Hayden Powell Trio has played more than 60 concerts during the past three-four years, but strangely enough none in the Grenland area where our pianist Eyolf Dale grew up.
Next Saturday this will change when we’ll be appearing at Porsgrunn’s brilliant new concert venue Ælvespeilet. The concert is part of their “minifestival”, which means you can hear us as well as three other bands on just one ticket – no reason to stay at home!
We’ve just finished recording our third album and will be giving a taste of what’s to come. For tickets and more info please head over to Ælvespeilet’s website and don’t forget to stop by our Facebook page on the way!
Hayden Powell Trio,
February 28th at 20.00
Ælvespeilet, Porsgrunn (Norway)
Photo by Andreas Ulvo
Hayden Powell Trio’s recent gigs at Dokkhuset in Trondheim and Sunndal Jazzklubb were a bunch of fun, thanks to everybody who came to hear us! There was some pretty serious weather going on here in Norway that weekend and we were afraid it might keep people at home, but luckily that was not the case.
Playing the gig is the easy part.. This is what our trip from Trondheim to Sunndal looked like!
Luckily there was a very enthusiastic crowd waiting for us a Øra Café /Sunndal Jazzklubb and there was a great review in the local paper the next day, with quotes such as Ole [the storm] had to give up, the storm was jazzed away and this reviewer has heard many concerts, but this beat all of them. We were also praised for our enthusiasm and good stage presence, which is always nice If you read Norwegian you can read the full review here.
Thanks to Eyolf Dale and Peter Wergeni for photos!
Tonights gig is with bassist and guitarist extraordinaire, Morten Kvam and Arild Hammerø. They’ve put together a band that sounds similar to the picture – a mix of Peruvian folk music, Arabic-inspired themes and a touch of Voodoo. You never know what’s going to happen (I don’t, anyway!) except that it will be one of those evenings to remember. Alongside Morten, Arild and myself there’s my longtime brass collaborator Erik Johannessen (on trombone) and drummer Alexander Kostopoulus.
Yesterday we played at Glåmdalen Jazzklubb in Kongsvinger. The venue was “Slaveriet” (The Slavery), which is part on an old fort – Kongsvinger Festning. Despite the gloomy name there was a great vibe and an enthusiastic audience and we had a perfect start to our tour. We played four new tunes and are looking forward to Trondheim and Sunndalsøra tomorrow and an album recording in Copenhagen from Sunday onwards. Photographer Gunnar Johnsen sent us some great photos from yesterday’s gig, here are som of them:
It’s time for another round of concerts with my two favourite musicians. Next week Hayden Powell trio will play three gigs in Norway followed by a trip to Copenhagen to record a new album (2015 is proving to be a good year for such). This all means we’ve got lot’s of new music ready to unleash and that you should definitely come to hear one of the shows if you can.
05/02 – Glåmdalen Jazzklubb, Kongsvinger
07/02 – Dokkhuset, Trondheim (daytime)
07/02 – Sunndal Jazzklubb, Sundalsøra (evening)
Later in February:
28/02 – Ælvespeilet, Porsgrunn
This week I’m part of a project with Scheen Jazzorkester, playing new music written by Magne Rutle. The band includes some really great players including my trumpet colleague Thomas Johansson and drummer Audun Kleive. We’re playing concerts in Kristiansand and Grimstad as well as an album recording back in Skien. Here are the concert dates:
29/01 – Kristiansand Jazzvesen
30/01 – Grimstad Kulturhus
My first project of 2015 is an album recording with 12 Percent, which besides me is Øyvind Hegg-Lunde on drums and Parker Shper (US/CAN) on piano/rhodes/harmonium.
We were lucky enough to have David Alexander Sjølie do the recording for us at Urban Sound Studios here in Oslo and had a really creative session, full of overdubs and such that you’re not supposed to do in jazz A big thanks to Andreas Utnem for lending us his pump organ and Erlend Slettevoll for lending his rhodes.
Keep your eyes open for new music to be released soon!
Just had a great week rehearsing with Mala Fama, and a gig at St.Croix -huset in Fredrikstad.
Mala Fama is Sarah-Jane Summers on fiddle, Juhani Silvola on guitar and Morten Kvam on bass. Always a joy as well as a challenge to pay their folk-inspired tunes in keys that wouldn’t be first choice for us brass players..
Just finished a week of rehearsals, concerts and recording with Dag Magnus Narvesens Octet DaMaNa. Looking forward to releasing a noisy album sometime next year!
Dag Magnus Narvesen – drums, André Roligheten – baritone sax/bass clarinet, Jørgen Mathisen – tenor sax, Kristoffer Alberts – alto sax, Hayden Powell – trumpet, Kristoffer Kompen – trombone, Øyvind Dale – piano, Adrian Myhr – double bass
Here are some photos from a gig we did at No.9 Kaffe og Platebar in Arendal recently. Photo credits go to Per Rune Hansebråten at No.3 Kunst og Miljø, a big thank you for sharing!
Jo, Eyolf and I will soon be heading out for some gigs round about Norway. Hope to see you at one of them, and please help us spread the word! We’ve been very productive lately and we and have no less than 7 new tunes waiting to be introduced to an audience. Here’s where you can hear them:
10.oct – Flekkefjord Jazzklubb
11.oct – Arendal Jazzklubb
14.oct – Fryd Scene, Ål
25.oct - Røyken Jazzforum, Slemmestad
Hi everyone, I’ve had a long and eventful summer and a bit of a hiatus from updating the website. So, here’s an update on what I’ve been up to.
Hayden Powell Trios gig in Porto in May was our first in Portugal, and what a place to start. The venue Casa da Musica is quite a piece of architecture in itself and we had a lovely time playing for an appreciative audience. We had Helge Lien substituting for Eyolf on this one, which gave the music a different approach (naturally) and was a lot of fun. You’ll find reviews of the concert and our album in the list to you left.
