Tue, 2010-08-03 07:01

Here is a little story about one of yesterday´s events in "casa del musica mafia"...


My old Steinway - actually this was the first grand Steinway and Sons sponsored Café de Concert with in 2003 through the legendary Thron Irby....a lot of history and concerts bewteen this old lady´s keys...
My new Yamaha (man, what a machine!!)
Christiania Transport
Pianoverkstedet, Holthe og Bakke AS
Aksel Kolstad (lucky bastard)
Jan Gunnar Sørbø (another lucky bastard)

My precious....

Check out my fanpage on facebook (Aksel Kolstad) for videos of me and my new machine;)
Fri, 2010-07-30 15:09

These last couple of days I have had the pleasure of performing at the Fyrlyd Festival in the very south of Norway, at Lista and in Farsund - both close to Kristiansand. The artistic directors of the festival, Ingvild Koksvik Amundsen and Lars Jakob Rudfjord - impressed me with innovative ideas, great concert halls and a most wonderful way of reciveing their artists!

This festival hosts a lot of great musicians from many genres, it´s worth wild getting down here in the south of Norway to experience the wild and untamed nature of Lista and Farsund, people! And last but not least, to experience the wonderful concerts in the coolest places ever - not to speak of where the artists spend their time between he concerts!!

Allways a great pleasure to play with Bjarne Magnus Jensen! "Husan" - Great concert hall in Farsund!!

Koksvik and Rudfjord are not only administrating the whole festival, but also performing. They are both extremely gifted musicians with something really special to offer. Check it all out at !!

After my last concert I was given this little airplane engine by the festival to cruse around in and enjoy the fantastic nature of Lista. Now THAT´S a festival which kicks ass!!

I also made friends quickly, as you can see...
Sun, 2010-07-18 14:56

I have had the previlge of meeting two abnormally gifted and interesting dancers from the ballet at the Opera in Tallinn, Anastassia Sav and Nadezda Antipenko - and also the very famous Italian photographer Fillipo Caroti. Combined with one of Harri´s old MG´s the result was obvious - a supercrazy photoshoot on a basketball court with a funky old piano which Helen managed to get a hold of from the most generous Heiki from Reval pianos, one very original pianomuseum in Tallinn. And yes - all of the people involved here are of course members of the creative mafia in Tallinn! These photos were just taken with my camera. Just to give you a glimps of what you are to expect - I tell you, the edited result of Caroti will blow your expectations all the way to the moon and back again.

Fri, 2010-07-09 15:15

I had the pleasure of performing several concerts in Estonia this time with two absolutely wonderful musicians, Kristina Kriit (violin) and Levi-Danel Mägila (cello). Kristina normally works in the orchestra in the opera in Tallin, Levi in Tallin Symphony Orchestra. More concerts are awaiting us this fall, hopefully as colorful as the ones we did this time! Thank you guys, you make the concert stage a better place for anybody performing with you:)

And yes...when we performed in Pärnu last night at our 10 pm-concert, I just had to leave my bag next to the white grand during the concert. We are all athletes!!

PS.: I sort of forgot to turn off my phone, which was lying in my bag. This I remembered when Kristina and I were in the middle of the second movement of Beethoven´s Spring Sonata. Never has any second movements been more ecxiting, I tell you that! Luckily nobody decieded to call me last night, much appreciated!!
Thu, 2010-07-08 10:59

Despite the fact that the semifinals between Spain and Germany was going on at the same time as the concert, over 100 people found their way to the wonderful backyard of Nano. Read more about it on

Wed, 2010-07-07 12:04

Full house at Café de Concert´s first concert in Tallin, at the wonderful "Museum".
Read more about it on
Sat, 2010-07-03 09:12

Row 1 from left:
Nikey and Puma basketballshoes - I wear them on stage and when I play basketball. I also wear the Puma in everyday life. So do I with the three others. The first converse shoes are "moods of norway"-converse which I often wear with the suits from "moods". Converse was also the first brand my parents bought me for playing basketball when I was 7. The love for converse will allways be there. The last pair of converse is in silver, cause I like to shine. On stage and in life in general. When I go out dancing, which I love to do - you allways see me in the silver converse, shaking it makeing the silver sparkle like James Brown doin´ it on stage. When ever James Brown is heard, I am seen on the dance floor. I love funk music. I also dig Earth wind and fire, Bee Gees and of course Prince.

Row 2 from left
Gershwin- and golden shoes
I started wearing the black and white ones when I did my Gershwin solo recitals and when performing the Gershwin piano concertos with orchestra. Gives me that old school feeling. They are also my favorite dancing shoes in weddings! The golden shoes makes me feel like a gold medal winning athlete, wearig the medal on me feet, and makeing everybody see wich path I have taken. The golden one.

Row 3 from left
Beach, water central park and Brazil
Beach sandales - I grew up next to the sea. I love the beach and can spend a whole day next to the sea doing absolutely nothing, or absolutely everything one would need to do in day. If I need to practise, I just bring my music scores with me to the beach, and read it while the sun is flirting with my skin.

Blue Helly Hansen shoes. Actually made for sailing - in august this year I´m organizing a Café de Concert sailboat regatta, with the Café de Concert logo on all sails.
(Read more about the concept here I also wear them on my chamber music festival in the Caribbean sea, we often perform on sailingboats. Need to have a good grip on the floor - and on the piano pedals.

