Archive for June, 2015

Magne creates large sculpture park

Magne at Tommerup Ceramic Workshop, hammering letters into one of the massive jars (Picture from Aftenposten)

Magne at Tommerup Ceramic Workshop, hammering letters into one of his massive jars
(Picture from

Aftenposten’s weekend magazine A-magasinet has a 15-page article about Magne’s most ambitious art project to date; he is in the midst of creating the largest ceramic sculpture park in Scandinavia. A-magasinet has followed Magne’s process of making the sculptures, which is being done at Tommerup Ceramic Workshop in Denmark.

Magne has also made the magazine cover, out of clay. A video clip of him working on the cover can be seen here. Another video featuring Magne’s art has been posted here. And a full English translation of the article is available at

The park is another commission by Kjell Inge Røkke’s company Aker, for which Magne has previously done a number of projects, including decorating the enormous sail of Røkke’s yacht Aglaia and a unique steel sculpture to be placed outside Røkke’s cabin.

The sculpture park will be situated outside the new Aker headquarters at Fornebu near Oslo and has been given the name Imprints. It will be comprised of 40 ceramic elements, including the two largest jars in the world (6 meters tall), nine columns (2 – 4 meters tall) and a 12 meter long ceramic relief.

“This is the single most comprehensive commission in my artistic career. That is why this new park is extremely important to me as a visual artist. I was never in doubt whether I should accept the challenge”, Magne says.

“The park will be marked by things I wrote through the years, texts with a lyrical element. Some of them come from songs I wrote, but most is free standing English poetry. I have something like 5000 – 6000 unpublished poems. They have been stowed away, awaiting some project.”

Many of the poems will eventually end up in a book in connection with the park, to be published later.

In addition to working on the sculpture park, Magne will hold a summer exhibition in Sandefjord from 28 June to 16 August. Sometime in the fall he’ll be exhibiting in Washington, and in December he’ll take part in a group exhibition in Rio.

“I know where I shall be every single day until June 2016, but I never get tired from working hard. What tires me, is the waste of time and people who get obsessed with details”, he says.

The first section of the Imprints park is set to open in August 2015, while the whole park won’t be completed until next summer.

Wennerberg, Ljunggren and Ormestad join a-ha on Cast In Steel tour

Wennerberg and Ljunggren toured with a-ha in 2009 and 2010

Wennerberg and Ljunggren played around 100 concerts with a-ha in 2009 and 2010

Drummer Karl Oluf Wennerberg and keyboardist Erik Ljunggren will once again join a-ha on tour in 2015/16, together with new touring bassist Even Ormestad. This was confirmed in an interview with Ormestad in the newspaper Tønsbergs Blad this week.

Wennerberg, Ljunggren and Ormestad are currently in the process of rehearsing between 20 and 25 a-ha songs, in preparation for the upcoming Cast In Steel concerts in South America.

“This is a comeback we’re talking about here, so our job is to make sure that it will sound fresh. We have to play a-ha’s music in our own way, while also trying to make it sound as ‘a-ha’ as possible”, Ormestad tells the newspaper.

Touring with a-ha is a childhood dream coming true, the bassist says.

“I’ve been standing in front of the mirror and playing bass to a-ha songs since before I was a teenager, so I should be well-prepared”, the 36-year-old bassist says with a laugh.

New a-ha single: “Under The Makeup”

The first single off a-ha’s upcoming album Cast In Steel is called “Under The Makeup” and will premiere on 3 July, announced today.

The song, which was completed last week, has been written by Paul, and produced by Paul and Erik Ljunggren. Mixing by Cenzo Townsend and string arrangements by Lars Horntveth.

Norway’s largest radio station NRK P1 has already announced it will add “Under The Makeup” to its high-rotation A-list, starting in week 29.

Official announcement on Facebook
VG article: Den nye a-ha-singelen er klar

S&M featured in NORD magazine

The cover of NORD magazine, June 2015

The cover of NORD magazine, June 2015

Magne Furuholmen and Simen Staalnacke are featured in a 7-page article in the summer issue of Norwegian food/lifestyle magazine NORD (#3/2015), in connection with their new drink and snacks company S&M Feelgood Factory.

The company, which was celebrated with a launch party in Oslo on May 7th, has a special focus on making non-alcoholic drinks, as explained in an article on

In the NORD magazine interview, Magne says that he can really feel the positive effects after 3-4 months without alcohol:

“I feel healthy and happy, my head gets clearer and I can feel positive changes in my body. I encourage everyone to try longer periods without alcohol, if only to become more aware of its effects.”

