Over Seas Premiere At Kilden. Photo: Fanny Sara Godly (detail) View full image

Over Seas

Water Music and Film

Over Seas brings together live orchestral music and video art in a compelling celebration of water in all its forms and powers.

Eivind Aadland curates and conducts music spanning musical history, from John Dowland (1604) to Holly Harrison (2022). His water-themed programme interacts with video art created by celebrated artist Elina Brotherus, who draws inspiration from the Baltic Sea, a lighthouse island in Southern Norway, Finnish lakes and the river Ganges. The videos are shown on large screens above the orchestra, offering the audience a powerful multi-dimensional experience.

This is the first time Aadland and Brotherus have worked together, but Aadland is an avid art collector and Brotherus studied piano and harpshichord, and both are interested in collaborating across art forms.


John Dowland: Lachrimae Antiquae (1604)
Missy Mazzoli: Sinfonia for Orbiting Spheres (2013)
John Dowland: Lachrimae Antiquae Novae (1604)
Holly Harrison: Hi-Vis (2022)
John Dowland: Lachrimae Tristes (1604)
Arvo Pärt: Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten (1977)

The world premiere was given on 19 October 2023 at Kilden Concert Hall, as the first part of the Nordic Art Symphony Project, created by Kilden Concert Hall and the new Kunstsilo Museum, which opens in Spring 2024.

‘We have tried to make the visuals and music equal partners – a conversation between the images and the music, rather than the music being a background to the film. We had many hours of discussion about how to shape this project and I’m very happy finally to bring it to a live audience. It’s a meditative evening. It’s beautiful and funny, and it has some sentimental elements, in the most positive way. I hope the audience will have a rich experience’

Eivind Aadland

‘For nearly two years Eivind and I have collaborated to put together an evening where contemporary women composers alternate with Renaissance variations, paralleled with new video works I made to the music. I’m so excited about this work. I love to collaborate with musicians and make use of the years I spent in front of the piano and the harpsichord in my youth’

Elina Brotherus