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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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Hedvig Mollestad Trio: All of Them Witches

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It may well be sexist to suggest that there are few female heavy rock guitarists. Still, as society moves towards greater equity among the genders, there are thankfully a lot more talented and intrepid women transcending conventional expectations of their “place" in music--and few countries exemplifying this more than Norway. Sidsel Endresen may be a singer, ...

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All About Jazz Presents at Kongsberg Jazzfestival: Kongsberg, Norway, July 5-6, 2012

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Kongsberg Jazz FestivalAll About Jazz Presents: Doing It NorwayKongsberg, NorwayJuly 5-6, 2012 Kongsberg is a small town in Buskerud with about 24,000 inhabitant, situated s 55 miles west of Oslo, the nation's capital. Founded in 1624, after silver was discovered in the hills, the Danish-Norwegian king recruited German miners from the ...

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Trondheim Jazz Festival: May 9-13, 2012

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Trondheim Jazz FestivalTrondheim, NorwayMay 9-13, 2012Being Norway's third largest city, next to Oslo and Bergen, means something completely different to being the third largest city in Canada or the United States. With more than 25,000 students in a city of approximately 160,000 people, it's not unlike (albeit a little larger than) Kingston, Canada, ...

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Take Five With Andreas Ulvo

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Meet Andreas Ulvo: Despite his young age, Andreas Ulvo (b.1983), from Eidskog in Hedmark, has already made a mark for himself on the Norwegian and European jazz scenes. His main projects are his own solo piano project and Eple Trio. Together with the two other members of Eple Trio, he has a Masters degree ...

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The Garana Jazz Festival: Garana, Romania, July 21-24, 2011

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The Garana Jazz Festival Garana, Romania July 21-24, 2011 Hidden in the heart of the Western Carpathians, the small village of Garana, --also called Wolfsberg by the Bohemian colonists who have inhabited it until some 30 years ago--has developed, during the last decades, into an international artist colony--hosting, for the 15th time this ...

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Jazzahead 2011: April 28 - May 1, 2011

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Jazzahead Bremen, Germany April 28-May 1, 2010 Jazz may be a marginalized genre with shrinking CD sales and, at least in North America, a painfully low profile in popular media, but just a few days at Jazzahead in Bremen, Germany, leave a much different impression. A trade show for all ...

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Punkt Festival 2010

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The trials and tribulations of international travel—flight delays, missing or damaged baggage, and increasing limitations on said baggage—can be enough to frustrate even the most patient and seasoned world traveler. But despite an almost incredible confluence of problems flying to Kristiansand, Norway, for Punkt 2010, once there all such problems were forgotten. Punkt is simply too ...

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Norwegian Jazz 101b: JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2010

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2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 Norway may be a country that, more than most, aims to expose people from around the world to its culture through annual events like JazzNorway in a Nutshell, but as rich an experience as attending that junket is, returning to it on a regular basis is an ...


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