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Mon, 2013-02-11 07:10
Landed a little over noon at Newark today, after craving for NYC for one year. Last time I was here was actually all the way back in February 2012. Since then I have had projects and concerts going on in the far east. So it was DEFINETLY good to be back. Since 2007 this is actually my 20th time in the Big Apple. So you can imagine how it has felt like not to be in the city for a year. NYC is where I belong, No doubt about it. This is where I blossom. And I will probably hit the city hard 6 times between fall 2013 and fall 2014 with concerts and artsy fartsy Kolstad projects. I will continue doing that as looong as possible! After two hours in customs at Newark I looked at the time frame to my connecting flight to New Orleans. 8:45 pm. I jumped in a cab and flew like Superman between streets and avenues in Manhattan. Told the cab driver to pull over as soon as I saw the flashing lights of Times Square. And where did he drop me off? Right in front of the New York Times. Guess who went inside and announced my concert on Feb 16th….! Strolled around in Times Square bit, sucking in all of what the energetic spot had to offer. And a chai latte from Starbucks. After my favorite meal in NYC - Halal, chicken over rice. 5 dollars. Sweet! Hit the subway...how much I love this city...: ....after drooling over Derrick Rose jersey´s at Champs. Said hello to my friends at the Turkish café on 52nd street between 1st and 2nd av. The Norwegian Seaman´s Church was closed (were you guys partying on the rooftop with the priest again??) so I ran, danced and sang out loud until I hit 57th and Madison. Went to that Mexican place where I normally both eat and go to the loo. Forgot to lock the door when I took a crap. A young man opened the door. I said, oh, shit sorry. We laughed. He stood there for a while, while I was still sitting down - we had a nice chat for a while. This only happenes in NYC, of course. Pace Prints was also closed on this beautiful Sunday (who can blame them), so I took a walk in Central Park. Time stood still for a while. Went to the Apple Store to fire up some emails, meet a Norwegian family, invited them to my concert  next week. Stopped by Gallerie Champs Elysées (boy do I want those guys to exhibit at Café de Concert….what they got behind their windows…THAT my fellow Norwegians….THAT is art!!) Not far from the gallery lies a small place covered in smoke. De la Concha Tobacconist. They had put on the game between the Lakers and the Heat. I was standing outside the window watching the game for a bit. At 9:13 in the 3rd quarter Howard and Haslem got into a bit of a tangled up tango. Heat were up by one, 58-57. I jumped in a cab back to Newark. Wrote this, and now finally sitting down again after a couple of hours more in the air  - writing from New Orleans at the Marriot Hotel. Let the games begin!! Lunch concert at Wednesday at the Seaman´s Church, then performing for a couple of hundred at Jotun´s big event the same evening. Munch Recital back in NYC on Feb 16th. But FIRST - Mardi Gras parade this Tuesday, jiiiiihaaaaaa!!!!
Fri, 2013-02-08 13:00
"The Scream" If Munch would have lived today, I believe he would have liked to work in his garage. Where he´d probably have a porsche. Art Direction: Aksel Kolstad. Photograpy and edting: Jonas Sjøvaag. Location: Porsche Center Oslo Model: Sanam Bokhari. Styling: Denada "The Scream II" "The Scream III" "Sunrise" "Self portrait with moods arm" "Piken med brosjen""Madonna" "...Munch didn´t paint this one yet..."
Wed, 2013-02-06 12:29
"Edvard Munch´s garage" / Munch recital in NYC Feb 16th at 6 pm at the WMP Concert Hall Art Direction by Aksel Kolstad Location: Porsche Center Oslo Photography by Jonas Sjøvaag Model Sanam Bokhari Styling by Denada The past few months the Norwegian pianist, composer and former "Edvard Munch Ambassador" Aksel Kolstad (also Metier Artist in Residence) has performed his Edvard Munch reflections at the Munch Museum in Oslo for a "screaming audience". Now he is performing his small concert-reflections through a musical and creative perspective in NYC for the first time. The Scream is sold, but there is a new scream in town - an artistic scream that started in 2010 when Kolstad had his debut in Carnegie Hall with a full house and a standing ovation. And now he´s back, screaming for more. TIME Magazine wrote a small article about him. The event is sponsored by "Porsche Center Oslo", on of his sponsors. Suggested donations: 15 USD. Free seating. Event on facebook.
Mon, 2013-02-04 17:25
