Jazzahead! which runs from 23-26. April, has established itself as European jazz’ key forum with its international jazz trade show and its integrated showcase festival. For the past eight years, the trade fair has been steadily growing.
The showcase festival features top-class jazz from Germany, Europe and beyond and has established itself as one of the most important international networking spaces for jazz musicians.
Three Norwegian acts are confirmed to perform in Bremen in late April: Come Shine, Mathias Eick and Rydin:
Over nearly two decades, quartet Come Shine has solidified their status as the epitome of Norwegian standard jazz interpretation, both artistically and in terms of critical and public appeal. The band’s live performances and studio albums have been highly praised around the world and confirm their continuous success faced with the most unforgiving of expectations –the reality of performing standards- and are distinguished by the ability to enact exactly what standard songs plead for; to be born again. The quartet’s confident, skilled, visionary and aesthetic playing provides a platform from which the tunes grow into new entities – freed from the constraints of past performances and interpretations.
Come Shine’s fourth album ‘Red and Gold’, featuring a live recording of their applauded, nationally televised concert at the Norwegian Opera in Oslo saw its domestic release last spring to critical acclaim.
Line up: Live Maria Roggen – vocals, Erlend Skomsvoll – piano, Sondre Meisfjord- bass, Håkon Mjåset Johansen – drums
When: Sat 25 April 17:30 – 18:00hrs
Where: Halle 7.2
The latest outing from trumpeter Mathias Eick, ‘Midwest’, pays tribute to the North American Midwest in an album of intensely melodic compositions which reflect thematically upon journeys and homecomings both literal and spiritual. Being one of Norways most promising young talents for over a decade, Mathias Eick moves steadily towards being one of the finest musicians from the Northern regions, regardless of age group and genre. Still only in his 30s, Eick has marvellous range of achievements to show for himself; he has been bestowed with a range of prestigious prizes, released a string of applauded albums on ECM and has toured world-wide for more than a decade. A multi-talented performer, Eick keeps himself busy participating on several other artists’ albums playing either trumpet, double bass, vibraphone, piano, guitar, or in his own words “anything needed.” Some of his collaborators have been, among a vast amount of others, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Chick Corea, Iro Haarla, Manu Katché and Jacob Young.
Mathias Eick – trumpet, Ola Kvernberg – violin, Andreas Ulvo – piano, Audun Erlien – bass, and Torstein Lofthus – percussion
When: Sat 25 April 21:45 – 22:45hrs
Where: Sendesaal – ECM Club Night
Singer-songwriter Andrea Rydin Berge presents a distinct voice and enchanting stories and music. Coming from the old singer songwriter tradition, Berge displays great sensitivity in her compositions, taking the listener along on a journey through multi-layered, rich soundscapes.
When: Sa 25 April 23:00 – 23:59hrs
Where: Gewoelbe Vegesack
Norway’s delegation to Jazzahead! 2015 will congregate at the ‘Nordic Area’ at stand number E10.