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18.06.17

World Premiere: Concerto for Violin and Strings

Ai-Ling Chiu and Ålesund Chamber Soloists, conducted by Lars-Thomas Holm made a very successful premiere of my violin concerto on Ålesund Chamber Music Festival.

05-09.06.17

Recording sessions for the album: Wowen Brass Works

Recording session for my new album with brass chamber music on label 2L in Jar kirke outside Oslo with musicians from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra: Jonas Haltia, Axel Sjöstedt and Brynjar Kolbergsrud (trumpet), Jan-Olav Martinsen (horn), Thorbjørn Lønmo (trombone), Frode Amundsen (tuba).

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Photo: Morten Lindberg, 2L

01.05.17

New Commission from Uranienborg Vokalensemble

Grammy nominated Uranienborg Vokalensemble and their conductor Elisabeth Holte have commissioned a new choral piece SATB based on a Norwegian psalm for their new album to be recorded by 2L.

10.04.17

Concerto for Violin and Strings

The brand new Concerto is to be performed by soloist Ai-Ling Chiu and Ålesund Chamber Soloists at the Ålesund Chamber Music Festival in west coast Norway on 18th June 2017 in beautiful Ålesund Church.

15.03.17

New Commission for choir SSA

The Norwegian female choir Bærum Pikekor has commissioned a new work to be performed in 2018.

15.02.17

Nominated to Musikkforleggerprisen

My choral work «Oak and Mayfly» is nominated to Musikkforleggerprisen (Music Publisher Prize) in the category of Classical/Contemporary music. Score available here.

09.09.16

World Premiere of Kortmesse langt borte frå

My new work for soloists, choir and orchestra will be premiered 30.10.2016 in Fagerboerg Church, Oslo by chamber choir Ensemble 96 and musicians from Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Allegria and The Norwegian Soloists Choir. Nina T. Karlsen will conduct the premiere. The work is a comment to the mass ordinario and will be performed in junction with Haydn’s Nelson Mass. The lyrics of my works are gathered from the norwegian poet Paal Helge Haugen’s poem «Missa Brevis» and Danish Catholic song masses from late 19th century. My work is about faith, no faith, and a longing for something to believe in.

15.06.16

New York premiere of Xenophobian Melomania

Ensemble mise-en commissioned a work for flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, contrabass and piano which will be performed on June 24 during the mise-en music festival. See program here. I will also be giving a composer talk on the 23rd.

02.05.16

Violin Concerto

Ålesund Chamber Music Festival has commissioned a new concerto for solo violinist Ai-Ling Chiu and Ålesund Chamber Strings. To be premiered in June 2017. The commission is supported by Det norske komponistfond.

01.05.16

New work for choir and orchestra

Ensemble 96 and conductor Nina T. Karlsen have commissioned a new work for choir and chamber orchestra. This will be a response to Haydn’s Nelson Mass. Both works will be performed in October 2016 in Oslo. The commission is supported by Arts Council Norway.

26.04.16

Disputation

I completed my PhD degree today with a disputation on my thesis Panoramic Constraints: A Study of Johan Svendsen’s Musical Sketches and Exercises at the University of Oslo. Opponents were Professor Daniel Grimley (Oxford University), Associate Professor Owe Ander (Stockholm University) and Professor Hallgjerd Aksnes (University of Oslo).

03.03.16

Nomination

I am nominated to the Norwegian Music Publisher’s Prize in the category «Break through of the year».

31.01.16

Oak and Mayfly released with video

Schola Cantorum, conducted by Tone Bianca Dahl, recorded by 2L, video by Frigge Fri

22.01.16

Mise-en Music Festival 2016 in New York

I have been selected to compose a new work for flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, contrabass and piano for the mise-en music festival in New York in June 2016.

24.12.15

Datarock: The Musical

with orchestral arrangements by Christophersen. Released on vinyl.

01.11.15

Sentimental Pebbles, version for brass band is published on Norsk Musikforlag

14.10.15

New work for Berit Norbakken Solset (soprano) and Geir Davidsen (euphonium and electronics)

I have been granted a scholarship fro Komponistenes vederlagsfond to compose a new work for these wonderful musicians.

26.03.15

Bræen (The Glacier) premiere

My performance version of the sketches for Johan Svendsen’s third Icelandic melody for string orchestra is premiered in the Levinsalen, Norwegian Academy of Music at 18:00

21.03.15

Oak and Mayfly recorded by Schola Cantorum on 2L

The 6 part a cappella work Oak and Mayfly is recorded Uranienborg kirke by Schola Cantorum and Tone Bianca Dahl for 2L and producer Morten Lindberg.

15.03.15

Oak and Mayfly performed by Schola Cantorum

The 6 part a cappella work Oak and Mayfly is performed by Schola Cantorum and Tone Bianca Dahl in Majorstuen kirke at 16.00

11.11.14

A Just-Finishing Candle, new performance 23.11.14

A Just-Finishing Candle will be performed by Ensemble 96, conducted by Nina T. Karlsen at Ridehuset, Akershus Fortres on 23.11.14.

