The New York Times has called my music “bracing”.

 

The main goal for me as a composer is to decorate life, try to make sense of our existence, and provide connections within humanity – to nature and the collective subconscious.    

 

I have never studied composition in a very formal manner, but I refuse to let this stop me from trying to weave together sounds into a narrative or landscape that compels me. 

 

My inspiration comes from the vocal counterpoint of our renaissance masters and 20th century popular culture, a mix which I believe creates various layers of immediate familiarity while allowing for fresh sounds.

 

While my prose might be a little stilted and pretentious, I hope that my music can speak for itself and be a simple source of nourishment for the soul. 

 

Below is a list of original works and selected arrangements (and on the right a few soundclips + a couple of videos including a live performance of my arrangement of "Hailie's Song" by Eminem for four trombones).  Some of these can soon be obtained from my “store”.

Work-list

2018: "Four Finnish Folk Songs" 14' (string orchestra, tap dance)

2018: "Billig Ballade" 4' (tuba, piano)

2018: "Time" 6' (vn, tap dance, narration - two performers)

2018: "The Moon" 6' (sop, vn, vc, hn)

2018: Cavatina and Rondo 8' (vn, bn, pno)

2017: "Rondo Raskoreske" 3' (tuba, piano

2017: "Notker the Stammerer" 6' (hn, pno)

2017: "after death" 5' (vn, narration - one performer)

2016: Jesu Christe Milde Moder 7' (vn, vc, hn. Also ww quintet version)

2015: Tennessee Sonata 13’ (hn, pno)

2015: Hildegard 8’ (sopr., vn, vc, hn, pno) (large ensemble: sopr., tp, 2fl, bn, vn, va, vc, pno, choir)

2014: Dvorak Quintet op. 105 (arranged for fl, ob, cl, hn, bn)

2014: Lunch-menu 15’ (fl, ob, cl, hn, bn)

2013: 3 Flavors of G-Major 6’ (ob, cl, hn, bn)

2012: Canon with Variations 6’ (vn, hn)

2012: Leonor de Carvajal Songs 15’ (Baritone or soprano, vn, hn, pno)

2011: Rainbow Race  10’(arr. fl, cl, hn, vn, vc, pno)

2011: Variations on “Om Kvelden når det Mørkner” 8’ (fl, cl, hn, pno)

2010: Feast of the Monkeys 10’ (brass quartet and narration) 

2010: Quintet  16’ (violin, cello, clarinet, horn, piano)

2010: Category is  25’ (ww-quintet)

2009: Chamber version of  G. Mahler: “Kindertotenlieder” 30’ (Baritone, Violin, Horn, Piano)

2009: R2D2 Gavotte  2’ (Trombone, Euphonium students)

2008: 15 Years of Clean Living 15’ (Three trombones)

2008: Askeladden som kappåt med trollet  14’ (Baritone, Violin, Horn, Piano)

2007: Tu Veux  9’ (Piccolo horn, slide-whistle, tambourine, triangle, wind-tube, prepared piccolo trumpet/prepared oboe, prepared trumpet/prepared clarinet, tuba/bassoon, opt. flute)

2007: Four Kinds of Music  13’ (Violin, Double bass, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn)

2006: 5 Pages from Gerry’s Abridged World Atlas  15’ (Oboe, Violin, Viola, 2017: version for horn and piano)

2006: Trois Coleurs 12’ (String Orchestra)

2006: EBITA fanfare  6’ (trumpet, horn, trombone)

2005: Strangeness 13’ (Horn, String quartet)

2004: Three movements for Three Trombones  12’

2003: Pyrrhus as Criminal  11’ (Violin, Double bass, Clarinet, Horn, Tape) 

2003: Antarcticus/March of the Penguins  6’ (Brass quintet)

2002: So Long, Goodbye trio  7’ (Violin, Viola, Cello)

2001:  Song of the Old Wolf, Young Wolves  7’ (brass quintet)

2001: Chamber version of S. Prokofiev: “Romeo and Juliet”  20’ (Violin, Horn, Piano)

2000: Wild Lily Suite 10’ (two horns)

1999: Chamber Music 101  8’ (clarinet, two trumpets, trombone, tuba, percussion)

1999: Selma  7’ (Narrator, Clarinet, Horn)

1998: KLAR   6’ (version for trumpet, trombone, horn)

1997: Jo & Lillian 4’ (Horn solo)

1995: KLAR  7’ (trumpet, horn, drums, saxophone, accordion, guitar)

1994: Pastorale og Inferno (co-composed with Øyvind Nyvoll)  9’ (electric guitar, horn)

1994: Trill, trall, tryll  8’ (voice, trumpet, saxophone, organ, bass guitar, accordion, horn, recorder)

1992: Dessperado 4’ (horn solo) 

1991: Funk 4 Five  8’ (Woodwind quintet)

1988: LUX  4’ (horn solo)

 

Composer

Putting the Baby to Sleep - from: 4 Kinds of Music - Jo Ann Sternberg, Seth Baer, Karl Kramer, Monica Bauchwitz, Kris Saebo
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Canon w/Variations - Karl Kramer/Monica Bauchwitz
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Yo dixe con grand dolor - from: Lenor Songs - Alex Hurd, Ieva Jokubaviciute, Monica Bauchwitz, Karl Kramer
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Tennessee Sonata.  Performed live 2015
Karl Kramer - horn, Renana Gutman - piano
 
M. Mathers arr. Karl Kramer
"Hailie's Song"
I Hvalfiskens Buk - from: Trois Coleurs - SONYC
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Funk 4 Five - live Oct. 2015

Askeladden som kappåt med Trollet - Alex Hurd, Ieva Jokubaviciute, Monica Bauchwitz, Karl Kramer
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