English Summary

We welcome you to a unique festival of meditative music across genres. The main venue is the very special Tanum Mediaeval Church in Bærum. The opening concert is held in Jar Church in Bærum.

Although talks and presentations will be in Scandinavian languages, 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, Valen, lyrical jazz, folk music, hymns and intriguing improvisations; 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:

Hear internationally acclaimed Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch as he does a rare solo recital in Norway with his unique approach to 'zen funk' - a captivating and extremely virtuos building of musical layers and stringent beauty.

Hear organist Maria Hansli perform organ works by Olivier Messiaen in dialogue with piano improvisations by Tord Gustavsen (piano), Arve Henriksen (trumpet) and Hans Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion) and the Oslo Chamber Choir. The choir will also do the first-ever performance of "The Seven 'I Am' Mantras" for improvising choir by Tord Gustavsen, where the seven mystical sayings of Jesus starting with 'I Am' in the Gospel of John are brought together as meditational objects.

Indulge in intriguing solo piano music with pianist Annabel Guaita as she explores the meditative and soothing qualities of seemingly "difficult" contemporary music by Farten Valen and Arnold Schönberg, in dialogue with J.S. Bach.

Experience singer Mahsa Vahdat take us into the depths of Sufi poetry from her native Iran in her breathtaking vocal arts.

And hear the unique Swedish bass player Björn Meyer explore the orchestral and meditational potential of the electric bass in a rare solo concert.

Take part in both liturgical meditations and word-free sound meditations in the church. 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 tord@tordg.no for more information about the program and how to get tickets, or how to become a festival volunteer..