Listen to Schola Cantorums recording here.

22.08.14

New Choral Piece based on a H.C.Andersen fairytale

My latest a cappella work called Oak and Mayfly is commissioned by Schola Cantorum will be premiered on the choir’s 50th Anniversary Concert on the 14th November 2014 at 19.00 in the University of Oslo Aula.

04.06.14

Oslofilharmoniens sommerkonsert

Oslo filharmoniske orkester og Eli Kristin Hanssveen framfører to Prøysen-sanger  jeg har arrangert til deres sommerkonsert på Myraløkka 15.6 2014

Konserten kan sees her . Mine bidrag mellom 27 og 37 minutter.

04.06.14

Fafafa med Datarock og gigakoret

Datarock held a concert with a choir of 400 children during the Bergen International Festival 2014 with my choral arrangements

30.08.13

Datarock the Musical

The Norwegian band Datarock and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra will premiere Datarock The Musical September 6th in the new concert hall in Stavanger. I have arranged all the songs for orchestra. This will be a crazy meeting between a rock band and vigorous Hollywoodian orchestral sound.

20.09.12

The Lapse of Time

On commission from Ensemble Dali and conductor Eirik Sørborg I have composed a large-scaled work for two soloists, choir, orchestra and electro acoustics. It will be premiered 2. and 3. November 2013 in Kristiansund and Ålesund. The project is supported by Arts Council Norway.

The work is based on Charles Darwin: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859). For a long time I have filtered a number of passages that I find both beautiful and important to the understanding of evolution. The core of this work is the beauty of human knowledge through natural science.

More details will follow.

25.01.12

Flaska som hylte på alt mulig

Hvorfor heter «tenke» «tenke»? Hvorfor kan ikke «tenke» hete «hyle»? Denne forestillingen er basert på Trond Brænnes bok Fru Andersen har hump i halen og hadde premiere i 2011. I uke 9 drar den på turné i Hedmark som avsluttes 4. mars på Hamar teater kl. 14.00. Hillevi Skalmerud Larson og Trine Nyhus  Lørum har skrevet manus, og sammen med Solveig Lagos Andersen spiller de alle rollene. Jeg har forsynt forestillingen med pussige og muntre sanger.

02.09.11

Haugtussa – ei vandring i Veslemøy sitt rike

1. – 4. september spilles denne forestillingen ute i landskapet ved Arne Garborgs dikterbolig i Knudaheio. Jeg skrev musikken til en oppsetning på samme sted i 2008. Årets versjon er en videreutvikling av dette.

Musikken består av både elektroniske lydkulisser og sanger akkompagnert av strykekvartett og horn. Jeg bruker også flere av Griegs Haugtussa sanger i ny drakt og nytt arrangement.

Regi: Hallgjerd Byrkjeland, Koreograf: Siri Dybwik. Medvirkende: Rita Heigre, Sigve Bøe, Gerd Elin Birkeland, lokalt kor, dansere fra Universitetet i Stavanger o.a.

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Se bilder fra forestillingen:

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11.02.11

Johan Svendsen: Unfinished symphony: Performance version

Jeg har bearbeidet deler av skissematerialet til en symfoni av Johan Svendsen som vil bli urfremført under en festkonsert i anledning 100-årsminnet for hans død med Bergen filharmoniske orkester og dirigent Bjarte Engeset 9. og 10. februar 2011.

Johan Svendsen (1840–1911) was probably the most important contributor to a symphonic  tradition in Norway in the second half of the 19th century. His works, including two notable symphonies, were performed regularly during his lifetime. Several sources have claimed that  Svendsen worked on a third symphony, but it may seem that he was un-able to complete the work as his compositional activity waned in the 1880s. However, a famous anecdote would have it that his wife, in a fit of jealousy, burned the completed manuscript. In 2007, conductor Bjarte Engeset identified sketches for a cyclic symphonic work by Svendsen. I have elaborated and arranged parts of the material for a celebratory concert marking the centenary of Svendsen’s death. A performable version, so to speak, of the sketches, to my mind throws new light not only on an unfinished or lost symphony but may also be a valuable contribution to understanding artistic development, as this material demonstrates a more dramatic musical language than most of his earlier works.

05.10.10

Recitatives for Orchestra

Orkesterverket Recitatives ble urfremført av Kristiansand Symfoniorkester og Rolf Gupta på deres Tysklandsturné 30.9 (Kristiansand) og 4.10 (Duisburg). Verket er bestilt av KSO. Her er noen hyggelige tilbakemeldinger

..dieses brillante Orchesterstück…. Schöpfung und Nachschöpfung schienen hier aus den gleichen glasklaren Quellen zu kommen. (Ingo Hoddick, Rheinische Post, 6.10.10)

Ein kontrastreiches Variationswerk mit einer, dem Titel gemäß, unmittelbar ansprechenden rhetorischen Kraft und einer belebenden Klangvielfalt. (Pedro Obiera, NRZ, 6.10.10)