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 #1b Clarinet - Roger Arve Vigulf : https://vimeo.com/414475778

Lockdown Miniature #2 Cello - Michael G. Ronstadt : https://vimeo.com/415838172

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


"Still in Silence" Nordic Voices at Hardanger Musikkfest - cancelled


"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/

Nordic Voices, Ensemble Ernst and New York

The excellent Norwegian a capella group Nordic Voices will perform three of The Bee Madrigals in France on May 17th (the Norwegian National Day) at the festival De la Voix in Chateauroux. They will perform together with saxophone player Jean-Marc Larché, who will improvise over two of the madrigals. Exciting! The three madrigals to be performed are I´m no Alien, Spring Without Voices and Still in Silence. Listen at all streaming sevices!


The Norwegian sinfonietta Ensemble Ernst will give a performance of "Wave-Chains" on May 25th, at Nynorskens Hus in Osloalong with pieces by Lanza and Zivkovic. Conductor will be Thomas Rimul. FB-event  Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/composer-bj-rn-skjelbred/wave-chains


My duo "Before it Falls Apart" for guitar and accordion will be performed by Gene Pritsker and William Schimmel at The Jim Kempner Fine Art Gallery in NYC on the 23rd of June, as part of the Composers Concordance concert "Words & Music". Pritsker goes electric, and wil perform the piece on electric guitar (!). Info: https://composersconcordance.wixsite.com/2018-19-season/concerts



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