Jeg har vært heldig og fått mye støtte gjennom studietiden og i etterkant med tanke på mennesker som har hjulpet meg frem. Også med tanke på priser jeg har vunnet og blitt tildelt. Nå har jeg også lyst til å dele ut en pris hvert år. Aksel Kolstad-prisen. I år er prisen på 10.000 NOK pluss en konsert på Café de Concert. Til en musiker som utmerker seg musikalsk og kreativt på samme tid. Du må studere musikk, valgfritt instrument.
Innledende runde: - last opp en 2 min lang videopresentasjon på youtube hvor du* spiller/synger klassisk/samtidsmusikk, forteller om deg selv, hva du ønsker gjøre med din karriere og hva du har i deg som du ønsker formidle til resten av verden på en unik og underholdende måte
- bruk kun ett stykke gjennomgående i filmen
Siste runde:
- forbered 2-3 stykker på tilsammen max 15 min som du skal binde sammen verbalt, med performance, multimedia, teatralsk, med andre musikere, dans e.l. (you get the point). Dette fremføres på Café de Concert live med publikum. 3 finalister blir plukket ut til siste runde på Café de Concert. Vinneren blir plukket ut på stedet av juryen som består av undertegnede og pianist og professor i klaver ved Norges musikkhøgskole Tor Espen Aspaas.
- send youtubelinken til aksel.kolstad@cafedeconcert.no innen 16. mai
- videoen må ikke være datert eldre enn 4 februar 2012.
- finalen holdes på Café de Concert i Oslo 30 mai kl 19:00
*man kan også delta som ensemble
Stikkord: "Dare to be different"
Lykke til og kick ass!!
Beste hilsen, Aksel Kolstad
Juryformann
Fri, 2013-02-01 14:21
Vørterøl - rootbeer. My favourite all time drink since the age of two! You can taste it on my event @ Cafe de Concert on Feb 21st :) For info on facebook click here
Wed, 2013-01-30 14:54
Pressemelding: "Til 23. januar 2013, da Munch-jubileet gikk av stabelen i Rådhuset, fikk Munch Museets utnevnte Edvard Munch ambassadør Aksel Kolstad ingen invitasjon, men samme dag en kort mail fra museet om at etter et internt møte måtte de avslutte samarbeidet." Jeg har ikke fått noen faglig uttalelse eller begrunnelse fra direktør Stein Olav Henrichsen ved Munch museet, de har heller ikke uttalt seg offentlig om dette, men føler meg likevel forpliktet til å informere publikum, presse, sponsorer og samarbeidspartnere om hendelsen. Ambassadør-rollen har jeg tatt alvorlig, med stor takknemlighet og dyp respekt. I lys av engasjementet og jubileet dette året har jeg allerede flere nasjonale og internasjonale konserter og prosjekter på tapetet, disse skal jeg gjennomføre etter beste evne, på tross av å bli stående igjen uten tittelen som Munch-ambassadør. Men Munch står så klart mitt hjerte like nært som før. Og min trang til å musikalsk og kunstnerisk formidle Munch står urokkelig i mitt kunstnersinn. De månedlige konsertene på Munch Museet er dessverre avlyst. En stor takk til publikum, sponsorer og samarbeidspartnere som har vist interesse for mitt engasjement som ambassadør for Munch, det har vært en spennende reise. Nå fortsetter reisen på egne bein - med soloppgangen til Munch i ryggen.
Mon, 2013-01-28 18:47
A couple of years ago I said to the "cultural administration" of my home town that "I´m out of here". Despite 6-7 years with lots of festivals and concerts that I had put together and performed in. Right before Christmas last December the newly opened "Litteratur House" in Fredrikstad asked if I would like to return to my hometown, which I truly love, and perform and work with the new cultural mafia in town. Didn´t take me long to understand that these new guys in town had a different aspect in life, regarding culture. So I said yes in less then 5 seconds. The result was 4 concerts packed with hundreds of people. "Litteraturhuset", I take my hat off for you! Friends abroad - "Litteraturhuset" in Fredrikstad is a MUST when you come to Norway. It has everything, top notch restaurants, fantastic litteratur events, great concerts, creative institutions, a vibe with a flavour of New York. Love it! Bravo! And oh yes, if Mozart would be alive and kick´n today...he´d DEFINETLY drive a Porsche!
Wed, 2013-01-09 14:34
Thank you Metier for sponsoring me. For makeing my career blossom. I am proud to be a Metier Artist in Residence!
Mon, 2013-01-07 15:39

There is an Aksel that you may not see too often. But he´s there, behind the scenes. Maybe a bit more quiet. Maybe even a bit melancolic. Maybe with a cleaver face. Sad face. But it´s still him. It´s still me. 

Mon, 2013-01-07 15:29
Photos: Gisle Daus Right before Chritmas I had a children´s concert for Steinway Piano Gallery in Oslo! Was so much fun for the children, and especially the biggest child of them all - ME!

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