May was a busy month. Besides Porto I attended Maijazz in Stavanger where I played with Dag Magnus Narvesen’s octet DaMaNa (look out for more gigs later this year) and with the Bjergsted Jazzensemble. Bjergsted is a big band that consisting mainly of students and ex-students from the conservatory in Stavanger. They write all their own music, and have some really talented musicians and composers among them. I also performed at Lillehammer Litteraturfestival with Solfrid Molland and the brilliant French guitarist Pascal de Loutchek, and at the 50-year anniversary of my old school wind band, Kvam og Sellanrå Skolekorps. That was a lot of fun, meeting many people I hadn’t seen in years.
In June I spent several weeks in Sunndalsøra taking part in Lady Arbuthnot, a musical play that’s been running each summer the last 19 years (!). I was impressed both by the music and what was happening on stage, still haven’t got all those melodies out of my head. They sold out 10 performances in front of an audience of 400 people – not bad for a small town!
Then there was Pixel at Vinjerock. This highly original “indiejazz” quartet has become very popular in Norway and I was lucky enough to stand in for their regular trumpeter Jonas at Vinjerock, held high up in the Norwegian mountains. There was a lot of new material to learn but they have some really catchy songs and I really enjoyed playing the gig. “Jazz gigs” at rock festivals can be hard to get right but in this case I think the band was a good match for the audience, who were very enthusiastic!
August started with a week at Toneheim Folkehøyskole, where a took part in a summer camp for young musicians (“Svart kurs“) that’s always inspiring to be a part of. A really positive vibe throughout the week and lots of positive, interested and very talented young musicians. After that came the summer’s main event (drum roll).. I got married! My wonderful wife Kristin and I had a fantastic time in beautiful surroundings in Jølster in the west coast of Norway. We were surrounded by friends and family, and had a weekend full of good food, drink and of course music.
So, on to the autumn!
I’m very happy to be taking my trio to Portugal this weekend for the first time. We’ll be playing at a festival in Porto called Spring On! who have invited us along with 5 other bands from all around Europe. I’ve been told by colleagues who have previously played at the venue, Casa da Musica, that it’s something to look forward to. We can’t wait!
Another first for this gig is the inclusion of Helge Lien on piano, who will be substituting our regular pianist Eyolf Dale. Helge’s a fantastic musician who also leads a very successful trio of his own and we’re thrilled to have him as a guest.
I’m also happy to see that the program includes the French band Papanosh, where my good friend Quentin Ghomari plays trumpet, and as we’ll be getting there a day early I hope to be able to hear them.
John Kelman has written a very nice review of Roots and Stems for allaboutjazz.com. He writes about my background and mentions some of the other projects I’m involved in before reflecting on the album itself. Here are a couple of quotes from the article:
“a trumpeter whose tone may be orthodox, but whose approach is all modern”
“swings with a propulsive verve”
“an album with undeniably broad appeal”
Read the full review at All About Jazz here: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=47181#.U0-YU16MVlk
JazzAhead in Bremen/Germany is Europe’s largest meeting place for the jazz community. I’ll be there this year and if you’re in the business and would like to schedule a meeting please get in touch. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to bring my band this time but I’ll have CDs, videos and other info available. I’m on the lookout for any kind of fruitful collaboration with concert bookers, tour managers, festivals or other musicians. See you there!
A big thankyou to everyone involved in our Norwegian tour this March and April! Hayden Powell Trio played nine concerts in front of enthusiastic audiences and made many new friends. We played in concert halls, jazz clubs and one church. We’ve done interviews in lots of local papers and on the radio. For one of the gigs we were joined by the brilliant Lena Nymark on vocals (check out her upcoming album and www.lenanymark.no). It’s all been really inspiring and we feel we’ve developed as a band over the past weeks. For the last part of the tour we were lucky enough to be joined by German film-maker Ingo Biermann who filmed all the concerts and made us think about what we were doing by asking us lots of questions. At some point there will be a tour film.
Here are some snapshots from between the gigs (thanks, Eyolf!), I’ll post some shots from the actual concerts eventually. In the meanwhile, happy easter and if you’re in the jazz business – see you at JazzAhead in Bremen in a couple of week’s time.
Friday, April 4th @ 21.00 – Kølbua, Langevåg
With special guest Lena Nymark
Tickets available from Devoldfabrikken (Kantina Café)
Or order through me using the contact form to your right —>
Book early – only 50 tickets available!
Hayden Powell Trio is just back from an absolutely brilliant tour here in Norway. What makes it even better is that the next round of concerts is just weeks away. For this round, we’ll be heading back to the part of Norway where I grew up, and playing concerts in Molde, Langevåg, Ålesund and Ørsta/Volda. I hope to see both old and new friends in the audience. The line-up is as always Eyolf Dale on piano and Jo Skaansar on bass, and we’ll be followed by the German film-maker Ingo Biermann, who will be documenting our tour and hopefully turning it into a short film later. You can take a look at his previous work at www.ijbiermann.com.
And there’s more! For the gig in Langevåg, we’ll be joined be the fantastic Lena Nymark on vocals (www.lenanymark.no). She’s releasing an album of her own later this spring and we’ll be performing some of her unreleased tunes. We’ll also be performing for the local newspaper Sunnmørsposten, who will film the concert and make it available on their website.
Wow, what a fantastic time we’ve had this weekend, with concerts in Vinstra, Førde and Bergen so far. It was a long drive, but the audiences have been big and enthusiastic, and the music has progressed from day to day. Tonight we play at Kampenjazz here in Oslo – can’t wait Big thanks to everybody who came out to hear us and who helped organise the concerts!