Sep 202016
 

The last couple of days have been spent in Skien working on some new music written by Eyolf for Scheen Jazzorkester. It’s sounding great and we’re looking forward to three concerts which will also be recorded:

Tuesday, September 20th: Ibsenhuset, Skien
Wednesday, September 21st: Grimstad Kulturhus
Thursday, September 22nd: Cosmopolite, Oslo

Check out these photos from the rehearsals!

Sep 062016
 

The Norwegian music magazine Musikk-Kultur interviewed me in this month’s edition. Topics include new albums, bands and projects, inspiration and more!

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Sep 052016
 

I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of this beautiful album that’s just been released on ECM! The album contains an orchestral piece  by Finish pianist/harpist Iro Haarla, written for jazz quintet and symphony orchestra, and premiered and recorded in Umeå, Sweden back i 2012. The two ensembles are very integrated, often melting together and creating lush harmonies. It was both a lot of fun and a challenge to record, especially since working with classical orchestras and conductors is not something I do every day.

I remember sitting in front of the orchestra while they played the first minutes of the piece and waiting for my part, feeling that wonderful warm sound growing behind me.. Pure joy!

Thank you so much Iro, Trygve, Uffe, Mika, Jukka and everyone else who was involved in the project. And thank you, Manfred!

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Sep 032016
 

Dag Magnus Narvesen’s octet DAMANA released it’s debut cd this weekend, recorded almost two years ago and finally released on Portuguese label Clean Feed. This was celebrated with a concert at Bergen Jazzforum on Friday. As it happened, all three of our regular saxophonists were unavailable so we had some top-notch stand-ins: Fredrik Ljungkvist, Eirik Hegdal and Klaus Holm. All three are amazing musicians and it was my first time playing with Fredrik, we had a ball! The other regulars are Kristoffer Kompen on trombone, Adrian Myhr on bass and Øyvind Dale on piano.

More info on the album at dagmagnus.com

Aug 012016
 

My close friend and pianist Eyolf Dale released an album earlier this summer on Edition Records, and has been getting good reviews and even a spot on Apple Music’s A-list for jazz. The band’s debut concert and album release was held at this years’ jazz festival in Molde, Norway and we’ll be playing Oslo main venue Victoria in December this autumn. We’re working hard to get this super project on the road so keep your eyes open for gigs in Norway and abroad!

You can only make a first impression once, and Dale’s debut as a leader on an important European jazz label is impressive at several levels – in conception, in execution and from a compositional perspective he succeeds in ticking all boxes (Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise).

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Jun 052016
 

This album sees me not only in the role as guest trumpeter and sideman, but also an executive producer of sorts as it’s on my label Periskop. So you could say I’m a bit biased in recommending it, but I really think it deserves some attention! The complex but catchy arrangements were put together by vocalist Signe Time and pianist Øyvind Dale, listing Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus as inspiration. The album also contains references to classical composers such as Maurice Ravel and Frédéric Chopin and a tribute to recently deceased saxophonist Ornette Coleman.

Drummer Raymond Storaunet Lavik and bassist Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson complete the quartet’s regular line-up, and my fellow guest is saxophonist André Roligheten whom I’ve worked with many times before.

Head over to Periskop’s webpage to read more!

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Apr 082016
 

Last October when we released our album we played a concert in Tøyen Church here in Oslo. We were lucky enough to have the superb crew from konsertfilm.no film the concert, which is now available for your viewing pleasure!

If you like the video be sure to head over to their web page to see the other great work they’ve done.

Mar 172016
 

There’s lots of fun stuff to look forward to after easter. Dag Magnus Narvesen’s octet DaMaNa will be playing at Victoria in Oslo on March 31st, there are gigs with Natacha Atlas in Germany and in May there’s an album release tour with Significant Time, to mention some of them. However, I’m especially looking forward to April 21-24th when Hayden Powell Trio will be gigging in Norway. I’ve had some time to practice recently and even written some new material that we’ll be performing alongside our recent album Circadian Rhythm & Blues. We really want to see you at one of our concerts, and don’t forget to prepare by checking out one of our recent recordings!

