Ketil Bjørnstad’s new project Songs of Belonging is the opening of the events of this year’s St. Olav Festival.
The constitution anniversary in 2014 makes us ask: What is identity? How are we influenced by nature, by society, by the people with whom we interact? What do we make of the past and what hopes and dreams do we have for the future?
Songs About Belonging is a modern oratorio, with lyrics and music by Ketil Bjørnstad. He says this about the work: “It’s been fifteen years since I wrote the Thousand Year Oratorio together with Stein Mehren. It was a troubled time on earth, with much anxiety for the future. Since then, the world has not become a safer place. Rather quite the opposite. In both text and music, I want to reflect on what I believe is the most important thing in our lives, no matter where we are on this planet: to belong to something or someone.”
Bjørnstad has created both lyrics and music, and the texts are revolving around different aspects of belonging. At this world premiere he will be playing the piano himself, and he will be accompanied by musicians, singers and a choir.
Ketil Bjørnstad is a well known composer, pianist and author, who through forty years of work has released more than thirty albums, both solo albums and collaborative projects with artists like Ole Paus, Anneli Drecker, Kari Bremnes, Randi Stene and Terje Rypdal. His authorship includes 25 novels, poetry and essay collections, and biographies.