Love Theme featuring Catharina Chen

My “Love Theme” in a chamber ensemble version is finally out! You can read about it in The Strad and Catharina also visited the radio (NRK) to talk about it and other things.

The music is performed by Catharina Chen (violin), Audun Sandvik (cello), Petter Richter (guitar) and an anonymous pianist. It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Åse Ava Lange Fredheim, and artwork is by Saloni Sinha. I originally composed «Love Theme» for a film, but made a new chamber arrangement encouraged by Arve Tellefsen who had a few suggestions. Hope you all like it!🐳💕

Me and Catharina in The Strad
Animated artwork video

I’m on TV

It was a huge kick to have my music performed in the great Fartein Valen hall in Stavanger! NRK Rogaland followed me for half a day to collect two minutes of glimpses from the day of the concert. You can watch the television report here.

We didn’t manage to fill all 1500 seats, but the audience that came were wonderful, and I had them sing – In the aria Gi meg solen from Heroin Chic Elise cannot say the last word, so the audience does. After this song the musicians performed Elises klage and the huge organ produced incredible deep and loud tones. The concert was recorded, so I might share some excerpts later.

Julie Hasfjord (soprano), Ashley Tong (violin), Elena Cotrone (violin), Jonathan Siahaan (piano), Xiiaoti Guo (viola), Sebastian Kolin (cello) and Ådne Sæverud (organ) perform “Gi meg solen” and “Elises klage” from Heroin Chic by Solveig Sørbø and Maria Kjos Fonn. Photo by Foppe Schut.

Concert in Stavanger Concert Hall

On August 4th I have something big coming up! I will have a new work premiered in Stavanger Concert Hall! Soprano Julie Hasfjord will perform the aria “Elises klage” (“Elise’s Lament”) as well as “Gi meg solen” / “Voggesang ved soloppgang” (“Give me the Sun” / Lullaby at Dawn) together with some brilliant musicians: Ashley Tong (violin), Sebastian Kolin (cello) and Jonathan Siahaan (piano) of the award-winning Heathcliff Trio will be joined by Elena K. Cotrone (violin), Xiaoti Guo (viola) and Ådne Sæverud (organ). The performance is part of a free concert featuring works by 8 composers invited by the festival Stavanger K&Mfest (big thanks!). This will be the first time I get to use the gigantic and majestic organ of the Fartein Valen hall (thank you!), and I am extremely excited about it! There is space for an audience of 1500 and I really hope the event can attract this many. With 8 composers and tens of musicians there should most definetely be music that will be music in your ears! Read more about the concert here. Hope to see you!

Forprosjektstøtte og her er en smakebit

Det blir forprosjekt takket være Kulturrådet ! Det betyr at Maria Kjos Fonn og jeg skal leke masse med folk, gråte masse blod, og være frustrerte og inspirerte. Et lite utdrag fra Marias morbide libretto:

Er skåret ned til knokler, ben

Markspist og endelig ren

Ribbet fra svor, flesk og fett

Dø ung, bli et vakkert sjelett

🖤

Photo by Felipe Hueb on Pexels.com

Heroin Chic – Opera

I received grants from Norsk Komponistforening, TONO and NOPA in order to develop the opera “Heroin Chic” 💰💰💰 (thank you!) This means that we are a step closer to realizing this very ambitious project, and I am so thrilled! While this is an important step, we still need to get much more funding so that we can assemble a whole team and get shit done! Here is me sending a message in a bottle 🍾 out on the vast oceans hoping someone will be interested in a collaboration. The message reads:

Dear reader! I am so happy you found my message. Do you work with an ensemble, an opera house or perhaps a festival? Would you like to work with me on making an opera about substance abuse, promiscuity, a cunning death wish, light and darkness? Below is more information and a short video where you hear a little bit of the aria “Voggesang ved soloppgang”. I also have a project description and many work samples that I’ll gladly share with you if you are interested. Do get in touch if you have any questions or just want a peek into our process. Hope to hear from you soon! xx Sincerely, Solveig Sørbø

Introduction: Elise comes from a musical home at Uranienborg in Oslo. Everything is seemingly safe, yet she wants to get away from home. She wants to be weightless, not leave traces. She tries everything. Asceticism, transgressions, too little too much. Finally it’s there. The intoxication that gives her everything she has wanted – namely nothing. To fade out, get numb. Heroin chic is an opera about a social descent without any clear cause. About a disorder that is not soiled by external circumstances. It is enough in itself. The essence.

