Café de Concert

 

 

Today - Café de Concert has become the atelier and concert gallery of the young and multitalented pianist and composer Aksel Kolstad. It took him 10 years to brand this concept and turn it into one of the most original and innovating classical concepts in the world. Here´s the story behind...... The Idea The origin and still driving force behind Café de Concert is to present classical music to a larger audience. The genre has by no means the same appeal as pop, rock or jazz. Creating a more relaxed atmosphere, and not to forget Kolstad´s magical ability to present classical music with humor and showmanship, it all results in a more intimate and fun concert format than the traditional solemn style. The idea that classical music can once again become popular music, the way it once was, is the motivation behind the concept Café de Concert. Classical concerts at cafés – Café de Concert recruits musicians, both students and professionals, to play classical music for the people. The goal is to stimulate as well as strengthen everyone’s interest in classical music. The level of musicianship is high, and with a relaxed, positive atmosphere, between the pieces, it is possible to have a cup of coffee, have something to eat or perhaps talk with the person sitting beside you. Café de Concert is an arena for all creative arts. In addition to musical performances, there are regular arts exhibitions and ballet/modern dance performances directed by CdC.  

Café de Concert facelift


After 4 years of "fire in the hole" we decided to do a little facelift. And boy did that turn out elegant! New floor, new colors on the walls, glitter and sparkle from the roof, new toilet, new persian rug under the grand (my mother´s wedding gift to my father actually!!), a little retreat for me over the kitchen and new staff (one of them in the pictures, Hedda). Ready for summer season and the fall - when we are ready for all batalions to storm in.....Hope you like it :) Photos by Rune Hammerstad.

Highlights from June

The get together of June was a blast! One of our small troopers made us a SUP lego <3

Our favourite basketball team, EB85 boys 02, became legendary pirates of the Norwegian Fjords!


Always a blast when Aksel gets to perform for Nordea with a home coutr advantage!

Out and about with the superfantastic administration from MESH!

Aksel seems like that red spot :D

Oslo has a barrel, if you didn´t know!!

Sony at Café de Concert for the second time :) :) 

Oh yes, and then there was the tale of the Greek pianist and the girls from the mountains up in Denver.....

An unforgettable memory when Aksel performed for 45 Chinese people - in the toilet!



Tine doing the surf!


Aksel rehearsing with Helle, one of our prima assistants.

Will there EVER be enough SUP? Nope. It´s dope.



When he´s in that zone...


Many event companies came for an untraditional teambuilding with us this month :)

Saturdays and Sundays - we DANCE!

SUPiSON, nabokonsert & Danske Bank

SUPiSON-sesongen er i gang! Få med dere den eksentriske pianisten ut på det han kaller for urban impresjonisme i den nydelige skjærgården i Son, som denne herlige gjengen fra Nordea fikk oppleve forrige uke! Dagen etter var det nabokonsert på Tjuvholmen som stod på agendaen, veldig hyggelig at nabolaget ville komme inn til oss, klart vi flesker til da:)

Danske Bank hadde sitt kundemøte hos oss i forrige uke også, alltid stas når de er på besøk! 23. juni er det årets siste get together før sumarferien kjem! Så save the date og sees kl 19:00 til et FYRVERKERI av et program!!

Og på lørdag var det mye herlig koreografi å se på huset! Lørdager og søndager kl 13:00 kan du se supre unge dansere gjøre korte soloprogram hos oss!

Snekker Andersen


April´s get together gikk raskt "tom for sitteplasser” da Aksel inviterte til konsert med både Rachmaninov, Debussy og litt eget i slutten av april. 

Og hvem hadde vel trodd at Aksel kunne snekre? Kall ham bare for Snekker Andersen. Small Luxurious Hotels fra London ankom 10. mai til et ferdigsnekra Café de Concert hvor de presenterte 20 av de råeste luksushotellene i verden. Gøy!

13. mai var det også smekk fullt på huset da en gammel nabo kom tilbake til øya for å feire stort! Straks SUPende mai på huset, allerede i morgen. Tipper det blir gode bilder derfra også;)

Solo dance at Café de Concert and concert calendar

Til alle dansere, fra alle sjangere! Michael Aspli satte forrige helg startskuddet for Café de Concerts nye satsning: Solodans på Café de Concert. Det er ikke alltid like lett å få anledning til å vise fram korte solo-koreografier offentlig. Derfor åpner jeg dørene til både studenter og etablerte dansere. Lørdager og søndager kl 13:00. Da er det rom for at 4-5 forskjellige dansere kan vise fram sin dans og koreografi. Gjerne til klassisk musikk (spesielt når det gjelder hip hoppere/breakere, det er drittkul kombo), live eller på anlegget vårt, eller hvilken sjanger man ønsker utrykke seg til. La Café de Concert bli et utstillingsvindu for dansere også! Velkommen inn i vår kunstneriske smeltedigel. Spre ordet og ta kontakt!

Her er også en liten oversikt over kommende åpne arrangementer på Café de Concert!

