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Scene Norway Plus – a Bristol celebration of Norwegian music

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 20. Nov, 2014

A day-long celebration of Norwegian music and culture in Bristol this weekend: the Late Junction’s Fiona Talkington presents ‘Scene Norway Plus’ at the St. George’s Bristol.

Presented by BBC Radio 1 Late Junction’s Fiona Talkington and supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Scene Norway Plus is a day-long celebration of Norwegian music and culture, taking place at St George’s Bristol on Saturday 22 November.


Formed in Oslo in 1990, JøKleBa is a veritable legendary supergroup of Norwegian jazz. The three original members (Per Jorgensen – trumpet, vocals, percussion; Audun Kleive, percussion; Jon Balke, piano, percussion) have been at the heart of many of the country’s most important musical developments, and this very special Bristol date forms part of their unique JøKoToUR: an ecological, low-carbon journey across Europe using only sustainable transport, and intended to highlight dynamic ideas of architecture and urbanism in “a synthesis of sound, space and environmental thinking”. The performance will be followed by a discussion with Fiona Talkington.


Showtime: 4:00 pm

Ketil Bjørnstad

Pianist, composer, poet, novelist and author (on Edvard Munch and football, among other subjects) Ketil Bjørnstad is one of Norway’s pre-eminent cultural figures. Trained as a classical pianist, he has made over fifty albums, including collaborations with many of the leading figures in Norwegian and Scandinavian jazz. Ken Loach and Jean-Luc Godard have featured his music in their films, and the sheer beauty of his ECM recordings has created a worldwide reputation for unclassifiable, classical-meets-jazz compositions comparable to that of Ludovico Einaudi. Tonight, in a two-part show with interval, Ketil combines solo performance with conversations about his life and work with Fiona Talkington.


Showtime: 7.30pm

Luca Vitali: The Sound of the North

Italian author, photographer and journalist Luca Vitali has been following Norwegian music as part of an intense personal journey into what he calls ‘the Sound of the North’. Especially for Scene Norway Plus, Luca presents an exhibition of portraits from his book, ‘Il Suono del Nord’, which documents the historical roots and contemporary flowering of new jazz in Norway.

Showtime: 6pm

Don’ miss out on the splendid ‘Soundcheck Norway’ article Vitali wrote for our website earlier this year titled ‘Music from Norway – why it was so important to write a book about it’.