These sessions have already been hailed as ‘irresistible’ [The Times], ‘superb’ [The Scotsman] and ‘fabulously unrestrained’ [The Guardian], and they have diverted away from the traditional concert model by ‘creating the effect of a late night jamming session’ [BBC Music Magazine].
This diversion from the traditional concert model is what is at the heart of the Sessions. Through the medium of these well-loved tunes, a story of the period is interwoven into the music making; creating a unique environment between audience and performer.
Bjarte Eike goes into detail about what makes this special:
“The signature of this project is the interaction on stage between the players and the audience. If it has to be put in a historical context, the project draws its inspiration from the Shakespearian theatre where there was a direct communication between stage and hall- going in-between the story that was being told and occurring events happening in the hall. This is in stark contrast to the 19th-century drama with dark halls looking at the “gods” on stage. It is the latter which the classical mainstream industry has adapted fully.”
Using their own arrangement of the tunes, these ‘Alehouse Boys’ combine this unique format with humour, an unrivalled virtuosity and flair for improvisation.
violin, vocals, artistic directorBjarte Eike
guitar, charango, vocalsFredrik Bock
viola, vocalsPer Buhre
lead vocals, violinTom Guthrie
double bass, vocalsJohannes Lundberg
percussion, vocalsHelge Andreas Norbakken
dance, guitar, vocalsSteven Player
harmonium, harpsichord, vocalsHans Knut Sveen
violin, viola, vocalsMiloš Valent
BAROQUE-FEST AT THE OPERA HOUSE
Once we knew the Norwegian National Ballet was going to devote an entire evening to the Baroque period, we brought in an orchestra that has taken early music to new heights: Barokksolistene. Headed by performer and conductor Bjarte Eike, they are enjoying great international acclaim. Together we have created a Baroque-fest in the Oslo Opera House, with Baroque Movement in the Main Stage and Dido and Aeneas and The Alehouse Sessions in the Second Stage.