Mopti is one of the latest bands to ascend from Norway’s ever-evolving jazz scene. Their energetic live performances; mixing solid compositions, catchy grooves and driving energy has become their trademark and have led the band to many highlights despite their young age. Mopti won the “Young Musicians of the Year” award in 2012, received euphoric plaudits from both Jazzwise and The Guardian after their UK-tour in 2013, and released their debut album Logic on the well renowned label Jazzland Recordings.
Mopti is currently working with the DJ Bendik Baksaas to form a brand new concept, which is to be presented at the Molde International Jazz Festival this summer. With a mature and innovative sound, Mopti stimulates senses as well as intellect and gives you an experience you will not forget!
Mopti’s Christian Meaas Svendsen is eager to hit the Jazzahead stage:
– Mopti aims at utilizing Jazzahead as an arena to gain exposure for the band, and to prove for as many representatives possible that the band has a considerable and genuine potential on the European market – a claim that we have backed by touring Scandinavia and the UK successfully. Even if Jazzahead is something of a showcasing arena, we will focus on what we do best – to play killer concerts. The Bremen gig will not be an exception to this – we promise to deliver with boundless energy, enthusiasm and good music!
For their Jazzahead appearance, Mopti is set to perform new repertoire:
– The audience will be exposed to a band that has performed tirelessly for five years now – a band that is tightly woven and is not afraid of challenging itself or its audience, says Svendsen. – For the Jazzahead gig, we’re putting the repertoire of our debut album ‘Logic’ aside, and delve into a totally new repertoire. You gotta think ahead – it’s JazzAHEAD we’re playing, not JazzBEHIND, right?
Mopti’s Jazzahead showcase is one item on a busy itinerary this spring:
– Mopti is heading out on a minor Euopean tour in May, followed by recording sessions in Poland, says Svendsen. We’ve also embarked on a collaborative project with young DJ/turntablist Bendik Baksaas, and we are set to compose a commissioned work for the 2014 Moldejazz. We’ll bring along some of the repertoire we’ll be presenting at Jazzahead into this project.
Line-up: Harald Lassen (saxophone) – Kristoffer Eikrem (trumpet) – Aleksander Sjølie (guitar) – Christian Meaas Svendsen (bass) – Andreas Wildhagen (drums)
Sat 26 April, 23:00
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