Friday 06 Oct


Cory Mythe (piano)


With a truly unique voice and wide musical scope, New York based pianist and composer Cory Smythe has proven to be one of the most interesting and versatile musicians around in both classical music, avant garde jazz and contemporary music. We know him from his prestigious collaborations, such as the Grammy-winning duo with violin virtuoso Hillary Hahn, his participation in multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey's groups, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) and in close collaboration with interdisciplinary composers such as Anthony Braxton and Zosha Di Castri. Over the past few years, he has also released more of his own projects where he explores thoroughly composed forms that also open up for improvisation in complex structures in a universe where his electro-acoustic microtonal piano is at the center. These records feature guest musicians such as Ingrid Laubrock, Peter Evans, Sofia Jernberg, Tomeka Reid and Steve Lehman. Cory also did a commissioned work with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra in 2019 at Kamfest in Trondheim. Earlier this year, he collaborated with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra during the Only Connect festival. During this year’s Fri resonans he will play solo piano. A format in which he truly flourishes, as demonstrated on the albums «A U T O TROPHS» (2017) and «Pluripotent» (2011). 

(Photo: Moritz Bichler)

Venue: Dokkhuset Scene


Cansu Tanrıkulu (voice)

Lucy Railton (cello)


This duo makes a very special premier at this year´s Fri resonans festival. They met during various collisions and happy accidents in Berlin where they both currently live and are active contributors to the vibrant experimental music scene. Heard alongside names such as Kit Downes, Nick Dunston, William Parker, Carol McGonnell and Marc Ribot they are known internationally as side women and leaders in a range of projects. As a duo they create an attentive space for both of their backgrounds and artistic priorities, shaping up an aesthetic somewhere between free improv, noise and contemporary classical.

(Photo, Cansu Tanrıkulu: Dovile Sermokas)
(Photo, Lucy Railton: Cristina Marx)

Venue: Dokkhuset Scene


Anja Lauvdal (piano)

Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson (double bass)

Hans Hulbækmo (drums)

Rolf-Erik Nystrøm (saxophones)


Moskus is a central act on the Norwegian jazzscene. They have been a working band since their first album came out in 2012. Since then, they have made five more albums, including their most recent release “Papirfuglen” (2022). Unpredictability and an open attitude towards music making is key elements to describe Moskus. Through the years they have collaborated with several guest musicians like Nils Økland, Mari Kvien Brunvoll and Stein Urheim. This autumn they are on tour with saxophonist Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, a central figure in Norwegian contemporary music and improvisational music.

(Photo: Christian Winther)

Venue: Dokkhuset Scene

Saturday 07 Oct

NTNU forskningskonsert: Christopher A. Williams


The research project “(Musical) Improvisation and Ethics”, led by Christopher A. Williams (University of Music and Performing Arts Graz), anthropologist Caroline Gatt (University of Graz) and philosopher Joshua Bergamin (University of Vienna) collaborates with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. In a weeklong workshop, the artists will dig deep into the ethical aspects of playing together and compose a concert program collectively around their discoveries, ending in conversations and a concert at Dokkhuset as part of Fri resonans. This research concert is in collaboration with NTNU and is part of their series of research concerts. Join us for conversations about ethics and music with academic guests from NTNU and musicians from Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, in addition to the research team. Moderator Michael Duch (Department of Music, NTNU). Free entrance. 


(Photo: Karin Lernbeiss)

Venue: Dokkhuset Scene


Kristin Bolstad (voice/electronics/effects)

Zoe Efstathiou (piano/effects)


Habitat is a duo consisting of Kristin Bolstad (voice/electronics/effects) and Zoe Efstathiou (piano/effects). They explore sounds of different habitats and soundscapes in nature, both with composed musical material and through improvisation. With extended vocal techniques, electronics, different objects and prepared piano, the duo takes you on a journey through nature, landscapes, caves and forests, where your imagination gently come to life. This concert is curated in collaboration with nyMusikk Trondheim.

