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Mon, 2012-08-20 11:30
A good friend of mine, Gatica - world class salsa dancer  - will be shaking it at Café de Concert on Monday´s and Thursday´s from 6-8 pm on August 20th, 23rd, 27th, 30th, September 3rd and 6th. Let´s call it....the Salsa-Project. People need to loosen up a bit in this sometimes cold enviroment here up north - so I figured Gatica would be a cool (but not cold) asset to the enviroment around here. Put us on fire! Oh, what do you know - today is August 20th - so see you tonight!! Here´s a shoutout from Gatica:
"I think mixing classical music with some hot salsa moves will be something new, spicy and interesting for both of us. To have two artists sharing and creating new ideas will open up a new way of thinking, at least for me! And to have the pleasure to work with such a fun, cool and one of a kind guy like Aksel Kolstad is amazing !
To have the opportunity to work from CdC two times a week for private lessons, events and courses is fabulous, i coulden`t ask for a better place to dance !!  I`m really looking forward to this cooperation with Aksel Kolstad."
Gatica startet to dance ballet when she was four years old and danced for ten years, she danced among other places at "Den Norske Opera Og Ballett". After that she startet to dance other stiles such as jazz, street and hip hop. From 2005 she worked with hip hop for two years and was the leader of one of the best teen groups in Norway. She took her first salsa moves when she was fifteen years old and fell in love after the first class. She has danced salsa ever since. In 2007 she lived in Los Angeles for a while to develop her dancing. Gatica has had the pleasure to live of dancing for ten years, she has worked in theaters, choreographing music videos, several plays and fashions shows and have been teaching for ten years. Today she's mostly dancing Salsa, Bachata, Reggaeton and Cha cha cha and is traveling around the world performing and teaching.
Mon, 2012-08-13 16:35
What are the odds!!!?? All of a sudden this guy runs into my atelier the other day and points his finger at Blimp (photo) and says: Blimp used to coach me at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn when I started out boxing when I was younger. Oslo just got struck by an "only in NYC story"! Barry just moved to Oslo, and still NYC takes care of him♥ Tried out some "body in motion action jackson" at Café de Concert on Saturday with one of Europes best Salsa-dancers, Gatica (on the floor), a very good friend of mine. I can tell you THAT was a blast! She will be teaching Salsa at Café de Concert, how cool isn´t that!!! Will let you know more about her beeing based at Café de Concert in a while! Very exciting! Stay tuned!! Barry came in right after Gatica had her first show off actually :) The new sculpture park is open at Tjuvholmen, also with a super-qute beach!! (I believe they made that just for me so I could run around naked in!!And oooh - found some lost titties in the park! Please call me if you know anybody that might have lost them....!!! lol!!! I have over the last years made a lot of sketches, musically and visually, on my biggest hero in arts history. Harlequin. Some I have broght to life. You may have heard my Harlequin variations for piano solo and perhaps seen the Harlquin variations with ballet coreography, live or on video. As of from now I will put more of my Harlequin ideas to life. Yesterday I decided to do a portret photoshoot with the amazing Natalia Pipkina (photography) and the extremely gifted Irina Jensen (make up). To reveal my true identity.... "I am Harlequin" Photo by Photografer Natalia Pipkinahttp://www.facebook.com/foto.pipkina http://wlasna.foto.no/ Makeup by Irina Jensen
Sat, 2012-08-11 15:42
Just came back from 10 days in paradise with mum and dad! Wondering where paradise is? Dalyan - a small fishing village 7 min outside Cesme in Turkey, south west. We allways come here every summer. Every morning I´v been picking my dad up and taken him to the beach on my scooter, how cool isn´t that! He´s turning 80 this Wednesday. Man do I wanna be like hime when I grow up! In Turkey I´ve been doing practically nothing, and have been loving every second of it! Fell in love with a new water sport hobby, stand up paddling. I am SO getting me one of these boards!!!!!
First day at Café de Concert yesterday, great to be back, loooots to do! Many concerts and projects lined up here this fall. Looking forward to do my show cases in London and Tokyo in September!! New York, Rio, Tallinn and Perth are also on my flight scheduele, will be movin´ around quite a bit this fall too, I guess! And.... oh MAN, did I enjoy stand up paddling - can´t get it out of my head :D
Enjoy the last days of your holliday, dear friends! Take care of each other and remember to tell your parents that you love them, every day! I do!
Sat, 2012-08-04 07:14
BMW Bilia Stenshagen gave me a BMW cab to play with for the weekend last week - just had to do something creative with that beauty! So called my good friend Jean-Pierre Mesinele, a very cool photographer! So we fired up the car and the camera in the garage under Café de Concert at Tjuvholmen in Oslo and shot "BMW B-ball and Natasha" Great fun!! Here are some of the photos!
Tue, 2012-07-31 15:20
The happiest kid on the block? That would be me! Mama bought me the coolest bike in the world! An Electra "Townie" cruiser. You don´t get a cooler mother than that!! I am SO blown away by this bike, makes me feel like I am 5 years old and exploring the world for the first time. Cruzin´ around in my atelier bewteen rehersals also, talk about luxury! A couple of new photos by Trond Andersen are also up and running at CdC! Have been getting some rest at my parent´s house for a little over a week also, but I say...when you just look at what mama has done outside my window...that alone makes your soul breath and rest like nothing else!Last weekend BMW Bilia Stenshagen let me have some fun with a wonderful cab. LOVED spinning around in it!!! Got so inspired by driving it so I called up my good friend Jean Pierre Mesinele and asked him to do a photoshoot with Natasha and me - will post the photos he took in my next blog, will blow you away!! Stay tuned!! Greetings from Istanbul, waiting for the plane to Izmir, then a cab to Dalyan (Cesme) / paradise.....
Tue, 2012-07-17 06:15

