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Piece for trombone,video and electronics

Full scale opera "Khairos" to be developed for Den Norske Opera
Libretto: Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen


Review of "Kyklop" (down the page), page 1, page 2, Dag og Tid (Norwegian, pdf)

New pieces:
"Code", for solo clarinet. Commissioned by Rolf Borch
and "Mikromani", for sinfonietta. Commissioned by BIT20 Ensemble
Scores and parts at MIC

Avgarde, Sardinen USF, Saturday December 5th at 18.00:
BIT20 Ensemble celebrates their 20th year anniversary, performs "Jug Band Rag", world premiere of "Mikromani"

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, with conductor Eivind Aadland, performs "Kyklop" december 3 and 4 in Grieghallen, Bergen at 19.30

Sardinen, USF Verftet, Saturday, November 14th at 19.00
"Prefix" and "Plok" for solo piano, performed by Mai Goto and Einar Røttingen

Exhibition, Satellitt at Lydgalleriet November 13-22 2009
Works by Victoria Johnson/Peter Tornquist, Knut Vaage and Henrik Hellstenius, video by Ellen Roed
Opening 13/11 at 19.00
Consert 13/11 at 20.00 with Victoria Johnson, Peter Tornquist, Else Olsen S and John Hegre. Premiere of new piece by Thomas Dahl


International choirfestival, Tolosa, Spain: The choir Gneis performs "Fire Songar" ("Four songs") in Basque Country and Navarra on tour week 44

Place: Ho Chi Minh City
Arena: Conservatory 
Transposition, concert 1
Date: 22.10.2009 
Conductor: Trond Korsgård
Francis Poulenc "Sonata for horn, trumpet and trombone"
Norwegian composers "Five greetings from Norwegian composers to the BIT20 anniversary 2009"
Knut Vaage "Odyssé" (excerpts)
Ton That Tiet "Tu Dai Canh" (Four Great Landscapes)
Bent Sørensen "This night of no moon"
Bohuslav Martinu "La Revue de Cuisine"
Transposition, concert 2
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, HCMC
BIT20 Ensemble peforms "Odyssé"

The Transposition project aims to build strategies for development and cooperation between some of the leading Vietnamese music institutions and selected Norwegian counterparts. BIT20 Ensemble contributes by working together with Vietnamese musicians.

Logen Teater, Bergen
Friday September 25
21.00: New chambermusic - exciting combination
Rolf Borch, clarinett and Marius Hesby, trombone
More info
Ørjan Matre: "Chant"
Knut Vaage: "Code" solo clarinet, world premiere
Bernt Sørensen: "The Bells of Vineta"
Luciano Berio: "Sequenza V"
More info

Development of 2 operas, in collaboration with BEK
More info

Einar Røttingen performs "Point of View", Sept 23, Ollioulles, France


Baroniet Rosendal
August 14, at 20.00
Hanne Bramness reads her poem ”Ørkentilstander” and Lars Amund Vaage reads his poem about the sheepfarmer. Music composed and performed by Knut Vaage
More info

New piece: "Høgsongen" (The song of Salomo). For Collegium Musicum, text from the bible. Durata 40 min


Music for outdoor theatre in Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen) June 10.-21. every day at 18:00: "Hvem har tatt min venstre sko?" ("Who took my left shoe?")
More info


Music for the exhibition "Perpetuity" by Yoel Vazquez at Gallery S12 March 6 to April 19

"Elektra" and "multiMORF II" on the operaroof
Music, Knut Vaage, Victoria Johnson, electric violin, Ellen Roed and HC Gilje, video, Thorolf Thuestad, sounddesign
Operaroof, Bjørvika 28.4 at 22
The project is supported by Norsk kulturråd and pilotfunds from NMH
Free admission
More info (NMH, Norwegian)
More info (Ballade, Norwegian)

March 28, USF Verftet, Sardinen, at 13.00: Premiere of new piece "Mannen", extracted from the opera "Someone is Going to Come".
Håkon Matti Skrede, tenor
Håkon Nilsen, clarinet
Knut Christian Jansson, piano
Lyrics: Jon Fosse
More info

March 24, opening of Borealis at Bergen Travpark, at 18.45. The project "Collage Spectacular" (including performance of "Graffiti")
More info
Review in Åsane Tidende (Norwegian)


"Paper" is a collaborative project between artists, mixing theatre, sculpture and music. Performance of "Noko", "Jug Band Rag" and "5 Moment"
Stord kulturhus, Friday 20.2.2009 at 19.30
Bømlo kulturhus, Saturday 21.2.2009 at 18
Kulturhuset Husnes, Sunday 22.2.2009 at 16 (note the time!)
Tickets: Adults kr 200,-/children kr 150,-
More info (word), poster and flyer(pdf)
Article in Fitjarposten (Norwegian)
Interview in Sunnhordland (Norwegian, pdf)
Interview in BT (Norwegian)
Review in Sunnhordland (Norwegian, pdf)

January 29, 2009
Røsbaks evening
Poetry by Lars Amund Vaage and Hanne Bramness
Pianoimprovisations by Knut Vaage 
Lillehammer Bryggeri at 20.00
Article (Norwegian)

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New piece for BUKO, for their 10th anniversary concert in Domkirken, Bergen, November 27 at 16.00

NSK (Nidaros Strykekvartett/Nidaros String Quartet) presents a new chamber music program:
Concert, November 20
Sallinen - String Quartet nr 3 op 19 ”Some aspects of Peltoniemi Hintriks Funeral March”
New piece by Knut Vaage
Mendelssohn - "Octet op 20 Eb-Major"

AVGARDE Saturday, November 19
Sardinen, USF-Verftet
Knut Vaage: "multiMORF 3"
John Arild Suther, trombone/electronics


