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Maria Kannegaard

Born in 1970 in Copenhagen, Denmark, although raised as a Norwegian musician, Maria moved to Norway at the age of ten. Her precocious musical interests began when she started playing and studying on the piano at the age of five. By the age of six, she began composing her own songs. At first her studies were formally classical, but when she began experimenting with the chord variations, her interest in jazz grew and opened a world of new harmonic possibilities. The music of Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans at first revealed the nuances of improvisation, and then the styles of such non-melodic based pianists such as Geri Allen and Herbie Nichols (who she wrote her thesis on) became a major influence on her style.

Maria really started focusing on performing jazz in 1985

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Mats Eilertsen: Rubicon

Read "Rubicon" reviewed by John Kelman

It's no news to learn that we're the confluence of our many experiences: life, love, music....everything that we are comes from where we've been, what we've done, what we've experienced. That said, it doesn't mean that we can't move in completely new directions or try something completely foreign to us. Still, it's almost impossible to do ...

Thomas Stronen: Time Is A Blind Guide

Read "Thomas Stronen: Time Is A Blind Guide" reviewed by John Kelman

Over the past couple of decades, Thomas Strønen has become, perhaps, best-known for his unfettered improvisational forays in electro-centric contexts: sometimes freewheeling and frenetic, as in Humcrush, the drummer/percussionist/electronics wizard's hardcore duo with his similarly inclined Norwegian partner, keyboardist Ståle Storløkken (and occasional guest, singer Sidsel Endresen); other times more spaciously ambient in the atmospheric Anglo/Norwegian ...

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Molde International Jazz Festival 2013

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Molde International Jazz Festival Molde, Norway July 15-20, 2013It may have been his last year as festival director, but Jan Ole Otnæs sure went out on a high, not just because his programming was as impeccable as ever, but because he made it a year with a very specific philosophy. ...

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Thomas Stronen's Time is a Blind Guide & Elephant9: Oslo, Norway, March 20-21, 2013

Read "Thomas Stronen's Time is a Blind Guide & Elephant9: Oslo, Norway, March 20-21, 2013" reviewed by John Kelman

When you've got some time to kill between two festivals--in this case, Burghausen, Germany's B-Jazz Festival and Vossa Jazz in Voss, Norway, the following weekend--there are few better places to do it than Oslo, a city that supports live music better than most cities in the world, with the possible exception of New York. Oslo's residents ...

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Food: Mercurial Balm

Read "Mercurial Balm" reviewed by John Kelman

While Anglo/Norwegian musical encounters have recently been on the rise--Norway's In the Country and Jaga Jazzist, for example, recently discovering respective nexus points with British pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole and the Britten Sinfonia--it's of no small significance that Food has been exploring trans-national connective threads for a considerably longer time, with its eponymous 1999 recorded ...

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Trondheim Jazz Festival: May 9-13, 2012

Read "Trondheim Jazz Festival: May 9-13, 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

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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Jazzahead! 2012

Read "Jazzahead! 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

Jazzahead! 2012Bremen, GermanyApril 19-22, 2012 While folks around the world debate the future of jazz--and, for that matter, what exactly jazz is and even what it should be called--an annual trade show in Bremen, Germany, now in its fifth year, has managed to demonstrate that jazz as a brand may be facing ...

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Monsters and Puppets: Monsters and Puppets

Read "Monsters and Puppets" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Monsters and Puppets features two prolific and versatile musicians in the Norwegian jazz scene-- keyboardist Maria Kannegaard and drummer Thomas Strønen, both of whom have been playing together since 1997 in the Kannegaard Trio, with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and, recently, in vocalist Ingrid Lode's outfit Billy Fy. This new duo was formed after the two ...

Motif: Facienda

Read "Motif: Facienda" reviewed by John Kelman

Motif Facienda Jazzland Records 2010 Just because there's nearly a three-year gap between recordings, it doesn't mean an artist hasn't been busy. Norwegian free bop-meister Motif was last heard from in 2008, on the tradition-twisting Apo Calypso (Jazzland), closing yet another gap from the previous Expansion (AIM, 2005). Released in ...


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