominantly student-based string orchestra into one of the freshest classical acts around.