The first Orgelkraft festival is over - thanks to all contributors & to our wonderful audience!
Looking back: One of my main events in 2015 was the premiere of «Eg søv, men hjartet vakar». Ane Dahl Torp and Ensemble Allegria did a wonderful performance at the Bergen International Festival on June 4.
Since 2013 I have been planning a remake of Franz Schubert’s dances for piano. The first result of this work in progress - the Schubert Moment - was performed on April 14 in Oslo.
A very special and rewarding challenge was the commemorative concert for Knut Nystedt on Sept 05 in Oslo. My piece «Knut sine stemmer» involved choir singers on+off stage, string orchestra, quotations from Nystedt’s music and even his own voice, sampled from a TV interview.
A successful collaboration resulted in the premiere of the revised version of Cello Stories, with Marianne Baudouin Lie in the leading part along with the Trondheim soloists, Nov.26.
Solo organ improvisation concerts took place in 2015 in Oslo Cathedral (All Ears Festival) and in Eglise du Saint-Esprit in Paris (to be heard on this Soundcloud page).
The Orgelsjøen (Sea of Organ) concert where Øyvind Rimbereid reads his poems along with the organ family (pipe organ, harmonium, indian harmonium, melodica and slide whistles) was performed in Bergen on Oct 29.
In 2015, Stavanger Concert hall presented 2 editions of Orgelnatt, a genre-crossing format which I now will export to Bodø Cathedral for their Organ Festival on April 23.
For the same April 2016 festival in Bodø, I am working on a new piece for organ, sinfonietta orchestra and carillon.
Also coming up in 2016 is a pedagogical project for young organ players. It involves composing a selection of pieces on different levels, as well as creating a concert with the young organists on all 3 organs of Trondheim Cathedral in August.
A major organ project in 2015 was the performance of Carl Nielsen’s Commotio, with new choreography, Stavanger concert hall Sept 20.
And, one more work in progress - The Bass Machine project, premiered at Orgelnatt in Stavanger concert hall on Oct 16, very promising but still with a potential for development.
Free improvised music with ZAS trio: Per Zanussi, Ståle Liavik Solberg and Nils Henrik Asheim.
"De tre musikerne finner hverandre fra første tone...En forfriskende frijazzinnspilling fra tre musikere jeg håper å høre mer fra i tiden framover" (salt peanuts).
"En forsvarsallianse til beskyttelse og fremme av de frie uttrykkenes bevegelsesmuligheter". (Aftenposten)
I am working on a piece for string orchestra and actor. The text is taken from the Song of Songs. Ane Dahl Torp is the actor. We had a workshop on April 13 with Ensemble Allegria. The concert takes place on June 4 in Bergen, at Festspillene. http://www.fib.no/no/Program/?TLp=961454
Intervju i Stavanger Aftenblad: http://www.aftenbladet.no/kultur/Viljen-til-liv-3687748.html