Time’s been flying by recently and suddenly summer is upon us. This year I have many fine projects lined up and I’m looking forward to all of them. Here’s a run-down of my activities.
First of all I’ll be heading to the town of Sunndalsøra in mid-western Norway for the theatre production Lady Arbuthnot. This is a yearly event that I’ve done several times before (but not last year) and it will be great to be part of the team again. There are 10 shows starting with the premiere on June 22nd, and on June 24th I’ll also be doing a gig with my own repertoire.
Eyolf Dales Wolf Valley are doing two shows this summer – Kongsberg Jazzfestival on July 8th and Oslojazz on August 17th. We’ll also be recording a new album in August, for which we’ll be heading to Copenhagen.
This year’s Moldejazz accommodates two projects. The first is a real challenge: Espen Berg’s commission for the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra hardly contains a single bar in straight 4/4 and will need some serious practice (it’s going to be beautiful though when we get it together!). Towards the end of the week there will be two concerts with my old trad jazz band Dixi, specially put together for an anniversary of sorts. The last time I played with the group was in 2006 so I’m looking forward to a trip down memory lane – for two nights only.
Straight after Moldejazz I’ll be off to London for an album recording with Natacha Atlas. I’ve been playing in her band for almost two years now and it’s been a fantastic journey. I’m looking forward to some new material though and I’m sure Natacha and her MD Samy Bishai have something stellar up their sleeve. The recording will be followed by a trip to Séte in France. We were there last year too, but our gig was cancelled due to rain and was rescheduled.
Finishing off the summer there’s a weekend at Klangfestivalen in Fræna outside Molde, the already mentioned recording with Wolf Valley and a tour with Bridges and Seamus Blake in early september which will bring us to London and Basel as well as five gigs in Norway. After which there’s a new trio album waiting to be recorded…
It’s going to be busy but luckily there are plenty of breaks in-between which I’ll be spending in Oslo with my family. Hope to see you at one of the gigs!