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Solo US live appearances for Håkon Kornstad

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 27. May, 2014

Saxophonist/opera singer Håkon Kornstad to play string of US solo shows

A five-day stint at the Spoleto Festival is followed by solo appearances for saxophonist/opera singer Håkon Kornstad as he is set to cross the Atlantic in early June.

Full overview of Håkon Kornstad’s upcoming US live appearances HERE.

Håkon Kornstad has established himself on the international jazz scene with a warm, haunting saxophone sound that is recognizable from the first second you hear it. Kornstad has enjoyed quite an extensive international career as a jazz saxophonist, touring in Europe, USA and Japan with his groups and solo improvisation projects. Adding to his sax prowess, Kornstad sought new challenges a few years ago as he enrolled at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts’ Opera course, pursuing a career as an operatic tenor in parallel to his well-established position as one of the country’s most respected improvisers – giving unprecedented meaning to the description jazz “tenor.”

By using his imagination and a simple electronic device to record and play back loops as he performs, saxophonist Håkon Kornstad realizes in concert the idea so aptly expressed by the title of his newest album: Symphonies in My Head. His instrumental technique is traditionally solid: a beautiful tone on whichever saxophone or wind instrument he selects, extended by the use of the instrument’s keys to make percussion sounds, and broadened by a colorful palette of overtones. Rhapsodic, improvised melodies glide and float over sonic layers that grow into an orchestral accompaniment.

The Norwegian saxophonist Hakon Kornstad has a deeply focused tone and a dazzling command of expressive effects’ Nate Chinen, The New York Times

Amidst a nation of musicians who fearlessly and seamlessly find ways to marry music and technology on the most human of terms, Håkon Kornstad still stands alone.’ John Kelman, AllAboutJazz


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