First version of the "Schubert Moment"

Saturday, 11 April 2015

On Tuesday April 14 I am presenting a 25 minutes version of my new project, re-composed versions of Franz Schubert's dances. This takes place during a concert "Invocations" (Påkalling) at the Norwegian Academy of Music.  Here is a text I wrote for the programme:

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Grader av hvitt

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra are performing Grader av Hvitt, the monodrama for orchestra, narrator & electronic sounds to a text by Johan Harstad. Lisa Kristin Ellingsen has the main role. Kyrre Heldal Karlsen and Carsten Aniksdal do the visuals. Christian Eggen is conducting.

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Opening at Rudersdal

Nils Henrik Asheim is featured festival composer at Rudersdal Sommerkoncerter 2014.
Ensemble Nordlys performs the piano trio "Game of Three" at the opening concert of the festival. Festival leader Christine Prym on violin, Øystein Sonstad on cello and Kristoffer Hyldig on piano.

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"Stormen" - a new opera

Stormen - the Tempest - the story of Ferdinand and Miranda

Sted:  The Norwegian Opera, Oslo
Tidspunkt:  June 12, 2014

Nils Henrik Asheim's new opera
to a libretto by Rune Belsvik draws its inspiration from Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and Arne Nordheim's ballet music.

This unique project is a joint effort by the Norwegian Opera and Ballet's Childrens' Choir and Childrens' Ballet. In the orchestra pit of Scene 2 in the Norwegian Opera you will also find members of the Barratt-Due Junior Orchestra in addition to professional musicians.

The story starts with Miranda on her 12th birthday. Her daddy is always working in his laboratory, and her toys and dolls are boring her. The Fairy brings her a mystical present that could foresee something for the future, and a certain boy called Ferdinand appears.


Sudden Landscapes - an organ concerto

Monday, 14 April 2014

Part One of "Sudden Landscapes" was premiered on March 20, with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christian Vasquez. Nils Henrik Asheim played the organ part, which instead of featuring independent solo passages engages in a tight and constant interplay with the orchestra.

Listen to sample: start of Sudden Landscapes

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Mazurka release

Release og minikonsert: "Mazurka - reseaching Chopin"

Chopins Mazurkaer spilt på et nyrestaurert Pleyel taffelpiano fra ca.1830. Hør denne henrivende musikken i et intimt format som er nærmere slik den opprinnelig ble skapt. Nils Henrik Asheim presenterer og signerer sin nye CD "Mazurka - researching Chopin"  (en oppfølger av den tidligere Spellemannsprisvinner-platen han utga i 2010)

Album på iTunes

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Organ improvisations on Soundcloud

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

A growing compilation of episodes from my past live concerts.

soon to be released: Mazurka - researching Chopin

Friday, 20 September 2013

This recording is a by-product of Mazurka – Remaking Chopin, my collaborative project with Gjertrud’s Gypsy Orchestra, which was released as a CD in 2010. On it we explored Frédéric Chopin’s Mazurkas and created new versions with traditional dance music from Central Europe as our most important point of reference.

We used a Collard & Collard square piano from the 1830s, which we found at Ulefos Hovedgård in Telemark. This instrument gave a lot of input to the very playing of Chopin's music.

With that arose the idea of recording the Mazurkas in their original editions — on the square piano.  Release: October 2013. Lawo Classics.

Here is a preview where you can compare the solo version (from the new release) with the "remake" version.


Autumn: working on two large commissions

Saturday, 17 August 2013

I'm back from long and sunny summer's stay in the Valdres valley, where I combined mountain walks with working sessions. The project on my desk is "Stormen" - the Tempest - a children's opera commissioned by the Norwegian Opera and Ballet, due to be performed in June 2014. Rune Belsvik wrote the libretto, with a loose connection to Shakespeare's drama.

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Happy 2013 ! and looking back.

Monday, 31 December 2012

One of my best memories from 2012 is the trip to Arkhangelsk and Naryan Mar, Russia, to perform "Travelling Songs". And this takes me right to the saddest memory - the loss of my close collaborator through almost 20 years, singer Anne-Lise Berntsen. She was the mastermind of this project, so typical for her, that created a meeting between singers and musicians from two countries. Anne-Lise passed away on November 3rd. We managed to record three CDs together: Engleskyts, Kom Regn and Orkan. Anne-Lise has been such an important catalyst for my creative work, and a rare friend. Rest in peace, beloved voice.

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