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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 II The Hypogean

Label: Grappa
Released: 2023
Track listing: Disc One: Arpy; The Vault; Get Down; Carbonado. Disc Two: Hypogean; Devil Worm; Diamondiferous; Misty Light (bonus track).


Article: Liner Notes

Ola Kvernberg & The Trondheim Soloists: The Mechanical Fair Live

Read "Ola Kvernberg & The Trondheim Soloists: The Mechanical Fair Live" reviewed by Chris May

Ola Kvernberg's Steamdown (Grappa) was perhaps the most sensationally visceral album to come our way during 2018. Part future-jazz, part EDM, part avant-rock, part contemporary-classical and 100% wrap-around shamanistic. It was Kvernberg's follow-up to The Mechanical Fair (Jazzland, 2014), which is here in an extensively recalibrated version recorded live at the Molde International Jazz Festival in ...


Article: Liner Notes

Ola Kvernberg: Steamdome II The Hypogean

Read "Ola Kvernberg: Steamdome II The Hypogean" reviewed by Chris May

Violinist and multi-instrumentalist Ola Kvernberg was born into a line of Norwegian folk musicians which includes the distinguished fiddler and composer Peter Larrson Rypdal. Kvernberg cut his teeth playing in traditional bands led by his parents and began studying classical violin when he was nine. In his early twenties, after discovering jazz, he spent a few ...


Article: Album Review

Emily Francis Trio: Luma

Read "Luma" reviewed by Chris May

Luma is the second album from Britain's Emily Francis, following 2015's Absent (Self Produced). Luma appears to have been ready to roll in 2020 and the delay has, presumably, been occasioned by you-know-what. The group's lineup has changed since the debut album, with new drummer Jamie Murray joining keyboard player Francis and bassist Trevor Boxall.


The Mechanical Fair Live

Label: Grappa
Released: 2020
Track listing: Side One: Mechanical Fair; Alarums & Excursions. Side Two: Dualist; Jaja. Side Three: Metamechanics. Side Four: Harlot’s House; Chasing The Wind; Encore.



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 & Podcasts

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 ...


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