(Photo: Tijs Ham)

Venue: Dokkhuset Scene


Ben LaMar Gay (cornet/voice)

Will Faber (guitar)

Matt Davis (sousaphone)

Tommaso Moretti (drums)


American cornetist, composer and singer Ben LaMar Gay is one of the most interesting figures on Chicago's exuberantly experimental music scene. His fragmented electro-acoustic sound collages organically filter time, place, colors and nuances through experimental jazz, funk, hip-hop and Brazilian rhythms into his concept of “Pan-Americana”. He is a member of AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), and has collaborated with, among others, Theaster Gates, Nicole Mitchell, Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society, Jaimie Branch, Makaya McCraven and Circuit des Yeux. Ben LaMar Gay Ensemble consist of Will Faber (guitar/vocals), Matt Davis (sousaphone/vocals), Tommaso Moretti (drums) and Ben LaMar Gay (cornet/synthesizer/vocals)

(Photo: Alejandro Ayala)

Venue: Dokkhuset Scene


Isach Skeidsvoll (piano/compositions)

Martin Mellem (drums)

Anders Hjemmen (double bass)

Amund Nordstrøm (percussion)

Aksel Øverås Røed (baritone saxophone)

Espen Songstad (tenor saxophone)

Peder Skeidsvoll (trumpet)

Lauritz Skeidsvoll (soprano saxophone)


Isach Skeidsvoll is a new and exciting figure on the Norwegian jazzscene. He originally comes from the village of Kleive in Romsdalen, but currently lives in Bergen where he is a key figure on the local music scene. He can be heard in numerous different bands, but to Fri resonans he will bring his own octet. The music is clearly inspired by sixties and seventies free jazz, but strongly colored by Skeidsvoll's unique signature and energy. The band consists of several young and exciting musicians on the Norwegian jazz scene

(Photo: Andréa Louise Horstad)

Venue: Dokkhuset Scene

Sunday 08 Oct


Christopher A. Williams (double bass)

Eira Bjørnstad Foss (violin)

Amalie Dahl (alto saxophone)

Klaus Ellerhusen Holm (clarinet)

Jenny Frøysa (baritone saxophone)

Bjørn Marius Hegge (double bass)

Kyrre Laastad (drums/percussion)

Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø (trombone)

Joakim Rainer Petersen (piano)

Amund Storløkken Aase (vibraphone)


Trondheim Jazz Orchestra meets composer-contrabassist-researcher Christopher A. Williams in a grand musical and intellectual experiment. A series of seven meetings including Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and the Berlin-based Splitter Orchester is the public heart of the research project “(Musical) Improvisation and Ethics”, led by anthropologist Caroline Gatt (University of Graz), philosopher Joshua Bergamin (University of Vienna), and Williams (University of Music and Performing Arts Graz). In a weeklong workshop, the artists will dig deep into the ethical aspects of playing together and compose a concert program collectively around their discoveries. 

(Photo: Thomas Martius)

Venue: Dokkhuset Scene



Fri resonans 2023

Very exited to present the complete program for the 2023 edition of the Fri resonans festival. Cory Smythe, Cansu Tanrikulu & Lucy Railton, Moskus & Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, Habitat (Kristin Bolstad/Zoe Efstathiou)Ben LaMar Gay Ensemble, Isach Skeidsvoll octet and Trondheim Jazzorkester & Christopher A. Williams. Dokkhuset Scene in Trondheim // October 6th - 8th. Hope to see you there!



Thanks to everyone who attended this year's edition of Fri resonans. Amazing weekend packed with great music! Next years festival will take place on October 6th - 8th at Dokkhuset Scene. Welcome back!


Fri resonans 2022

We´re proud to present our complete program for the 2022 edition of the Fri resonans festival, including Deerhoof, Czajka & Puchacz, Kalman, Naaljos Ljom, Liz Kosack, Tomas Järmyr, Peter Knudsen, Brandon Lopez, Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey. Dokkhuset Scene in Trondheim on September 30th and October 1st. Hope to see you there!


Deerhoof to Fri resonans

Deerhoof will play this years Fri resonans festival taking place Friday September 30th and Saturday October 1st at Dokkhuset Scene in Trondheim. Few bands have been as defining in modern rock music as Deerhoof and we're proud to present them in Trondheim for the first time. 


Thanks for attending this year´s festival

Thanks to everyone who attended this year's edition of Fri resonans. Two amazing days packed with music, dance and great atmosphere! Next years festival will take place on September 30th and October 1st. Welcome back!



Fri resonans is an alternative music festival in Trondheim, Norway. The festival was founded in 2005 and the objective is to create increased enthusiasm, acceptance and understanding of alternative musical expressions. In 2023, the festival will take place on October 6th - 8th at Dokkhuset Scene. The festival is organized and curated by the musicians Tollef Østvang, Peder Overvik Stuberg and Joakim Rainer Petersen.

Fri resonans is supported by: Arts Council Norway, Trondheim Kommune, Midtnorsk Jazzsenter, Trøndelag Fylkeskommune, Norsk Jazzforum, nyMusikk Trondheim, NTNU and Dokkhuset Scene.