2007 - 100 dolls!
3 Morten performs some of his new solo work at a new year party for the Norwegian company "Statoil" at Olavshallen in Trondheim. He is the surprise guest at the party and is accompanied by Kjetil Bjerkestrand on piano and TrondheimSolistene.
Magne attends a concert by "Harrys Gym" at the Bylarm festival in Trondheim. Magne co-produced their album which was recorded at the Kensaltown studios in London.
1 The Swedish jewellery designer Efva Attling opens a new store in Oslo. Morten is one of the celebrities to attend the opening.
4 Magne launches a new website (http://www.magnef.org) relating to his art projects.
10-1 April Magne exhibits some of his new artwork at Trafo Gallery Asker, Norway under the title "Monologues". Morten attends the opening of Magne's exhibition in Asker.
11 Morten is a guest on the Norwegian TV show "Gudene Vet" (TV2).
16-14 April Magne's exhibition "Monologues" is held at the Paul Stolper Gallery in London.
13 Savoy's new single "Karma Boomerang" is released to radio and for download.
8 Savoy are interviewed on the radio show "SAAB" (Kanal 24).
10-17 Magne exhibits some of his Monologues artwork at Printbasel, Basel, Switzerland.
25 Amnesty International's compilation album "Make Some Noise" is released internationally and features a-ha's cover version of John Lennon cover "#9 Dream". In the UK, USA and Canada, the album has the full title "Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur" and elsewhere it has the title "Make Some Noise: The Campaign to Save Darfur".
19 Paul attends the funeral of Robert Burås, guitarist from Norwegian band Madrugada, in Oslo.
6 Savoy release their album "Savoy Songbook Vol. 1" in Norway. The album is promoted on TV2 throughout August.
12 Harket Mannssanggruppe (a group set up by Morten's father Reidar and other relatives, Morten is one of 8 Harkets in the band) perform Christian songs in front of an audience of 500 people at a Christian fundraising event in Vennesla, Norway. Money from the event goes to a Norwegian mission hospital in Tanzania called Haydom.
17 Fredrikstad Stadium, Fredrikstad, Norway (approx. 7500).The setlist is similar to the 2006 gigs, but features the cover version of the Lenon track "#9 Dream". Setlist: I've Been Losing You, Stay On These Roads, Minor Earth | Major Sky, Scoundrel Days, I Call Your Name, Move To Memphis, Cosy Prisons, Keeper Of The Flame, #9 Dream, Lamb To The Slaughter, Hunting High And Low, Take On Me, Crying In The Rain, Summer Moved On, The Living Daylights plus encore: Analogue, The Sun Always Shines On TV, Dark Is The Night.
23 Lauren and Frode start recording a new Savoy album in Bergen with producer Bjørn Ivar Tysse. Paul is involved with the process, but from a distance as he is busy with a-ha.
24 - 1 September The international Nordic Light photo festival takes place in Kristiansund. Rolf M. Aagaard (photographer with the newspaper Aftenposten) is one of the 25 photographers exhibiting. One of his photos is a portrait of Magne, taken in Sweden earlier in the year while Magne was working on his Monologues prints.
25 Døgnvill Festival, Alfheim Stadium, Tromsø, Norway (approx. 12000). Other artists performing before a-ha include Washington, Lionheart Brothers, Timbuktu & Damn!, Lene Marlin and Brett Anderson. The set list is the same as Fredrikstad. After the show, Morten and Paul attend a VIP-nachspiel where they speak to the press (e.g. Nordlys).
30 Punkt Festival, Kick Scene, Kristiansand, Norway. Magne's performs 6 songs (All The Time / Nothing Here To Hold You / Past Perfect Future Tense / Running Out Of Reasons / Dot Of Blackness and Kryptonite) with his own project band (Jonny Sjo (bass), Karl Wennerberg (drums), Jan Martin Vågen and Ronald Andersen (scenography). The concert is in connection with the Motion conference and Punkt Music Festival and is only open to conference attendees. At the festival, Magne also exhibits around 100 "Mags-dolls" under the title "Mange Furuholmen" (many Furuholmen) sent to him by fans (requested by Magne via MySpace), they are set out on a table in front of Leonard Rickhard's painting "Trett modellflybygger II" (Tired model airplane builder II) and accompanied by voice-overs by Magne. The exhibition takes place at Sørlandet's Art Museum and Magne is one of 13 composers / artists exhibiting.
a-ha do a press conference and go out for a meal at the Åndenes Hus in Haugesund the day before the concert there.
1 Haraldsvang Amfi, Haugesund, Norway
13 Magne's Payne's Gray print "Everybody" is up for auction to benefit the Kirkens Bymisjon (The church City Mission).
1-4 Some of Magne's prints are exhibited at the E|AB Fair 2007 at The Tunnel, New York. Magne's prints are available to view in a portfolio case as part of Paul Stolper's display.
11 Morten performs "Letter From Egypt" and "Movies" at the Nobel Peace Concert in Oslo. Also at the Nobel Prize Awards, Magne's aluminum sculpture "Climax" is unveiled by award winners Al Gore and Rajendra Kumar Pachauri. The sculpture was commissioned by Hydro and uses the concept of house of cards (4m high), using materials from old planes, tankers and traffic signs. "Climax" will be on display in the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo until the Spring. To coincide with the "Climax" sculpture, Magne releases his new project "Climax Cardgame", a set of 15 laser-engraved aluminium elox playing cards (174mm x 125mm x 1.5mm) engraved with text on one side and images on the other.