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Espen Berg

Espen Berg (b. 1983) has been touring around the world since 2003, and has collaborated with artists such as Trondheim Jazzorkester, Marius Neset, Seamus Blake, Silje Nergaard, Mathias Eick, Hildegunn Øiseth, Daniel Herskedal, Mats Eilertsen and many more. He has played on 28 albums, of which 10 as a leader, and is frequently touring in Europe and Asia with Espen Berg Trio, which will be releasing its fourth album in May 2022. Espen was awarded Norway’s largest jazz scholarship «JazZtipendiatet» at Molde Int’l Jazz Festival 2016, which consists of a commissioned work for Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, premiering at Moldejazz in 2017. He is currently composing a commissioned work for Trondheim Jazzfestival, featuring a brand new sextet called Water Fabric, which will be premiered at several Norwegian jazz festivals in 2022. Espen has received government grant multiple times, and also works as an associate professor at NTNU’s jazz department. His trio was appointed official NTNU Ambassador in 2016.

Awards

JazZtipendiatet 2016, Norway's largest music scholarship NTNU Ambassador 2016 Best soloist, Hoeilaart Int'l Jazz Contest 2007


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"Like all the best music, this album reveals something new and pleasing on each successive hearing" - BBC Music on Espen Berg Trio's album Free to play (2019)

Free to Play was listed as one of the best recordings of 2019 by Downbeat (US), earning 4/5 stars

"EBT are rapidly becoming an important new voice in a crowded field of post-E.S.T. trios" - Jazz Journal (UK) on Espen Berg Trio's album Free to play (2019)

"But we all know what simplicity hides: A lot of rigor and precision in the detail that allow him to alternate the fluid and the collision with a certain mastery. And that's what gives this recording its particular brilliance. Espen Berg does not want to choose and manages to merge the opposites in order to obtain that original flair that is its charm. Well played." - Culture Jazz (FR) on Espen Berg Trio's album Free to Play (2019)

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Trondheim

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Associate professor at University of Science and Technology in Trondheim since 2006.

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Inner View

NXN Recordings
2023

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The Trondheim Concert

NXN Recordings
2022

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Free to Play

Odin Records
2019

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Bølge

Odin Records
2018

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Acres of Blue

Atterklang
2014

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Noctilucent

Atterklang
2012

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Part 4

From: The Trondheim Concert
By Espen Berg

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