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PROJECTS

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New piece for Ensemble 96 and Current sax-quartet, "PAX".

New piece for ensemble Aksiom and four voices, "Solemn".

Recording of "Love me" in Uranienborg church with
Ensemble 96 and fiddler Mari Skeie Ljones, conducted by
Nina Karlsen. Reviews.

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This is a chamber music festival, with a focus on young and talented musicians and composers, in the heart of southern Norway, Telemark. The founders and artistic directors are Øystein Waage (clarinet), Øyvind Sundsvalen (piano), and Martin Ødegaard (composer). NKF on www and facebook.

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AKSIOM

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Aksiom is an ensemble for new music founded in 2010 by composers Martin Rane Bauck, Kai Grinde Myrann, Martin Ødegaard and nine dedicated musicians, most of them having studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The ensemble aims at creating its own characteristic sound through close collaboration over several projects and extensive use of workshops.

Aksiom held its debut concert on October 2nd 2010 in Grønland kirke in collaboration with Ny Musikk, where three new pieces by the composers where performed. On April 3rd 2011, Aksiom presented its Radbrekk project where three masterpieces from the classical repertoire were mashed up and rewritten in new versions; Bach’s chaconne for solo violin, Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, and the first movement from Beethoven’s third symphony.

At the 2011 Ultima festival, Aksiom held a concert at the the Norwegian Academy of Music, September 13th, and participated in Exit, Ultima’s grande finale at the National Academy of Arts, September 17th.

In 2012, Aksiom collaborated with Maja Ratkje, and held a concert March 28th, with music by Øyvind Mæland, Johan Svensson (SE), Martin Ødegaard and Martin Rane Bauck.

Musicians:

Lynetta Taylor Hanson – flutes
Fredrik Brandstorp Olsen – saxophones
Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø – trombone
Anders Kregnes Hansen – percussion
Jonas Cambien – piano
Ole Martin Huser-Olsen – guitar
Oda Gihle Hilde – violin
Sverre Kyvik Bauge – cello
Christian Meaas Svendsen – double bass

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WORKS 

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Ferdaminni
Soprano, baritone, cello and piano / 2017 / 50:00
commissioned by ensemble Elvesus
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PAX
Mixed choir, 6 solo voices and saxophone quartet /
2017 / 10:00
commissioned by Ensemble 96
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RO
Brass ensemble and string trio / 2016 / 15:00
commissioned by Telemark Messingensemble
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For your ears only
String orchestra and 6 voices / 2016 / 16:00
commissioned by Telemark kammerorkester
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Musikk til danseforestillingen "Underlandet"
Saxophone, 4 male voices and electroacoustics /
2015 / 75:00
commissioned by Rom for Dans
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Wound
Mezzo-soprano, viola and piano / 2015 / 7:00
commissioned by Sanae Yoshida
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Draumkvedar
Folksinger, hardangerfiddle, choir in 3 groups and electroacoustics / 2015 / 20:00
commissioned by Oslo internasjonale kirkemusikkfestival
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Verso la notte
6 instruments and 2 male voices / 2014 / 9:00
commissioned by Norsjø Kammermusikkfest
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Love Me
Fiddle, folk singer and dubble choir / 2014 / 7:00
commissioned by The Norwegian Youth choir
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Myllarguten, Grieg'en og så videre
Hardangerfiddle, string quartet and piano / 2014 / 15:00
commissioned by Norsjø Kammermusikkfest
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Hvørvur
choir of six voices / 2014 / 6:00
commissioned by Mpiri Vocal ensemble
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Love Me
Mixed Choir in 2 groups, Violin and Baritone / 2014 / 7:00
commissioned by the Norwegian Youth Choir

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RUAH - di Venosa
saxophone quartet and mixed choir / 2013 / 22:00
commissioned by Current saxophone quartet
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Readings of Kafka
baritone and 9 instruments / 2012 / 23:00
commissioned by Eirik Krokfjord
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Presence of remains #1
violin and double bass / 2012 / 9:00
commissioned by Vilde & Inga
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Music to the dance production ”Bæ:re”
Girls choir, male quartet and electronics / 2011-12 / 55:00
commissioned by Rom for dans
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Ascent
male quartet (TTBB)
with improvising girls choir ad lib
/ 2012 / 8:00
(score-pdf)
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Orbitor – innsircling –

