Ole Hamre (born 20 October 1959 in Bergen, Norway) is a Norwegian musician (drums, percussion) and composer. He is a multifaceted musician and is known for his work with musicians like Bugge Wesseltoft, Kari Bremnes, Ole Paus, Ketil Bjørnstad, Frode Alnæs, Silje Nergaard, Arve Henriksen and Knut Reiersrud.
Hamre is known for his collaboration with accordionist Gabriel Fliflet, including the duo Fliflet/Hamre (1991-) and the music group Fri Fri Flyt (1993-2001). As a composer, he has written a number of commissioned works, music for film and television, vignettes, and the like. He has since 2006 organized OiOi-festivalen, an outdoor program under Festspillene i Bergen. OiOi stands for Experience, empathy, attention and insight, and the motto "Distinctive and popular" is the festival's main goal is to get more people to feel like a natural part of the Bergen International Festival.
Hamre is the initiator and artistic director of the multi-ethnic children and youth project Fargespill. The project has since 2005 produced the performances "Fargespill", "Fargelys" and "Flere farger". A total of 70 children and adolescents from 20 countries, all residents of Bergen, are actors on stage and the performances have had over 25,000 visitors. The show is composed of music and dances that the participants bring with them from their homeland, combined with the Norwegian folk music and dance, mixed with elements of modern global youth culture.
Hamre is also the man behind the human organ Folkofonen, an audiovisual instrument for communicating art consisting of video and sound of people singing a long tone. Folkofonen has been presented at a number of occasions, such as the royal opening of the Trondheim Kammermusikkfestival 2007, the opening of Kulturminneåret 2009, NordWind-festivalen 2009 in Berlin, and interacting with Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester.
Kunst av næring is another of project of Hamre's. This is a joint concept between art life and business, where the idea is to create art of sound and images of specific industries. Within this concept, Hamre produced numerous audiovisual performances and films on behalf of the business community, among others Norsk Hydro, Statoil and "BIR".
Statens arbeidsstipend for composers, 2006,
Hordaland fylkes kulturarbeiderpris in 2008,
Bergen kommunes kunstnerpris in 2008,
Discography (in selection):
1983: Rust (EMI Music),
Son Mu (Knut Kristiansen)
1985: Son Mu (Hot Club Records),
Claudio Latini & Cristina Latini
1990: Cor De Dendë (Bums Records),
The Talisman Group
1991: Dating (Odin Records),
1995: Vardøger (Odin Records),
Henry Kaiser & David Lindley
1994: The Sweet Sunny North (Shanachie Records), on the tune "Little Kari's Last Dance",
1996: The Sweet Sunny North Vol. 2 (Shanachie Records), on the tune "Danse Mi Vise, Gråte Min Sang",
1994: Ivar Aasen Goes Bulgaria (Lahrmsteiner Elite),
2004: Fløyel (Noble Records), on the tune "Vengjer",
Compositions and works:
Konsert for Anløpende skip Commissioned work for Nattjazz 2001,
Fonomatopoetikon Commissioned work for Nattjazz 2003,
Snakkalao Commissioned work for Frode Alnæs Tahitifestivalen 2004,
Bare en kvist (Den norske kortfilmfestivalen, 2004). Director Øvind Sandberg,
Spelerom Commissioned work for Badnajazz / Vossajazz 2005,
Ordlys Opening Concert for Nordlysfestivalen 2005,
Concert for an infrastructure 2006,
Bærre klaging 2006. Sounds from a town at North West Norway,
Hydromatopoetikon Commissioned work for Norsk Hydro's 100-year anniversary,
BIResonans Commissioned work for BIR's 125th anniversary,
360 Oseberg Commissioned work for StatoilHydro. Video and music in the format 360 degrees,
Trondheimsfolkofonen Opening Concert for Trondheim Kammmermusikkfestival 2008,
Berlinofon Commissioned work for Nord-Wind Festival 2009 in Berlin
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