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Roger Arve Vigulf

Solo Clarinet/Composer(Norway)

c/o Vigulf Musicproduction

Org.nr. 926 426 206

 

 

A brief mention of “Birds never stop Singing”, by Roger Arve Vigulf.

Roger Arve Vigulf has written a rich and sonorous work, where the clarinet is a natural and playful center. It is characterized first and foremost by an organic contrast between a romantic tonal language and a much more contemporary sound image, both handled with great certainty and proper craftsmanship by the composer. A content in loudspeakers with bird chirps settles in a wonderful way as a sound environment at several parts of the piece, where the clarinet forms a natural mediator between the birdsong and the music. The string quartet play is impeccable. It is constantly actively participating and weaves itself in a spatial play between background and foreground, in dialogue with the clarinet.

This is an impressive work, where Vigulf shows what a phenomenal clarinetist he is, through music that also documents that he is a skilled composer.

Bjørn Kruse
Professor Emeritus at the Norwegian Academy of Music 06.07.2021

 

B i o g r a p h y

Roger Arve Vigulf holds a Bachelor Degree in clarinet from the Norwegian Academy of Music, where his teachers were Professor Richard Kjelstrup (clarinet), and Leif Jørgensen and Torkil Bye (chamber music). He continued his studies in clarinet with Lee Morgan in Copenhagen.

Vigulf has been active as a freelance musician since 1989 and parallel to his domestic career he has also been internationally active as a chamber musician and soloist since 2000. He has toured in USA, Lithuania, Ireland, England, Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, with a.o. Soloist with The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra, Calstate University Jazz Orchestra (Los Angeles), in addition to the Vilnius State Quartet, Chordos Quartet, Disobedient Festival Orchestra, Cicada Quartet, and the Hansa String Quartet. He has cooperated with some of the European finest chamber musicians like pianists Håkon Austbø and Einar Henning Smebye,violinists Engegård and Harald Aadland, cellist Mindaugas Backus(Lithuania), violinist Mia Cooper(Irland), conductors like Robertas Servenikas(Lithuania), David Porselijn(Netherland). Vigulf has also performed at Vestfold Festspillene, Farten Valen Dagene, Ultima Festival, Blåfrost Festival, Tyrunevu Summer Festival, Music Autumn and Is Arti.

2008 saw Vigulf featured as soloist of the recording of "4 Concertos" with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Robertas Servenikas. In 2000 MTG production released "Profiles" with Vigulf, Einar Henning Smebye and a string quartet from the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, featuring works by Lasse Eerola, Bjørn Kruse, Edvard Hagerup Bull and James MacMillan. In 2010 he published his first CD as a composer, "Mythologie", recorded in the Mama Studios in Vilnius together with Lithuanian colleagues.

As an orchestral musician he has held engagements with The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Mobile A/S, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Kristiansund Opera/Sinfonietta, and with three of the Norwegian Armed Forces bands.

In addition to his career as a performer, Roger Arve Vigulf is also active as a freelance composer. His music has been performed in major concert halls in Lithuania as well as in Norway, USA, Ireland, England and and Bosnia- Herzegovina. He has received many commissions as composer. In 2001 Vigulf was featured as soloist with Vilnius Quartet in broadcasts aired by the Lithuanian National Radio and TV; media outlets that have also broadcasted his work "7 Disobedient Birds".

Vigulf has received a number of Norwegian grants and scholarships. He is a member of the Norwegian intellectual rights societies TONO and GRAMO and National Federation of Norwegian Musical Artists. Because of his long-term devotion to musical cooperation between Norway and Lithuania, he was one of the official guests at the gala dinner in the Royal Palace during the Lithuanian State Visit in Oslo in april 2011.

Roger Arve Vigulf is a member of the Norwegian Society of Composers(www.komponist.no), the Norwegian Performing Rights Society TONO(www.tono.no) and National Federation of Norwegian Musical Artists and www.ntks.com

In 2020, Roger Arve Vigulf received Fundings from Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Det Norske Komponistfond, Norsk Tonekunstnersamfund and Tono.

In january/february 2021 he received Fundings from Tønsberg Kommune, Vestfold/Telemark Fylkeskommune, The Norwegian Composers Society and in march 2021 from Komponistenes Vederlagsfond.

He is also clarinettist in Ensemble KammerKlang - https://www.ensemblekammerklang.wixsite.com/website 

You find also Roger Arve Vigulf here: https://rogerarvevigulf.instantencore.com and on scoreexchange.com/rogerarvevigulf