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Ola Kvernberg

Ola Kvernberg had his official breakthrough with the band Hot Club de Norvege at the Django-festival in Oslo, winter 2000 - a spontaneous jam session which led to several recordings and full-time touring schedule since then. Finished his 4-year study in jazz at the Music Conservatory of Trondheim, Norway in may 2005.

At the present time he is working on regular basis with projects such as Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Quintet, the baroque/contemporary-orchestra The Scarlatti Ensemble, Night Driver - Ola Kvernberg Trio and the bluegrass/Norwegian folk-trio Gammalgrass, together with multi-instrumentalist Stian Carstensen and bassist Ole Morten Vågan.

Kvernberg has played legends such as Svend Asmussen, Didier Lockwood, Philip Catherine, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Les Paul, Doug Raney, Ed Thigpen, Toots Thielemanns, James Carter, Pat Metheny, Jeff Parker and Joshua Redman, to name a few.

The Ola Kvernberg Trio was established in 2000

Steamdome

Label: Grappa
Released: 2018
Track listing: Prologue; And Now; Caterpillar; Black Lemon; Go Up; Interlude/Above The Dance Part 1; Above The Dance Part 2; Through The Mantle; Credits.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Moldejazz Festival 2018

Read "Moldejazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Luca Vitali

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Norway in a Nutshell

Read "Norway in a Nutshell" reviewed by Emily Jones

Every year around 30 jazz promoters and journalists from Europe and the USA make a pilgrimage to the city of Bergen in the west of Norway to experience Nutshell. Established by the various organisations who export Norwegian music, Nutshell showcases the best Norwegian jazz of the moment amidst the incredible scenery of fjords and mountains that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ola Kvernberg: Steamdome

Read "Steamdome" reviewed by Chris May

Steamdome is one of those albums that defies categorisation. It is part future-jazz, part avant-rock, part deep-house, part electronica, part contemporary-classical. It is the follow-up to Norwegian violinist and film composer Ola Kvernberg's whirlwind The Mechanical Fair (Olsen, 2016). That album was memorably pitched as heralding a “mutton western" genre, and the description also fits Steamdome, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2018

Read "JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2018" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

JazzNorway in a Nutshell Bergen, Norway May 23-27, 2018 If anyone should be in doubt, Norwegian jazz is thriving. Through many years, the musicians in Norway have continued to refine what might be called a particularly Norwegian approach to the jazz tradition. It is not about repeating any preconceived ideas ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Trondheim Jazzfest 2018

Read "Trondheim Jazzfest 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Olafshallen, Dokhuset and other venues Trondheim Jazzfest Trondheim, Norway May 8-12, 2018 Trondheim, Norway's third largest city, is the country's main center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology. It holds a key place in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically. The ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

ELBJAZZ 2017

Read "ELBJAZZ 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

ELBJAZZ 2017 Blohm and Voss/various venues Hamburg, Germany June 2-3, 2017 Although Gregory Porter was the marquee name at the sixth edition of Elbjazz, with a strong supporting cast including Joshua Redman, Jan Garbarek, Hildegard Lernt Fliegen and Youn Sun Nah, the real star of the show was the spectacular festival ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Nutshell 2015

Read "Nutshell 2015" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Nutshell 2015 Bergen, Norway May 27-30, 2015 For a decade now, Nutshell has been an important engine in promoting Norwegian jazz talent abroad. This year, Nutshell's four-day program presented nine acts of quite diverse stripes to an audience of festival directors, radio programmers, booking agents and journalists from fifteen European countries.


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