CONCERTS / BOOKING
April 2013: ECM
will release The Antonioni Project with the new title
March 2013: In connection with the Edvard
Munch jubilee, KB is touring with his concert lecture The Story
Of Edvard Munch and gets six stars in the newspaper Varden.
Fredrik Nordahl writes that the concert and the lecture are
March 2013: Premiere of Otto Homlung’s new
play Tvillingsjeler about Gunvor Hofmo and Ruth Maier for
Riksteatret, starring Marit Østbye, Silje Storstein and Janne
Heltberg. Ketil Bjørnstad writes the music for solo piano.
Winter/Spring/Summer 2013: KB on tour: Løten
12 January (solo piano), Sørum 29/30 January (solo piano)
Stavanger, Fjaler, Meløy, Sandnessjøen, Mosjøen and Fredrikstad,
26 February-3 March (solo piano). Lillestrøm and Os 7-8 March
(solo piano). Skien 14 March (solo piano). Bodø 20 March (with
Svante Henryson), Bodø 21 March (solo piano), Voss 22 March
(with Kari Bremnes). Lørenskog 9 April (solo piano) Fredrikstad
(solo piano) 13 April. Oslo, The Ibsen Museum, 14 April (solo
piano). Oslo domkirke/Cathedral 20 April (Soloppgang/Sunrise
with Munch koret, Solveig Andsnes, a.o.) Sandvika, Bergen,
Stavanger, Balestrand, Notodden 8-12 May (with Kari Bremnes).
Trondheim/Byneset 14 May (with Randi Stene), Tallin 23 May (solo
piano), Copenhagen 25 May (solo piano), Moss 1 June (with Kari
Bremnes), Leipzig 14 June (solo piano), Åsgårdsstrand 22 June
(with Kari Bremnes Band), Harstad 24 June (with Kari Bremnes
Band) Risør Chamber Music Festival 28-30 June (solo piano),
Skåtøy 14 July (with Anneli Drecker), The Barony, Rosendal, 18
July (solo piano), Grimstad , The Hamsun Days, 8 August (solo
piano). Oslo, Pianothon, 23 August (solo piano), Bjørkelangen 31
August (with Tore Brunborg and Jon Christensen).
October 2012: KB’s producer Manfred Eicher (ECM)
has decided to release The Antonioni Project in March
2013. The Edvard Munch cantata Soloppgang will be
released by ECM in October the same year. A Passion for John
Donne will be released by ECM in March 2014.
2012: KB on tour: Hønefoss, Pettersens Kolonial 30 May (solo
piano and cd recording), Tallinn 2 June (solo piano), Bekkelaget
kirke 10 June (Soloppgang with Nordstrand Musikkselskaps kor),
Melbu 7 June (solo piano), Nyksund brygge 8 June (solo piano),
The Barony Rosendal 21 July (solo piano), Canal Street Festival,
Arendal 24 July (with Kari Bremnes), Ystad 2 August (with Terje
Rypdal), Warszawa 31 August (with Tore Brunborg & Jon
Christensen), Kolbotn (Kolben) 18 September (with Ole Paus),
Moster Amfi 23 September (solo piano), Røros Literary Festival
28, 29 September (solo piano and reading), Istanbul 11 October (with
Terje Rypdal), Lørenskog 19 October (with Ole Paus), Haugesund
27 October (solo piano), Grue 4 November (with Ole Paus), Gjøvik
15 November (solo piano), Moscow 30 November (literary
April 2012: ECM will release the
double album Songs From The Alder Thicket. KB’s publishing
house Aschehoug will at the same time release the three novels
about Aksel Vinding in one volume. The music on the ECM-cd is
closely related to the books.
February 2012: KB and Oslo Kammerkor
have reached agreement on a cd-recording of Soloppgang in
Rainbow Studio with the original musicians and the singer Kari
Bremnes in April 2012. The cd will be released in 2013, during
the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Edvard Munch’s
December 2011/January 2012: KB
writes A Passion for John Donne for the Oslo
International Church Music Festival. It will be performed in
Sofienberg Kirke in Oslo on 16 March 2012. The concert will also
be recorded for a possible cd-release in the future. KB
collaborates with Oslo Kammerkor, conductor Håkon Nystedt and
percussionist Birger Mistereggen. Håkon Kornstad both sings and
12 November 2011: First performance
of Soloppgang, with text by Edvard Munch and music by KB
at the Universitetets Aula, in front of Munch’s famous painting.