April 21st – Storyville Jazz Club, Molde
April 22nd – Antikvariatet, Trondheim
April 23rd – Tynset Jazzklubb
April 24th – Kampenjazz, Oslo

Here’s a flashback from an earlier tour!

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Feb 272016
 

Thank you so much to everybody for a very special evening at the Trianon yesterday with Natacha Atlas! An extra shout out and pat on the back goes to our violinist and MD Samy Bishai. He put together a bunch of new arrangements for the occasion and in general deserves a lot of credit for the great job he does behind the scenes piecing it all together. I was also really chuffed to meet and trade phrases with my super trumpet colleague Ibrahim Maalouf, and not least trombone wonder boy Robinson Khoury!

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Feb 192016
 

Back in 2011 I played on an album by Solfrid Molland called Katedral for Tapte Drømmer (with Jo Skaansar, Pascal De Loutchek and musicians from Taraf de Haidouks . It was released on the record label Kirkelig Kulturverksted (KKV) and in the following period we played a lot of concerts around Norway with Solfrid’s band. It’s been a while since we played, but the other day Solfrid phoned me up again and a week later we were recording another album!

Solfrid Molland inspilling 2This time around the band consists of Mats Eilertsen on bass, Torbjørn Økland on guitar and myself on trumpet, as well as Solfrid Molland herself on piano and vocals. Violinist Nils Økland will also be adding some parts. Solfrid’s put together a bunch of tunes in a familiar landscape but with some really fresh and beautiful melodies and ideas. The recording was done in Jakobskirka here in Oslo with very a relaxed and open atmosphere, we really had a lovely time and I think the music will reflect this. Erik Hillestad was the producer for this album which will also be released on KKV and the impeccable sound engineering was done by Martin Abrahamsen. Looking forward to releasing this one in a while!

 

Feb 022016
 

Looking forward to rehearsals and gigs in the UK next week with Natacha Atlas, we’ll be playing two shows at Ronnie Scott’s in London and one at Cambridge Junction. Hoping to see both new and familiar faces in the audience!  We’ve had some really nice gigs with Natacha’s band lately including one in Montpellier, which gave a welcome break from the freezing temperatures here in Oslo. Also looking forward to the playing at the incredible Trianon in Paris on in February, featuring Ibrahim Maalouf himself. He’s such an incredible player, looking forward to meeting him!

Here are the dates:

February 9th – Ronnie Scott’s, London
February 10th – Ronnie Scott’s, London
February 13th – Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
February 25th – Trianon, Paris

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Feb 022016
 

I’m getting ready for a weekend of gigs with back in my home area with nonet lead by drummer Børre Dalhaug – District 9. I’m stepping in for trumpet player Lars Petter Vågnes who couldn’t make it and am looking forward to playing with a bunch of great musicians including saxophonist Peter Wergeni and trombonist Christian Jaksjø (who is also there for the occasion).

If you’re in the area, come and hear us!

February 4th: Dødeladen, Kristiansund
February 5th: Øra Kafé, Sunndalsøra

 

Feb 012016
 

I while back when releasing Roots & Stems, I established a label called Periskop intending to mainly release my own music. Now, I’m getting ready to release someone else’s music than my own for the first time and I couldn’t be happier that it’s an album by guitarist Juhani Silvola. The music is quite different from my own, but the guy not only has a great command  of his instrument but also all other aspects of studio recording and production. This is an album that sounds fantastic!

In connection with this, we’ve launched a new website – periskopmusic.com – that has lots of info on all our albums and what’s going on with the label.

Juhani’s album will be out on March 4th, and if you want to be among the first to hear this great new music (and other news regarding Periskop, don’t forget to sign up for the Periskop newsletter (there’s a button on the front page).

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Dec 292015
 

When Circadian Rhythm & Blues was released earlier this year, we decided to play our release concert in Tøyen Kirke in Oslo. This beautiful church has a great acoustic and a wonderful piano, and was a logical choice as the solo part of the album was recorded there. Now, subscribers to Tidal can see a 35-minute video of the concert, filmed and edited by Sigurd Ytre-Arne from konsertvideo.no. the video includes live versions of tunes from the album, some solo playing by yours truly and a brand new tune written by our bass played Jo Skaansar – suitably entitled “A Fresh Start”.

