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

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! https://vimeo.com/user91613148


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 : http://composersconcordance.wixsite.com/2018-19-season/concerts


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')




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