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.

Upcoming performances and new CD!

Sunday September 24 at Sentralen, Oslo: premiere of "Different Rooms" for orchestra and band, written to Oslo Musikk- og Kulturskole. http://www.oslokulturskole.no/no/fagtilbud/musikk/tverk17.aspx


"Preludes for Guitar" at Southern Vermont College( US), October 7. The Progression Ensemble: Eric Despard and Rocco A Jerry.


Premiere of "Orfeus" for choir and 2 vibraphones at Vålerenga Kirke, Oslo, October 29. The first of two works based on poems by Rune Christiansen, from his book "En Følsom Tid" ("A time of sensitivity"). Le Voci with conductor Sigurd Engesnes.

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"The Bee Madrigals" performed by Nordic Voices with featured artist Nils Petter Molvær on new CD. Release September 29 on Aurora (Grappa). https://platekompaniet.no/cd/skjelbred-the-bee-madrigals/


Norwegian premiere of "Quintet for Flutes" November 11, Caféteateret Oslo. Commissioned and performed by "5 på Tvers" ("5 Across"). http://5patvers.wixsite.com/5patvers/concerts

Summer premieres and performances: Risør, Europe, Barrat Due and US

This summer holds several premieres and performances: Eirik Raude and Tom Ottar Andreassen will give a performance of "Still Waters..." for marimba and bass flute at the opening concert at Risør Chamber Music Festival 28/6, more info at


Nordic Voices gives several performances of "Still in Silence" (from "The Bee Madrigals") across Europe, some of them with trumpetplayer Nils Petter Molvaer. Finland, Estland, Austria and Germany are on the tour list.

Iris Maidre Aarvik and Malin Rosa Mertens performs "In Ruins" for viola and cello at Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo 14/6 at 18:00. This piece was composed especially for them, and this is their second performance of the piece.

Norwegian flute quintet "5 på Tvers" (5 across) will premiere my new work "Quintet for Flutes" at Norway House, Minnesota 9/8, followed by a second performance at the NFA Flute Convention 13/8. More info here: http://norwayhouse.org/ and here: http://www.nfaonline.org/Annual-Convention/2017/

US Tour April 2017

I will travel to USA in April to join musicians Rocco Jerry, Michael G Ronstadt and Eric Despard for a 7 concert tour in Vermont, Massachussetts and NY State. The Fire and Ice Tour will feature works by composers Magnar Åm, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, Conrad Kehn (US) and myself. Three of the works are world premieres and are written especially for the tour: "As the Wind Behaves" (Skjelbred), "Musical Doodles II" (Aagaard-Nilsen) and "Soundtracks for Movies that don´t Exist" (Kehn). In addition to the premieres the program will feature two of my works: "5 Preludes for Guitar" and "ConVergEnce". I will host every concert, and be available for after concert meetings and talks, and a panel discussion after the last concert at the MCLA in Massachussetts. I´m also invited to give a lecture at St. Michaels. Tour program:

April 21 2 PM - McCarthy Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Saint Michaels College Colchester Vermont

April 22 1PM - Troy Public Library, Troy New York

April 22 8PM - Mahaney Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, Middlebury College Vermont

April 23 3:30 PM - Tower Music Series, The Reformed Dutch Church, Poughkeepsie New York

April 23 7 PM - Morton Memorial Library, Rhinecliff New York

April 24 Noon - Everett Theater, Southern Vermont College, Bennington Vermont

April 24 4 PM - Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium, Massachussetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams MA

The tour is sponsored by The American-Scandinavian Foundation Andrew E. and G. Norman Wigeland Fund, Troy Public Library, Music Norway and The Foreign Office. Thanks to Vermont Arts Council for promoting:




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