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Fri, 2014-09-19 07:57
bilde 1I had the privilege to perform for over 1000 people during a magical outdoor concert in Bucharest last week - thanks to Dana Cristescu, a prima producer! Here are some photos and a magical moment few saw before Brandusa Maria Balan captured it with her videocamera....bilde 3bilde 4bilde 5 Touching video - Little did I know that when I was performing for over 1000 people in an outdoor concert in Bucharest three days ago, 1 little girl was performing behind me, in between the trees. Thank you for capturing this moment in such an elegant and artistic way, Branduse Maria Balan. If you see this child again, kiss her on the top of her head for me. And the rest of the evening I spent with great friends from Romania!! 10660295_10152839683582150_121786111269250194_n  
Sat, 2014-09-13 07:52
10685339_10152812307922150_8317510849437757228_nOn Tuesday, just hours after I performed for the Estonian President, I performed for Emirates Airlines in Oslo Spektrum together with the brilliant Ragnhild Hemsing and also solo. The Emirates also commissioned a composition based on their airline music (like British Airways have etc etc). Was great fun!! From May to July things were super hectic with both concerts and a lot of corporate gigs. So a nice stand up paddle summer holiday on the west coast of Norway and in Barcelona JUST what I needed! 10583913_10152712460667150_3796429500632345885_n10394775_923152397710898_8302104665191345688_n10421331_10202867711388603_6891385934867755965_n Right now I just came back to Bucharest again to perform an outdoor concert tomorrow, just outside the Opera. Looking forward to that! Feel a bit hung over this morning (despite the fact that I don´t drink) since I was doing a one hour long midnight radio show yesterday on National Romanian Radio with one of the legendary radio hosts and one other guest which is the superfamous dubbing-artist and film critic Irina-Margareta Nistor! Was great fun! This is the view from my hotel room, I´ll be performing right across the street in the little park you see with green lights in it. See you there if you happen to be around in the Romanian neighbourhood? 10659339_959650060727798_3742974499894023743_n  
Wed, 2014-05-28 09:54
10154218_10152440722577150_3700746864558717210_nHad a wonderful mini tour in April in Buchurest, Romania, with lots of fun that lead to an invitation this september where I will be performing and also conducting. Excited!! Thank you "Hand to Hand" for a great opportunity to spread artistic love and music in Romania! Especially for the children!! 10170707_10152275287840813_8736324559603612795_n And yeah, Igors cousins participated in the concert as well!! (Igor got so jealous.....) 10171827_10152275288010813_6562236285962120837_n1560581_10152442642922150_5008013817286021890_n I am super happy about a cool collaboration and sponsorship with Coca-Cola!! And that´s why I just had to get a hold of a true Coca-Cola Surfing Café de Concert bat mobile to cruise around in this summer! (In collaboration with Ludvig Hedberg) Her name is Solveig. Isn't she wonderful? DAU_0789-Edit-EditDAU_0786-EditDAU_0816-Edit Oh, and did you miss out on my May 17th celebration? Well, there´s always next year for 'ya!! 10336715_10152540165812150_8234724245993092986_n10336848_10154238525750657_3385977370895962728_n  
Tue, 2014-04-01 08:38
DSC_0432Yup, sure did:)  Short and sweet interview on Norwegian radio (P4) yesterday from the grand café de concert opening in NYC on March 28th. For audio click here DSC_0296 DSC_0437DSC_0453 DSC_0572
Fri, 2014-03-21 05:27
1979688_10152399003042150_1857045013_nWhat a great honor to once again perform as a pianist and composer at the Røros Chambermusic festival (Vinterfestspillene i Bergstaden). Just came back to Oslo from a week of magic up north! Was great performing for the Queen of Norway who also attended the festival (her second time)1780747_10152391496342150_1365109208_nPerformed for a couple of full houses....1506949_10151976833456674_39427446_n-110003279_10152393447387150_919064302_nGot to wear a SUPERFUNKY hat!! 1234790_10151929768301046_1362914856_n Did a couple of....crazy encores....?10013654_10152397433192150_843562849_n Now just chilling before New York next week! 1979524_10151982389561674_251190374_n553957_10151969081301674_1207526611_n And ooh....stop by one of these days and check out the SUPERSIZED ME painted by Villvin Gulbrandsrød!! When I came to Café de Concert yesterday morning the young and wonderful artist Villvin surprised me standing next to THIS (her) INSANE PAINTING....!! First of all, WOW, what a cool and HUGE surprise. Second, SPOT ON!! Come in and enjoy this awesome piece of art @ Café de Concert!! (When you thought Aksel's ego couldn't get any bigger.....!) 1975248_10152405389837150_1605245573_n    
Tue, 2014-01-14 15:20
Concert in Business_15.01.2014The Steinway collaboration continues in 2014! Proud to perform for Steinway and Sons!  
Fri, 2013-12-27 14:32
was awesome. 1476512_10152137325107150_1946023017_n1441510_10152150529617150_614574541_n
Thu, 2013-10-31 10:12
2013-10-26 22.13.15First, I went out in Beijing. Then - game time. Master Fang on stage and producer Wind Aamodt.IMG_6505 Fans on stage!IMG_6541 Concert nr 2 in Beijing IMG_6571 Music Academy in HangzhouIMG_6594 Children´s concert in Hangzhou, Mozart and his new best friends!!IMG_6616 Who let this guy out?!?IMG_6619 Just flew in to Guangzhou today, performing on 2 hours. Game time !!! Loving it!!
Fri, 2013-10-25 11:09
 
