Thank you!

The premiere of Et fokus på Snefjord went great, and I’m very pleased and grateful.

It was special to put everything together. The production would defiantly not have been the same without Ola Graff and his interesting and funny stories along with Johan Máhtte Skum’s performance of the original joiks.

Here’s a few pictures from the premiere:

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…as well as some pictures from #Itromsø beforehand:å-instrumenter-du-aldri-har-hørt-om-12911721.ece

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A big thank you to Ingrid Eliassen and Geir Davidsen – this experience as well as the process towards the premiere has been inspiring and a lot of fun!


I also want to thank the audience in Harstad, as well as people travelling from wherever for this concert. 2 out of 3 concerts were filled with people!

I’m taking a few weeks off before returning to Alta and work again 🙂 Thank you all!

It’s getting closer


In one month, the premiere of Et fokus på Snefjord will happen, and oh, don’t forget about the CD-release!


Trio Snefjord, May 2016 – photo: Klara Feiring

My calendar is filling up for the coming years, and I’m very happy and excited about that! I was recently granted funds to another commission, this time from the The Norwegian Composers’ Fund. Ruben Sverre Gjertsen is going to write another solo for my reinofon. Super news 🙂

I’ve also been asked to write a piece for eight french horns in Harstad.

I’m at the moment investing in some instruments, and I’m trying to create an artsy and inspiring environment for myself. I enjoy it a lot, and the very kick-off for this long lasting process has been the arrival of a very beautiful Yamaha marimba. #InLove


I also want to share some local Alta-news; I’ve started a brand new drum band! Their debut was May 17th and they received warm greetings (in the rain) for the people in Alta 🙂

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…I also had the chance to visit my previous drum band in Tromsø!

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Even more tickets are being sold towards the premiere of Et fokus på Snefjord, and I really recommend YOU to buy some as well!…/progr…/2016/et-fokus-på-snefjord

#EtFokusPåSnefjord #Artsy #LifeIsHappening

Happy news!


Art Council Norway has granted me funds to a commission and a new project called Lyd-ID (sound-ID). Lyd-ID is going to be a pilot-project to what I hope will become a much bigger project in the future. More information about that will come later 🙂

The commission will, again, be written by Arnt Håkon Ånesen, and I’m super excited to tell you that it’s going to be the very first solo-piece ever written for my lovely reinofon!

This means that 2017 will be an exciting year 🙂


meg + ReiLimba  <— I’ve also developed another instrument, a ReiLimba!

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#speechless #proud #optimistic

Busy times

Time for an update!

I’ve been busy being a musician lately, which is very good! I’ve been a soloist with Regionskorps Finnmark, attended “Percussion Plus” in Estonia, worked in Harstad with Et fokus på Snefjord and ended this little tour with a premiere and a concert with Ensemble Noor (Scene Finnmark’s professional chamber group) and Åge Kvalbein in the Northern Lights Cathedral.

I’m very happy and thrilled to be a part of so many great projects!

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Photo: Bernhard Hienerwadel

Ensemble Noor ordered a commission from me in December, and the result is “Hva er din vidde?”. The premiere was March 6th. I also contributed with the third movement from I Ching!

Altaposten wrote: “…Kristine H. Nordgaren astonished and created an exciting atmosphere with her piece “Hva er din vidde?” yesterday. …Ur is the word…” (translated by me)

Nowadays, Et fokus på Snefjord is the main thing going on. I went to Snefjord a few weeks ago to take some photos etc. and the festival interviewed me about this trip: (in Norwegian only)


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You can actually buy tickets to Et fokus på Snefjord now:å-snefjord – a few tickets are sold already!

The premiere will be June 20th, and you can choose between three concerts.

There’s been some attention from the media about Et fokus på Snefjord lately, and I’ve published some of it here:

I’ve also created a facebook-page:

Alright, that’s enough advertisement for today 🙂


#EtFokusPåSnefjord #Itshappening



Music for 18 musicians

I’m back in Tromsø performing “Music for 18 musicians” by Steve Reich.


The piece is the very last thing that’s happening as a part of “Nordlysfestivalen”, and I highly recommend it – the music is super inspiring and creates such an unique atmosphere!å-denne-konserten-bør-du-ta-med-deg-eget-liggeunderlag-12124169.ece

A master’s degree in my pocket

I finished my master’s degree!

Six years of education is completed, and if feels super strange to say it. Loads of emotions and thoughts are going through my head, but overall I’m grateful, happy, proud and tired 🙂

I really want to thank my amazing teacher and tutor Sigrun Gomnæs – my master’s degree wouldn’t be the same without you. My passion for percussion has become stronger during this process, and I owe it all to you.

I want to thank the Music Conservatory in Tromsø as well, it’s been an amazing journey, and I highly recommend it to every potential student out there!

The next couple of months will be dedicated to a small holiday, Et fokus på Snefjord and a serious re-organisation of my life as an educated(!) musician!

#LetsStartGrowing #OnMyOwn

Masterkonsert final plakat

Trio Snefjord


Guess what; the music from “Et fokus på Snefjord” will be available on CD and online! The release date will be the same day as the premiere of the production itself, which is in June 2016.

It was a busy session, but I managed to take a few amateur-shots in between the pieces 🙂

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#CD #EtFokusPåSnefjord #Excited

Et fokus på Snefjord

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Busy times these days, and many exciting things happening. During this year, I’ve been composing four new pieces to the production “Et fokus på Snefjord”, and we recently had our first rehearsal! It was great to finally hear the results (so far…), and I’m feeling very enthusiastic about the whole thing.

Thanks to Klara Feiring who took the time to take some photos during one of the rehearsals 🙂

#EtFokusPåSnefjord #Artsy


Hvor er ur


…my master project has received its official name: Hvor er ur (where’s the indigenous). That was about time, and not a minute too soon!

I’m off to Tromsø tomorrow – I’m going to do a presentation of my project, summarise the whole thing and perform “Hvor er ur” (the piece).


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#aNewHashtag #HvorErUR