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Band of the Week: Moskus

Promising debut album from a young award winning piano trio, but first of all - an extraordinary live band.

There seems to be a never ending wave of Norwegian piano trios emerging since the immense popularity of EST and Tord Gustavsen over the last decade. Espen Eriksen, Jørn Øien, Helge Lien and Eple Trio are already household names on the European jazz scene - redefining the Scandinavian sound.

Moskus is a young and talented trio that has been part of the creative milieu at the Jazz Department of the Trondheim Conservatory of Music. They won the Grappa "Debut Artist Award" last year and are now out with their first album "Salmesykkel" on Grappa's Hubro label. They went to the final in this year's "Jazz INTRO"-competition at the Molde Jazz Festival, and did an impressive gig at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival. Moskus is pianist Anja Lauvdal, bass player Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson and drummer Hans Hulbækmo.

The music is described as "...firmly planted in the fertile earth of chamber jazz, but have been nourished by everything from hymns to the films of Ivo Caprino, from the music of Paul and Carla Bley to late-night skiing trips in the mountains, from post-rock to French pancakes and gospel."

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