The musical spheres Jan Bang works in revolve around such luminaries as Jon Hassell, David Sylvian, Brian Eno, Sidsel Endresen, Nils Petter Molvær and Arve Henriksen. From his work as successful pop producer in the 1990s, his creative thrust and pioneering work in developing the concept of live remix - improvising with electronics alongside more conventional instruments and performers - has led to him being constantly in-demand as a producer and performer today.
In 2005 he launched, together with Erik Honoré, the internationally renowned Punkt Festival, where Bang's live sampling - his own musical instrument - works within the framework of overlapping concerts: one being the original; the other, the remix. The Punkt brand has already traveled abroad to the UK, Germany and has plans to visit the United States.
Bang's recent recorded work includes the acclaimed CDs Cartography and Jon Hassell's Last Night the Moon Came, both on ECM. Recent live performances and tours have included with Jon Hassell to Sidney Opera House as part of Eno's own festival and last year playing Carnegie Hall in NYC and Royce Hall, LA. In November 2008, as curator of "Scene Norway" during the opening of King's Place in London, BBC's Fiona Talkington invited Punkt for a three-day festival as part of the London Jazz Festival.
Bang was born in Denver and grew up in Kristiansand, nurtured by the legacy of his father's vast record collection, his mother's piano playing and the sounds of swallows in the family garden. The early meeting between Bang, Erik Honoré, and a range of music technology, awoke a desire to start a band and a thirst to develop something unique. The Tromsø electronic scene - and some musical collisions with other soon-to-be famous musicians such as Bugge Wesseltoft and Nils Petter Molvær - set Bang on the road to his status as one of the most innovative and creative musicians working in Norway today.
Jan Bang's solo album, ...and poppies from Kandahar, was released in 2010 on David Sylvian's samadhisound label, and Bang will be touring the material later in the year, together with guitarist longtime collaborator, Eivind Aarset.
"...It's rare for an album to quietly shake the foundation of what music is...and
can be…a 45-minute travelogue of sound, shape, color and emotion that
touches on the human condition with rare depth and keen perception."
"...Another very special album from the Samadhi Sound stable"
"...One of the more impressive albums I have heard in a long time. "It proves
that there are always new roads to travel, that there is still a lot of new music
"...A refined, close to chill-out sound which has more of an urban feel than
fellow Norwegian Jan Garbarek's more spacey and forlorn landscapes"
Wall Street Journal
"...Jan Bang interweaving live instrumentals, studio processing, field
recordings and other effluvia into dreamy, off-kilter soundscapes--
dreamscapes might be a better term--that carry the whiff of the exotic"
"...Det är de små beståndsdelarna som används till stor effekt för att få fram
"...Et de vakreste og ikke minst atmosfærefulle musikalske landskapene på
svært lang tid"
- Tor Hammerø, Nettavisen
"...På subtilt vis bryter Bang med forventningene han bygger opp, og gir igjen
for oppmerksom lytting"
"...Suggestivt till max med en minimum av toner