Format: The opera is threefold and can be performed in parts or in one. The opera needs a small orchestra and singers, and we are open to upscaling and downscaling. One of the parts is a church opera, hence a great fit for church music festivals, but all parts can be adapted to different conditions.

From “Voggesang ved soloppgang” by Maria Kjos Fonn and Solveig Sørbø, performed at Biermannsgården by Susanna Wolff, Sverre Indris Joner, Visobel Black and Mirsaeed Hosseiny Panah.

New job and other news

Guys, I have a new job in NRK P2. As you may know already I am a person with many hats. Music is my passion, but I also enjoy doing various things within culture and academia. I recently rounded up my own radio show / podcast Solveigs Speisa Musikk (it will keep existing in the æther and on a pop-up basis) and found time to look for something new. I came to notice that NRK (Norwegian National Broadcast) needed people to work for them at busy times and my inner voice said something like “I MUST GET THAT JOB” (profound, r ight?). And I went for it. This is how I did it (it wasn’t easy) —-> Only for people who can guess the password (currently it is something famously known as the answer to everything). You can also ask me;) – trying out something new here: My secret (soon to be dionysian) room.

I also had a speisa party! It was so so nice. A band played, two DJs played, there was a round of slavic songs, and some of my dearest friends and others were there. Perhaps I should make more parties like that!

Oh, and I am also collaborating with Bjørn Charles Dreyer and Saleh Mahfoud on some music (mainly my compositions) that we will play at the opening of the house of geology in Oslo. I really really want to get it on tape! They are AMAZING musicians and creators and I love them.

While I’m at it: I will be working on a duet for singers, strings quintet and piano. Part of my opera in the making (ask me for the secret link!). More on that soon!

Me snapping a classic mirror toilet selfie during the party for Solveigs Speisa Musikk

MusicLab Copenhagen vant en pris og jeg besøkte P2!

Fjorårets storveise MusicLab med Danish String Quartet vant prisen “Årets klassiske begivenhed” som deles ut av Danmarks Radio. Prisen gikk til DSQ og RITMO, men jeg føler meg også stolt siden jeg var med å starte selve MusicLab! Her er en sak i Ballade og i tillegg var jeg gjest i Studio 2 hvor jeg snakket om MusicLab, musikkforskning og viktigheten av musikalske opplevelser.

Conference in Slovakia

Hello there! A few weeks ago I participated in a conference in Slovakia together with Erlend Mokkelbost and Per Skranglebein as “cultural experts”. The project is about an old manor house in a small bat-loving Slovak village called Želiezovce, which also has a folk music festival. I hope to keep contributing to this! Here is my video for the conference. The assignment was to present myself and my work, and the bonus is that I now have a decent reel / presentation video. Get to know me in 4 minutes below, and read about the project here.

The video was made by the amazing Mali Galaaen Røsseth and myself.

Soon…

I have some exciting news coming up soon. I will be teaming up with an engineer behind a really popular app, developing some content. Say no more… Actually I really wanna say it! I am always like that. I buy people gifts and can’t wait til the occasion, just give it straight away. I make music and can’t wait with releasing it even though I know a publishing plan is important. Still, I have plenty of music still in progress, for years, and it aches me. Oh, btw, I will try to process write a bit here sometimes, not self-criticizing too much. The readily thought and polished utterances are plenty everywhere, so let us see where my new ways lead…

Image: Me by me holding hair band as if it had some significance.