The concert was totally sold out and many people didn’t get
tickets. New performances and a cd-recording are being
Riksteateret’s re-production of the huge success “Undset”, with
Ellen Horn as Sigrid Undset. KB writes the music.
19 October 2011: First performance
of the musical Amanda fra Haugesund at Haugesund Teater.
KB’s music to Birgit Amalie Nielssen’s play, casting Solveig
Andsnæs, Jørgen Langhelle, Linn Løvvik and Jon Eikemo, a. o.
1 October 2011: KB plays outdoor
solo piano for more than 12.000 people at the Jarasum
International Jazz Festival outside Seoul, Korea. He also
records a solo piano live concert for Korean television.
Autumn 2011/Winter 2012: KB on tour:
Nyksund Brygge 6 August (solo piano), Fredrikstad 1 September
(solo piano), Asker 18 September (with Tore Brunborg & Jon
Christensen), Trondheim 22 September (solo piano), Korea 30
September-1 October (Television concert and Jarasum
International Jazz Festival – solo piano), Köln 11 October (with
Svante Henryson), Haugesund 27 October (solo piano), Neuwied
(with Terje Rypdal) 4 November, Karmøy (with Ole Paus) 6
november, Mjøndalen 10 November (solo piano), Oslo 12 November
(First performance of Soloppgang at the Universitetets
Aula, under the “The Sun”-picture of Edvard Munch), Gjøvik 16
November (solo piano), Oslo (with Kari Bremnes) 22 November,
Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen, Frankfurt 23-27 November (Lesung-tour).
2012: Kongsberg 18 January (solo piano), Oslo, Torshov 19 & 26
January (solo piano), Langenau 11 February (solo piano), Oslo 16
March (First performance of A Passion for John Donne,
with Håkon Kornstad (sax), Birger Mistereggen (percussion) and
Oslo Kammerkor, conducted by Håkon Nystedt – Oslo International
Church Music Festival), Lørenskog 12 April (with Kari Bremnes), Oslo 5 May (with Ole Paus at the
National Library), Rosendal Barony 21 July (solo piano), Arendal
25 July (with Kari Bremnes).
July 2011: KB completes Soloppgang
(Sunrise), a cantata written on the texts by Edvard Munch for
Nordstrand Musikkselskaps Kor, conducted by Egil Fossum. The
cantata will be performed at Universitetets Aula, Oslo, Saturday
12 November 2011, with Kari Bremnes (vocal), Aage Kvalbein
(cello), Matias Bjørnstad (sax) and Bjørn Kjellemyr (double
May 2011: KBs three solo recitals at the
Spoleto Festival in U.S. is a huge success.
In Charleston City Newspaper T.
Ballard Lesemann writes that KB gives the piano ”a special sonic
treatment”, also writing that his technique was terrific, and
“at times, it sounded like three pianists playing
simultaneously”. The critic also praised the “gorgeous, refined
moments of tenderness”. In The Post And Courier, Jack
McCray writes that KB kept the “growing tradition” after Dave
Brubeck and Horace Silver, a.o., intact: “His execution was
flawless. He created moods that were at once delightful and
profound.” He compared KB with Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and
Charles Lloyd, “bringing fresh treatments to classic
2011: KB on tour: Engø Gård 8 April (solo piano), Lyngør Fyr 7
May (solo piano), Mai-Jazz Stavanger 13 May (with Tore Brunborg
& Jon Christensen), Spoleto Festival, Charleston, USA 29-31 May
(solo piano), Lørenskog kulturhus 3 June & Junikveld
Børli/Eidskog 5 June (both with Lill Lindfors), Sunndal 21 June
(with Terje Rypdal & Ole Paus), Elba, Italy 7 July (with Svante
Henryson), Skåtøy 14 July & Engø 17 July (both with Kari
Bremnes), The Barony Rosendal 29 July (with Ole Paus).
May 2011: KB
gives 3 solo-concerts at the American Spoleto Festival in
Charleston, South Carolina, 29-30 May. (Cathedral church of St.
Luke and St. Paul.)
2011: KB on tour: Kalkmølla, Bærum 10 February (with Jon
Christensen and Tore Brunborg), Haugesund 11 February (with Kari
Bremnes), Kolbotn (Kolben) 29 March and Hov i Land 30 March (both
with Kari Bremnes).
KB visits the Hay Cartagena Festival in Colombia Saturday 29
January (solo piano and author-interview).
November/December 2010: KB on tour: Berlin 3 November (Lesung).
