a-ha to perform at charity gala in Berlin

a-ha will be in Germany to perform at the charity gala “Ein Herz für Kinder” this Saturday, 5 December. This was announced in a press release today.

The TV-show will be broadcast live from Berlin at 20:15 CET on ZDF. Other artists scheduled to perform include Sarah Connor and Peter Maffay.

“Ein Herz für Kinder” is a charity organization that runs projects for children both in Germany and abroad. 16 million Euros were raised at last year’s charity gala.

Morten and Tomine at P3 Gull awards

Tomine singing at the P3 Gull music awards last night

Tomine singing at the P3 Gull music awards last night

Morten and his oldest daughter Tomine attended the P3 Gull music awards in Oslo yesterday, where Tomine appeared as guest vocalist on a live performance of the Nico & Vinz hit song “Thats How You Know”.

The performance can be seen on YouTube.

“I’m very proud of her, and I think it’s great that she’s finding a path of her own”, Morten told TV2 before the show.

Pictures of Morten and Tomine on the red carpet: VG    TV2    Dagbladet

Earlier this year, Tomine released the singles “Follow Me” and “Daddy Does”. She has also recently been a guest vocalist on the songs “Hvis Du Vil” by Unge Ferrari and “Elephant” by Loveless.

Savoy recording new album in New York



Frode Unneland has been in New York this week, to work on the next Savoy album together with Paul and Lauren.

Paul posted a few pictures on Facebook and Instagram today, confirming that the band is currently recording at a studio in Rhinecliff, New York.

They were originally planning to finalize the Savoy album in the summer of 2014, but that was apparently postponed until now.

In an interview with the newspaper Åsane Tidende last week, Frode said they are planning to release both a new album and to reissue the old Savoy albums on vinyl.

Frode is also drumming for another band at the moment, Evig Din For Alltid, which released their third album last month, entitled Tilbake Til Byen. It includes two songs written by him. He says the two bands are quite different entities:

“It’s really fun and exciting to be a part of Savoy, but it’s a totally different world compared to Evig Din For Alltid, which is more like a bunch of buddies hanging out. But it’s really exciting to be working together with Paul; we’re having a great time together”, Frode says in the interview.

Savoy’s last studio album was released in 2004, while a double “best of” album of old songs, re-recorded versions and some new songs followed in 2007. The band last performed together in 2008.

‘Beatles’ released on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD

Blu-ray cover

Blu-ray cover

The Norwegian movie Beatles, for which Magne composed the score, is finally being released on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, November 9th.

Update: The movie is also available as Video on Demand (VOD) in Norway through iTunes, Google Play, Altibox, Viaplay, SF Anytime, Canal Digital, Riks TV, Homebase, Get and NextGenTel.

The movie, which premiered in August 2014, was originally scheduled for a home video release last year, but with box office results weaker than expected the release was delayed until now.

The bonus material consists of a 10-minute visit on the set and a 30-minute “making-of”, which includes a few minutes about Magne’s work on the score and the recording process at Abbey Road Studios.

The Blu-ray and DVD are now available to order from platekompaniet.no (ships within Norway) and CDON.com (ships within Europe). But the movie does not have English subtitles, only Norwegian and Danish.

Update: However, Beatles will also be released internationally as VOD on iTunes and Google Play (with English subtitles) on 9 January 2016.

Magne’s score was released digitally as a 17-track album in September 2014 and is available on iTunes. Magne’s own thoughts on the movie, which he wasn’t entirely happy with, can be read in a transcript from last year’s a-ha fan convention in Oslo.

a-ha to perform at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Nobel Peace Prize Concert logo

Nobel Peace Prize Concert logo

a-ha will be among the artists performing at the 22nd annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo on 11 December. This was announced tonight, as mentioned by Dagbladet.

This will be the third time a-ha perform at the event. They previously performed there in 1998 (“Summer Moved On” and “The Sun Always Shines On TV”) and in 2001 (“Differences” and “Hunting High And Low”).

In addition, Morten has performed twice as a solo artist; in 1996 (“East Timor”) and in 2007 (“Letter From Egypt” and “Movies”).

The concert has usually been held at Oslo Spektrum, but will instead be held at the larger-capacity Telenor Arena this year. The concert will also be available as a live stream on YouTube for the first time.

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate is the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011”.

Tickets for the Nobel Peace Prize Concert are available now at billettservice.no.

São Paulo and Curitiba concerts

Master Hall, Curitiba, 15 October

Master Hall, Curitiba, 15 October

a-ha ended their South American tour last week, playing for 8000 people in Sao Paulo on 14 October and for 3000 people in Curitiba on 15 October.

The setlist was apparently the same in both Sao Paulo and Curitiba, albeit only 19 songs – one song shorter than the other shows.

Here with links to selected YouTube videos from both concerts:

01. Cast In Steel
02. I’ve Been Losing You
03. Cry Wolf
04. Move To Memphis
05. Mythomania
06. Stay On These Roads
07. Scoundrel Days
08. Soft Rains Of April
09. Crying in the Rain
10. We’re Looking For The Whales
11. The Swing Of Things
12. Foot Of The Mountain
13. You Are The One
14. Sycamore Leaves
15. Hunting High And Low
16. The Sun Always Shines On TV
17. Under The Makeup
18. The Living Daylights
19. Take on Me

A good quality video clip of “Mythomania” has yet to appear, but here is an audio recording of the song live in Fortaleza (courtesy of Brian Rocha):

Before going to São Paulo, a-ha did a studio session at Estudio Ararena in Fortaleza to work on the next single.

The band now has a 5-month break before the Cast In Steel tour starts again in Russia in March 2016. But besides the tour they also have “a wish list of other stuff” to do, Paul said in an interview with São Paulo radio station Radio Rock 89FM:

“We have a sort of open schedule now, so we wanna keep surprising ourselves. I think for now we just wanna do the tour that we have booked for next year. But then there’s a wish list of other stuff that we would like to do. But we have to see how we feel after that. There’s a pretty long tour coming up. So play it one day at a time, to see what happens.”

São Paulo links
Ligado a Musica article    Estadao article    Midiorama photo gallery
Globo G1 article    Globo G1 photo gallery    UOL article    UOL photo gallery
Reduto do Rock article    R7 photo gallery    Yahoo article

Curitiba links
CWB Live article    Gazeta do Povo article    Bem Parana article
Bem Parana photo gallery    Bem Parana article    Midiorama article

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