Jul 112012

Next week is the Molde Jazz Festival, and this year there’s lots to do. First of all, Daniel Herskedal and I have written a fanfare for the opening of Molde’s new concert/theatre venue, Plassen. It will be performed at the opening ceremony this Saturday by Molde Brass Band.

The jazz festival itself starts on Monday (July 16th) and my band will be one of the first to appear at Plassen. I’m bringing a quartet this time (with Per Oddvar Johansen on drums), and the concert will be filmed by Øyvind Welle from Wellefilms. On Wednesday, I’ll be playing with Magic Pocket at the premiere of our children’s concert, called “Ting Vi Liker”. It’s all about bears, robots, beards and other things we like as well as suggestions from the audience. I’m also doing a couple of other small appearances, so look out it you’re in Molde!

I’ll be heading for Finland in the weekend, and will play at the Pori Jazz Festival on Saturday 21st of July with Iro Haarla. We did some great gigs last autumn, so I’m really looking forward to that.


Nov 202011

Last week, I did three gigs with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Magic Pocket to promote our new album “Kinetic Music“. We played to enthusiastic audiences in Trondheim, Mo i Rana and Tromsø and I really had a good time performing this music again (we haven’t played this concert since it’s premiere at Moldejazz 2010). The band consist of 11 wind instrumentalists, three drummers , a vocalist and the Kinetic Sculptures of Atle Selnes Nielsen. We have a lot of unusual instruments, like a tubax (subcontrabass saxophone), bass saxophone, cimbasso (contrabass valve trombone)  and a contra-alto clarinet. So it’s a dream band for a someone like me who’s always looking for new sounds!

Actually, this was my first visit to Tromsø and I was lucky to get a great view of Ishavskatedralen from my hotel window. I’m going back in February to play with my trio so looking forward to that.

Sep 252011

Starting on September 26th, Magic Pocket will be spending a week at Sjøbygda Kunstnarhus, an artist residency run by Norwegian singer Eldbjørg Raknes. We’ll be developing a concert for children and the result can be heard on Sunday 2nd of October in Sjøbygda. More information here.

Towards the end of the week, we’ll also be playing some concerts for “grown-ups” in Inderøy (29/09), Røros (30/09) and Trondheim (01/10). Check back later for more details on these concerts!