Norwegian harpist and composer Uno Vesje has released a new album of original works, titled Oslo(ve), for harp, strings, and flute. The chamber album contains a five-movement suite, a movement from his harp concerto, and Prelude No. 1. “I have had the pleasure of working with some of Norway’s greatest musicians,” Vesje says. “I have learned so much about composing and performing with other instruments.”
Oslo(ve) pays homage to Europe’s fastest growing major metropolis, and draws inspiration from the sounds of the city. Each movement of the suite is influenced by a different place in Olso, including a Norwegian coffee company and the river that flows through the city. The album is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Tidal. “I wanted to take a step into the digital era and make an album that is available only online.” Vesje adds, “I have really enjoyed working on a shorter format.”
Vesje has degrees in both harp performance and composition from the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has been a soloist with both the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. He frequently performs with ensembles all throughout Norway and released his first full-length album in 2014, Poems from a City.
For more information on Vesje, check out his website at www.unoharp.com.