IMG_6405Konsertene her i Kina starter om et par dager. I dag ankom jeg og fikk tidenes mest fantastiske møte med Kina: "Kokken styrter ned trappen på en lokal smekk full liten restaurant i hjertet av Beijing, ildsint med en machete i hver hånd. Den andre kokken stormer etter. ALLE kineserne løper ut i vill panikk. Én europeer (les: nordmann) blir igjen."
I met kung fu master Fu Bing li earlier today also, Guinnes world record holder of the most push ups on one finger in 30 seconds (25!!!). You gotta love Beijing!!
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NYC

Mon, 2013-10-21 12:34
1376577_10152023024067150_2050776536_n   Just got back from a short visit to NYC for some artsy chic business! Haven´t been there since FEBRUARY, Jizuz - that´s DEFINETLY not happenig again! I need to breath NYC at LEAST once pr month - which actually may happen from of 2014, will keep you posted.....! Exciting things happning! 1382998_10152020485392150_977284868_n "At the AirPort in Oslo, chilling with my travelling buddy, Mr. Playluggage. Took off to NYC, three days of business, arrived in Oslo at 2 pm on the 17th, performed at 7 pm @ Café de Concert." Click on to www.playluggage.com, choose your travelling buddy, and get a 50% discount by entering the discount code "AKSEL". Fun travels, cheers :) 1395971_10152025215197150_1575434012_n I ate my favourite breakfast almost everyday...this time I was living in Chinatown, a very different but cool neighbourhood! Me and my buddy Derrick! 1381171_10152026241707150_594818713_n Met up with Fredrikstad Kæll Andreas Ihlebæk just outside where 2014 will be all about!! I also met - THIS guy.... 996624_10152027446607150_1842646958_n "Sitting on the stairs outside where it's all going to happen in February. This random guy comes over and sits down next to me and says with a philosophic look in his eyes : "Who shaved the gorillaz". I love this city. It speaks to you in so many different ways. #NYC" And on the place back to Oslo I wrote a piece inspired by this surreal rendez-vous...and performed it just hours after I had landed. 1391508_10152027428592150_189101646_n Spring street & Mulberry. Where I find peace in NYC. Just hangin' with the birds, before take off back to Oslo. And this Thursday - I´m off to China!

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