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Bjørn Kruse

February 1, 2013

Bjørn Kruse foto

(Photo: Karette Stensæth)

Born 1946 in London, England, but grew up in England, USA and Norway, with studies at UCLA, California, and The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, receiving his BA (clarinet major) in 1975 and his Diploma in Composition two years later. Has taught at the academy since 1976, becoming professor of composition in 1997. In Sep 2013 he retired from the Academy as Professor Emeritus. He has written two books on jazz theory and one on composition and drama, “Thinking Art – An Interdisciplinary Approach to Applied Aesthetics”(ISBN 978-82-7853-214-0). “Thinking Art” was released at the symposium Unfolding the Process II at the Norwegian Academy of Music on Nov 15, 2016. To order, please go to Norwegian Academy of Music book order. Or haugenbok.no

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Norwegian version: http://www.akademikaforlag.no/node/2123

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Bjørn Kruse lectures extensively throughout Norway on the subject of interdisciplinary aesthetics, addressing students and educators within all expressions of art. The basic topic deals with concepts and models of understanding that all artists employ, and that this type of broad insight enriches the individual artist in his own discipline, as well as develops the aesthetical competence of all those who enjoy experiencing art, regardless of a particular expression. The lectures are offered in either the Norwegian or English language.

Besides composing music, painting, and activity as a freelance academic, he is also supervisor for research fellows within the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (http://artistic-research.no/en/organisasjon/)

From teenage years, Bjørn Kruse was active for about 25 years as jazz musician (saxophone), composer/arranger, producer and studio musician within most areas of music, while teaching and composing preoccupied him more and more. His list of works now numbers more that 150, including compositions for choir, chamber ensembles, several concertos and orchestra works, and four operas, and his compositions are performed ever more often in Norway and abroad. His latest major work for stage was the opera “Den Grøne Riddaren” (“The Green Knight” / libretto by Paal-Helge Haugen), which was premiered in Kristiansand, Agder Teater, on March 10, 2004. Among prizes won may be mentioned the Fernseh Opern Preis der Stadt Salzburg 1983, for the TV opera “A Game of Chess”, and several of his works have won the Work of the Year award in Norway. The concerto for alto sax and orchestra, “Timaios”, was awarded the Jury’s Special Prize by NOPA 2010. His 50 min clarinet concerto “Chronotope” won the music publishers’ Work of the year 2017, in the category for classical / contemporary music. (To order the score, please go to musikkforlagene)

In February 2018 Bjørn won the Norwegian Emmy in the category Composer of the Year 2017 (Årets komponist) for the recording of Chronotope. (To order the CD, please go to lawo store)

The 50 min. clarinet concerto “Chronotope”, was premiered January 21, 2016, with the Oslo Phil. Orch. (cond. Han-Na Chang) and soloist Fredrik Fors. It was recorded on LAWO Classics label June 6 – 8, 2016. The album was released August 31, 2017 in conjunction with an exhibition of own paintings (Daily Doodles Magnified) and a concert with his works. (Please see: Release concert and exhibition)

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From the release concert and exhibition at Café de Concert

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Bjørn is married to Karette Stensæth, music therapy researcher. Examples of her research topics are her latest book, Responsiveness in Music Therapy. A Perspective Inspired by Mikhail Bakhtin (2017), and  her PhD thesis Musical Answerability. A Theory on the Relationship between Music Therapy Improvisation and the Phenomenon of Action. (2008)

 

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