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Thu, 2012-05-31 12:47
This fantastic guy, Bruce Livett, runs this fantastic place - The Zebra Rock Gallery At this wonderful workshop resort , stones and rocks from hundreds of millions of years are beeing reborn in an artistic atmosphere through sculpture, paintings, music and other art genres. Bruce him self even tunes the wonderful concert grand Yamaha. He is an amazing guy. A retired academic actually, with a knowledge of molecular sience that would blow away most experts. He is an adventurer! And my new friend!And he´s got some very gifted people working with him, Gary Johnston, for example! A little more about the Zebra Rock: The totally unique Zebra Rock has been placed at 600 million years in the upper Proterozoic era or Pre - Cambrian period. The only known deposits in the world have been discovered in the East Kimberly region of western Australia. It consists of a fine grained siliceous argilite (indurated siltstone or claystone) with rythemic patterns of red bands or spots contrasting sharply with a lighter back ground. It is not known how the regular paterns were formed but the red stripes are coloured ferric (iron) oxied. Geologists have investigate Zebra Rock without producing any valid explanation of its´origin. The rocks unsurpassed natural beauty typifies the colour and spirit of Australia. One small step for mankind... ...one giant Nikey foot-print in Miramar National Park, Kununurra. "I will be back...."  
Thu, 2012-05-31 04:30
In the jungle!! Hi, guys! Just a short note from me - now in transit in Broom, on my way to Perth from Kununurra. I had a fantastic time here, will tell you more about it later!! Concert was full at the Zebra Rock Gallery and the paradise gave me a new kick to life! Can´t wait to tell you more about Bruce Livett and his fabulous crew who are running this awsome place!And yeah - true to tradition, the audience got to touch my head, lol! Ops, gate closing, gotta run, c ya mate...!!!
Mon, 2012-05-28 11:16
Packed with people at my first performance in Australia! Great fun! Thank you so much, Irina Vasileva-Thoo, for makeing this possible!! So I had just landed at 1 am in the morning on the 27th of May, then got picked up by Irina´s wonderful parents, got a good russian midnight snack and then hit the pillow hard after spending one and a half day up in the skies! And then it was on with the kick start button the same day at 4:30 pm and have lots of fun! Fantastic audience! For some reason my american accent slowly transformed into a british-american accent, probably sounded like a drunk american pretending to be a british moviestar!! HALF TIME BREAK, backstage - time for an...ecologic coke...! yep, that´s what it said on the label!! Tasted...funky...but quite ok!! Of course I had to change!!Photos above: Ilya Vassiliev Today I flew in to The Zebra Rock Gallery in Kununurra! Here at the airport in Broom, where I had to change planes. In front of the Zebra Rock grand piano! The view from my window is pretty awsome :) Check it out!The Elephant Rock behind me! Really looks like the head of an elephant, actually! Catfish and turtles in the lake! Will be a crowded morning swim tomorrow! Ah...was just told that there are crocodiles here, too.... BUT - fresh water croc´s don´t eat humans..???!!! so I guess my morning swim is still on my to do list?? :/ I made two new friends where I live. One from under the toilet and one from over the grand piano! You just have to love Kununurra and all of it´s friendly friends, lol! Hand with frog: Bruce Livett  
Thu, 2012-05-24 13:16
Yesterday the temperature reached a musical boiling point when Metier, my main sponsor, invited over a 100 people from the company to mark their 30 year celebration with a concert by me. Got a standing ovation from a crowd I my self would give a standing ovation for! Had a wonderful time performing! Metier - I will make you shine :)Halvard Kilde, Managing Director for Metier.And now - time to prepare my departue for my Australian tour tomorrow :) Aussie´s - I comin´down under!!
