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Il Suono Del Nord: La Norvegia protagonista della scena jazz europea

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Il Suono Del Nord: La Norvegia protagonista della scena jazz euorpea
Luca Vitali
320 pages
ISBN:9788886784979
Auditorium Edizioni
2014

Inspite of having a population of only five million inhabitants, Norway, contests author Luca Vitali, produces and consumes more jazz than almost any other country in Europe. The growth ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Gunhild Seim “Story Water"

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Nasjonal Jazzscene
Oslo (Norvegia)
06.03.2014

Story Water deve la sua nascita al festival Vossajazz (Voss--Norvegia) che per l'edizione 2012 ha commissionato un lavoro originale alla trombettista e compositrice Gunhild Seim. Per i musicisti norvegesi l'annuale commissione del Vossajazz rappresenta un vero onore. Gunhild ha deciso di cogliere questa opportunità facendo ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Eyal Hareuveni Best of 2013 List

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There were so many great releases in 2013 that inspired me, provoked my conceptions about music and art, disturbed my peace of mind and mainly, enriched my life. This list--presented in no particular order and enhanced with video and Soundcloud clips--represents the tip of my listening iceberg.

Kitchen Orchestra with Alexander von ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Kitchen Orchestra with Alexander von Schlippenbach

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The Norwegian, Stavanger-based Kitchen Orchestra may be one of Europe's best kept secrets. A collective of local musicians who come from classical, jazz, free improvisation and electronics. The orchestra was founded in 2005 and since then collaborated with guest conductors such as Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker and former Stavanger resident, bassist Per Zanussi, dance troupes and ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

John Lilja's Robblerobble

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American double bassist John Lilja, based in Stavanger, Norway, for more than 15 years, has collaborated frequently with the fertile, genre-bending, community of musicians of Stavanger, among them saxophonist Frode Gjerstad' s Circulasione Totale Orchestra, Kitchen Orchestra and trumpeter Gunhild Seim's Time Jungle.

The quintet Robblerobble is Lilja's first project as a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gunhild Seim: Story Water

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Story Water is the most ambitious achievement of Norwegian trumpeter Gunhild Seim. It is a musical fantasy inspired by texts about the universes of dreams and death, commissioned by the VossaJazz Festival and recorded live at the festival's opening day in March 2012.

Seim expands her modern jazz-based musical language, as was documented ...

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Hedvig Mollestad Trio: All of Them Witches

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It may well be sexist to suggest that there are few female heavy rock guitarists. Still, as society moves towards greater equity among the genders, there are thankfully a lot more talented and intrepid women transcending conventional expectations of their “place" in music--and few countries exemplifying this more than Norway. Sidsel Endresen may be a singer, ...

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Gunhild Seim Time Jungle, with Marilyn Crispell: Elephant Wings

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With Elephant Wings, Norwegian trumpeter Gunhild Seim grows the number of albums released, since beginning her career as bandleader of Time Jungle more than five years ago, to three, including 2007's Time Jungle and 209's Morpho, all released on her own Drollehålå imprint. Each has been a beautiful gem, demonstrating Seim's compositional skills to balance and ...

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Trondheim Jazz Festival: May 9-13, 2012

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Trondheim Jazz Festival
Trondheim, Norway
May 9-13, 2012
Being Norway's third largest city, next to Oslo and Bergen, means something completely different to being the third largest city in Canada or the United States. With more than 25,000 students in a city of approximately 160,000 people, it's not unlike (albeit a little larger than) Kingston, Canada, ...

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Jazzahead! 2012

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Jazzahead! 2012
Bremen, Germany
April 19-22, 2012

While folks around the world debate the future of jazz--and, for that matter, what exactly jazz is and even what it should be called--an annual trade show in Bremen, Germany, now in its fifth year, has managed to demonstrate that jazz as a brand may be facing ...