- Kari Michelsen
(b Bergen, Aug 2, 1947). Norwegian composer and organist. She was educated first at the Bergen Musikkonservatorium and at Oslo University; she studied thereafter at Texas Lutheran College, the University of Redlands, California, and Washington State University, from which she received the Master’s degree in 1972. In 1973 she was appointed organist at the Storetveit Church in Bergen. In her music she uses a free tonality, frequently including tone clusters and sometimes employing improvisation techniques; timbre and rhythm are central elements. Bakke’s output ranges from Chromocumuli (‘Colour Clouds’, 1972) for symphony orchestra and Rumus (1977) for chamber orchestra to her Trollsuite (1981) for string quartet, Noncense (1990) for solo voice and Suite ACD (1992) for Renaissance instruments. There are many compositions for organ: the solo works include a sonata (1970) and Sphaerae (1992); for organ with other instruments she has composed ...