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Mon, 2013-05-27 09:32
Paintings on wood by Ida Abotnes, I absolutely love her style!! My good friend Anette Trettebergstuen (letf in photo, fabulous politician) introduced me to the Minister of Culture this weekend, serving hot dogs and champagne - this we like! So I invited the Minister for coffee at Café de Concert. About time the Norwegian Goverment and Café de Concert starts to collaborate. Just signed a superdupercool collaboration with Pareto Productions, (Frode and Andrea - left in photo) they will be behind the cameras pimping and pumping up Café de Concert on your videoscreen. Enjoy the videos coming up! I love beeing a concert pianist.
Mon, 2013-05-27 09:15
(My homie Øyvind Fritzen, above to the right, used to play pro b ball, next to him is Stian Emil Berg who is currently playing college b ball in Florida, and he´s standing next to his father - my former coach when I played with Fritzen before he went pro....and I went crazy: Mr. Pål Berg) It was raining cats and dogs outside Café de Concert in Oslo last Wednesday. So Aksel decided to call some good friends and invited them to a "Basketball Get Together". This is how we roll on a rainy day - at Café de Concert. Staff from Jura Coffee - coolest staff in the world! DJ Fartman swingin' it! Café de Concet´s Poppel serving you  some funky shit! Game time....!!!  
Thu, 2013-05-23 10:39
I am SOOOOO thrilled about this extended sponsorship by www.sup.no !!!!!!! Gaute - you are the MAN! Check out this video on my facebook account I am out and about "doing the Ravel at sea" with my man Arne Olav Wagenius from www.x-run.no I am out paddeling almost EVERYDAY, dude just call me an impressionist in real life! Wanna try? Hit me! And yeah....I had my own parade on May 17th.....!!
Thu, 2013-05-02 19:59
Got the booze....vørterøl/vørterløøøøv /vørter-love (aincent Viking beer with no alcohol, brewed to build muscles) ....and the inspiration ready; me. It´s aaaall about me, my self and I. Nobody else is going to help you in life anyway, haha. Check out my facebook fanpage and listen to some of the motives I will be using in the pianoconcerto. Very rythmical and groovy! Click on the groovy stuff to listen.
Fri, 2013-04-12 12:34
Just came back from 10 days in the Maldives....can´t say I really wanted to leave that paradise, but I will say this - if God doesn´t bring me back there when I die, I will change my religion! I am now ready for the urban jungle. Bring it!
Fri, 2013-03-15 14:58
Packed with grown and small children - Mozart was in town!
Just before I put on my wig Nemo was trying to save the world on the big screen....
 
And then Kristine the Wizard showed Mozart how to do magic.....!!!!
It´s snowing outside in Oslo today...snowflakes playing in an atmosphere they no longer understand....time and space is longer as it used to be...Listen to they told me this afternoon through the glass door to Café de Concert:
Fri, 2013-03-01 15:10
Was such a great vibe at Café de Concert on Feb 21st when people came to see me....naked :D HAHA!! ;) Just wanted to make a statement - "we should use naked bodies in the name of art more than we use naked bodies do to trigger a sexual vibe, in order to get the attention of our audience". To emphesize this I invited two good friends of mine, Ida Koppang and Angelika Tilly - wonderful poleart dancer, do their amazing choreography when Café de Concerts regular DJ Andy Cross was spinning Stravinskij´s "Rite of Spring". THAT was unforgettable.
Hansa sponsored us with "vørterøl" (malt bear). I am actually breastfed on "vørterøl". You might find the taste a bit funky at first, but James Brown is funky - so why bother drinking regular beer, when you can be like James Brown! Yesterday Porsche Center Oslo launhed the new Cayman....words can simply not describe the beauty of this beast.... Today they put in a 911 cab....do you dare come and sit down in it...? And speaking of which, a black 911 rested outside my place - just to get everybody´s attention;)
People that came to see the sneak peak preview went nuts! And so did I, haha...
Coming back from concerts in the US to THIS:
...just makes my artistic heart go BOOOOM!!!!
 As an extra encore I had the amazing Fredrik Hovland  (left in photo) with his Mandolin Orchestra (right in photo) perform Øysteins Sunde´s "Frøken Bibelstripp". Need I say people went crazy? See you on March 14th when I perform my Mozart show for kids :) Bring your kid and your inner child ;)
 
