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Jazzahead! 2012

Solveig Slettahjell, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Fattigfolket and Marius Neset to play showcases at Jazzahead! in Bremen this week.

With four showcases and 30 companies attending the Jazzahead! 2012, Norway’s presence at the key German Jazz trade fair is as strong as ever. Solveig Slettahjell, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Fattigfolket and Marius Neset Golden Explosion are all confirmed to play showcases at the Bremen jazz trade fair and showcase festival this week

Solveig Slettahjell & Morten Qvenild

Solveig Slettahjell is one of the Norwegian jazz scene’s most influential singers. Her latest work “Anthology” contains solely cover songs that she selected in cooperation with pianist Morten Qvenild. The two chose a very diverse selection of artists to cover, ranging from Radiohead to Tom Waits, to Sidsel Endresen and Bugge Wesseltoft and even Cindy Lauper and Gnarls Barkely. This seemingly hotchpotch assortment of songs is conjoined harmonically in reduced, elegant and unadorned adaptations.

Line-up: Solveig Slettahjell (voc), Morten Qvenild (p)

Sa 21 April
Kulturzentrum Schlachthof

Read our Jazzahead! 2012 profile/interview w/Solveig Slettahjell.

Trondheim Jazz Orchestra

Their reputation as one of the most innovative jazz orchestras in Norway has long spread far beyond the borders of their Nordic home country. During the course of the orchestra’s more than ten years of existence, collaboration projects with the big names of the jazz scene such as Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and Joshua Redman have developed and underlined this success.

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
Borgward Saal

Check out our Jazzahead! 2012 profile on TJO.


Fattigfolket’s latest release “Park” was inspired by the band’s favorite activity during their free time while on tour: visiting different cities’ parks. This reflects in their compositions which seem to take the listener with them on their walks. The park displayed in Fattigfolket’s music is a place of whimsical melodies, delicate resonances, sonic thunder and explorative free play in a balance of composition and improvisation in the contemporary jazz tradition.

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

Sa 21 April
Halle 2

Sa 21 April
MS Stubnitz

More coverage here in our Jazzahead! 2012 profile on Fattigfolket

Marius Neset Golden Xplosion

Norwegian born saxophonist Marius Neset studied at Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen with Django Bates. Since 2005 his mainstay became the highly geared and successful eclectic band Jazz Kamikaze. The release of Golden Xplosion’ in April 2011 created an overwhelming buzz amongst international media. In July 2011, Neset was awarded the prestigious JazZtipendiat prize in Norway.

Line-up: Anton Eger (dr), Jasper Hà¸iby (db), Ivo Neame (keys), Marius Neset (sax)

Sa 21 April
Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
Full Jazzahead 2012! profile on Marius Neset.

We’ve also put together a comprehensive overview of Norway’s 2012 key jazz festivals – check it out here.

A total of 30 Norwegian companies, organizations and artists will be present at a stand co-ordinated by Music Export Norway:
- Acoustic Landscapes
- Curling Legs
- Eclipse Music
- Enseble Denada
- Fattigfolket
- Frøy Aagre
- Grappa Musikkforlag / 300 Acting Spaces
- Gunhild Seim & Time Jungle
- Hubro
- Jazznytt
- Kitchen Orchestra
- Kjell Kalleklev Management
- MaiJazz Stavanger International Jazzfestival
- Mentometer
- Midtnorsk Jazzsenter
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Molde International Jazz Festival
- Music Export Norway
- Music Information Centre Norway
- Musikkoperatørene
- Musikklosen
- Norsk Jazzforum
- Randi Tytingvaag
- Rune Grammofon
- Tofte Management / Match & Fuse
- Trondheim Jazz Festival
- Va Fongool
- Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene

Download MIC's "Listen to Norway" Jazz Ahead special in pdf.

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