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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!!
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!!

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