Available to all subscribers of the streaming service Tidal (also available if you subscribe to Wimp).

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Dec 222015
 

Kristine Tjøgersen is a clarinet player who works with groups such as Ensemble Neon here in Oslo. She also makes great videos. Kristine and I share a practice space and a while ago she showed me a video she’d made for one of her projects, which inspired me to ask her to make one for me. Here’s the result, a video for my song Sleepless from my new album Circadian Rhythm & Blues. The music is maybe more abstract and drony than many of you will be used to hearing from me but I think it suits the winter season well. My producer Øyvind Gundersen had a big part in the making of the song, and is responsible for electronics, recording and mix. Enjoy!

Dec 132015
 

Now and then a new project turns up that is just right in every way – the people, the timing and not least the music. Eyolf’s new octet Wolf Valley is one of these and I’m really happy to be a part of it. This new band includes many of my favourite musicians and Eyolf (who also plays piano in my trio) has produced some of his most impressive writing to date. We had a couple of super-productive days in Athletic Studio this December and can’t wait to release the music. Here’s a short sneak-peek from behind the scenes.

Eyolf Dale – piano
Adrian Waade – violin
André Roligheten – saxes and clarinets
Kristoffer Kompen – trombone
Hayden Powell – trumpet
Rob Waring – vibraphone
Per Zanussi – double bass
Gard Nilssen – drums

 

Oct 302015
 

Hi everyone,

Just a little notice to let you know Circadian Rhythm & Blues will be getting some airplay on Pete Butchers’ radio show Jazz Today, this coming Sunday. Don’t forget to tune in to hear a taste of the album alongside other new releases.

Another radio show that comes highly recommended is Maurice Hogue’s show One Man’s Jazz on Taintradio.org who playlisted four of our songs last week.

Incidentally, there was recently a nice review by Peter Bacon at The Jazz Breakfast – another great place to hear about new music. “…security in the group and the freedom to take chances … a highly creative three-way thing”

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Oct 212015
 

I’m looking forward to a week of nice gigs with Natacha Atlas, please come to hear us if you’re in town!

21/10, Wroclaw, Poland – Stary Klasztor
22/10, Vienna, Austria – Sargfabrik
24/10, Amsterdam, Holland – People’s Place
25/10, Zurich, Switzerland – Moods

We have a day of on Friday (23/10) and guitarist Marzio Scholten has invited me to join him for an ad hoc duo performance in Amsterdam at the venue De Ruimte. We’ll be performing a mixture of my tunes and his, trying out new material for a possible future collaboration!

Oct 142015
 

I’m super-exciting to be joining Natacha Atlas‘s band for a string of gigs around Europe (check the list further down the page to the right). Natacha is an Egyptian/English vocalist who performs a mixture of arabic and western music. Her group is co-led by violinist Sami Bishai and includes musicians Andy Hamill (bass), Alcyona Mick (piano) and drummers Justin Woodward or Asaf Sirkis.

It’s been a lot of fun getting to know these great musicians and we had our first show yesterday in Paris. Learning the music has been a real challenge for me as it includes more than a few arabic ornaments, scales and quarter tones that I’m not used to playing. Natacha’s new album is a collaboration with French/Libanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, who has really mastered these techniques. He’s busy releasing his own album these days, which has created this nice opportunity for me.

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Oct 142015
 

Dagbladet (Fredrik Wandrup)

“Beautiful trio music, colourful and harmonious..”

Nordische Musik (Tim Jonathan Kleinecke, in German)

“the great strength of this trio is listening and responding [one another]”

Jazzinorge.no (Terje Mosnes)

“A trumpeter in full bloom, both solo and in a trio that has deciphered the codes for responsive interaction”.

There was also a very nice interview in Sunnmørsposten yesterday, written by Solfrid Vartdal. The photo is from last year when we played at Sunnmørsposten’s office, a rare instance of Eyolf playing electric piano..!

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