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Today – Café de Concert has become the atelier and concert gallery of the young and multitalented pianist and composer Aksel Kolstad. It took him 10 years to brand this concept and turn it into one of the most original and innovating classical concepts in the world. Here´s the story behind……

The Idea

The origin and still driving force behind Café de Concert is to present classical music to a larger audience. The genre has by no means the same appeal as pop, rock or jazz. Creating a more relaxed atmosphere, and not to forget Kolstad´s magical ability to present classical music with humor and showmanship, it all results in a more intimate and fun concert format than the traditional solemn style. The idea that classical music can once again become popular music, the way it once was, is the motivation behind the concept Café de Concert.

Classical concerts at cafés – Café de Concert recruits musicians, both students and professionals, to play classical music for the people. The goal is to stimulate as well as strengthen everyone’s interest in classical music. The level of musicianship is high, and with a relaxed, positive atmosphere, between the pieces, it is possible to have a cup of coffee, have something to eat or perhaps talk with the person sitting beside you.

Café de Concert is an arena for all creative arts. In addition to musical performances, there are regular arts exhibitions and ballet/modern dance performances directed by CdC.

 

IMG_4593Lawerys from Bahr booked an “unforgettable” concert at Café de Concert earlier this month…..

Yesterday I found these Germans while out and SUPing around….
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So I invited them in for coffee and concert (in the toilet, since the new grand piano hasn´t come yet)
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11.02.2015
Til Erna Solberg
Fra Nordic Harmony og Aksel Kolstad.
“Dette gjør faktisk en stor forskjell i hverdagen til de som har bygget landet du regjerer. Jeg inviterer deg herved til et møte på Café de Concert på Tjuvholmen for å snakke litt om kulturelle verdier i landet vårt, og for hvem vi bør gi det til, subsidiert av staten. I dag spanderte vi.”
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Aloha! Ever since after the Facebook-gig last november concerts and events at  Café de Concert completely exploded! Battleing all of them at the same time Mr. Coolstad shoved his head into the ground  thinking that the blog posts would create them selves….Oh well…

Time to get giggy with it after a good “Christmas sleep”! So what does Aksel do? He goes surfing in the Carribbean Sea. I am sure he will keep us updated on THAT! Never the less…. a few photos from November December here at Café de Concert before we kick it off shortly with 2015 online!

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“That feeling when Facebook comes to Oslo and uses you and your concept/venue as an exemple on how to create and brand a concept!!”
Cought us completely off guard…..!!

Had a super nice choir concert with Cantare (from Fredrikstad, the capitol of Norway!!!!) last weekend!
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Aksel also gave a concert for a a daycare center for the ones that built his country, he loves doing that!
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And of yeah – we also had A LOT of shit that went down in the toilet……
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