Entering 2017, my days are very much filled with studying repertoire and developing new concert programmes. There are festival appearances coming up on the historical instruments of Kongsberg and Røros. Also, there are nice projects in Germany. There are also recording projects. With organ, but also a Kitchen Orchestra project with Roma musicians from Slovakia.
For details on 2017, look here.
Looking back at the past year, I need to specially thank Stavanger Symphony Orchestra for no less than three important collaborations and premieres: Vindskulpturer, Sudden Landscapes and Beethoven-nummeret. Of which Sudden Landscapes by far is the most important for me (My largest work since the children opera The Tempest, of 2014. And a next orchestral big step after Grader av Hvitt, of 2007, also a Stavanger Symphony collaboration).
To be given the responsability to create a new festival on behalf of Stavanger konserthus was certainly a thrill. Orgelkraft filled all the venue three days in a row, April1-3, with activities directly or indirectly connected to the organ.
The Organ Night concept appeared both in Stavanger, with the Obstfelders Orgelnatt in November, and at Bodø Organ Festival in April, where we also saw the premiere of Orgelskipet for carillon, organ and orchestra. A very rewarding experience was the workshop and concert "Pilegrim i Orgelsko" with 10 organ pupils age 8-19 in Trondheim Cathedral, August. Cycles of new compositions from this project have recently been published.
For the interested - more details on last year here.