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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 ...

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PunktFestival 2017

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Punkt Festival Kristiansand, Norvegia Varie sedi 31.8-2.9.2017 Come sempre Punkt è un festival fuori dall'ordinario e all'insegna dell'imprevisto e dell'imprevedibile. Una sorta di Industria 4.0 della musica: fuori dal “circolo" dei tour estivi, tipico dei festival jazz, e poco interessato a fotografare il passato e il presente, è invece molto attento ...

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Veslefrekk: Veslefrekk

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VeslefrekkVeslefrekkNORCD1994 Before there was Supersilent--the renowned Norwegian noise improv group that was a seminal part of the flurry of creative Norwegian activity that, between 1997 and 1998, literally shook the world of improvised music and brought a number of artists, including Nils Petter Molvaer, Bugge Wesseltoft and Eivind Aarset, to far ...

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Three new releases on Rune Grammofon

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Norway's Rune Grammofon label long ago established itself in the front rank, initially based on releases by the group Supersilent plus releases including its members Deathprod (Helge Sten), Ståle Storløkken and Arve Henriksen. In addition, the label has gradually built up an impressive roster including such Scandinavian artists as Alog, Fire!, Jenny Hval, Motorpsycho and Susanna ...

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Arve Henriksen: The Nature of Connections

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Few artists could call an album The Nature of Connections with as much veracity as Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen. There's been the myriad of collaborations on his own albums--just a small handful of the contributors to recordings including Places of Worship (Rune Grammofon, 2013), Cartography (ECM, 2008), Strjon (Rune Grammofon, 2007) and Chiaroscuro (Rune Grammofon, 2004) ...

Ola Kvernberg Trio: Northern Tapes

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It's been three years since Ola Kvernberg released the ambitious Liarbird (Jazzland, 2011), a studio document of his 2010 Molde International Jazz Festival commission where guest Joshua Redman was recruited for the live performance, but where, far more than a ringer for Kvernberg, Redman was clearly awestruck by this virtuosic young violinist/composer. It's not that Kvernberg ...

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WorldService Project: Articulate Arsonists

Read "WorldService Project: Articulate Arsonists" reviewed by John Kelman

It's a very different time to be a musician than it was even 20 years ago, when major record labels still existed, providing tour support and money to make recordings. It's also a very different time because, with the upsurge of DIY recordings, there's more music being released every month than ever before. Add to that ...

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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, ...

Moster!: Edvard Lygre Moster

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He may be flying somewhat beneath the radar internationally, but in Norway, saxophonist Kjetil Møster has a vibrant career that ranges from the acoustic post-John Coltrane group The Core--whose Office Essentials (Jazzland, 2008) made clear that the American tradition is a touchstone, at least to some, in the country's distinctive jazz scene--to ongoing work with the ...


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