2016 has been a very fruitful year for organ composition. Two large works for organ and orchestra have been completed and premiered: Orgelskipet and Sudden Landscapes. Deep Toccata, also for organ and orchestra, has been revised before a new premiere in April 2017 in Karlsruhe. We should also count in the Wind Sculptures, written for Sheng (Chinese mouth organ) and orchestra.
Two small cycles of music for young organists have been published by Cantando Musikkforlag: Stop Motion Toccatas (level 2) and Små ting jeg har funnet (Small things I found) (level 1). Both are part of Pilegrim i Orgelsko project.
Nils Henrik Asheim is employed as organist of Stavanger Concert Hall since its opening in 2012. Nils Henrik is in charge of the concert programme for the 65-stop organ from Ryde&Berg, developing different series of events and ways of artistic interaction. See:
the organ's own facebook page
Stavanger konserthus' webpage
In Nils Henrik Asheim's organ solo improvisations, the music is based on exploration of the instrument's sounds and possibilities. The musical language is related to contemporary classical music as well as to the free improvised genre (as in avantgarde jazz and sound art). A good example is the album release of Nils Henrik Asheim's solo concert entitled 19 March 2004, Oslo Cathedral, which received the Spellemannsprisen (Norwegian Grammy award).
Orgelnatt - Organ Night - is a concept where Nils Henrik Asheim invites guest musicians to create a concert event around the organ, exploiting the instrument's abilitiy to create vast soundscapes. By help of time and space, we invite the audience to submerge in sound. Orgelnatt has since 2013 been hosted by Stavanger konserthus. From April 2016 Orgelnatt also is travelling to new places, first to Bodø Cathedral.
This spans from merely arranging to complete re-composing. Works of Bach and Grieg are undergoing deep metamorphosis (Passacaglia Meltdown, and a work-in-progress on Grieg's Haugtussa), other pieces are being translated to a multi-organ-electronic idiom (Toccata Maxima), and some pieces simply arranged for the organ in a classical way (Grieg's Ballad, Debussy's l'Après-midi d'un faune, Saint-Saëns Carnaval of the animals etc).
Past and current live collaborations: Lasse Marhaug, electronics - Paal Nilssen-Love, drums - Iva Bittova, violin & vocals - Susanne Lundeng, violin - Håkon Asheim, violin - Unni Løvlid, vocals - Gro Kjelleberg Solli, vocals - John Pål Inderberg, saxophone - Elisabeth Vatn, bagpipes - Frode Gjerstad, clarinets and saxophones - The Geordie Approach (Fadnes, Birkeland, Sharkey) - Bjørn Andor Drage, organ - Stian Westerhus & Pale horses - Øystein Birkeland, cello - Daniel Buner Formo, B3 organ - Øyvind Dale, organ - Adrian Tvedten, synthesizer - Pål Asle Pettersen, electronics - Dag Egil Njaa, electronics etc.