Oberursel 4 November (Lesung with Moritz Stoepel). Fürth 6
November (Lesung). Nittedal 21 November (solo piano), Hamar 2
December (solo piano). Vilnius 14 December (solo piano).
Autumn 2010: KB on tour: Berlin 6 September
(presenting the German version of Damen i Dalen – Die Frau im
Tal). Nordhausen 7 September (Lesung), Köln 8 September
(solo piano. St. Mauritius Kirche). Sortland 15, Lørenskog 16,
Ørsta 17 Stryn 18 and Sandvika 25 September (all with Lill
Lindfors.) Tønsberg 25 September (Lecture about Oda Krohg).
Madrid 27 September (presenting the Spanish version of To
Music). Kvinesdal 29 September (solo piano). Frankfurt
Book-Fair, 6-8 October (presenting Die Frau im Tal).
Eidsvoll 16. October (solo piano). Moster 24 October (solo
piano). Notodden 26 October (solo piano). Neuwied 29 October
July 2010: KB and his powerful ensemble (Shepard,
Lechner, Mazur, Aarset, Andersen) got standing ovations after
their performance of The Antonioni Project at Molde Int.
Jazzfestival. The reviews gave unison praise to the musicians,
and in a huge and detailed review in All About Jazz,
John Kelman wrote about “the feeling of having been there
... in this very specific place, at this very particular point
in time.” The concert was recorded for ECM, and Kelman wrote
that the recording “will, no doubt, be a terrific one – perhaps,
even, the best recording of Bjørnstad’s career.”
July 2010: John Kelman from All About Jazz
visits Norway’s most famous jazz-festivals, and after KB and
Svante Henryson’s concert at Kongsberg Jazzfestival, where the
duo for the first time presented music from their upcoming
Night Song-album (ECM, January 2011), he wrote that it was
“a show that was largely gentle, occationally majestic and
always elegant ... Nearing 60, Bjørnstad continues at a pace
that would put many younger musicians to shame ... Henryson’s
understated passion created a dramatic undercurrent to Bjørnstad
that made their performance a trancendent experience.”
Summer 2010: KB gives several
concerts. Lillehammer Litteraturfestival 27 May (with Kari
Bremnes), Hay Festival, Wales, 29 May (solo piano), Bergen
Nattjazz 2 June (with Kari Bremnes), Reine Festival, Lofoten, 4
June (solo piano), Vestfold Festspillene, Åsgårdstrand, 6 June
(solo piano) and the day after (with Kari Bremnes). Rosendal
Barony 19 June (with Lill Lindfors), Tjuvholmen, Oslo, 20 June (with
Lill Lindfors), Sunndal 22 June (with Lill Lindfors),
Hochneunkirchen, Austria, 25 June (solo piano), Kongsberg Int.
Jazzfestival 8 July (with cellist Svante Henryson), Dovre 12
July (solo piano), Molde Int. Jazzfestival 21 July (Commisioned
work, The Antonioni-project). Augsburg 4 August (with Tore
Brunborg and Jon Christensen). Hamsun-dagene, Hamarøy, 6 August
(solo piano) and Oslo Jazzfestival, 21 August (night-concert
with Tore Brunborg and Jon Christensen in Oslo Domkirke).
Spring 2010: KB will give a few concerts in Norway, Germany,
England, France and Korea. He also writes on a new novel.
4 December 2009: KB performs Grace with Anneli Drecker in
St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London. He also performs at The
Norwegian Seamen’s Church the day after. 17 December he performs
with the Norwegian poet Ove Røsbak in Lillehammer.
Autumn 2009: KB visits Germany 16 (Langenau), 17 (Ecquinox Music
Festival, Köln) and 18 September (Münster), playing both solo
piano and with Arild Andersen and Alex Riel (Köln). He will
perform in Sarpsborg with Ole Paus 24 September. 14 and 15
October KB will visit “Lettres du Monde” in Bordeaux, France,
and 17 October he gives a concert with Terje Rypdal at the
Istanbul Jazz-festival, Turkey. He gives two concerts in
Haugesund, Norway 23/24 October, one solo-recital in Purcell
Room, London, 27 October, Sandefjord 29 October, Larvik (With
Ole Paus) 3th November, Koblenz, Neuwied and Fürth (Germany)
5th, 6th and 7th November. Asker (Norway) with Randi Stene and
Lars Anders Tomter 11 November. Solo-piano in Hamm (Germany) 19
November. Moster, Horten, Asker and Lillestrøm with Lill
Lindfors, November/December 2009.
