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Nordic Jazz Festival in Washington DC

Håkon Kornstad and IPA to play Washington DC’s Nordic Jazz Festival.

As part of the 6th annual Nordic Jazz Festival in Washington D.C., the critically acclaimed saxophonist Håkon Kornstad and hailed collective IPA are set to play concerts on the rooftop at the House of Sweden and the Twins Jazz club respectively.

Håkon Kornstad

Håkon Kornstad has established himself on the international jazz scene with a warm, haunting saxophone sound that is recognizable from the first second you hear it. Håkon Kornstad has enjoyed quite an extensive international career as a jazz saxophonist, touring in Europe, USA and Japan with his groups and solo improvisation project. He has worked with some of the world’s most renowned jazz musicians and released multiple Norwegian Grammy nominated albums, reviewed several times by the New York Times, and praised by various international jazz magazines for his alternative saxophone techniques, and for his melodic sense.

In addition to his solo project, he is also known for his duo collaborations with bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (the “Elise” project), pianist Håvard Wiik and singer Sidsel Endresen, as well as his groups “Wibutee” and “Kornstad Trio”.


IPA formed in 2006 and with with two critically acclaimed albums and extensive touring under their belts, this fantastic, energetic, and melodic group features Norwegians Atle Nymo (Chick Corea, Pat Metheny) on sax/bass clarinet, double bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (Evan Parker, The Thing), drummer Håkon Mjåset Johansen (Jan Garbarek, Håvard Wiik), and the great Swedish trumpeter Magnus Broo (Atomic).

The music consists of great melodic compositions combined with more open material in a splendid mix. All performed with a lot of energy and enthusiasm by four fantastic musicians.Their debut album “Lorena”, released on the Norwegian Indie-label Bolage, received great reviews nationally and abroad, and was followed up by touring in Norway and Sweden the following years. The band has played festivals such as Molde Int. Jazzfestival, Nattjazz in Bergen, and Landet festival in Stockholm. Last spring- 2011, IPA released their second album “It’s a delicate thing”.

June 22nd at Twins Jazz IPA will play two sets at 9:00 and 11:00 p.m.

Nordic Jazz

The 6th annual Nordic Jazz Festival in Washington D.C. will take place from June 22-30. This year, in close collaboration with Twins Jazz, there are more visiting bands and concerts than ever.

The festival kicks off on Friday June 22nd with the critically acclaimed band IPA from Norway at Twins Jazz. In addition to two concerts at the Swedish and Finnish Embassies, Twins Jazz will host 6 concerts featuring some of the best jazz musicians from the Nordic region.

At the House of Sweden concert, three other prominent acts from Denmark, Iceland and Sweden will be performing besides Håkon Kornstad. The Norwegian saxophonist will also be performing at Twins Jazz June 22nd.

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