Old school tennis shoes - comfortable, allways cool to wear. These are probably the ones you see me in the most, strolling down the street with my smokeing notebook and my pencil on fire, writing down new ideas and music. You can also see them one on top of the other when I am sitting on benches in parks. Trying to hear what the benches have to say. Can you imagine how many secrets benches all over the world know? How many love stories, tragedies, proposals, confessions and international secrets don´t they know of? Imagine if benches could talk...I love to wonder off in parks. Physically and mentally. Yes, these ones are definetly my walk in the park-shoes. See you in Central Park on Sunday morning?

Brazilian style - Statement. If you are wondering about which brand for man which has the coolest shape, most stylish colors and feel like female hands massageing your feet while walking? The answer is simple. Ferracini.

Row 4 from left:
I am Norwegian
A couple of months every year you see me in my cross country skiing-shoes, skiing in the Norwegian forests and on mountains, jumping around in deep snow in my Helly Hansen orange snow shoes or
you probably see me on my ass after a terrible fall on the ice with my ice skates. I must admit I am not a world champion on the ice, even if my skates were in gold - but I love it. Simply love ice-skateing! Last time I went ice-skateing in Central park I was skateing with a former ice-skateing queen. She did all these funky jumps and stuff. Everybody was clapping and admiering what she did. I saw the people, I heard the clapping - I went for it.
I flew through the air like nobody ever before. Everybody went quiet when I was floating helplessly in space. I landed. Not like Bambi on ice, more like Ferdinand the Bull. And I landed on my iphone, in my chest pocket. The audience went crazy, clapping more than ever. Laughing their asses off. So did I. I stood up, took a bow, and got several new friends that day. God, how I love ice-skateing!

Mon, 2010-06-28 05:07

I´d like you to get to know this guy called Harri. He´s Estonian and lives in Tallin. When ever he opens his mouth it´s either with mindblowing information about something supersmart or so funny that you really don´t know what hit you, you just burst out into laughter. Sometimes he even makes you laugh without opening his mouth. Just by looking at you. Harri is one of those people which is blessed with the talent of beeing talented at absolutely everything he does. Just now he has his own garage where he fixes old cars - Pimp my ride MTV, you got a thing or two to learn from this guy! But there is something more to this Harri Tiidus than his wonderful cars and more I can explain on paper. Harri is a conceptual person - you can even see it in the way he fixes his cars. When ever he gets an idea, the idea turnes into a conceptual flavour not represented in the colors of the rainbow. Harri paints with his own colors. Amazing. When ever you are in Tallin, look him up and get a taste of a genious mind. Harri and I are now planning to have an orchestra perform in his garage. And I´m makeing some sketches for a piece for orchestra and a car/motorcycle soloist... And PS - when I´ll be in Talin next week I´ll definetly be renting one of Harri´s cars. Need a ride?;)

Mon, 2010-06-28 03:50

In one week I´ll be performing in the wonderful and very original Nano Café in Tallin, which I wrote about earlier.
When I was there recently I had a very interesting meeting with Beatrice, the Nano-entrepeneur and model agent, Annely Abel, a supersmart catch from Innovation Norway, Pille Lill Music Foundation, CdC´s super effective producers in Estonia, Svetlana Puzjorjova, a yet undiscovered ultra gifted designer and Helen Löhmus, probably Estonias most productive creative soul - which knows the whole world, and also has it in the palm of her hands. In october we will all collaborate on stage under the Aksel Kolstad Show with some pretty wild ideas! Look forward to it, guys!!

Svetlana will be blogging about one of the projects for the concert on my blog so you can follow the developement of our idea! Will be in Tallin from July 4th until July 15th. Performing chambermusic in Tallin and in Pärnu with great Estonian musicians, looking very much forward to that!

Beatrice, left, Svetlana, right.

But right now, I´m chillin´ in Dalyan in Turkey with my for ever young and super sporty mum and dad. Relaxing and prepareing for new tasks. I travel much these days - in monkeyclass as often reffered to (with one adventurous ecxeption...) But when ever I travel with papa mafia - we travel 1st class. Dad, I take my hat off for you!!

Mon, 2010-06-21 16:09

The "Norwegian"-airplane leaving from Oslo to Tallin on June 15th unfortunately got hit by a vehicle on the ground. We had to change aircraft and the very nice crew wondered if somebody would volunteer to eventually sit in maybe not so confortable seats, due to the smaller plane we had to change to. Of course I said yes - and boy was I happy I did!! The most wonderful and super skilled pilots Petter and Lars made this trip - like a trip I am sure no drugs on this planet can match!! I am also sure everybody that didn´t volunteer were quite sorry when they saw where I got to sit in the end...mohahahaha!!

Another lucky guy was Ulf - Ulf is an underdog pokerplaying supernice guy really hitting it off these days, he just won a huge tournament online, bringing him to the big league in Tallin. All the best to you, Ulf! (Hm, maybe I should invest some money in this kid!)

Having said that - there is one more thing that has to be said. Petter and Lars - when Café de Concert get´s its own Café de Concert-plane, YOU will be hired as pilots! (PS: we just bought a BMW, so we´re getting there!!)

Love you guys! Thank´s for beeing such amazeing people! Norwegian should be proud to have you on their team!
And MAN, was that a great landing, Lars!!

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