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The Color Beneath – Concerts at Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival 2015

Welcome to experience exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn and Anders Røine in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

The Color Beneath by musician and composer ELISABETH VATN was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir at Ekeberg sculpture park. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs with ANDERS RØINE (Norwegian dulcimer, langeleik, jew’sharp, violin).

Contemporary artist JAMES TURRELL works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeld explores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

Ekeberg sculpture park: Skyspace/ Ganzfeld

Thursday 10 September, 6:30–8:10 pm                                                                                                               Friday 11 September, 6:30–8:10 pm (free – part of Oslo Cultural Night)                                                 Saturday 12 September, 6:30–8:10 pm                                                                                                               Sunday 13 September, 6–7:30am and 6:30–8:10 pm

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What a great night! Chateau Neuf Spelemannslag – CNS! Riksscenen 29.08.15

What a great night! Last saturday we were back together again as Chateau Neuf Spelemannslag – CNS! Love it! The fabulous Roger Tallroth was there – like he was on our debut album in 1994, and for the first time we had the pleasure of playing with the most lovely artist and singer Aasmund Nordstoga. Thanks Tord Knudsen for the great light work and filming and Fridtjof Lindeman for the great sound! Even our juniors – the offspring joined us for some tunes! Thanks Knut Utler for catching some great moments with your camera! Next stop Osafestivalen.

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All photos by Knut Utler

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Chateau Neuf Spelemannslag is back!

Chateau Neuf Spelemannslag is back! Saturday 29th 2015 we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our first recording, “Spell” with a concert at Riksscenen, Oslo. Other concerts and festival appearances will follow! Among our coolest moments was when we were featured in the final episode of The Simpsons 20th season. This song has been shared 100 000 times on YouTube in various forms.

From the episode, “Coming to Homerica”. The music is actually a Norwegian song called “Hopparen” by Chateau Neuf Spelemannslag from their album, “Tjuvgods”. …


Stave Church Songs to Iceland from Vestmannaeyar to Siglufjörður 30. June - 2. July

After years of touring in Stave Churches, we’ve been waiting for the opportunity to go to Westman Islands in Iceland to give a concert in the beautiful Heimaey Stave Church. This summer one of our ”Stave Church Dreams” came true. The concert took place June 30th, and the percussionist Hans Hulbækmo joined the ensemble for the first time. Two days later we played in Siglufjordur church in the very north of Iceland. Here are some pictures:

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The Heymaey stave church is located at the old harbour in Heimaey island. The big cliff to the left is called Heimaklettur and is one of the island’s most famous landmarks.


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Although the beautiful stave church on the island of Heimaey in the Westman Islands is not as old as you might think, its roots go deep in history. It was built and consecrated in the year 2000, and presented to the Icelandic nation by Norway in commemoration of the thousand-year anniversary of Iceland’s conversion to Christianity, and contains a replica of the Norwegian medieval altarpiece of Saint Olav.

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We played our Stave Church Concert at the Siglufjörður festival, where some hundereds of people came in the audience. Compared to the Stave Church it was maybe 20 times more space!


Lux Illuxit to the Folk Music Festival of Siglufjordur July 1st - 5th 2015

Lux Illuxit, which premiered in Oslo 2014, was invited to the The Folk Music Festival of Siglufjordur to play several concerts from July 1st – 5th 2015

The festival is a five days music event held annually in Siglufjordur North Iceland. The main focus is on Icelandic and Scandinavian folk music as well as world music and folk dances. 15-20 concerts are held in different locations of the town, like the church, theatres, club venues and the Herring Era Museum.

Here’s our venue on the opening day of the festival: The Herring Museum.

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Get in at the Herring museum. Anders Røine with the Hardanger fiddle. Ivar Örn Sverrisson sound chequing.

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The next days we played in the church, in the dance hall, held a lecture and played at the boat in the Herring Museum again!


The Folk Music Center of Siglufjordur also organizes a Folk Music Academy in conjunction with the University of Iceland, to coincide with the Folk Music Festival. Elisabeth Holmertz and Elisabeth Vatn gave a lecture about ”The Music at the time of St. Olav” while Poul Høxbro – our flute and drum player gave norwegian dance lectures together with Øyonn Groven Myhren, another Norwegian artist who came to the festival to sing with her and Poul’s duo.

Here: running along the extraordinary paths in the mountain sides of Siglufjordur.


A pittoresque moment in Siglufjordur!


And after playing in the city of the Herring, next stop, according to the map, seems to be The North Pole!



Finally making a “Lars i Pipa” album!

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After many years of touring with Lars i Pipa, we’re finally making an album. The first recording sessions started in April, at the studio ”Lydkjøkkenet” at Jeløya. We’ll continue this fall recording more music and text, and we’re looking forward to create som hideous, sweet, crackling, frightful, glorious, squeaky, pumping, humming sound effects! There will also be bees, bears and honey. Update will follow. The CD will be released on Talik Records in 2016.

Lars på CD!

Etter mange år med Lars i Pipa live på skoler og scenen skal vi endelig spille inn hele historien CD! Opptakene startet hos Øystein Vesaas i ”Lydkjøkkenet” på Jeløya i april og vi fortsetter denne høsten med musikk og tekstpålegg. Vi gleder oss mest til å pønske ut noen skikkelig grusomme, søte, knasende, skrekkinngydende, pipete, pumpende, summende og stønnende lydkulisser. Det blir dessuten bier og bjørner og honning. Oppdatering følger! Plata kommer ut på Talik i 2016.