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Tue, 2012-07-10 12:50
"Rondo Arabesque". I wrote it during my stay as an artist in residence at Sjøbygda Kunstnarhus right after I performed at its Sjøbygda Festival in 2011 in Trondheim, Norway. Sjøbygda Kunstnarhus used to be an old elementary school, "Eggaodden Skole", built in the late 19th century. And I tell you, some of the pupils from the 19th century were still there. Doing all sorts of pranks while I was working. Quite fun, but also a bit scary. The old school is located in the middle of nowhere in the deep forests of Trondheim, near a big lake. I was too scared to sleep there at nights, so I drove into the town center after work, then drove back into the old school again in the morning and started working. The opening theme, "the ghost theme", was given to me by the pupils from the 19th century. As if they were guideing my fingers in the direction they wanted. Very wierd feeling. After I finished the rest of the piece, the pranks stopped. The recording is from my atelier, Café de Concert, in Oslo. I recorded it with my iPhone. For some reason the file got a bit dammaged...looks a bit spooky to me. Probaly the pupils at it again...So I decided to upload the file anyway. The x-file.
Fri, 2012-07-06 12:38
Photos by Frøydis Asp Ormåsen @ "Ringside" Café de Concert. Photo of me in article: Trond Andersen @ Gleason´s Gym, Brooklyn. Just a regular workout at my atelier.....First some virtuoso licks, some hooks and upper cuts in some of my new compositions. Speaking of compositions and its composers - Rachmaninov and Prokofiev can easily knock you out in round 1. Poulenc and Ravel will make your skin feel like kashmir. Classical music as you have never experienced before. "Aksel Kolstad flips your reality". I rest my case. Read the article here (in Norwegian).I´m geting a little fight club-feeling @ Café de Concert. Kinda like it :D Come out and play with me?
Tue, 2012-07-03 15:29
How can I ever forget the super cool concert I did at the Estonian Concert Hall in Tallinn in October 2010 few days after my Carnegie Hall debut in NYC. It was with the help from a lot of wonderful friends in Tallinn that I was able to fill up the concert hall with a craaaaazy program, I tell you that my friend! Multimedia show, counter tenor singing, story telling, ballet dancing...ah - the glorious days of my youth, haha! In the middle of the concert I performed my Fashion Preludes and models from the legendary Beatrice Agency did a catwalk coreography I wrote for them which also consisted of two elements: eating different fruit on stage, while I stopped playing for a while, and also kissing me on the cheek while I was playing. I SO will NEVER forget the reactions in the audience! The models were great! And the design - as you can see...mindblowing. Made with silk and designed and handpainted by my dearest friend Svetlana Puzorjova. A genious when it comes to design and thinking out of the box!! Here are some more wonderful photos from one of my favourite concerts so far in my career!Models from the legendary agency of the legendary Beatrice Fenice, nr 2 from the right.
Fri, 2012-06-29 14:46
Caeer higlight performing Schubert at the big Body Shop Concert Toilet-event today at Café de Concert!! Unforgettable!! "Today The Body Shop and Aksel Kolstad presented The Body Shop Concert Toilet for the public and the press at Café de Concert today at 2 pm. Kolstad performed Schubert from inside the toilet - probably for the first time in history - with the audience inside and outside the toilet listening and at the same time enjoying The Body Shop odeur from Body Shop´s showroom / concert toilet."
Sun, 2012-06-24 16:37
All photos: Bente Bakke Strings of Norway, with the finest and coolest stringplayers in Norway, concert master Jonas Båtstrand. Conducting this fantastic gang was as big of a kick for me as it was a kick for the audience, I believe. Strings of Norway has emerged from the Café de Concert concept and it is about to change everything you thought ever could represent a chamber orchestra! After figthing the bad weather during the sound check on St.Hans-evening in Oslo yesterday, I showed the audience at Tjuvholmen that the Chopin Raindrop prelude was finally over and that the sun was about to make the music sparkle! The audience came out from their hideouts.... ...and Strings of Norway got set on fire by Grieg, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovskij!Also performing with Strings of Norway yesterday was Kristine Hjulstad and her "Magical Theater" accompanied by excerpts from Mozart´s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Great fun for kids AND adults! The Program in detail consisted of Grieg´s Prelude and Rigaudon from the Holberg Suite, 1st and last movement from Mozarts Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 3rd movement from Mendelssohns "little" violin concerto (with Båtstrand as the soloist and also leading the orchestra), and the waltz and the finale from Tchaikovskij´s String Serenade. And that sort of lit the traditional St.Hansaften-fire on the water right after the concert!After the outdoor concert the orchestra and friends had a little party at Café de Concert!!Sigurd Slåttebrekk, my professor from when I was studying at The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, also came both to the concert and the afterparty with his wife and also their amazeing son Ole Johannes, a great ballet-talent who did a revers summersalut and made the crowd to crazy at the party!! It was a great evening!  
Tue, 2012-06-19 08:47
After a couple of super hectic days, today I choose to chill out!
Sat, 2012-06-09 16:02
Interview with the legendary Sima Tsyskin at Radio SBS Melbourne. With me is also pianist and artistic director of Cappuccino Concerts, Irina Vasileva-Thoo, who organized my first (amazing) Australia-tour May 25th-June 7th 2012. Interview in English And guess what, with the amazing help of Sima, I dubbed my self in Russian :) Very proud! Interview in Russian Interview in French with Jean Ducasse
Tue, 2012-06-05 03:02
Irina Vasileva-Thoo is doing such a good job promoting me in Australia! Right after the Mozart concert in Perth, she spontaniously said: "Aksel - we´re going to Melbourne!" And few hours later, we did. And what got out if it? Two major interviews at the legendary SBS Radio. One in French with Journalist and producer Jean-Noel Ducasse and one in Russian/English with the famous Sima Tsyskin. That was great fun! Will post the interviews asap, think they will be launched this week sometime! Got to see BMW´s awsome concert venue, BMW Edge, right next to SBS. Something tells me I might be showing off here sometime soon!! Australian pianist and composer Percey Grainger, hangin´ around at the National Australian Acedemy of Music, gave me a good idea yesterday. Grainger was Grieg´s most beloved student and artist. He also performed Grieg´s a minor piano concerto like nobody else. Time to give Australia back something in return. Thinking about writing a piano concerto using some of Grainger´s themes and to premier it in Australia. What do you think, Percey? One day left in here in Melbourne, then back to Perth for a day, then heading back home to the mortherland!  
Tue, 2012-06-05 02:37
Over 100 kids had outsmarted their parents and obviously told them that they were very keen on going to the Grove library in Perth to ready about Mozart. Well then...this time the history books came alive and Mozart kicked it with his brand new converse! Had a great time performing for the Perthians. Many thanx to Alex Miller for a great introduction - as allways! (Mozart photos by Cappucino Concerts) And then the child in me just couldn´t resist...I HAD to go to the West Australian Aquarium! Besides I had promised Igor, also on facebook, to say hi to his former gang in the Perthian neighbourhood! Got some fantastic images to show you when I come home, Igor!! Here are some of them... Charlie still got the blues for Eliza!Bubba says hi!Ramirez and Pueblo told me you still owe them some serious cash, dude...!!
Fri, 2012-06-01 20:05
Mullaloo Beach, Perth - top notch!! "Zany Kolstad engaging and surreal" - pretty good that too!!!! Check out my first Australien review by Neville Cohn online here. Had a great day today with my very good mate Scotty Clay!! We took a stroll in King´s Park! Awsome!!

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