13.01: Catching the Flame

Concert in KODE 1 (Bergen city centre): Nils Økland and Sigbjørn Apeland will play folk music and improvisations inspired by the painter Astrup, followed by an introduction to the Nikolai Astrup exhibition "Visions of Norway".


KODE's Composer Homes concists of the former homes of Edvard Grieg, Ole Bull and Harald Sæverud. All three of our composers were, much like Astrup, inspired by nature. This is reflected in their homes as well as in their music.

Nicolai Astrup himself used musical terminology (such as "symphony" and "nocturne") to describe colours and paintings. He stated that of all art forms; music is the closest to painting and that a gifted musician was a latent painter.

Concert in KODE 1: Thursday 13 Januray at 17.30

Nils Økland, violin and Hardanger fiddle
Sigbjørn Apeland, piano 

Nils Økland plays the Hardanger fiddle, violin and viola d, amore. He plays folk music, classical music, improvisation and modern music. He has been a soloist with various orchestras in several European countries. Økland has been active in the Norwegian music scene since the early 1980s and has since toured and had projects in the USA, China, Japan and the Middle East. Together with Sigbjørn Apeland, he has for several years played concerts in Ole Bull's villa on Lysøen. During the Ole Bull anniversary in 2010, they recorded the album: "Lysøen - Hommage á Ole Bull" with a focus on Bull's relationship to folk music and improvisation. 

Sigbjørn Apeland is an Associate Professor at the Grieg Academy, UiB. Apeland has special responsibility for the folk music collection: Arne Bjørndal's collection. He has played wooden organ / keyboard on around 80 records within church music, folk music and improvisation. He has given concerts in China, Japan, USA and Europe and frequently plays with Nils Økland, Håkon Kornstad, Sigrid Moldestad and Berit Opheim.


17.30: Introduction to the exhibition: Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway

18.00: Improvisations inspired by Astrup's paintings, folk tunes, music by Ole Bull, as well as Apeland and Økland's own compositions, among others. They will also play excerpts of film music used in the Astrup film "Catching the Flame."

The exhibition (and the KODE museums) will be open until 20.00.


Adults: NOK 290
KODE and Troldhaugen members: NOK 100
BergenCard and students NOK 250
Children NOK 50

Any remaining tickets are sold in the front office in Permanenten / KODE1
The concert ticket includes admission to the Astrup exhibition «Visions of Norway» in Permanenten / KODE 1.
We encourage our concert audience to view the exhibition before the concert.

  • 13. January 2022
  • 290/250/50