All About Jazz’ first ever curation; three days of Norwegian jazz at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival is drawing closer. Next week sees All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway taking place with top tier Norwegian jazz performers on the roster.
In collaboration with the Kongsberg Jazz Festival and Music Export Norway, All About Jazz's first-ever curation; ‘All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway’ features a string of concerts curated by AAJ Managing Editor and All About Jazz Presents curator John Kelman. Performers confirmed to appear at ‘All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway’ includes Eple Trio w/ Karl Seglem, Westerhus/Aarset/Endresen/Strønen, Elephant9 with Reine Fiske, Per Jørgensen and Friends, Jon Balke/Magnetic Book, Mats Eilertsen Skydive and Arve Henriksen/Audun Kleive/Helge Norbakken.
To coincide with the Kongsberg live sessions, All About Jazz will rerun a series of CD reviews and interviews with artists who will be participating in the seven-show, two-day event, on July 5 and 6. AAJ will also publish a brand new interview with guitarist Stian Westerhus, and a review of his just-released duo recording with singer Sidsel Endresen,Didymoi Dreams (Rune Grammofon, 2012), on July 5, the day of their double-duo performance with guitarist Eivind Aarset and percussionist Thomas Strønen.
Says AAJ Managing Editor and All About Jazz Presents curator John Kelman: “It was a tremendous challenge to come up with a program encompassing as much of the best that Norway has to offer in just seven shows. It was, of course, impossible to include everyone that deserves to be there, but I believe the series provides a strong cross-sectional representation of the vibrant Norwegian scene that continues to pull me back to the country, year-after-year. It also demonstrates a rate of creative innovation that is remarkable and absolutely disproportionate to this country's relatively small size, with a range of musical depth and breadth traversing the broadest possible musical continuum. It's tremendously satisfying to have the opportunity to bring some particularly fine extant groups to Kongsberg under the All About Jazz Presents banner, as well as introduce a few new collaborations that will surprise even those who think they've heard it all. I'm extremely grateful to Kongsberg and Music Export Norway for giving All About Jazz this very special opportunity."
With all but one of its seven shows taking place at EnergiMølla on July 5 and 6, 2012, the artists participating in All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway include:
· July 5, 14:00: Eple Trio with Karl Seglem
· July 5, 17:00: Westerhus/Aarset/Endresen/Strønen
· July 5, 23:59: Elephant9 with Reine Fiske
· July 6, 14:00: Per Jørgensen and Friends
· July 6, 17:00: Jon Balke/Magnetic Book
· July 6, 19:00: Mats Eilertsen Skydive
· July 6, 23:59: Arve Henriksen/Audun Kleive/Helge Norbakken
Full details on the live lineup on allaboutjazz.com