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Borealis 2020

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Borealis Bergen, Norway March 6-8, 2020 Borealis means 'northern,' so we must be in Norway, for this festival of experimental music, which has been running in rainy Bergen since 2004. Even though, perhaps, the foundational musical forms of this long weekender lie in the moderne, compositional, new music zone, the ...

Recollections of an Oslo experience

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Oslo has its week-long Jazz Festival taking place in mid-August at Sentralen and various locations from bar to church to opera house and university auditorium in the Norwegian capital. This already indicates something of the variety of the presented music. This year's edition has been the last one under the thirteen-year aegis of bassist and festival ...

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Punkt 2019

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Sørlandet Art Museum, Kick Scene, Domkirken, Kilden Punkt Kristiansand, Norway September 5-7, 2019 Punkt, with its 15th anniversary, is a quite young member among this year's prominent jubilees. It is still in the thrilling and promising future that has taken its course from 2005 on. Punkt then brought studio-technology to the ...

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Hans Kjorstad

Hans Kjorstad is a Norwegian violinist and composer. He grew up in an active folk music society in Gudbrandsdalen, and started playing jazz and improvised music around the age of 17. He is now a creative violinist, composer and improviser, touring worldwide with amongst others Miman, Frode Haltli Avant Folk and Billy Meier.

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Moldejazz 2019

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Moldejazz Molde, Norway July 15-20, 2019 In the last few years, the Moldejazz festival's artists-in-residence have kept their appearances down to a manageable human count, with two or three concert manifestations apiece from Pat Metheny, Vijay Iyer and Maria Schneider. For the 2019 edition, that position was awarded to Norwegian ...

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Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 2-2

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Part 1 | Part 2 Trondheim JazzfestSylvie Courvoisier Trio Trondheim, Norway May 10, 2019 Trondheim, Norway's third largest city and the country's center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology, holds a key-place in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically. The six-day Trondheim Jazzfest starts ...

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Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 1-2

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Part 1 | Part 2Trondheim Jazzfest Trondheim, Norway May 9-10, 2019 Trondheim, Norway's third largest city and the country's center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology, holds a key position in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically. The sourceTrondheim started the ...

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Vossa Jazz Festival 2019: Jazz Folk Meet by the Lake

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Vossa Jazz Festival Voss, Norway April 12-14, 2019 There are bigger fish on the storied and seemingly ever-healthy Norwegian jazz festival circuit than Vossa Jazz, but it has its own brand of soulfulness. The kickoff event on a Nordic festival list including later blowouts in nearby Bergen, Trondheim, Molde, Kongsburg, and Oslo, ...

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Ivan Mazuze

Ivan Mazuze is a Norway based composer, award winning saxophonist and world jazz artist of Mozambique origin. Mazuze initiated his studies in music at his home country Mozambique at the National Music School in 1987 with piano as first instrument. After 7 years of classical piano training Mazuze joined the woodwind section of the same school with jazz study approach with focus on improvisation. After finishing the basic elementary music school, Mazuze continued his studies at the Department of Jazz and Ethnomusicology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Ivan Mazuze is Honors degree in jazz and composition studies and Masters graduate in ethnomusicology at University of Cape Town

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Sienná

Sienná is an awake-walking daydreamer, a blurry contrast of multiple styles, an illusionist of the vivid pastel sound, a contemporary traditionalist, and a beautiful reflection of the crossover of cultures we see in the modern world. She is a songwriter, producer, keyboardist, singer and experimental music sensation. As a Japanese expatriate in Norway and live-electronic artist who has performed across Europe and Asia over 10 years, Sienná not only acts as a unique innovator; but also fearlessly brings ‘no rules’ approach to creating improvisational mixes through a command of the avant-garde EDM genre consisting of electronica, house, jazz, and traditional-contemporary Japanese. Sienná is known for collaborations with renowned artists including Nils Petter Molvaer, a psychedelic jazz trumpeter from Norway, Mick Karn, a deceased English bassist, and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, where Sienná performed as an opening act to the band in the UK on several occasions. More info: http://www.sienna-web.com ::: http://www.myspace.com/siennaweb ::: http://www.youtube.com/siennaweb


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