Photo: CF Wesenberg

Jazzahead! 2012: Fattigfolket

Fattigfolket is a Swedish/ Norwegian quartet that gathered in Copenhagen at the beginning of the decade. The last ten years has seen Fattigfolket touring Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Czech Republic and Germany, performing at key jazz festivals, clubs and radio shows.

The band name translates as ‘the poor people’. States the band members: ‘As kids we shared the same fascination for stories told by our grandparents about their childhood, and what it was like to grow up in the 1920s and 1930s. Even though they didn’t own much, they shared the little they had. Today we have a lot, but share very little.’

The third album from Fattigfolket is titled ‘Park’, and saw its release in 2011 via German label Ozella Music. Says Fattigfolket on the album title: ‘As musicians we are visiting many different countries and cities, and we spend a lot of time on traveling by plane, train, bus or car, to an airport, to a hotel, etc. But sometimes we enjoy some hours off, and then our favorite activity is to go to a park. Almost every city has at least one park, where you can find a calm and a quiet place. Some of the songs on this cd are conceived in a park, or inspired by parks we have visited.’ Through communication and a balance of compositional and improvisational material, that pays homage to the contemporary jazz tradition, Fattigfolket perform original compositions written by the band members. The music on ‘Park’ is also inspired by the rich folk music tradition in Norway, Sweden and abroad.

Earlier releases include ‘Fattigfolket’ in 2003, and ‘Le Chien et la Fille’ in 2005, both on Danish label ILK Music.

Writes Jazzwise’s Stuart Nicholson in his review of Fattigfolket’s ‘Park’ album:

‘The album’s title seems to come from the urban institution of the open space – ten of the compositions refer to a specific park, while Grunewald is the famous German forest park in Berlin. Yet there are no programmatic inferences here, just solid well written melody and solos that orbit the composers intent so composition and improvisation seem of a piece. Their ability to come up with an ear-catching melodic line is exemplified by ‘Pfaueninsel Park’, but in truth this is an exceptionally good album that communicates timeless musical values.’

Line-up: Putte Johander (b), Hallvard Godal (sax, cl), Gunnar Halle (tp), Ole Morten Sommer (dr)

Live At Jazzahead! 2012:

Sa 21 April
Halle 2

Sa 21 April
MS Stubnitz

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