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Profiles

  • Arve Henriksen
    Wikipedia, norsk
  • Marius Julian Reksjø
    Marius Julian Reksjø (born 1973) is a Norwegian jazz musician (bass), known from cooperation within Bugge Wesseltoft's Jazzland Community and the band Beady Belle with his wife Beate S. Lech. ...
  • Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen (1946 - 2005)
    Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen , May 27, 1946 – April 19, 2005) was a Danish jazz bassist known for his impressive technique and an approach that could be considered an extension of the in...
  • Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen
    Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen (født 3. juni 1976 i Sykkylven) er en norsk jazzsanger, låtskriver, revyartist og tekstforfatter, kjent fra egne utgivelser og opptredener. Etter flytting...
  • Beate Slettevoll Lech
    Beate Slettevoll Lech , født 1974, fødested Øvre Årdal med oppvekst i Volda, norsk sanger, komponist og tekstforfatter innen moderne jazz og beslektet musikk; utdannet ved U...

Norwegian Jazz

Background

In recent years Norway has also become a major force in world jazz. Pioneers of Norwegian jazz include Jan Garbarek. His cool, almost ambient approach is typical of Norwegian jazz, although recently there have been moves to build bridges with electronica and post-rock. He, too, has linked jazz with traditional Norwegian music, as evidenced in his recording Rosenfole with acclaimed Norwegian traditional-style singer, Agnes Buen Garnås. His daughter, Anja Garbarek, is one of the artists that has renovated the jazz scene, combining sweet melodies with electronic sounds and pop beats.

The work of the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble ("Fabula Suite Lugano", The Zoo Is Far) serves as a leading example of contemporary Norwegian jazz, along with ECM artists Trygve Seim and Frode Haltli. Other contemporary Norwegian jazz stars include the group Supersilent, drummer Jon Christensen, guitarist Terje Rypdal, pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Nils Petter Molvær, and experimental jazz band Jaga Jazzist. Many of these artists record for the seminal jazz label ECM. However some of the more modern artists record for the newer Norwegian labels Rune Grammofon, Jazzland Records and Smalltown Superjazzz. (from Wikipedia)

Resources and Further Reading

Jazz Festivals in Norway