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Hubro: Making Room for Marginalized Music

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There are times when a record label becomes more than just a label. It becomes an embodiment of a certain period in time. In Norway, think of the German label ECM with the emergence of the so-called Nordic sound propelled by Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and drummer Jon Christensen. Later, Rune Grammofon summed up a more ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Trondheim Jazzfest 2018

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Olafshallen, Dokhuset and other venues
Trondheim Jazzfest
Trondheim, Norway
May 8-12, 2018

Trondheim, Norway's third largest city, is the country's main center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology. It holds a key place in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically.

The ...

15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

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Double your Norwegian jazz pleasure: listen to our companion Norwegian jazz mixtape while reading this article.

Far too many people talk about the Norwegian scene as being “interesting because it's so exotic." Those who think so, have in mind its “Nordic Tone," that distinctive mood which evokes snow, mountains and icy fjords. This kind ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bergamo Jazz Festival 2017

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Bergamo Jazz Festival
Bergamo, Italy
March 19-26, 2017

The Bergamo Jazz Festival, one of the most long-lived and prestigious Italian festivals, celebrated in 2017 its 39th edition. Since about ten years the Town of Bergamo nominates a musician as artistic director, and the 2017 edition has been the second under ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eivind Opsvik: Overseas V

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Like his first four Overseas albums, Eivind Opsvik's Overseas V defies conventional descriptions. The New York resident, of Norwegian roots, has developed a peculiar style that marries experimental avant-garde with the folkloric traditions of the North Country. This had been particularly evident on IV when Brandon Seabrook's mandolin and Jacob Sacks' harpsichord meet up with Tony ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dave Douglas, direttore artistico di Bergamo Jazz Festival

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Basta un'occhiata veloce al programma di Bergamo Jazz 2017 per rendersi conto di alcune prerogative caratterizzanti. Innanzi tutto spicca la diffusione degli eventi in diversi spazi della città, più che nelle edizioni passate. Ai collaudati luoghi da concerto principali, in primis l'Auditorium di Piazza della Libertà e il Teatro Sociale, oltre al prestigioso Teatro Donizetti, si ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il meglio del 2016 secondo Luca Vitali

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Un 2016 iniziato sotto la stella nera di Bowie e la sua dipartita inimmaginabile e, verrebbe da dire, teatrale... come sempre. Blackstar per mille ragioni è il mio disco dell'anno, ma l'uomo che cadde sulla Terra è tornato su Marte e ci guarda da una diversa prospettiva...

Quaggiù, è stata un'annata niente male che ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Things We Like: Ottobre 2016

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Finito il mese di ottobre, riprendiamo la vecchia rubrica “Things We Like," dove, un po' per passione e un po' per gioco, descriviamo le cose (musicali e non) che ci rimarranno impresse del mese appena trascorso.

Alberto Bazzurro

Ottobre, mese pre-referendario per eccellenza (non quel referendum...), si porta generalmente appresso una caterva ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Punkt Festival 2016

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Punkt Festival
Kristiansand, Norway
September, 3-5, 2016

Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Southern Norway, is a small, informal festival of internationally high artistic reputation and esteem. It takes place during the first week of September. Founded in 2005 its 12th edition as usual presented a wide range of musical performances and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nils Økland: Kjølvatn

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The significance of the Hardanger Fiddle--a homespun Norwegian variation of the violin--is that while it is played on four strings, as a similar string instrument would be, it has four or five additional strings under the fingerboard which vibrate during playing. Though its use has been limited in modern music, Nils Økland has not only mastered ...