Concerto for electric harps, drums and orchestra composed by Sindre Hotvedt
Performers: Sidsel Walstad on electric harps and Marcus Lewin on drums
«First Date» is an orchestral work by Norwegian composer Sindre Hotvedt, combining epic film music, hard rock, jazz and classical music. The concerto is a unique meeting between two contrasting instruments and musicians – Marcus with his drums and with a background as improvising jazz musician, and Sidsel with her electric harps firmly established within traditional classical music. In this concerto they play with a larger ensemble where several musical genres meet. The concerto was performed for the first time in 2011 with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Rosenberg Hall.
In 2014 the concerto was performed with The Norwegian Radio Orchestra several times and one of the concerts was recorded and broadcast sent on National TV.
“First Date” consists of three movements:
“First Date” består av tre satser.
The Butterfly Effect (10 ‘)
Love is in the Air (12 ‘)
Intermezzo – The Flirt – (5 ‘)
Movements in the Dark (12 ‘)
(total m / Intermezzo 39 ‘)
Between the second and third movement is the Intermezzo. The Intermezzo can be customized to fit the conditions and potential of each individual venue, and to the performing musicians.
One of the main goals of the concert at Rosenberg was to include workers from Rosenberg Shipyard and let them participate in the preparations for the concert and attend the concert. Marcus adapted and rehearsed the Intermezzo with the workers ahead of the concert. This resulted in a custom-made rhythm section where 18 workers played on self-made industrial instruments at the premiere.
Marcus devises a new Intermezzo for each location based on the potentials of each venue and on each individual client’s needs and desires. On occasions where there is no room for such a stunt, the Intermezzo may be left out altogether.
The concert is easily adapted to suit a regular orchestra in a different format than presented in the video. Many formats and ideas for exclusive performances are already developed and ready for implementation.
First Date, Oslo
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra