In 2015 Egil Kapstad has his 75th birthday and Jan Erik Vold can celebrate his 50-year anniversary as an author! The Norwegian festival of literature will celebrate these events with a premiere performance of the commissioned piece Store hvite bok (”Big White Book”). On commission for the Norwegian Festival of Literature Egil Kapstad has composed a suite for a string quartet, harp, piano and voice based on Vold’s poetry collection Store hvite bok å se (“Big White Book to See”) from 2011. The book contains poems about childhood, love and aging, within a framework of beautiful snow poems. Here are texts portraying human beings who are thrown into the world, falling out of God’s hands, about the ocean rising, and poems about reconciliation with the great whiteness that awaits down the road. Kapstad’s music draws nourishment from the poems and implements different musical sources − folk music, contemporary resonances and jazz, in a unique blend that is Egil Kapstad’s own. The collaboration between Kapstad and Vold has resulted in a number of projects, in the intersection of jazz and poetry, most recently in connection with Drømmemakeren sa, (“The Dream Maker Said”) which played to full houses in both Norwegian and foreign theatres.Cast: Jan Erik Vold, voice, Egil Kapstad, piano, Wiggo Dahl, violin, Daniel Dalnoki, violin, Jon Sønstebø, viola, Ole Eirik Ree, cello, Roy Nikolaisen, flugelhorn and trumpet, and Ellen Bødtker, harp.
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