New music for organ, percussion and string orchestra. The concert repertoire for organ or percussion with orchestra is small, and even smaller where both organ and percussion are soloists. Eirik Raude and Lars Notto Birkeland want to bring out this combination of instruments by new commissions.
The three composers belong to the same generation and are veterans on the Norwegian music scene. Bjørn Kruse is one of the leading modern composers with performances of his works in both Europe and USA. Kjell Habbestad has a large number of compositions on his list, with church music in a prominent place. Kjell Samkopf has been a Professor in percussion at the Norwegian Academy of Music, and as a composer he works within various fields of art, including electronics and dance.
Akrostikon is when the first letter in each line vertically forms a word. Kruse says about his own work that he uses this as a picture on how one listens to music; one does not just follow a horizontal line, but also the spatial sounds. Numerology is an important part of Samkopf’s work ‘Concerto no. 2 for Vibraphone and Strings’ where he uses Eirik Raude`s name as the basis for the musical choices in the piece. ‘Ave Maria, concerto for organ and strings’, is based on a Gregorian sequence that tells the story about when the angel appeared for Mary telling her that she is going to be the mother of God`s child. In the last movement, Vox Clamantis is singing a sequence from the angel`s message to Maria as described in the Gospel after Lucas.
Eirik Raude has won a large number of awards as a percussionist and has premiered over 50 works. He has a special interest in art forms such as video art, theatre and ballet as well as exploring new technology. Lars Notto Birkeland is a versatile performer as concert organist and conductor. He has done several collaborative projects with organ and different artistic expressions. As cantor in Fagerborg church he was important in the work with the new organ. Kai Grinde Myrann is educated as composer and conductor at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Since then he has conducted most of the professional orchestras in Norway and also abroad. The Norwegian Radio Orchestra is known and cherished throughout Norway and is often heard at large events. They have a unique interest for music from all genres, from the classical repertoire and contemporary to pop, rock and traditional music.