Tue, 2012-05-22 15:11
All Photos by a young, great photographer named Olav Stubberud, check him out !!  www.olavstubberud.comPresented a little musical surprise "fantasque" for the audience, Mr. Christoffer Zetterqvist:
Fri, 2012-05-18 16:41
May 17th, Norway´s Constitution Day :) Startet yesterday with an early mornig parade in my livingroom with Igor (left). And then started the REAL parade in Oslo city :) After the parade lovely my Sara and I had a great lunch with the amazing pianist Tor Espen Aspaas and his supercool wife and wonderful cellist, Kjersti Rydsaa! Cheers to doing this again!!!! Couldn´t resist mama´s May 17th-dinner proposal, so jumped in my batmobile (newly pimped by the way...) and took off to Fredrikstad (which of course is the capitol of Norway....) Yeah, that´s right - IN YOUR FACE 8-) Right across mum and dad´s house is the gym where I begun playing basketball with my dad. Hadn´t been there in at least over 15 years....so many memories came back <3  Oooooh!!!  This is the little court next to the big gym where I spent soooo many hours with my dad <3 I still love that hoop!!
Tue, 2012-05-15 12:59
"Wiener´s make you strong! Aksel Kolstad with mama Kirsti Kolstad, wiener-resposible at Café de Concert (Tjuvholmen,Oslo), Arild Rostad, also an Øivind Karlsen-lover." Here is a little text in Norwegian, regarding a "wiener-article" in Fredrikstad Newspaper last week.... ref: artikkel om pølsekåring for et par dager siden. Jeg har reist verden, og smakt på alt av pølser. Ingenting slår Øivind Karlsens gastronomiske fornøyelser. De er lette som Mozarts alberti-bass. Smakfulle som Beethovens musikalske vinglass. Fyldige som Puccinis smektende arier. Og har etter min smak en perfekt krydderblanding som burde gi siste bedømmelse i Fredrikstad blad  kunstneriske represalier. I Kjell Bækkelunds ånd, Aksel Kolstad.
Mon, 2012-05-14 16:11
I am so proud to be able to annouce that Metier has become my new main sponsor! Metier is one of the biggest consulting firms in Norway and has a huge impact on Norwegian business and meida. And now also a huge impact on my carreer. Read more about Metier here. - I will now officially kick ass!!
Sat, 2012-05-12 19:15
So yeah - I will be the first classical pianist to perform at Telenor Arena in Oslo. Jay Z and Kayne West will warm up the city a bit earlier that month, and on the 20th I´ll set the city on FIRE with my musical flashy flames! Madonna will have a hard time to top that when she´s performing in August ;) And to my pep´s in Fredrikstad, the true capital of Norway - I call upon thee! Come fill up the stadium like it was Fredrikstad Football Club playing!! I will win the game for you!! Order your tickets here!
Fri, 2012-05-11 11:29
So the day after my grand opening on April 18th I actually performed for another full house - a very nice couple flew in from London and invited all of their good friends in Oslo to a concert with me. That was great fun, fantastic people to perform for!! Thursday last week I performed on the Retail Award at DOGA where Moods of Norway got FOUR prizes!! I didn´t know they were nominated, actually I didn´t know who were nominated at all before I got there! :D I got super excited about it!! It was so cool to perform in two of my Moods outfits when almost everybody in the Moods mafia were in the audience :) Here I am with my main man Simen Staalnacke from Moods of Norway and Point Media. The day after I performed for 700 in the audience in Sarpsborg at 10 AM in the morning. How I...OR the audience got there in time is hard to say, but it was a kick start of the day - that´s for sure :) Here are some photos from the concert by www.stilfoto.no On Tuesday I had the pleasure of performing in Skur 13 in Tjuvholmen, on a design-event arranged by Siri Løining from The Thief, Norway´s soon to be greates hotel, owned by Petter Stordalen - of course. Great fun :) (Photo by Olav Stubberud)Siri Løining and I :) (Photo by Olav Stubberud) Two days ago I performed in Oslo Concert Hall. At the beginning of the second half of my concert I came out on stage in a new moods of norway suit, but with no pants on - only wearing my boxer´s. Audience went CRAZY. Then I went backstage again, put on my pants and continued performing :) "Aksel is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you´re gonna get" Check out my new page for on my website by the way - My Atelier and check out the video on it from the grand slam opening, maybe you can get a glimps of your self if you were there? :) Had a kick ass Love, Aksel

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