About the ensemble Currentes
Currentes was founded in 2006 by its artistic director, Jostein Gundersen. Since then, it has performed in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Italy. Currentes´ artistic goal is to explore and create new modes of expression. The ensemble specialises in polyphonic music from the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, but their interest in new forms of expression has led also to collaboration with the composers Eivind Buene, Morten Eide Pedersen, Ruben S. Gjertsen and Alwynne Pritchard. Together with Gjertsen and Pritchard, Currentes is from 2015 to 2018 involved in an artistic research project at the University of Bergen, the Grieg Academy - Department of music. Read about it in English here, or Norwegian here.
The ensemble´s first CD was released in January 2012 on LAWO Classics. It was selected one of the three best CDs of the month in the Italian magazine Ameadeus´ May issue 2013, and runner-up to Medieval CD of the year at www.medieval.org. The second CD was recorded in October 2013 and will be released late 2015.
Currentes is co-founder and partner of Bergen Medieval Music Days www.bmmd.no, a festival that takes place every September.
Jostein Gundersen graduated in 2009 from the Norwegian Programme for Artistic Research (equivalent to an academic PhD), as the first artist with historical music as speciality. Besides his concert activities, Jostein Gundersen teaches at the University of Bergen, Grieg Academy - Institute of Music, and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy" in Leipzig.
Currentes receives ensemble support from Arts Council Norway and City of Bergen, and has through the years been generously funded by Fund for performing artists and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.