saxophone and 10 instruments / 2012 / 15:00
commissioned by Fredrik B Olsen
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Ein vanleg arbeidsmann – a portrait of the poet Olav H. Hauge
9 voices (SSSAATTBB) and electroacoustics / 2011 / 12:30
commissioned by Uranienborg vokalensemble (score-pdf)
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Paraphrase – a l’après-midi d’un faune
9 instruments / 2011 / 14:00
commissioned by Aksiom
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Maria- vita miracula contemplationis
female folk-singer and mixed choir (SSAATTBB) / 2010 / 9:30
commissioned by Schola Cantorum
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Kvervande Omskapt
hardanger fiddle / 2010 / 6:30
commissioned by Vegar Vårdal
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IRIS
4 horns and string quartet / 2010 / 9:00
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Møte med Bjørnson (text; Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson)
female choir (SSSAAA) / 2010 / 8:00
commissioned by Kvindelige studenters sangforening
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Concerto for hardangerfiddle and sinfonietta / 2010 / 15:00
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Readings of Schoenberg
orchestra / 2009 / 5:00
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KOMM
mixed choir (SSAATTBB) / 2008-2009 / 10:00
(purchase here)
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Stone Piece (a translation)
string quintet / 2008 / 8:00
in cooperation with artist Øystein Wyller Odden
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Kløyvd (text: Tarjei Vesaas)
2 folksingers and hardanger fiddle / 2008 / 12:00
commissioned by Telemarkfestivalen 2008

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NEWS

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19/11/2017
World premiere of "PAX", performed by Ensemble 96 and
Current saxophone quartet, dir; Nina T Karlsen,
Uranienborg kirke, Oslo.

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28/10/2017
"Love me", performed by Ensemble 96, dir; Nina T Karlsen,
Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo

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21/10/2017
"Love me", performed by Norges ungdomskor, dir; Vivianne
Sydnes. Oslo Domkirke.

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September 2017
Release of "So is my love" by Ensemble 96, on 2L , produced
by Morten Lindberg. Includes the piece "Love Me", with the fiddler Mari Skeie Ljones, conducted by Nina Karlsen.

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29/4/2017
"Wound", performed by  Dorina Komani,  Michael Grolid
and Eirin Rognerud, during Norsjø Kammermusikkfest,
Gullbring, Bø.

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3 - 4/11/2016
World premiere of "RO", performed by Telemark Messingensemble and Glima.
Seljord and Sauherad kirke, Telemark.

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19/8/2016
World premiere of "Vegen", commissioned by Telemarks
festivalen 2016. Performed by Vegar Vårdal, Andreu Jacob,
Aasmund Nordstoga, Liv Ulvik and Martin Ødegaard.
Bø kirke, Telemark.

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28/5 and 3/6/2016
"Love me", performed by Ensemble 96 and Mari Skeie Ljones. Fredrikstad and Oslo.

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3 - 13/12/2015
The dance production "Underlandet" has 8 performances.
Rom for dans, Oslo.

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15/11/2015
World premiere of "Wound", performed by Benedicte Royer,
Eira Sjåstad Huse and Sanae Yoshida.
Holocaust senteret, Bygdøy.

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23/4/2015
World premiere of "Verso la notte", performed by Lucie Horsh, ensemble from Norsjø Kammermusikkfest.
Nes Kirke, Telemark.

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10/3/2015
World premiere of "Draumkvedar - son av kjærleik",
performed by Oslo Domkor, Berit Opheim, Vegar Vårdal
and Martin Ødegaard.
Gamle Aker kirke, Oslo.

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15/1/2015
Second part of "Bæ-re" being played at Rom for dans, Oslo.

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8/11/2014
World premiere of "Hvørvur", performed by Mpiri vocal
ensemble. Nordatlantens Brygge, Copenhagen.

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3/8 - 10/8 2014
World premiere and tour with "Love Me", performed by
The Norwegian Youth-Choir. Concerts in; Johanneskirken
Bergen. Keble college and Merton college, Oxford.
Soutwark Cathedral, London. Oslo Domkirke.

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26/4/2014
World premiere of "Myllarguten, Griegen og så videre",
performed by Vegar Vårdal, Øyvind Sundsvalen and
string quartet, during the first Norsjø Kammermusikkfest,
Evju Bygdetun, Telemark.

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5/4/2014
"Readings of Kafka", performed by Aksiom and
Eirik Krokfjord, Grønland kirke, Oslo.

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23/11/2013
World premiere of "RUAH - di Venosa" , performed by
Current saxophone quartet and Ensemble 96.
Fagerborg kirke, Oslo.

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24/8/2013
"Maria", performed by Unni Løvlid and the Norwegian
soloist choir
. Sagene kirke, Oslo.

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April 2013
Release of "A hymn to the Virgin", Schola Cantorum.
Contemporary sacred choral music, on the prize awarded label 2L, including the work "KOMM" by Martin Ødegaard.

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18/1/2013

World premiere of "Readings of Kafka",
performed by Eirik Krokfjord and Aksiom,
Interkulturelt museum, Oslo.

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23/5/1012
”Orbitor”, performed by Fredrik B. Olsen and Aksiom
Levinsalen NMH, Oslo.

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19 – 27/4/2012
The dance production ”Bæ:re” has 10 performances during
7 days, Grunerhallen, Oslo.

