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Jazz Finland Festival / European Jazz Conference 2014

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Jazz Finland Festival/European Jazz Conference
Hotel Crowne Plaza/Various Venues
jny: Helsinki, Finland
September 18-21, 2014

When the steamship RMS Andania docked in the port of Helsinki in 1926 it unloaded more than just cargo. The American jazz group the Andania Yankees that disembarked stayed for two months and effectively kick-started ...

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Mai Jazz 2014

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Mai Jazz 2014
Stavanger, Norway
May 6-11, 2014

After visiting Norway as often as four or five times annually, a first trip to the country in early May is surprisingly late for a first visit of the year. The last time visiting the west coast city of Stavanger was in 2008, part ...

Ola Kvernberg Trio: Northern Tapes

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It's been three years since Ola Kvernberg released the ambitious Liarbird (Jazzland, 2011), a studio document of his 2010 Molde International Jazz Festival commission where guest Joshua Redman was recruited for the live performance, but where, far more than a ringer for Kvernberg, Redman was clearly awestruck by this virtuosic young violinist/composer. It's not that Kvernberg ...

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2013 Ultima Contemporary Music Festival

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2013 Ultima Contemporary Music Festival
Oslo, Norway
September 5-14, 2013

Last year's first visit to the Ultima Contemporary Music Festival in Oslo, Norway revealed a rich program that blurred the lines between composition and improvisation in ways few (if any) festivals of its kind do. While the primary reason to attend the ...

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Molde International Jazz Festival 2013

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Molde International Jazz Festival
Molde, Norway
July 15-20, 2013

It may have been his last year as festival director, but Jan Ole Otnæs sure went out on a high, not just because his programming was as impeccable as ever, but because he made it a year with a very specific philosophy. ...

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Ian Patterson's Best Live Shows of 2012

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From Lao to the Palestinian Territories, from Borneo to Vietnam, from Kuala Lumpur to London, and from Singapore to France, it was a busy year as far as reviewing gigs went. There were many wonderful concerts and some worthy of mention include guitarist Federico Casagrande, pianist Nicolas Bouloukos, guitarist Jeremy Tjordman and Norwegian duo Albatrosh, but ...

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Penang Island Jazz Festival 2012

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9th Penang Island Jazz Festival
Bayview Hotel
Penang, Malaysia
November 29--December 2, 2012

From pickup at the airport at 10.30pm to personal send-off five days later at 4.00am, Paul Augustin, the Director of the Penang Island Jazz Festival, is what you could call the perfect host. It's this personal touch--instilled in the festival staff's ...

Motorpsycho and Stale Storlokken Present: The Death Defying Unicorn

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Motorpsycho and Ståle Storløkken
The Death Defying Unicorn
Rune Grammofon
2012

Capturing the raw power of a live performance in the studio is no small challenge. When Norway's Motorpsycho--a group that, across the past two-plus decades and over 25 recordings, has gone from metal-tinged indie rock and psychedelic space rock to ...

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Albatrosh: Yonkers

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2012 seems to be a year of change for many artists. Not so for Norway's Albatrosh, the duo first heard while still in school and before they'd made a record at an overnight stop in Rosendal, as part of the 2008 JazzNorway in a Nutshell junket. Paring back to the core duo that first released Seagull ...

Albatrosh: Mystery Orchestra with Grenager & Talfjord

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Duos can represent a double-edged sword: on one hand, no other context is as intimate, where the level of communication can be as deep, the lines of communication so open; equally, however, there are the inherent limitations on its possible sound worlds, the result of the specific textural, harmonic and rhythmic capabilities of the instruments involved. ...