Concert with Stord youth choir and Trio Vest, October 27. at 18.00, concerthall at Stord vidaregåande skule (Stord High School)
Music by Bach, Beethoven and Debussy and others
Knut Vaage:
"Regnværsommer" for cello
"Point of View" for piano
"Plokk" for piano
"Gjæsene" for flute, cello and piano
"Nøkkerose" for female choir, flute, cello and piano (premiere, new version)

Odda Literature Symposium, October 15 at 16:00
"Utanfor institusjonen"
Poems/recitation: Lars Amund Vaage
Music/electronics: Knut Vaage

Sunday, October 2 at 21.10, new piece "Mylder" on NRK-Hovedscenen
Watch the concert (from NRK)

Saturday Oct 1. Integra-festival
Arena: Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Academy of Music, The Studio Hall
BIT20 Ensemble
Conductor: Baldur Brönnimann
Elektronics/video "multiMORF 3": Thorolf Thuestad/HC Gilje
Trombone: John-Arild Suther
Kaja Saariaho: "Lichtbogen" (17’)
Knut Vaage: "multiMORF 3 for trombone og foss" (20’)
Iris ter Schiphorst: "Mein Vater" (Theme: Aung Sang Suu Kiy) World premiere (20’)
More info (word)
Pictures from "multiMorf 3" performance

multiForm 3 performance
(From "multiMorf 3" performance in Copenhagen. Photo: HC Gilje)

Premiere of new piece "Mylder" for KORK (Krinkastingsorkesteret), Sept 10. at 15.00, Aulaen in Oslo
More info
Review of "Mylder" on Thomas Erma Møller's blogg (Norwegian)

BAS celebrates 24 years, concert, September 1., at 15.00, Sandviksboder 59-61A
"multiMORF 2" (for el. violin, computer and video)
"multiMORF 3" (for trombone, waterfall, computer and video)
"improMORF" (for el. violin, synth, computer and video)
John-Arild Suther: trombone
Victoria Johnson: El. violin
Knut Vaage: synth/electronics
Thorolf Thuestad: sound design/computer
HC Gilje: video
More info (word)


14.8 at 18.00 BIT20 Ensemble "Odyssey"/"Odyssé"
Arena: Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg Museum (summer chamber music series)
Witold Lutoslawski: "Dance preludes"
Aleksandra Gryka: "Ambeoidal"
Lasse Thoresen: "Kvaternitet"
Knut Vaage: "Odyssé" (based on Griegs op.54) including some original Grieg movements
Conductor: Baldur Brönnimann
More info (word)

Baroniet Rosendal
Concert at Borggården, August 12
Lydlandskap (Soundscape)
BIT20 Ensemble
Composer: Knut Vaage
Introductions: Gunnar Danbolt
Conductor: Baldur Brönnimann
Trombone: John-Arild Suther
Electronics/sound design: Thorolf Thuestad
Video: HC Gilje
"multiMORF 3 for trombone og foss" (world premiere)
BIT20 writes about the concert:
BIT20 celebrate Knut Vaages fiftieth birthday at the stunningly beautiful manor of Rosendal with the world premiere of "multiMORF 3". This multimedia-piece de-stabilizes the boundaries between nature and culture, by fusing sounds of waterfalls and the trombone.
More info (Word-Norwegian)
Media/Articles (pdf)
Review from local newspaper Grenda (Norwegian, pdf)

The people behind Borggården concert
(From left: Knut, HC, Thorolf and John-Arild, some of the crew behind the concert in Rosendal)

Documentation version of "Electra", for el.violin, computergenerated tape and video.
Performed at SMC 2011 in Padova, July 9
Victoria Johnson, el.violin and Ellen Røed, video
More info


New pieces:
"Nøkkerose" for female choir, flute, cello and piano
"En klump med leire", for mixed choir, lyrics: Hanne Bramness
"(...kammerkommentar II...)", for chamber orchestra

Opera in two acts "Khairos" delivered as commissioned by Den Norske Opera & Ballett. Libretto: Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen. Premiere at Scene 2 in the season 2012/13

Norwegian Landings, Festspillene i Bergen
The Norwegian Armed Forces Band, Western Norway (FMKV) performs "Fremad marsj!", May 28, Torgallmenningen at 13.00-14.00
More info


Victoria Johnson: Electric violin in the digital space
NMH Levin and Lindemannsalen, Monday March 28 at 19.00
Tickets Nkr 150/50
Reservation due to limited seats:
Henrik Hellstenius: "Victoria Teller"
Victoria Johnson/Alexander R. Jensenius: "Transformation"
Thomas Dahl: "No Reason Aftermath"
John Hegre: TBA
Peter Tornquist/Victoria Johnson: Improvisation
Knut Vaage: "Multimorf II"
Knut Vaage "Electra"
Victoria Johnson: El- violin
Thorolf Thuestad: Sound design
Edvin Østvik: Sound design
Alexander Refsum Jensenius: Motion capture, light
Peter Tornquist: Laptop
HC Gilje and Ellen Røed: video
Direction consultants: Jon Tombre/Henrik Hellstenius
Scenographer: Sunniva Bodvin
Light: Sjur Brinck-Johnsen
Sound: Knut Vik
Stage management: Victoria Bomann-Larsen
Produced by Victoria Johnson
More info: 

Einar Røttingen performs "Point of View", March 1 in Nanjing, China, at Nanjing Arts Institute.


Opening of exhibition at Kabuso, February 26

Portrait, "Musikk i brennpunktet", NRK Radio P2, Wednesday, January 19 at 21.03 – 22.00

Nominated for Spellemannsprisen (Norwegian) for "Gardens of Hokkaido", in the category "Contemporary composer"