Performances despite the pandemic!
Despite the pandemic, concerts are happening in Norway. Within the limits of 200 max audience, several orchestras and ensembles continue to give concerts. In November, The Progression Ensemble Oslo will give two concerts: HøstRiss festival arranged by NyMusikk Østfold in Fredrikstad Nov 6, and Mikaels Church in Oslo Nov 8. Works by Magnar Åm, Kari Beate Tandberg, Ginto Mizuki (US), Dagfinn Koch and Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred. As The Wind Behaves, Lockdown Miniatures #2, #3 and #4.
December 6th, accordionist Andreas Angell will give a solo concert at Mikaels Church in Oslo, with works by several composers (dead and alive) including the world premiere of my piece "Reveal|Conceal", composed to Andreas and Rocco Jerry.
Next year (hopefully) : Premiere of Lockdown Miniatures $2b Viola and #5 Piano by Karoline Vik Hegge and Finn Magnus Fjell Hjelland, "En Følsom Tid" (A Time Of Sensitivity) for choir and 2 vibraphones by Volda Vokal, "Mirror Systems" for Donkey Jam / Lucy Riley and new pianotrio composed for Ars Nova Trio/Birgitte Stærnes. "Vox terra"(solo Cello) and new cello / piano duo "Anima|Persona" composed to Michael G. Ronstadt (US).
Lockdown Miniatures : ongoing and expanding project
About one month ago (April-20) I started composing a series of small pieces for solo instruments, a project that turned out to be a big one! The response from the musicians involved in the beginning were extremely positive, so I decided to expand from 2-4 pieces to 12-15! The musicians decide whether they want to just record or make a video, in the format they prefer or have equipment to. All miniatures has some similarities in musical material, but also differences relating to characteristics of the instrument itself. I will post the links to each video in this article, and add the new ones as they appear.
Lockdown Miniature #1 Alto Sax - Joshua Thomas: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002250850430
Lockdown Miniature #2 Cello - Tove Margrethe Erikstad :
Lockdown Miniature #2b Viola - Karoline Vik Hegge :
Lockdown Miniature #3 Electric Guitar - Stefan Östersjö : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jhNLXpw8NI&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0Ipan6qXP0d9KwcG2MEXfaDRc_m1V7NpQvvj9QUiQ72GuS3XGRu-hPNl8
Lockdown Miniature #3 Acoustic Guitar - Ole Martion Huser-Olsen :
Lockdown Miniature #4 Accordion - Andreas Angell :
2020 - a different year
Projects & Performances 2020 includes
"En Følsom Tid" ("A Time of Sensitivity") performance by Volda Vokal March - postponed
"Vox Terra" - solo cello composed to Michael Gilbert Ronstadt, April - postponed
"Anima | Persona" - cello and piano composed to Michael Gilbert Ronstadt, Fall - postponed
"Crystals" - Sunnmøre Kammermusikkfestival - September - postponed to 2021
"Mirror Systems I-V" for alto/soprano sax, viola and piano, commissioned by Donkey Jam for Donkey Jam (Karoline Vik Hegge & Finn Magnus Fjell Helland) and Lucy Jessica Riley, to be premiered in 2020 - hopefully not postponed
"Minefelt" ("Minefield") - new hybrid music theathre stage production with Fakta Morgana and Juliana Venter - November at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo - hopefully not postponed
Ongoing : new trio for violin, cello and piano, commissioned by Birgitte Stærnes, to be premiered 2020/2021
Oslo Jazzfestival, Progression Ensemble Oslo and Septura
August 18th: Nordic Voices and Nils Petter Molvær performs at Grønland Church as part of Oslo Jazz Festival. The program contains two Bee Madrigals: I was no Alien and Still in Silence. https://oslojazz.no/artist/nils-petter-molvaer-nordic-voices/
The Progression Ensemble Oslo gives two concerts in August in collaboration with NyMusikk Innlandet, 28th at Friscena Gjøvik and 29th Hamar Teater. The program contains "The Thin Line" and "As the Wind Behaves" along with pieces by Gene Pritsker, Peter Jarvis, Debra Kaye, Christopher Cook and David Rothenberg. Check put some of the pieces here: https://vimeo.com/user91613148
The British brass septet Septura premieres my new work "Imprints", at Detmold Hochschule in Germany October 8th. "Imprints" are commissioned by Septura. They will also perform the piece at the Carinthian Music Academy in Ossiach, Austria on October 11th. More info here: http://septura.org/whats-on/