Promising 2019

2019 kicked off with performance of Rotation 1 and Rotation 2 for brass quartet in New York, as part of Composers Concordance and Project 142 Brass Motion concert at the DIMenna Center 31st of Jauary. Performed by Manhattan Brass Quintet with dancers!


Premiere of "Fading TIme : Concerto for Violin and Strings" at Halvorsen Musikkfest, Drammen 20th of March. The Concerto is commissioned by Birgitte Stærnes, performed by Birgitte Stærnes with Telemark Chamber Orchestra conducted by Helge Kjekshus.


Premiere of "Imprints", for Septura Brass Septet in Detmold, Germany in October. "Imprints" is a three movement work commissioned by Septura Brass Septet.




Concerts with The Progression Ensemble Oslo in September, including works by NYC composers Gene Pritsker, Peter Jarvis and Debra Kaye.


New works for cellist Michael G Ronstadt (US), to be performed at several concerts in Cincinatti and other cities.


New stage production with Fakta Morgana : Marius Kolbenstvedt, Ingebjørg Torgersen and Skjelbred. Title "Minefelt" (Minefield).

Upcoming projects and performances

'#63 Ayin Nun Vav' for chorus September 24, Shea Auditorium, William Paterson University NYC as part of Composers Concordance project Chorus 72 :


In October the newly established trio 'The Progression Ensemble Oslo' will perform "The Thin Line" and "As the Wind Behaves" along with pieces by US composers Gene Pritsker, David Rothenberg and Christopher Cook. The ensemble consists of Thomas Kjekstad (guitar), Tove M. Erikstad (cello) and Andreas Angell (accordion). More info and dates will follow.


October 13 as part of the grand opening of the Mid-Hudson Museum of Contemporary Art in Peekskill, The Progression Ensemble with Shawn Lawson will premiere 'Before it Falls Apart' for accordion and guitar. They will also perform 'The Thin Line' and 'As the Wind Behaves' along with pieces by Gene Pritsker, Dale Hoagland, Peter Jarvis, David Rothenberg and others.


The Finnish AVANTI! ensemble performs "Wave-Chains" for sinfonietta at the Nordic Music Days in Helsinki, November 9 at Tempeliaukio church, conducted by Anna-Maria Helsing.


At Hamar Domkirke November 19 the faboulous Vertavo String Quartet premieres my string quartet 'Fallen Angels' along with pieces by Karl-Henning Lundby.


In December, the extraordinary vocal ensemble Nordic Voices goes on their annual Christmas Tour, this year to churches in both Norway and Germany. As part of the programme they wil do a new arrangement by yours truly on the old song 'Det hev ei rose sprunge'.


The British brass septet Septura will premiere my new piece 'Imprints' some time in 2019. 'Imprints' was commissioned by Septura.


Project : new solo work for accordion, to be premiered in US by Rocco Jerry in 2019, in Norway by Andreas Angell.


Project : new hybrid musical theathre production with Fakta Morgana - Marius Kolbenstvedt and Ingebjørg Torgersen. Title 'Minefelt' ('Minefield')


Norwegian Premiere of Quintet for Flutes

Norwegian flute quintet 5 på Tvers (5 Across) gives the Norwegian premiere of "Quintet for Flutes" Friday April 20 19:30 at Caféteateret in Oslo. 5 på Tvers teams up with actor Line Verndal for the occasion, and she will read poetry by Inger Hagerup along works by Skjelbred, Malone, Mendelssohn and Albert. Tickets and info here:

"Quintet for Flutes" are available at Norsk Musikkforlag:

Upcoming 2018 - performances and commissions

2018 looks good so far. Two exciting commissions and several performances is coming up, and more to come later in the year. The UK based fantastic brass septet Septura has commissioned a large work to be premiered primo 2019, as part of their ongoing concert series. Norwegian percussion trio SISU celebrates their 25th year in 2018, and has commissioned a new piece. First movement, "Liquid World : Crystalline" will be premiered at Moss Church March 2nd, as part of the VinterRiss Festival. Nordic Voices released the CD "The Bee Madrigals" late 2017, to several entusiasthic rewiews in Norway and Germany. The album is also shortlisted for the best choral recording of the year in the independent Schallplatten Kritikerpreis. Available at most digital services and physical.

Upcoming performances:

- The chamber ensemble Stillae gives two performances of "Suppose, Although" for voice and guitar - 2/2 at Bidrobon Concert Series in Oslo and 4/2 at Skur 2, NyMusikk Stavanger.

- Roy Henning Snyen performs "5 preludes for Guitar" at Kopervik Kulturhus 3/2.

- First movement of new trio for SISU Percussion Trio - Moss Church 2/3, together with pieces by Rolf Wallin, Rob Waring and Åse Hedstrøm.

- Flute Quintet "5 på Tvers" (5 Across) gives the Norwegian premiere of "Quintet for Flutes" at Caféteateret in Oslo 20/4, in collaboration with actor Line Verndal.

- The Progression Ensemble gives the premiere of new trio "The Thin Line" for accordion, guitar and cello as part of their April tour of NY and NYState. Several new pieces composed  by american composers for the ensemble is also on the program. The tour ends with concert at Spectrum NYC, as part of the Composers Concordance Art of Sound Festival.



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