A festival is to me an intense and intimate meeting with music and feelings. To be able to present a festival in the heart of Edvard Munch’s art is a privilege, and special in so many ways. I grew up just a few steps away from The Munch Museum, and I visited it ever so often when growing up. When I’m abroad I’m both proud and touched when seeing how Munch’s unique artistic language communicate with people in all ages and on all continents. To me communication is a key word for music and art.
I’m looking forward to perform together with the amazing musicans joining me in this first tine@munch festival, and I’m immensely looking forward to perform together, and to communicate with you in the audience.
Welcome to my festival!
Tine Thing Helseth
In 2013 Tine Thing Helseth launched a music festival at The Munch Museum in Oslo. The festival is named tine@munch, and the artistic director is the well renowned artist herself.
She has established herself as one of the leading trumpet soloists in the world, with a soft, clear and distinct tone to her playing, and with the whole world as her arena. Fate would have it that Tine’s path crossed that of museum director Stein Olav Henrichsen. When she pitched the idea of a music festival at The Munch Museum, he liked what he heard, and the festival idea became a reality.
One of the idea behind the festival is to gather musicians for several concerts over several days, with intense and limited sessions, and with great international musicians. Doing more concerts together creates an energy the audience also feels. The line-up for 2013 included Truls Mørk, Leif Ove Andsnes, Nicola Benedetti, Kathryn Stott, Ingrid Bjørnov, Charlie Siem, Isa Gericke, Gunnar Flagstad and Tine Thing Helseth Quintet, and of course Tine Thing Helseth herself. The 2013 theme was Munch's own relationship to music and musicians. In 2014 the theme is "Though nature", and the line-up includes Andreas Ottensamer, Maxim Rysanov, Eli Kristin Hanssveen, Elise Båtnes, Julien Quentin, Andreas Brantelid, Ingrid Bjørnov, Gunnar Flagstad, Tine Thing Helseth Quintet, and also Tine herself.
The idea is also to be inspired by Munch – maybe with a basis in a mood in one of his paintings, or in music he himself listened to, or a reoccuring theme. Several of the areas of the museum will be filled with music. The main hall, with a stage situated under "Alma Mater" and Munch’s large draft for ”The Sun”, can welcome as many as 400 people. But the museum also has smaller arenas perfect for intimate concerts like the Late Night Specials.
The first tine@munch took place June 7 to 9, 2013, at The Munch Museum in Oslo. This year's tine@munch also takes place at The Munch Museum, June 12. to 14, 2014.
tine@munch music festival is after an initiative by Tine Thing Helseth, and in co-operation with The Munch Museum and Backstage Management og Produksjon AS.