Friday 13 March 2009 KB will attend the
Leipzig Bookfair, in Blüthner Klavierschule. He will read from
the novel Der Fluss and also play solo piano. The day
before, he gives a solo-concert at Schloss Landestrost outside
Hannover. He is also performing with Anneli Drecker
and Lill Lindfors on different concerts in
Norway this spring. He will visit
in April (Frankfurt 22, Oberursel 23,
together with Moritz Stoepel, and Innsbruck
25), playing solo-piano.
6 March 2009 the third novel about Aksel
Vinding, Damen I Dalen is published in
by Aschehoug. The publishing house also invites to a release
concert in Store Studio, NRK, with KORK (The Norwegian Radio
Orchestra) Friday 20 March, presenting music from the trilogy.
Jie Zhang will play Chopin and Ravel, Gunilla Süssmann will play
Debussy, Beethoven and Rachmaninov. Christian Eggen is the
conductor. He will also play Mozart. KB will read and tell from
the books. Both radio and television will record the concert.
Sunday 28 June 2009
KB has been asked to compose the commissioned work for the
Vestfold Festspillene 2009.
The oratorium “Hvalenes Sang” (“Song of the Whales) will be
performed at Oseberg Kulturhus, Tønsberg with Anneli Drecker,
Svante Henryson, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Rune Arnesen, Bjørn Meyer
Charles, Sven Persson and Sjøbodkoret with Arne Næss, together
with the composer and two actors from Teater Ibsen.
17 November 2008
Ketil Bjørnstad presents a reading from his forthcoming novel
"To Music" (Maia Press 2009) and a solo piano performance at
Kings Place, during London Jazz Festival.
17 November 2008
Ketil Bjørnstad presents a reading from his forthcoming novel
"To Music" (Maia Press 2009) and a solo piano performance at
Kings Place, during London Jazz Festival.
KB is touring all over Norway (mostly solo piano). He will also
visit several German cities (Köln, Frankfurt, Ludwigshafen and
Oldenburg a. o.). He will play with Terje Rypdal in Porto,
Portugal, 26 October 2008. During the London International Jazz
festival, 17 November 2008, he presents a reading from his
forthcoming novel “To Music” (“Til Musikken”) and solo piano
performance at Kings Place, the iconic new creative centre in
25 May – 6 July 2008
KB will perform his suite "The Light - Songs of Love and Fear"
with Randi Stene and Lars Anders Tomter at the "Les signes parmi
nous - Musik von ECM"-festival at Schloss Elmau, Sunday 25 May
The trio also gave a cd-release concert at Logen, during the
Bergen International Festival on Wednesday 21 May 2008 and
performed the suite at Randi Stenes own festival "Sommersang",
at Ringve Museum, Trondheim, Friday 13 June, at the Barony in
Rosendal 4 July, and at Verdens Ende outside Tønsberg (early
morning open air concert) Sunday 6 July 2008.
KB was touring solo-piano and also visited Germany for a "Lesung"-tour
KB gave numerous solo piano-concerts in Norway
30 November 2007,
Ketil Bjørnstad played with Arild Andersen and Alex Riel in
16 November 2007
KB and Wolfgang Puschnig played in London at the London
International Jazz Festival.
24 July 2007
Canal Street Jazz & Blues-festival in Arendal, asked Ketil
Bjørnstad to write a new piece for the 2007-festival.
"Coastlines" is performed with KB on piano and Lill Lindfors
(vocal), Nora Taksdal (viola), Svein Dag Hauge (guitars), Arild
Andersen (double bass) & Alex Riel (drums).
day after KB gave an open- air concert with Terje Rypdal
(guitar) and Paolo Vinaccia (drums).
KB was given the honour of opening the Molde International Jazz
Festival with a specially written prologue, reflecting on the
power of improvised music and the energy of the city during the
21 July 2007
Together with Terje Rypdal, Ketil Bjørnstad played the last
concert at the Molde International Jazz Festival. Rypdal is
Artist of Residence and they gave a duo-concert at the Molde
Ketil Bjørnstad toured in Norway with Terje Rypdal, visiting the
following places: Modum Bad (7), Kolben Kulturhus, Kolbotn (8),
Huset Brandbu (9), Ullensaker Jessheim (10), Oseberg Kulturhus,
Tønsberg (13), Grong Kulturhus (14), Mo i Rana (15), Tysværtunet
14 February 2007.
Ketil Bjørnstad gave a concert with his trio (Arild Andersen,
bass. Alex Riel, drums) in Nürnberg
18 December 2006
With guitarist Terje Rypdal, Ketil Bjørnstad toured Shetland,
Gütersloh, Krefeld, Innsbruck, Vienna and Schwäbish-Gmünd before
Christmas. Ketil Bjørnstad also gave solo piano-concerts at the
Schwäbish Hall, Mandal, Berlin (silent movie Terje Vigen)
and Arendal, and performed Grace with Anneli Drecker in
Istanbul in the same period. He also gave a gala-concert with
the Swedish singer Lill Lindfors in Stockholm.