At our summer house I enjoy beeing close to the water doing this: Hangin´and flyin´! And sometimes when my head is overloaded with artistic ideas and the weather just gets too hot, I get naked really fast and turn in to a stone sculpture. Really cools things off!

Right now I´m at the airport in Tallinn heading back to Osloafter two days of relaxing at the spa at the Meriton Grand Hotel and Spa, right out side the old town, and just strolling around in that magnificant city which allways inspires me so very much! Met up with some good friends and did a lot of pull ups every morning at the gym. Doesn´t get any better than than, lol!

@ Tops, Harri Tiidus´new place! Love it!

@ F-hoone, in Kalamaja, supercool place!

Hotel Telegraf, one of my favourite places to hang out!

And finally - at the famous Beer House, getting drunk....you wish :D

Tue, 2012-07-10 12:50
"Rondo Arabesque". I wrote it during my stay as an artist in residence at Sjøbygda Kunstnarhus right after I performed at its Sjøbygda Festival in 2011 in Trondheim, Norway. Sjøbygda Kunstnarhus used to be an old elementary school, "Eggaodden Skole", built in the late 19th century. And I tell you, some of the pupils from the 19th century were still there. Doing all sorts of pranks while I was working. Quite fun, but also a bit scary. The old school is located in the middle of nowhere in the deep forests of Trondheim, near a big lake. I was too scared to sleep there at nights, so I drove into the town center after work, then drove back into the old school again in the morning and started working. The opening theme, "the ghost theme", was given to me by the pupils from the 19th century. As if they were guideing my fingers in the direction they wanted. Very wierd feeling. After I finished the rest of the piece, the pranks stopped. The recording is from my atelier, Café de Concert, in Oslo. I recorded it with my iPhone. For some reason the file got a bit dammaged...looks a bit spooky to me. Probaly the pupils at it again...So I decided to upload the file anyway. The x-file.
Fri, 2012-07-06 12:38
Photos by Frøydis Asp Ormåsen @ "Ringside" Café de Concert. Photo of me in article: Trond Andersen @ Gleason´s Gym, Brooklyn. Just a regular workout at my atelier.....First some virtuoso licks, some hooks and upper cuts in some of my new compositions. Speaking of compositions and its composers - Rachmaninov and Prokofiev can easily knock you out in round 1. Poulenc and Ravel will make your skin feel like kashmir. Classical music as you have never experienced before. "Aksel Kolstad flips your reality". I rest my case. Read the article here (in Norwegian).I´m geting a little fight club-feeling @ Café de Concert. Kinda like it :D Come out and play with me?
Tue, 2012-07-03 15:29
How can I ever forget the super cool concert I did at the Estonian Concert Hall in Tallinn in October 2010 few days after my Carnegie Hall debut in NYC. It was with the help from a lot of wonderful friends in Tallinn that I was able to fill up the concert hall with a craaaaazy program, I tell you that my friend! Multimedia show, counter tenor singing, story telling, ballet dancing...ah - the glorious days of my youth, haha! In the middle of the concert I performed my Fashion Preludes and models from the legendary Beatrice Agency did a catwalk coreography I wrote for them which also consisted of two elements: eating different fruit on stage, while I stopped playing for a while, and also kissing me on the cheek while I was playing. I SO will NEVER forget the reactions in the audience! The models were great! And the design - as you can see...mindblowing. Made with silk and designed and handpainted by my dearest friend Svetlana Puzorjova. A genious when it comes to design and thinking out of the box!! Here are some more wonderful photos from one of my favourite concerts so far in my career!Models from the legendary agency of the legendary Beatrice Fenice, nr 2 from the right.
Fri, 2012-06-29 14:46
Caeer higlight performing Schubert at the big Body Shop Concert Toilet-event today at Café de Concert!! Unforgettable!! "Today The Body Shop and Aksel Kolstad presented The Body Shop Concert Toilet for the public and the press at Café de Concert today at 2 pm. Kolstad performed Schubert from inside the toilet - probably for the first time in history - with the audience inside and outside the toilet listening and at the same time enjoying The Body Shop odeur from Body Shop´s showroom / concert toilet."

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