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Havard Wiik: Reinventing the Piano Jazz Trio in Ukraine

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Havard Wiik Trio Concert Hall of Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music Kyiv, Ukraine April 18, 2009

Havard Wiik, a pianist known for his own groups as well as for his work in Atomic, Free-Fall, and Motif, is the present and the future of the Norwegian jazz scene. A gifted player and composer, he has already recorded a piano solo album, highly-acclaimed duos with young talented saxophonist Hakon Kornstad, and two albums with his own trio. The second reincarnation of this trio (including bassist Ole Morten Vågan and drummer Håkon Mjåset Johansen) recently performed ...

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Havard Wiik Trio: The Arcades Project

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Freedom comes in many forms, and while still a relative youngster, Oslo-based pianist Håvard Wiik's already built a career across the broadest possible spectrum of improvisational possibilities, whether it's with Atomic, the Swedish/Norwegian collective where Wiik's name first came to attention on albums including the expansive three-CD The Bikini Tapes (Jazzland, 2005), his ongoing “covers" duo with Jazzland label mate/saxophonist Håkon Kornstad on the inventive The Bad and the Beautiful (Moserobie, 2007), or his sparer solo album Palinode (Moserobie, 2007). The Arcades Project debuts Wiik's trio of bassist Ole Morten Vågan and drummer Håkon Mjåset Johansen--a tightly knit rhythm team ...

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Hakon Kornstad / Havard Wiik: The Bad And The Beautiful

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The Bad And The Beautiful marks the second installment of unique, intellectually stimulating and very emotional musical vignettes from saxophonist Håkon Kornstad and pianist Håvard Wiik, after Eight Tunes We Like (Moserobie, 2005). As was done previously, the tunes range from older and newer standards to intriguing tunes by today's composers, plus a couple of pop tunes that really work. Regardless of their pedigree, each piece has a certain latent possibility buried within it. Kornstad and Wiik's efforts are directed towards exposing the inner workings of these marvelous compositions; saying, in effect, “This is what they are ...

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Hakon Kornstad and Havard Wiik: Eight Tunes We Like

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Hakon Kornstad and Havard WiikEight Tunes We LikeMoserobie Records2005 Hakon Kornstad and Havard Wiik have produced an absolute gem of an album that is on my short list for Best of 2005. The joys of Eight Tunes We Like are manifold and start with this release's title. They are being more than half coy by using the word “tunes . A glance at the track titles will reveal only one that could be said to come from “The Great American Songbook , and hence be a “tune . The others cannot even ...



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