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28/3/2012
World premiere of ”Orbitor”, performed by Fredrik B. Olsen
and Aksiom, Levinsalen NMH, Oslo.

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29/9/2011
”Ein Vanleg Arbeidsmann”, performed by
Uranienborg Vokalensemble , Uranienborg Menighetshus, Oslo.

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25/9/2011
”Ein Vanleg Arbeidsmann”, performed by
Uranienborg Vokalensemble, Sagavoll folkehøgskole, Sauherad.

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24/9/2011
World premiere of ”Ein Vanleg Arbeidsmann”,
performed by Uranienborg Vokalensemble,
Nes Kirke,Sauherad.

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13/9/2011
”Paraphrase”, performed by Aksiom
musikkbaren NMH, Ultima contemporary music festival 2011.

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22/8/2011
”Concerto for hardanger fiddle and sinfonietta”,
performed by Athelas Sinfonietta and Vegar Vårdal
Concert hall RDAM , Young nordic music days 2011,
Copenhagen.

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15/8/2011
”Concerto for hardanger fiddle and sinfonietta”,
performed by Oslo Sinfonietta and Vegar Vårdal
Gamle Logen Oslo, during Oslo chamber music festival 2011.

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2/4/2011
World premiere of ”Paraphrase”, performed by Aksiom
Cafetheateret, Oslo.

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25/3/2011
”Maria”, performed by Schola Cantorum and Unni Løvlid
Østenstad church, Oslo.

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16/2/2011
”KOMM”, performed by Schola Cantorum
Uranienborg church, Oslo.

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28/11/2010,
World premiere of ”Maria”, perfomed twice during two
concerts by Schola Cantorum and Unni Løvlid
Gamle Aker church, Oslo.

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31/10/2010
”KOMM”, performed by Schola Cantorum
Gamle Aker church, Oslo.

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26/10/2010
”KOMM”, performed by Schola Cantorum
St. Ignazio church, Roma.

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24/10/2010
World premiere of ”Møte med Bjørnson”, performed by
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STYLE  AND  IDEA

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"The image is a pure creation of the mind. It cannot rise from a comparison but from the rapprochement of two or more less distant realities. The more the two realities which are brought together are remote and accurate, the stronger the image will be – the more it will have emotive power and poetic reality."

(Pierre Reverdy)


"The composer reveals the inmost essence of the world and utters the most profound wisdom in a language which his reason does not understand, just as a magnetic somnambulist dives disclosures about things which she has no idea of when awake."

(Schopenhauer)


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ABOUT

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Martin Ødegaard was born in 1983 in Telemark. Studies in folk-music at Telemark university college with Anne Gravir and Sondre Bratland as mentors. Studies in composition at the Norwegian Academy of music with Bjørn Kruse, Henrik Hellstenius and Lasse Thoresen as his main mentors.

His concert music has been performed by ensebles like; Oslo sinfonietta, Athelas sinfonietta Copenhagen, The Norwegian radio orchestra, Aksiom, Current saxophone quartet, Telemark messingensemble, Schola cantorum, The Norwegian soloist choir, Ensemble 96, Uranienborg vocal ensemble, The Norwegian youth choir and Oslo Domkor among others.

To write new music with authentic folk-elements into contemporary sound-images has been a main focus in works as; ”Maria” and ”Concerto for hardangerfiddle and sinfonietta”.
This concept has led to several collaborations with excellent folk- musicians like; Unni Løvlid, Berit Opheim, Vegar Vårdal and Aasmund Nordstoga.

Another concept that has been present in works as; "KOMM", "Paraphrase", "Maria" and "Readings of Schoenberg" is to use music by other composers as a starting point, for further development of ideas and for composing possible complex musical situations. To take advantage of some "original" musical materials references, stretched into different directions, projected into a new palette of sounds, is often quite powerful, and might give the listener  an intense and grasping experience.

Martin Ødegaard has also written music for several large dance/stage productions. ”Bæ-re” (2012),  and "Underlandet" (2015), both comissioned by Rom for Dans, Oslo.

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He won the ”academy-prize 2006” in Rauland, and the work ”Stone-piece” exhibited at Henie Onstad art center, won the first prize in the competition ”Absorbation and resonance 2009” (Notam).
He has recieved several scholarships, and receives in 2012-2014 working grant from the Norwegian art council.

Martin Ødegaard is a member of New Musics composers group, and of the Norwegian society of composers.


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CONTACT

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Martin Ødegaard
Prestholtvegen 48
3812 Akkerhaugen

0047 908 31 385

komponistmartinodegaard@gmail.com

wiew profile on facebook

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"My music is best understood by children and animals." (Igor Stravinsky)


One of my main compositional  projects is about combining instrumental and vocal timbres, read more about it here.


Some of my smaller choir pieces and arrangements can be purchased here
and here.

"Inspiration comes of working every day." (Charles Baudelaire)


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