Category Archives: Music

Theodora Cormontan, forgotten composer

Photo: courtesy of Nancy Clasen, great-great-granddaughter of Theodora

A Minnesota couple discovered this little-known Norwegian composer in a box of discarded music, but they’re bringing her works to life Roy Jorgensen Hopewell Junction, N.Y. In May of 2011 Bonnie Jorgensen, a professional pianist, ran into some friends in a grocery store in St. Peter, Minnesota. They offered Bonnie some boxes of music that had been in ...

Disney’s “Frozen” music has Norwegian roots

Photo: Camilla Hay Jensen / Vuelie.com Frode Fjellheim, composer of “Vuelie.”

Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. “What wonderful music,” Disney fans are saying as they pour out of the theaters where the animated-film hit “Frozen” is playing. “It sounds sort of tribal. Is it African?” Wrong continent. The opening song in “Frozen” does indeed have a tribal sound, but it features a composer, conductor, and choir from Norway. The Disney production ...

Music with a message

Two teachers fight bullying in a creative way Kelsey Larson Copy Editor Bullying is a common problem is schools worldwide. Recently, on Oct. 10, Canadian teen Amanda Todd made headlines after she committed suicide, just a month after asking for help in a YouTube video that also detailed her years of abuse at the hands of her peers ...

The Boss is a fan of Lilyhammer

Springsteen (left) and Steven Van Zandt performing at Super Bowl XLIII.

And in Norway, the premiere episode lured in over a million viewers. Bruce Springsteen (62) was one of the excited spectators at the New York premiere of bandmate Steven Van Zandt's (61) new project, the Norwegian drama series "Lilyhammer." And Springsteen liked what he saw. Netflix, who bought the series, put on sneak previews in New York Wednesday. "I loved ...

Young rock musician killed in car crash

Anders Eikås in concert with Honningbarna. Photo: Facebook

The drummer in the Norwegian rock band "Honningbarna," Anders Askildsen Eikås (20), died in a car accident last night. The band's manager Louis Holbrook said this in a statement: "Honningbarna is a close-knit group of friends, and the band are obviously extremely upset by what has happened. Our thoughts go to Anders' family at this moment." The remaining ...

Christmas at the Royal Palace

The Royal Couple with the artists that participated in the christmas concert.

"Christmas at the Castle" Their Majesties King and Queen invite for the first time televised Christmas concert at the royal palace. 01.12.2011 King and Queen invited 200 young people from the four projects that the Crown Princess's Fund works with, to a Christmas concert in the castle's Great Hall. Cooperation projects are "Run for your life," "street art ...

Donkeyboy releases new single

The five-man band Donkeyboy. Photo: Promotional

After a two-year hiatus, popular Norwegian band Donkeyboy releases "City Boy." It has been a while since we've heard anything from the Drammen-based band Donkeyboy, which in 2009 debuted with the album Caught In A Life. Their two hit singles "Ambitions" and "Sometimes" dominated Norwegian airwaves for some time afterward. At one point the band also ...

Government support to musicians doubles

Mari Boine, a Sami artist, has been among the musicians who have benefitted from the arrangement.

In connection with the reorganization of the Norwegian Concert Institute's public concerts, funds have been transferred from the Norwegian Concert Instutite to benefit programs for musicians and promoters under the Norwegian Arts Council. "Our wish is that more musicians are able to go on tour, and dare to take on smaller sites and other concert venues. ...

American debut for Bernhoft

photo: ellen.warnerbros.com

Norwegian musician Jarle Bernhoft made his American TV debut on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Sept. 27. "My producers showed me your Youtube video, and I was just blown away, it's very very impressive," said Ellen DeGeneres on her show on Wednesday morning. Bernhoft, wearing his trademark big plastic glasses and a pink shirt under his ...