This autumn has been in the sign of the Cimbalom. First playing with John Adams and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra the extraordinaire Scheherazade 2.0, the 50 minutes violin concerto with the huge cimbalom obligato included. And then, before the concert, Mr.Adams approached me and asking me to join him in Rome, Italy, the week after to perform his oratorio “The Gospel according to the other Mary”, with solo cimbalom included. So I had to learn it and play three concerts within a week with the splendid Orchestra and choir Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome.
This week I am new-premiering Øyvind Mæland´s “Songs in between Barren Landscapes” at Ny Musikk, Oslo. This music gives me a unique opportunity to explore my cimbalom even further, using odd pizzicato flageolets and harmonics to create a sound landscape unheard to me. I feel lucky!
This week Hans-Kristian will record Lament – concerto for percussion, choir & electronics by Lars Petter Hagen, together with Asbjørn Blokkum Flø on electronics and The Norwegian Soloist´s Choir conducted by Grete Pedersen.
The recording is done by BIS, who also recorded HK´s first solo album OPEN, which won the Norwegian Grammy “Spellemannsprisen” in 2004.
Lament was commissioned by Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, with the support of Arts Council Norway, and is a part of his Nordic Percussion Concertos. Lament was premiered in Oslo with the same lineup in January 2017.
Vacation is over and I am so happy to be back this week at Festspillene in Elverum.
Playing with the likes of Florian Donderer, Tanja Tetzlaff, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Wolfgang Plagge, Knut Erik Sundquist, Martin Kuuskmann is always a thrill!
Music by Bach, Stravinsky, Nørgård, Aperghis, Kagel, Kurtag, Corea and many, many more…