Essence of North + Mathisen & Bishop live @Sauna Studio Concerts

Blockdammweg 1, 10317 Berlin
Fr, 19.04.2024
Start: 20:00 - 23:30 Uhr

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Essence of North
Gerdur Gunnarsdóttir (violin, viola, voice)
Claudio Puntin (clarinet, bassclarinet, compositions, soundscapes)


Both musicians look back on a remarkable diversity in their musical carreer. They worked with international Orchestras and ensembles like the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Netherlands Ballet Orkestra and many chambermusic ensembles. As improvising and composing musicians they share musical context including artists like: Carla Bley, Fred Frith, Skuli Sverrisson, Sidsel Endresen, Ambiq, Steve Reich, Ricardo Villalobos, Emiliana Torrini, Samuel Rohrer, Martin Fondse, Nils Wogram a.m.o. They created soundtracks to artworks, books, films, exhibitions by: Orhan Pamuk, Goscinny & Sempé, Jane Austen, Alba G. Corral, Anselm Kiefer, Daniel Kehlmann. Their main work consists of solistic participation at international Contemporary-, Arts- Electronic-, Jazz-, and Theater-Festivals.

"Their album has already become an outstanding documentary milestone for ECM."  (

"A stylistically timeless atmosphere of touching validity and compelling effect." (Westdeutsche Zeitung)

"Gunnarsdóttir and Puntin are capable of reducing their material down to its essence, and thus expression and emotion are vastly increased."  (General Anzeiger, Beethovenhaus Bonn)

"This figurative catchiness and enveloping warmth of your poetic miniatures always remains in its naturalness, even in complex structures, similar to a northern light that does not need any explanation in order to experience it.“ (a fan)


Mathisen & Bishop
Svein Rikard Mathisen (guitar, electronics)
John Derek Bishop (live-sampling, electronics)

Norwegian ambient jazz duo consisting of Svein Rikard Mathisen (guitar, electronics) and John Derek Bishop (live-sampling, electronics). The duo released their critically acclaimed debut album "Calm Brutalism" on Curling Legs in 2022, and have since toured in Norway and Germany.
John Derek Bishop has released seven albums on Jazzland Recordings (under the alias Tortusa) and was nominated for Spellemannsprisen (Norwegian Grammy) for «I Know This Place - The Eivind Aarset Collages». He has collaborated and released music with Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset, Nils Petter Molvær, Erland Dahlen, and Jan Bang to name a few. His solo album “Bre” received 4 of 5 stars in Mojo Magazine and Future Music Magazine.
Svein Rikard Mathisen has released three albums, written one commissioned work for the Nattjazz-festival in Bergen and been touring extensively for the last seven years, with his own projects.

start 8pm
Sauna Studio Concerts: An eclectic mix of handmade music somewhere between electronic, jazz and krautrock.


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Sauna Studio GbR
Köpenicker Chaussee 39
10317 Berlin