JØKoToUR is an idea born from the collaboration with urban development architects in the Future Built group. Musicians travel constantly and questions around sustainability and culture travels are not high on the agenda on the professional scene. Looking at Co2 emissions by just one flight Oslo Rome compared to the same emissions from train travel, one feels the urge to awaken our consciousness about the carbon footprints of concert performances worldwide.
Jøkleba has a history of combining musical exploration with dynamic conceptual ideas and will on this tour bring a visual world of sustainable future architecture and urbanism. The tours in 2012 investigated the implementation of improvised visual scenography, sound imagery and a visual production of architectonic elements, which now forms the basis of the concept for the ecotour in 2014
At the conference “FutureBuilt2013”, dedicated to architecture and sustainable urban development , Jøkleba premiered the performance concept “Jøkotour” which is a synthesis of sound, space and environmental thinking. In a scenography of live visuals based on architectural project drawings, the trio works in soundscapes of extended simulated spaces.
The tour starts in Bodø in north of Norway, goes all the way to Istanbul, returning via France to UK and by boat back to Norway.
All transport related to the concerts will utilize transport means with zero or ultra low Co2 emissions. This means that whichever venue is reachable by (electric) train will be preferred . Other destinations will be reached by use of electric cars or – buses. Concerts that are not reachable by other means than flights or petrol based transport, will not be considered.
At various venues the concerts will be followed by exhibits from of the architecture conference as well as sessions of talks and workshops, if this is of interest.
We also want to experience and document how this thinking influence our way of working , touring , organizing our professional activities, and even investigate if there is a direct influence on the music itself. This website will contain blogs and reports starting from 1 January and continuing until 31 December.
“The best way to predict the future, is to design it.” Buckminster Fuller
Invited by the Oslo Jazz festival, Jøkleba has joined the celebration of John Coltrane´s “A love supreme” recording. We have invited the vocal group Oslo 14 with 20 international young vocalists from the scene in Oslo, supervised by Elin Rosseland. Diving back into Coltrane´s music in preparation for this event, we are struck by the similarities between Moroccan Gnawa music and the simple, powerful structures of the recording. Both are celebrations of a spiritual creative force, both are based on simple pentatone scales and patterns, but expanding into myriads of variations, both are heavily bass-riff oriented , and both use music as a vehicle to enlightment.
Concert in Aulaen in Oslo, under the monumental paintings of Edvard Munch. 11 august at 18 hrs.