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Week 40 in Review

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 03. Oct, 2014

New tracks from Erlend Øye and Nico & Vinz, Ja Ja Ja London line-up announced and strong Norwegian jazz presence in South Korea and Germany – it’s Music Norway’s Week in Review.

Late Oct Ja Ja Ja London line-up announced

Thursday 30th October sees Ja Ja Ja returning to London’s The Lexington for a night of Scando-themed music and pure fun with Hanne Kolstø performing alongside Francobollo (SE) and Lowly (DA). Kolstø is gearing up for the November 21 release of her new, and highly anticipated album ‘Forever Maybe’. Buy your tickets HERE and mark the date – don’t miss out on a chance to hear Hanne Kolstø’s new stunning tracks!

Jarasum Festival – a Norwegian footprint in South Korea

No less than six Norwegian bands and performers set to perform at one of Asia’s largest jazz festival this weekend, South Korea’s Jarasum International Jazz Festival. The largest travel grant ever allocated by Music Norway’s travel support programme (funded by Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs) has made it possible to journey Terje Rypdal & Ketil Bjørnstad, Mathias Eick Quintet, Tord Gustavsen Quartet, Arild Andersen Trio and Amund Maarud across the globe for five days of concerts, media appearances and talks. Music Norway has joined the 25-man strong Norwegian delegation of musicians, industry reps and MFA staff currently in full swing at the key festival. Full line up HERE.

‘When the Day Comes’ – New Nico & Vinz single out this week

Next week sees the official Scandinavian release of Nico & Vinz much anticipated album ‘Black Star Elephant’ (US release on Oct 14th). Earlier this week, the duo dropped a new single and accompanying video, shot by fellow countryman Kavar Singh. Pretty cool story told here – we like it a lot.

Enjoy Jazz

Another festival with a heavy Norwegian footprint coming up: German jazz hot spot Enjoy Festival launches this week with a long list of Norwegian bands and performers on its roster. The festival, which is staged in Mannheim, Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen will feature over the next two weeks concerts by such heavyweights as Jan Garbarek, Atomic, Møster, Splashgirl, Tord Gustavsen Quartet, Rebekka Bakken, Arild Andersen Trio and Marius Neset.

Full live line-up HERE.

‘Rainman’ – Erlend Øye drops new single/video

This week, Kings of Convenience/The Whitest Boy Alive member and noted solo act Erlend Øye returns with a third taste of what his long awaited second solo album has in store. ‘Legao’ – Erlend Øye’s brand new solo album, sees its release today and has been preceded by the fantastic singles ‘La Prima Estate’ and ‘Garota’. The video for ‘Rainman’, directed by Clara Cebrian, is a pretty cool, totally hand-made animated affair that’s a must watch.

The Quietus on Susanna & Jenny Hval

Susanna & Jenny Hval’s fantastic outing ‘Meshes of Voice’ has made rounds this autumn, being bestowed with strong reviews at home and abroad. This week The Quietus’ Adam Bychawski has talked to Jenny Hval about sonic extremity, the violence of voyeurism and inhabiting bodies. Read the full interview HERE.

New Nordic Playlist

A Friday staple: The Nordic Playlist. This week’s Playlist is curated by Danish DJ, producer and coveted collaborator Kasper Bjørke. For his varied Nordic Playlist, Bjørke has chosen Todd Terje’s ‘Johnny & Mary (feat. Bryan Ferry) as well as Erlend Øye’s ‘Garota’.

Read a thorough interview with the Dane and listen in on the latest Nordic Playlist HERE.