Gambling and gangsters, Ellington and Vaudeville; The Trondheim Jazz Orchestra sets the stage for a unique Jazzahead! performance with their performance of composer and saxophonist Eirik Hegdal’s celebrated work ‘Sidewalk Comedy’.
During the course of the orchestra’s more than ten years of existence, The Trondheim Jazz Orchestra has established itself as one of the leading jazz ensembles in Norway and its reputation as one of the most innovative jazz orchestras in Norway has long spread far beyond the borders of their home country. With origins in the reputable jazz department of NTNU, the orchestra has enjoyed strong and rewarding partnerships with Norwegian and international jazz profiles such as Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Erlend Skomsvoll and Eirik Hegdal.
At the Jazzahead! 2012, The Trondheim Jazz Orchestra is set to perform its musical director Eirik Hegdal’s work “Sidewalk Comedy” which saw its premiere at the 2011 Vossa Jazz festival. As a composer Hegdal has written works for the group Krøyt with Vertavo string quartet, Alpaca Ensemble, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Trondheim Sinfonietta, Midtnorsk Kammerorkester and others. In addition to being a saxophonist and composer Hegdal teaches saxophone and composition at NTNU’s jazz department in Trondheim, Norway.
‘Sidewalk Comedy’ brings associations to the 1920-30s in USA. Gambling and gangsters, Ellington and Vaudeville, The Jazz Age followed by the Great Depression. As if escaping from the economic crisis with prohibition and the like, the orchestra presents a fascinating show where all the everyday sorrows are forgotten.
Among the orchestra’s recent highlights includes the anniversary tour with Chick Corea in Norway and Sweden, commemorating the now legendary 2000 concert at the Molde International Jazz Festival, a performance that has since been recreated for major and highly successful nation-wide tours. The 2004 recording ‘Live in Molde’ stands as a monument, documenting the unique musical rapport established between Chick Corea, arranger Erlend Skomsvoll and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra.
2001 saw the orchestra teaming up with Pat Metheny for an equally successful Molde appearance and subsequent domestic touring. TJO also struck a successful artistic partnership with New York Voices in the autumn of 2002 during the annual Trondheim Jazz Festival. TJO and NYV reunited last year to tour of Norway and Sweden and an album documenting the artistically successful collaboration is in the pipeline.
Recent album releases include "stems and cages" by TJO & Kim Myhr and "Triads and More" by TJO & Eirik Hegdal w/ special guest Joshua Redman. In March 2011 TJO made their European live debut when they toured Germany and Austria with Hegdal and Redman. Other TJO artistic partners that have contributed with works written specifically for the highly skilled ensemble includes Norwegian composers/performers such as: Jon Balke, Terje Rypdal, Knut Kristiansen, Eirik Hegdal, Vigleik Storaas, Geir Lysne, Erlend Skomsvoll, Bendik Hofseth
"...a far reaching orchestra clearly capable of handling anything and everything that's put in front of it."
John Kelman, All About Jazz
Line-up: Øyvind Brække (tb), Tor Haugerud (dr), Eirik Hegdal (sax), Kirsti Huke (voc), Maria Kannegaard (p), Martin Küchen (as), Ola Kvernberg (vln), Eivind Lønning (tp), Mattias Ståhl (vib), Ole Morten Vågan (b)
Sa 21 April