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Mon, 2019-05-13 10:38

Just came back from an awesome concert experience in Los Angeles, which hopefully will end up in a lagrer scale at the Walt Disney Concert hall this fall. Stay tuned! A few days after coming back to Oslo i did a little guest appearance in a debate about the future of classical music in Norway after a performance at the same event. In between I try to stay cool, lol.
Fri, 2019-03-29 12:26

2019 is blooming with lots of fun concerts and exciting plans! May will consist of concerts in Los Angeles, Iasi (Romania) and probably also Vigo (Spain). In April I will be performing much in Oslo and at Café de Concert. On April 27th I will be playing my newest composistions and some really fresh sketches at 1 pm, stop by and come in! So far this year the concerts in Fredrikstad (Bibliotekets Aula), at Tivoli in Copenhagen, Vulkan Arena, Central Teatret and at the Oslo Grieg Festival have been some of the highlights! Great fun performing for Porsche and also a couple of fun concerts in the favourite color of Moods of Norway: PINK! They are, speaking of which, also BACK in business which I am SO thrilled about! Sun is out and between lazy SUP days on the sea I invite my audience for wieners (Øivind Karlsen pølser, så klart) outside Café de Concert post concerts. Enough talk, let´s hit the SUP boards!!
Wed, 2018-11-07 20:44

Søndag steg ballongene til værs da Son Spa slo på stortromma og lot undertegnede få frie tøyler....risky business, men med et alltid uforglemmelig og vinnende utfall. Såpebobler, magedans og usensurert humor var noen av ingrediensene publikum fikk servert med tilslørte bondepiker og bakoversveis. Er dere nestemann ut? 

Café de Concert rundet faktisk 15 år i slutten av september. For en reise! For et eventyr! Konserter, konsertserier og festivaler i hele Skandinavia og Estland, store deler av Russland og USA, flere land i Asia, på de Karibiske øyer, i Australia, de Arabiske Emirater. Frankrike, Italia. Istanbul 4 egne steder i Oslo, og kronjuvelen på Manhattan, New York. "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to persue them", sa Walt Disney. Jeg husker pappa knyttet neven sammen, strammet bicepsen, så meg i øynene og sa: "Always be fearless, Aksel". Da var jeg 7 år. Nå er jeg 37 og jeg ser ut mot horisonten og svarer deg det samme som sist, pappa: Yes, Sir!

Et av høydepunktene i de gamle komponisters liv var vel at det ble laget en byste eller en statue av komponisten i sin egen levetid. I disse moderne tider slår jeg meg på brystet og føler sannsynligvis den samme stolthet over å ha blitt udødeliggjort på dassen til Alna Senter, med et bilde av undertegnede, Lotte Hellstrøm Hestad og stortingsrepresentant Jan Bøhler, nettopp på dassen på Alna Senter. Takk til Hans Georg Helberg for initiativet, det ble en dritbra og intim konsert, og Hans-Øivind Sørem Granerud for å løfte blikket ved pissoaret i dag - på dassen på Alna Senter.  Leve galskapen, folkens! Shit happens!

Og ja...vi var SÅ KLART ute og SUPet utenfor Son Spa før konsert!!!!!!

Wed, 2018-10-10 10:52

Playing on a truck driving through Transylvania in Romania, late September, is by far one of the craziest things I have ever done, what fun that was!!! Did a master class for students in Cluj Napoca and a children's concert there also right before doing a lot of fun stuff in Tønsberg's Musikk i Setrum festival! Did a lot of other cool things the past few weeks also! Yesterday I was hanging out on the beach with a cool dude I met in Thailand, today working a little in Milano, tomorrow back to the ring in Oslo!
Thu, 2018-06-07 22:19

Home court advantage at Vulkan Arena, playing for people from all over the globe in one set, presenting the music in Russian, Bosnian, Arabic, Italian and Hebrew, with Baba in my heart. Invited 80 seniors next door to Café de Concert shortly after. Then most of the time in bewteen concerts so far in June I have been on the water representing the coolest sport (next to basketball) there is! Check this out!
Wed, 2018-05-23 21:48

Baba was presented to the Ukranian audience in words and music on May 19th in Kharkiv with Kharkiv Philharmonic Orchestra. He was honored as a legend, like the legend he is. I salute you Baba, I will forever be your solider.

Aksel Kolstad:

Concerto pour piano et orchestre, Opus 45: A.L.H. 

Dedicated to my father, Albert Leon Hazan

 

Allegro - Adagio - Allegro (Presto)

(Cadenza I: Fantasia, Cadenza II: Intermezzo, Cadenza III: La Pluie)

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