Sun, 2013-02-17 15:03
Was great performing at the WMP in NYC again yesterday evening, boy did I miss that!! Performed some new compositions related to paintings by Munch and showed off a couple of new musical licks and verbal tricks! A cool gang from the audience went out to party with me after the concert, true to the Kolstad concert tradition! Thank you Porsche Center Oslo for sposoring this great event in light of the 150 year Munch jubilee - NYC! My head looks really wierd in this photo, haha!
Fri, 2013-02-15 01:03

Two down, one to go! The concert-event for Jotun last night was unforgettable, thank you for having me performing! The lunch concert earlier for Sjømannskirken and the Norwegian Ambassador and his wife was also very much fun! Relaxed a bit today (still in New Orleans), went to the gym, worked a bit online before take off for NYC tomorrow. Hope to see you for my first Edvard Munch Concert in NYC this Saturday at 6 pm at the WMP Concert Hall, sponsored by Porsche Center Oslo! Click attending here.

I went shopping...RED (and a pair of gray) LEATHER Converse! Doesn´t get any better than that! And I bought new head wear....

Custum heated, shaped and bent!!!!!

Mon, 2013-02-11 07:10
Landed a little over noon at Newark today, after craving for NYC for one year. Last time I was here was actually all the way back in February 2012. Since then I have had projects and concerts going on in the far east. So it was DEFINETLY good to be back. Since 2007 this is actually my 20th time in the Big Apple. So you can imagine how it has felt like not to be in the city for a year. NYC is where I belong, No doubt about it. This is where I blossom. And I will probably hit the city hard 6 times between fall 2013 and fall 2014 with concerts and artsy fartsy Kolstad projects. I will continue doing that as looong as possible! After two hours in customs at Newark I looked at the time frame to my connecting flight to New Orleans. 8:45 pm. I jumped in a cab and flew like Superman between streets and avenues in Manhattan. Told the cab driver to pull over as soon as I saw the flashing lights of Times Square. And where did he drop me off? Right in front of the New York Times. Guess who went inside and announced my concert on Feb 16th….! Strolled around in Times Square bit, sucking in all of what the energetic spot had to offer. And a chai latte from Starbucks. After my favorite meal in NYC - Halal, chicken over rice. 5 dollars. Sweet! Hit the subway...how much I love this city...: ....after drooling over Derrick Rose jersey´s at Champs. Said hello to my friends at the Turkish café on 52nd street between 1st and 2nd av. The Norwegian Seaman´s Church was closed (were you guys partying on the rooftop with the priest again??) so I ran, danced and sang out loud until I hit 57th and Madison. Went to that Mexican place where I normally both eat and go to the loo. Forgot to lock the door when I took a crap. A young man opened the door. I said, oh, shit sorry. We laughed. He stood there for a while, while I was still sitting down - we had a nice chat for a while. This only happenes in NYC, of course. Pace Prints was also closed on this beautiful Sunday (who can blame them), so I took a walk in Central Park. Time stood still for a while. Went to the Apple Store to fire up some emails, meet a Norwegian family, invited them to my concert  next week. Stopped by Gallerie Champs Elysées (boy do I want those guys to exhibit at Café de Concert….what they got behind their windows…THAT my fellow Norwegians….THAT is art!!) Not far from the gallery lies a small place covered in smoke. De la Concha Tobacconist. They had put on the game between the Lakers and the Heat. I was standing outside the window watching the game for a bit. At 9:13 in the 3rd quarter Howard and Haslem got into a bit of a tangled up tango. Heat were up by one, 58-57. I jumped in a cab back to Newark. Wrote this, and now finally sitting down again after a couple of hours more in the air  - writing from New Orleans at the Marriot Hotel. Let the games begin!! Lunch concert at Wednesday at the Seaman´s Church, then performing for a couple of hundred at Jotun´s big event the same evening. Munch Recital back in NYC on Feb 16th. But FIRST - Mardi Gras parade this Tuesday, jiiiiihaaaaaa!!!!

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