November and December 2006
Ketil Bjørnstad toured with Terje Rypdal in Europe
KB gave solo-piano concerts in Åsgårdstrand and at the Barony in
Rosendal in June. He also performed Grace with Anneli
Drecker at the Fjellfestivalen in Åndalsnes and at the Canal
Street-festival in Arendal in July. He gave a trio-concert in
Bodø during the Nordland Musikkfestuke in August. The same month
he also performed Kildens Bredd together with Ole Paus in
22 March 2006
After Ketil Bjørnstad’s concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in
London, John Fordham, The Guardian called the music "exquisite"
and wrote that "Seafarer's Song" had "a gripping eloquence". And
after the concert in Edinburgh the day before, Rob Adams from
The Herald wrote that it was "a work of major ambition carried
off with considerable skill”. BBC broadcasted the concert from
18 and 19 May 2006
Ketil Bjørnstad was invited to "Europa der Mutterspracen" in
Salzburg, both as an author and with his trio (Arild Andersen,
30 April 2006
Ketil Bjørnstad was participating together with Randi Stene
(mezzosoprano) in a performance of his "Messe For En Såret Jord"
(KKV) in Sandefjord.
20 to 26 April 2006
Ketil Bjørnstad toured Austria and Germany, in connection with
Suhrkamp/Insel Verlag's release of his latest novel "Vindings
Spiel" ("Til Musikken"). He visited Wien, Berlin, Leipzig,
Rostock, Kiel, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
19 to 25 March 2006
Ketil Bjørnstad toured with CMN (contemporary Music Network)
visiting Gateshead (Sage), Manchester (Royal Northern College
of Music), Edinburgh (Queens Hall), London (Queen Elisabeth
Hall), Bristol (St. Georges), Birmingham (CBSO Centre) and
Southampton (Turner Sims Concert Hall). He presented music from
his albums "Before the light", "Floating" and "Seafarer's Song"
together with Kristin Asbjørnsen (vocal), Eivind Aarset
(guitar), Arild Andersen (double-bass), Svante Henryson (cello)
and Alex Riel (drums). Andy Sheppard (saxophone) is "Special
11 March 2006
Ketil Bjørnstad gave a duo-concert with the Swedish singer Lill
Lindfors in Ålesund
12 to 17 February 2006
Ketil Bjørnstad toured with Palle Danielson & Alex Riel in
Germany visiting Regensburg, Neunkirchen, Heidelberg, Darmstadt,
Frankfurt & München.
9 February 2006
Ketil Bjørnstad gave a solo piano recital in the new Culture
House in Arendal.
KETIL BJØRNSTAD is collaborating both with Kjell Kalleklev
Management and Bremme-Hohensee in Germany about touring in other
countries. A.O. Innsbruck and Marburg.
29 October 2005
KETIL BJØRNSTAD played with Terje Rypdal in Cork, Ireland,.
29 September 2005
KETIL BJØRNSTAD played in Nürnberg with the Norwegian
singer Kari Bremnes and had a reading in Nürnberg Litteraturhaus
the day before.
KETIL BJØRNSTAD gave a duo-concert with the Swedish cellist
Svante Henryson at the Bath Festival.
KETIL BJØRNSTAD played with Terje Rypdal in Warsaw.
KETIL BJØRNSTAD was The Arts Council’s "Contemporary Music
Network-artist" in England.
KETIL BJØRNSTAD used the same studio and instrument for his
trio-recording for Emarcy/Universal. The album was released in
the autumn 2005.
KETIL BJØRNSTAD gave a concert with Anneli Drecker (Grace) on
to 22 January 2005
KETIL BJØRNSTAD played and read from his latest novel in
Germany, "Villa Europa" (Insel/Suhrkamp) in Rostock, Frankfurt
KETIL BJØRNSTAD was in Hamburg choosing a new Steinway Grand
(model D) for the new Rainbow Studio in Oslo, together with
sound-engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug.