CURATED BY ... ON TIDAL
I've been given the opportunity to curate an official playlist for TIDAL. It's focused on modern classical and classical piano music, featuring composers/pianists such as Nils Frahm and Joep Beving, as well as music of my own. I will update the playlist regularily in the months ahead. You can follow it here.
GUEST CURATOR FOR APPLE MUSIC
I'm beyond proud to announce that I am Guest Curator for the Piano Chill playlist on Apple Music – one of the most important, biggest and prestigious classical music playlists in the world. My curation will last from August 13-26, and I hope you check this music that inspires me and that I love on Apple Music here.
LIVE ON NRK 1 - FEstivalsommer
Watch Andreas be interviewed and perform "I'm With You" live on the Norwegian national tv. See it on Festivalsommer on NRK 1 here.
LIVE AT SALT, OSLO
Andreas Ihlebæk will perform a solo show in Oslo on July 11 at SALT - Den arktiske hovedscena. Get your tickets here.
WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING
The new album (released May 28) is receiving an amazing response. Both Apple and Spotify put in on their list of best new classical releases, while superb reviews are ticking in from all over the globe. "Gorgeous and modern piano pieces. An extension of Erik Satie, Claude Debussy and Jan Johansson", wrote Dagens Næringsliv (Norway). "Music from the innermost depth of the soul ... a beautiful sound world where it feels good to be", writes Nettavisen's Tor Hammerø. "At this, Ihlebæk is a master", writes German JazzThing about the "silent power" in these new compositions, which Jazz Tokyo describe as "music full of kindness that sneaks into the listeners heart". According to Austrian Concerto Magazine, this is album is of "a remarkable standard", confirming that the "northerners master a unique form of lyrical music". Listen to Andreas interviewed on Austrian Ö1 radio Wednesday June 9, where the album will be presented on the classical music program Des Cis.
EXCLUSIVE APPLE MUSIC PRE-ADD
The new album I Will Build You A House comes May 28! By pre-adding the album now, you can receive exclusive singles on the Apple Music special edition.
PERFORMANCE AT NORWEGIAN GRAMMY's
See the video of the performance at Spellemannprisen – the Norwegian Grammy's - on NRK here!
"Best new classical releases"
Several new singles are currently playlisted all over Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon and Deezer's playlists for "best new classical". This includes Waltz 21 and Skraavika – both on Apple's Piano Chill, as well as Procession which Spotify has featured on its Classical New Releases. Both Waltz 21 and Procession are featured by Tidal's Piano Spheres, and so on and so on.... If you haven't heard Waltz 21, which Apple gave the highly coveted #1 spot placement on their main global piano list, listen here.
Listen to Waltz 21 here.
GLOBAL TOP 10 CLASSICAL
The recently released piano piece Prelude to Storm is quickly rising around the world, and has reached the top 10 on the Global Top 100 Classical Songs chart.
If you'd like to listen to the piece:
Northern Lullabies has been nominated for Spellemannprisen – the Norwegian Grammy. It has been nominated for children's album of the year.
PRELUDE TO STORM
The new piano piece Prelude to Storm was released Jan 20, and thereby completes the suite consisting of In Search of Gardens, She Flies and Spin.
Prelude to Storm has been playlisted on Apple Music's main piano playlist Piano Chill, where In Search of Gardens also holds a place – after nearly two months on the prestigious classical music list. In addition, Prelude has also been playlisted by Spotify for their Spanish speaking listeners.
«ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR»
Going into 2021, Northern Lullabies was named «one of the best albums of the year» in Norwegian press, both by Dagbladet and NRK P2/NRK Klassisk.
The album has become both a success with critics and listeners, with streams by the millions around the globe, numerous radio stations around Europe devoting time to the album, continuous support from Apple Music – who have playlisted all of five tracks from the album – and enthusiastic reviews steadily coming in.
SWR 2 PROGRAM ON NORTHERN LULLABIES
German radio SWR 2 is devoting a full program to Northern Lullabies on 19.12.2020.
Featured on new
"In Search of Gardens" is one of Spotify's selected pieces for the best new classical releases. An enormous honor to be on this prestigious list.
Hear the piece and the entire list here.
New piano playlist
This playlist contains the top 10 most popular piano pieces by Andreas Ihlebæk, all of which have entered the exclusive global classical playlists by Apple, Spotify and Tidal, and are streamed by the millions around the world.
Hear the playlist here:
Review in Periskop
Periskop is a Norwegian magazine that reviews art made for kids/youth. They have written a lovely review of Northern Lullabies, saying "these are lullabies you actually want to fall asleep to".
Read full review here
In Search of Gardens
The newest single is called In Search of Gardens. It was written in the spring of 2020.
Links to listen on
Apple, Spotify, Tidal, etc here
This new piano piece was written during the lockdown this spring, and recorded this summer.
Five piano pieces from the album have made it to Apple Music's global playlists. Astoundingly, this means, half of the album.
DRØMMEVISE, SO RO, CHLOE'S MIDNIGHT FEAST, VI HAR EI TULLE and BYSSAN LULL have all been featured on Apple Music's playlists for modern classical and jazz.
SLEEP ON IT
TOPS APPLE's PIANO LIST
With Sleep on it quickly passing half a million streams and topping Apple Music's premiere piano list, the Come Summer Suite is now complete. The reception for the piano suite has been incredible, from the US and South America to Europe.
Hear the piece – and the full list here.
CHLOE'S MIDNIGHT FEAST
Chloe's Midnight Feast has been playlisted by Apple Music Jazz in the US.
The piano piece has a special story behind it. What do you hear and imagine? The cover illustration was created by
Hamdi Barakat, who also did the album cover.
Naxos of America Interview
An interview about background, inspiration, influences... and future projects.
Read it here
Austrian Radio special
on Andreas Ihlebæk
Austria's state channel Österreich 1 recently aired a 30 min. program devoted to Andreas Ihlebæk and his new album Northern Lullabies. You can listen to the program here.
With the title "Wirknungsvolle Schlaflieder", the host proclaims that these lullabies actually work - including on her own 3 year old son.
Try it yourself here.
NDR and Deutschlandfunk Kultur
NDR and Deutschlandfunk Kultur – both German nation-wide public broadcast radio stations – have playlisted tracks from Northern Lullabies. Reviews for the album are enthusiastic, saying "Ihlebæk succeeds spectacularly" and calling it "neoclassical excellence"
New piano piece:
The album Northern Lullabies is out now! It has been released by NXN / Naxos Music Group world wide.
For all info on the album, go to the Northern Lullabies page.
This piano piece has now been featured
on numerous major playlists in modern classical by Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal.
Listen on Apple Music
or on Spotify here.
THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS
The latest single is a duet, written
with the Norwegian singer-songwriter
Don't fear the title.
The latest live video has been spreading in social media, and we are humbled by so many people expressing how much this music has been of value to them these days.