Arrangement written by me, inspired by the golden era albums... The magnificent strings orchestra is the Trondheim Soloists, as well as Staffan William-Olsson’s band. Enjoy!
It's been a very exciting summer, with some great music, new collaborations with Sinikka Langeland and Ketil Bjørnstad, and a re-visit with Ingebrigt Flaten and Jon Christensen. Autumn 2014 will be an active one — after three years of opera study I'm now more than ready to hit the road again and play some concerts.
In late August we will start recording with my ensemble - also known as "Tenor Battle", featuring Sigbjørn Apeland (harmonium), Lars Henrik Johansen (harpsichord), Per Zanussi (bass) and Øyvind Skarbø (drums). We have been playing together for three-four years now, slowly finding a recipe on how to do a crossover between opera and jazz. It has been a fantastic process, and now I feel ready to record my first album.
However, in October, Ketil Bjørnstad releases his album "A passion for John Donne", which is the first album where I both sing and play. It is a live recording from 2012. I remember the magical night in Sofienberg Church in Oslo, and I think it comes through in the album too. I also look forward to performing this piece again in Oslo in late October.
Kornstad sings beautifully, with a clear and open sound. It is remarkable that he should have achieved this level of vocal proficiency in less than five years. (...) Kornstad is on a journey that will take him who-knows-where. But I would not be surprised if Kornstad further insinuates himself in the world of opera and classical music, eventually throwing himself all in. Apparently, he's got the goods. ADAM PARKER, POST AND COURIER (CHARLESTON, SC)
By all rights, no one person should possess as many musical talents at Håkon Kornstad. It isn’t fair to artists who devote their entire lives to a single instrument to see Kornstad picking up instruments and setting them down, producing tones and ideas that aren’t half-baked, but fully formed. Surely a few artists in the audience left the room either stewing with envy or brimming with inspiration. Masterfully trained in all of his disparate disciplines, Kornstad treated each element of his show with utter seriousness — and yet the result didn’t seem like a struggle, but a joy. PAUL BOWERS, CHARLESTON CITY PAPER, USA
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