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Espen Berg

Espen Berg, born June 30th 1983 in Hamar, is a Norwegian pianist, arranger and composer. He released his first solo album “Noctilucent” (AKLANG306) in 2012, which was awarded by All About Jazz for being one of the top ten albums of 2012. The sequel, “Acres of Blue” (AKLANG308), was released in 2014. Espen attained a master's degreen in Trondheim and graduated in 2008. He has travelled around the world with his trio Listen playing concerts in all parts of Norway, Cuba, Syria, Spain, France, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Hungary, among other places. He has participated on several CDs, and worked with artists such as Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Marius Neset, Per Jørgensen, Susanne Lundeng, Jovan Pavlovic, Amer Dahbar, Maher Mahmoud, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Darryl Tookes, among others

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rymden: Space Sailors

Read "Space Sailors" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Outer space and cosmic jazz have long been a match made beyond heaven. The latest act throwing their hat into Saturn's rings is the excellent Norwegian band Rymden, featuring keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft. The trio has clearly boned up on Sun Ra and Lonnie Liston Smith, but rockier influences are present too from the likes of Hawkwind, ...

Free to Play

Label: Odin Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Monolitt; Skrivarneset; Kestrel; Camillas Sang; Gossipel; Episk-Aggressiv Syndrom; ‘Oumuamua; Meanwhile in Armenia; Furuberget

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anders Lonne Gronseth: Theory Of Anything

Read "Theory Of Anything" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

2018 saw the release of the eponymous debut of Norwegian reedman Anders Lonne Gronseth's quintet, Multiverse (Pling Music). 2019 opened the door to Theory Of Anything, music recorded by the group at the same session. The sound is Nordic cool and patient in its unfolding, with Gronseth's compositions leaving the doors wide open to spontaneity and ...

Bølge

Label: Odin Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Hounds Of Winter; Maetrix; XIII; Bølge; Tredje; Cadae; For Now; Bridges; Skoddefall; Climbing.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anders Lønne Grønseth: Multiverse

Read "Multiverse" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Built and fully realized in its moment of fruition, Norwegian saxophonist and bass clarinetist Anders Lønne Grønseth's Multiverse lays waste to the tired notion that music from the Scandinavian hinterlands has to bear the mark of chilly emotion. The musical flow and invention heard so immediately on Multiverse is a restless wonder, resulting in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival Hong Kong City Hall Theatre; Hong Kong Cultural Centre October 7-13, 2018 “There are so many beautiful players in the world... and so few listeners," announced Jerry Bergonzi somberly from the stage, to a smatter of chuckles. That punchline might be flipped on its head ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Espen Berg Trio: Bølge

Read "Bølge" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The highest wave ever measured by a fixed installation hit a Norwegian gas transporter in the North Sea. The wave was marked at 25.6 metres high. Award-winning pianist Espen Berg would probably approve such statistics, having named his trio's second album Bølge--the Norwegian name for wave. Berg is also keen to point out the many levels ...

Andreas Loven e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Andreas Loven e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

All About Jazz: Il tratto principale della mia musica. Andreas Loven: Come compositore, aspiro a creare delle melodie forti. E penso che la musica sia una chiara estensione della mia vita e dei due paesi in cui ho vissuto (Sud Africa e Norvegia). “Il calore e i ritmi polverosi dell'Africa, filtrati attraverso il freddo e ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hildegunn Øiseth: Time Is Coming

Read "Time Is Coming" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Norwegian trumpeter/composer Hildegunn Oiseth has been a full time professional player since age 24, beginning with the Bohuslän Big Band. She has been featured in several projects with the Trondheim Jazzorkester, and can be heard hosting national radio shows. In addition to trumpet and flugelhorn she has been fascinated with more ancient instruments, including the “bukkehorn" ...


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