We welcome you to a unique festival of meditative music across genres. The main venue is the very special Tanum Mediaeval Church in Bærum. There are also concerts in Sagene Church and Kulturkirken Jakob in Oslo.
Although talks and presentations will be in Norwegian, and although the current web site does not present the concerts in depth in English, most parts of the program will be very accessible for non-Norwegians.
World-class artists will perform Bach, Messiaen, lyrical jazz, folk music and intriguing solo dance; all selected with the aim of exploring the different aspects of what can be called 'meditative' qualities in music.
Here is a brief presentation of what you can experience, even without understanding Norwegian:
Sink into the intriguing musical meditations on Christ from Oliver Messiaen's "Vingt regards de l'enfent-Jésus" played by master pianist Håkon Austbø in dialogue with solo cello Bach pieces by Johannes Martens from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Experience renowned folk singer Kim André Rysstad bring ancient Norwegian devotional chants to life accompanied by organ drones and duduk-like Norwegian clarinet and bagpipe.
Listen with all senses to a very special and silently captivating solo bass performance by Sigurd Hole (known for his work with the Tord Gustavsen Trio).
Take part in both liturgical evening meditations and word-free meditations in the church.
Do an aural 'cleansing ritual' with Dutch-German drummer Etienne Nillesen's "Klangbilder", where he builds captivating musical shapes and textures with an extended snare drum only - a kind of zen-drumming, minimalist but very powerful.
Experience the amazing Syrian dancer Ahmad Joudeh spontaneously interpret the haunting sounds of Afghan-German singer Simin Tander and 'extended trumpet' master Arve Henriksen.
And, not least, experience the nature around the medieval church - a meditation in itself.
With this festival we expand the notion of 'church music'. And we boldly question the separation between music as 'art for arts sake' and music for meditation or even therapy.
Contact us at for more information about the program and how to get tickets, or how to become a festival volunteer.