17. mars kl 19:00
Månedens get together, konsert med Aksel Kolstad
Det serveres champagne og pølse i lompe
Gratis inngang

19. mars kl 13:00
Kammermusikk-konsert med tysk duo
Gratis inngang

8. april kl 13:00
Konsert med studenter fra Norges muskkhøgskole
Gratis inngang

16. april kl 13:00
Fransk musikk for sopran og piano
Gratis inngang

17. april kl 13:00
Kammermusikk fra Oslofilharmonien
Gratis inngang

28. april kl 19:00
Månedens get together, konsert med Aksel Kolstad
Det serveres champagne og pølse i lompe
Gratis inngang

30. april kl 13:00
Konsert med studenter fra Norges muskkhøgskole
Gratis inngang

7. mai kl 13:00
Konsert med studenter fra Norges muskkhøgskole
Gratis inngang

8. mai kl 13:00
Yoga med klassisk musikk og Elizabeth Lyseng

15. mai kl 13:00
Kammermusikk-konsert med dansk ensemble

17. mai kl 11:00
SUPende mai tog på fjorden
(Ta med eller lån SUP brett fra Café de Concert og bli med på det som fikk midtsiden i VG 17. mai i fjor)
Gratis å være med

21. mai kl 13:00
Jazz konsert / CD lansering: Mongrel

29. mai kl 13:00
Dans: "Årstider"
Michael Aspil, Jens Bastian Aamodt, (Dansere fra Norges Dansehøgskole) Severin Romer Iversen (Bårdar) og Andrea Winsnes (filmhøyskolen - popper)
Gratis inngang

4. juni kl 13:00
Dans: "David Bowie"
Michael Aspli, Kristina Lefstad, Talon Winsnes (Dansere fra Norges Dansehøgskole)
Gratis inngang

5. juni kl 13:00
Dans
Maja Østnor (Norges Dansehøgskole)
Zelda Lyseng (Edvar Munch vgs)
Gratis inngang

12. juni kl 13:00
Konsert med studenter fra Norges muskkhøgskole
Gratis inngang

18. juni kl 13:00 
Ballett: Grete Brunvoll, født 1930
Dans: Breakdance/floorowork
Marvin Melås (Kingwings og Deep down dopeism)
Gratis inngang

19. juni kl 13:00 
Kor Kårny, dirigent Kari Raff Reinemo
Gratis inngang

23. juni kl 19:00
Månedens get together, konsert med Aksel Kolstad
Det serveres champagne og pølse i lompe
Gratis inngang

25. juni kl 13:00
Dans
Bodil Vikane Hindrum og Dina Elvehaug (London Studio Center)
Gratis inngang

26. juni kl 13:00 
Dans: "Koreografi-matiné med Ornilia Percia Ubisse
Michael Aspli, Ornilia Percia Ubisse, Andrea Winsnes, Jens Aamodt, Bodil Vikane Hindrum, Nadege Kubwayo
(Dansere fra Norges Dansehøgskole)
Gratis inngang

20. august kl 13:00
Lars Fredrik Nystad, klaver
Gratis inngang

Highlights from November and December

12301553_10153171026541674_6575456604421772238_nMovember get together was a blast, even without a moustache! A week later Turkish Airlines had a great event at Café de Concert where Aksel performed with the superb violinist Jonas Båtstrand! We are proud to collaborate with Turkish Airlines, Europe´s finest airline! 12308761_10153181614161674_7357331478351853251_nAnd then came Aksels favourite time of the year, his annual children´s concert with a home court advantage. This time also with Jonas Båtstrand. That was a LOT of fun, both for the audience AND the two older children on stage..... 11036336_10153611162645091_3913421815870709123_n Nordic Harmony made the roof come down a couple of days ago playing parts from Händel´s Messiah like the orchestra consisted of 150 musicians!! 12341239_10153194329416674_7641624440715007292_n  

Soon Movember get together

12188163_10153128481236674_7378074122070889481_oOctober get together was a blast with lots of fun great yong musicians and other super duper surprises. Aksel was of course on fire as always. Since the get together weekend concerts has really stepped up with lots of eager music students performing for full houses! Lovely! And we have hosted quite a few events this past months also! Next week it´s the Movember get together, so brace your self , buckle up - and show up! Mari Birgitte Halvorsen and Aksel will kill it with Brahms Scherzo, among other wonderful musical moments! See you on Movember 26th! Bring your moustache!12195826_10153128380891674_4772842140513592984_n

will october get together kick more ass then september??

12006301_10153076779141674_2731553234004365130_n Well - not an unfamiliar setting for Mr. Coolstad - posing with two Latvian athletes (Kristina Platace on his left, also posing on the photo behind) and a the mind behind the idea of a photoshoot between the two crazy muscle-pop tarts (left in photo). September´'s get together was packed with people enjoying the photo exhibition by Cathrine Dokken (below) and also the mini concert with Lotte Hellstrøm (violin) and Mr. Coolstad him self. Now the question is - will the October get together be able to compete with this?!? Stay tuned! See you on October 29th at 7 pm!!12039225_516113605219759_3355135114485338078_n12032006_516113641886422_4866914466867263333_n12039511_516113628553090_4532317306264142099_n Wait ... wait a minute.... that guy with the hat and glasses....isn´t it!?!? Yes it is!!!! Isn´t it Geogre Clooney? Nah....this guy is too solid and well built. It´s probably just the best crime novel author in Norway Jan-Erik Fjell. What a bummer.12006260_10153076778196674_3506669927444244755_n

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The history of Café de Concert

Café de Concert began a few days before the 19th of June 2003 when Aksel Kolstad together with a colleague performed live on Midt i Musikken, a classical music program on NRK radio P2. During the program, the trial concert was announced, to be held at Kastanjen restaurant on Bygdøy Allé in Oslo.
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Latest posts

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Was a blast!  
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Lawerys from Bahr booked an "unforgettable" concert at Café de Concert earlier this month..... Yesterday I found these Germans while out and SUPing...
11.02.2015 Til Erna Solberg Fra Nordic Harmony og Aksel Kolstad. "Dette gjør faktisk en stor forskjell i hverdagen til de som har bygget landet du...
  Aloha! Ever since after the Facebook-gig last november concerts and events at  Café de Concert completely exploded! Battleing all of them at the...
"That feeling when Facebook comes to Oslo and uses you and your concept/venue as an exemple on how to create and brand a concept!!" Cought us...
Yeah, every one of them - in Aksels toilet!! haha!!