“There are many people, focused on a healthy lifestyle, who would like to go out with their friends without necessarily drinking lots of alcohol every time. We want them to be able to sip a Holy Moly drink, instead of always ending up with a glass of soda and a straw.”

Magne and Simen in NORD magazine

Magne and Simen in NORD magazine

Their products available so far are:
– Holy Moly
– Holy Moly Energy
– Iced Tee
– Chill-i-Coffee
– Dos Amigos chips
– Retox chips

There are also several other S&M products coming soon, including Bloody Mary popcorn and Sweethearts sweet potato snacks.

“There are so many boring softdrinks and types of snacks out there, and we want to make something that’s more fun. What’s life without some humour?”, they say.

Links: Official website    S&M on Facebook    S&M on Instagram

Dates added in Russia, Latvia, Belarus and Luxembourg

An ad for the Moscow concert

An ad for the Moscow concert

Seven new dates on a-ha’s Cast In Steel Tour 2016 have now been announced:

6 March: Sports Palace, Yekaterinburg, Russia
8 March: Basket-Hall, Kazan, Russia
10 March: Ice Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia
12 March: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia
15 March: Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia
17 March: Minsk Arena, Minsk, Belarus
27 April: Rockhal, Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg

Tickets are already on sale for St. Petersburg, Moscow and Esch/Alzette.
The links can be found on

This will be the first a-ha concert ever in Luxembourg, although Morten performed there on the Night of the Proms Tour in 2013.

UK tour dates announced

Four a-ha tour dates in the UK in March 2016 were announced today:

25 March: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
26 March: O2 Arena, London, UK
28 March: The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
29 March: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, UK

There will be a presale tomorrow, 3 June, starting at 9am GMT. The general sale starts on Friday, 5 June, at 9am GMT.

Apparatjik to perform in Karlsruhe

Magne on stage with Apparatjik

Magne on stage with Apparatjik

Apparatjik will be performing a free concert at the Pavilion stage in Karlsruhe, Germany on September 12th. The concert is held as part of GLOBALE – 300 days of artistic events in connection with the 300th anniversary of Karlsruhe.

Some info from

“Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman, MEW singer Jonas Bjerre, the A-HA keyboard player Magne Furuholmen as well as the music producer Martin Terefe in a unique constellation: They have produced for the stage a unique show in which auction tickets for bidding are distributed among the public: one uniquely produced and mastered vinyl record will be auctioned, live on-site!”

Apparatjik’s latest project The Sound of Fosnavåg, performed together with The Norwegian Radio Orchestra at Fosnavåg Konserthus in October 2014, was broadcast on NRK P2 on May 20th – or at least parts of it. It can be heard online at, where it will be available until November 16th. There’s an interview with Magne at 1h 9mins, while the performance itself starts at 1h 16mins.

Magne and Steve Barron at The Arts Club

The new book cover, designed by Magne (Photo by Judith Heinrich)

The new book cover, designed by Magne
(Photo by Judith Heinrich)

Magne and director Steve Barron appeared at The Arts Club in London last Thursday, May 28th, to celebrate the release of a new special edition of Barron’s 2014 memoir Egg n Chips & Billie Jean: A Trip Through the 80s, for which Magne has designed the cover.

“I’ve read the book and it’s hilariously funny. And not just the parts that I was a part of (laughs). There are some amazing stories in there and I’m happy that you let me contribute a little bit with the cover”, Magne said.

Paul Stolper introduced the two of them, who talked for an hour about Barron’s work with a-ha – he directed eight music videos for the band between 1985 and 2010 – and the other music videos he’s done. Barron also read an extract from his book about the time he and the band were in Montana filming the “Crying In The Rain” video in 1990. Afterwards they did a little signing session.

Magne and Steve Barron signing books (Photo by Judith Heinrich)

Magne and Steve Barron signing books
(Photo by Judith Heinrich)

“The first three [a-ha] videos that you did, they were all your ideas. They were all you. We were kind of just kids coming in. We might have been allowed to say something about it, but we just kept ourselves back. I don’t think it was until Manhattan Skyline that we said ‘Steve, we really want to talk about our situation’. The media are referenced and Brazil – the Terry Gilliam film – about this guy disappearing in newspapers and we started interacting about [that concept]”, Magne said during the conversation.

Some photos from the event were posted by Paul Stolper on Instagram:
Photo 1    Photo 2    Photo 3

Thanks to Judith Heinrich for the info.

Kvint: a-ha album master delivered

Peter Kvint, who has been working on the new a-ha album Cast In Steel with Morten and Magne in Stockholm, posted an update on Facebook yesterday, saying that he was “celebrating delivery of A-ha album master”.

So the album seems to be on track for the promised September 4th release date. And it shouldn’t be too long until we get to hear the first single.

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