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Punkt Festival 2016

Read "Punkt Festival 2016" reviewed by Henning Bolte

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 ...

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JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2014

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JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2014 Bergen, Norway May 21-25, 2014 Bergen, the second largest city of Norway along the northwestern coast of the North Sea, is situated along an impressive mountainous bay. Protected against and open to the sea, to the world it is an illustrious place of a centuries-old merchant tradition, ...

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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 ...

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Punkt Festival 2013

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Punkt FestivalKick Kristiansand, Norway September 6-8, 2013 Punkt is back. Three simple words with greater significance. While the annual festival, which has made its name on the strength of two additional words--Live Remix--had an eighth edition in 2012 that, on paper, should have been nothing short of spectacular, it was ultimately ...

Bathymetric Modes

Label: Hubro Music
Released: 2012
Track listing: Roll Back; Roll; Bounce Back; Ping Back; Bounce; Ping.

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Ivar Grydeland: Bathymetric Modes

Read "Bathymetric Modes" reviewed by John Kelman

A member of drone-improv band Huntsville and the more abstruse Dans les arbres who has given Ballrogg a facelift with Cabin Music (Hubro, 2012), Norwegian guitarist Ivar Grydeland has built a busy career as a performer and as co-head of the extremely left-of-center SOFA Music. In most live contexts, like his 2007 Punkt Festival appearances with ...

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Guelph Jazz Festival: Guelph, Canada, September 5-9, 2012

Read "Guelph Jazz Festival: Guelph, Canada, September 5-9, 2012" reviewed by Ted Harms

Guelph Jazz FestivalGuelph, OntarioSeptember 5-9, 2012The Guelph Jazz Festival is in its 19th year. Under the direction of Ajay Heble, the festival has few equals in Canada, attracting the upper echelon of improvising musicians.It is a rare festival that can resist the allure of “tent-pole" shows--the mass-appeal artists that have vague, ...

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Punkt 2011: Kristiansand, Norway, September 1-3, 2011

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Punkt Festival 2011 The Agder Theatre Kristiansand, Norway September 1-3, 2011It was almost not meant to be. Plagued by a combination of airline snafus and the residual effects of Hurricane Irene--which had hit the northeast coast of the United States a few days earlier, creating (amidst other much more serious results) a ...

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Huntsville: For Flowers, Cars and Merry Wars

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Jumping to the relative upstart Hubro label, Huntsville continues to mine similar territory to its sophomore Rune Grammofon release, Echoes, Arches and Eras (2009), but there are some significant changes as well. Unlike Echoes--its second disc culled from a live performance teaming the improvising trio with American guitar maverick Nels Cline and his partner in alt-country ...


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