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Moldejazz Festival 2018

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Molde Jazz Festival
Molde, Norvegia
15-19.07.2018

Il festival jazz di Molde è il secondo più antico d'Europa --fondato nel 1961, lo precede di un solo anno il festival di Ljubljana la cui prima edizione risale al 1960 --e ancora oggi il più importante in Norvegia. È qui che Keith Jarrett e Jan ...

Jon Rune Strøm Quintet: Fragments

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Norwegian bassist Jon Rune Strøm, subscribes to none of the self-effacement which sometimes manifests itself on dates led by rhythm section mainstays. That is signaled straight away on the first cut of Fragments, where no other instrument is heard for the first six minutes. With bow in hand, he initially duets with fellow bassist Christian Meaas ...

15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

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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 ...

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Kongsberg Jazz Festival 2017

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Kongsberg Jazz Festival/Kongsberg Jazzmeeting
Kongsberg, Norway
July 6-8, 2017

Kongsberg, a former important silver mining town, is situated in the eastern part of Norway 55 miles west of Oslo. The Kongsberg Jazz Festival, founded in 1964 has a long tradition of offering a specific program for international guests (presenters and media people) ...

Momentum: Momentum

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Three Norwegian musicians unite as Momentum to explore the junction of minimalism and improv. Forming the sides of an equilateral triangle are reedman Jørgen Mathisen (who can be heard with bassist Per Zanussi's 5 and power trio Krokofant), bassist Christian Meaas Svendsen (part of drummer Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit) and drummer Andreas Wildhagen (heard to excellent ...

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Nutshell 2015

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Nutshell 2015
Bergen, Norway
May 27-30, 2015

For a decade now, Nutshell has been an important engine in promoting Norwegian jazz talent abroad. This year, Nutshell's four-day program presented nine acts of quite diverse stripes to an audience of festival directors, radio programmers, booking agents and journalists from fifteen European countries.

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Moers Festival 2014

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Moers Festival
Moers , Germany
June, 6-9, 2014

Moers is a small city of about 100,000 inhabitants at the periphery of the former mining and industrial Ruhrpott area in Germany, about 40 km from the Dutch border and near the cities of Duisburg and Düsseldorf. Moers Festival, a four-day annual event always ...

Jon Rune Strøm: Jøa

Read "Jøa" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Norwegian double bassist Jon Rune Strøm's energetic and highly rhythmic playing approach on the bull fiddle, sets him apart from other young fellow Norwegian double bass players who explore the solo medium or the sonic capabilities of this massive instrument in intimate settings as Christian Meaas Svendsen, Adrian Myhr, or Inga Margrete Aas. The 29 year ...

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KNYST!: KNYST!

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KNYST! is a new Norwegian trio inspired by the fiery American free jazz of the sixties who transform it to fresh, updated forms of musical expression. The trio, all members of the Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit--alto saxophonist Kasper Skullerud Værne, drummer Andreas Wildhagen, a member of the experimental Lana Trio and modern jazz quintet Mopti, and ...

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Christian Winther & Christian Meaas Svendsen: W / M

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W/ M is a double album that feature two debuts as solo artists of two young and promising Norwegian improvisers, both spinning out of the creative environment around the Music Academy in Oslo. Guitarist Christian Winther, a member of the punk-jazz trio Ich Bin N!ntendo, genre-bending trio Monkey Plot and the free improvisers collective Mummu, and ...