The contemporary composer and radio voice («Hear and Now», BBC3) Alwynne Pritchard moved to Bergen (Norway) last year, after she became director of the music festival Borealis. This year's festival opening was held at the local racetrack, and must be one of all time's best visited concerts of contemporary music. She herself plays improvised music in the percussion-heavy band Fat Battery, and has also issued several cds of her own music. On Invisible Cities (2002) she tries out different combinations of instruments, sounds and silence, together with texts from a.o. Isaac Newton's Principia, Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, Heiner Müller and the spanish instruction manual for her food processor (!). Pritchard's music is playful, touching and mystical at the same time, and gives the listener a feeling of time- and weightlessness. Her tabla-dominated and more dance-oriented record Subterfuge Invitro (2005) is also highly recommended. This is a collaboration with the indian Kuljit Bhamra. The two musicians here once and for all puts Kipling's words to shame. East can meet west, especially when the music is as beautiful, summer cool and ethereal as it is here. And how she can sing! A very loose, noisy and rhythm-heavy interpretation of Gershwin's Summertime feels like a pure bonus, even if it plays the heads off Coco Rosie and Björk in its inventiveness.