Christiania Blåseensemble (CBE) is a wind band attached to the Norwegian Academy of Music. The musicians in the orchestra are all music-students at this school, but CBE does all the organization themselves.
CBE performs concerts in various genres, and in recent years they have cooperated with the greatest conductors in Norway. CBE is a wind band without a regular rehearsal plan or a conductor. They work with different conductors for each project, although some conductors (e.g. Bjarte Engeset) have visited CBE more than once.
Conductor Bjarte Engeset graduated from the Sibelius-Academy in 1989. In his final examination, he received the highest grade, which was the best grade in the history of the Sibelius-Academy. Two years later, Engeset was invited to the famous conductor- seminar in Tanglewood, USA. He has conducted most of Norway’s professional wind bands, and has also conducted concerts all over Europe.
Each orchestra will play a programme of 45 - 60 minutes, including the test piece “Cerebral Vortex”. This composition was written by Øyvind Moe. He composed this for Musikkforeningen Nidarholm for their participation in the World Music Contest in Kerkrade (2009, NL). The composition is published by Norsk Noteservice.
The title refers to a form of writer’s block caused not by lack of ideas, but rather by the inability to channel and give form to the madness swirling inside the head of someone with a great desire to express something. In this respect, the piece can be said to be a composer’s exercise in keeping focus. A limited amount of material is repeated and treated creating a development that always has a solid anchor point. This is emphasized by the return to the opening theme towards the end.
Moe’s musical background lies in the bands of his home town of Bergen, Norway. He studied composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where his teachers included Bjørn Kruse, Henrik Hellstenius, Lasse Thoresen, Asbjørn Schaathun, and Olav Anton Thommesen. He also studied musicology and music technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), as well as software development at the Bergen University College.As a performer, he has many years of experience playing the saxophone in several of Norway’s leading amateur wind orchestras.
Geregistreerd tijdens ECWO European Championship for Wind Orchestras May 20 – 21, 2016
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