For 2011, MIC Norway has chosen to focus on Norwegian jazz through a number of projects and initiatives. Earlier this spring, the institution published a ‘Listen to Norway’ printed magazine, focusing on Norwegian jazz festivals and the Norwegian acts featured at these. To coincide with the launch of the magazine, which features interviews and profiles on a number of the nation’s top tier jazz performers, DJ99/Guttorm Andreasen has now created a ‘99 Minutes’ webcast entirely devoted to Norway’s strong jazz scene and the country’s many vibrant jazz festivals.
In addition to a strong playlist that includes artists Arild Andersen, Knut Reiersrud, Paal Nilssen-Love, Scorch Trio, Eple Trio, Bugge Wesseltoft, Motif, Stian Westerhus, In the Country, Supersilent, Nils Petter Molvær, Eivind Aarset & The Sonic Codex Orchestra, Stian Carstensen & Jimmy Rosenberg and Jenny Hval, 99 Minutes #12’s main feature is an exclusive interview with saxophonist Håkon Kornstad. In addition to the not-to-be-missed interview, in which the celebrated saxophonist touches on his newfound fascination for opera singing, the webcast also features two unreleased Håkon Kornstad tracks from his upcoming solo album that have not been available to jazz enthusiasts before.
DJ 99 hooked up with Håkon Kornstad in a Oslo in full summer mode, talking about his upcoming new album, tour plans, his appearances at Norway’s jazz festivals this summer, his successful children’s concerts, his ties to NYC and, most notably, a surprising announcement from the saxophonist that will have far-reaching consequences for his career in the coming years....
Says Kornstad, ever the diplomat, on the state of Norwegian jazz festivals: ‘I like all of them in a way because they’re so diverse and represent so different places of the country.’
True to form, DJ99 also offers the opportunity to win a box of CDs featuring a carefully selection of recent Norwegian releases; enter the contest simply by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to check out the printed ‘Listen to Norway’ jazz-festival focus mag, fire off an e-mail to us and we’ll send you a complimentary copy.
Håkon Kornstad is also the featured artist of the latest ‘Live At The Office’ programme, airing domestically on the 10th of May.
Full playlist '99 Minutes' #12:
|Arild Andersen||Cycles||Clouds in My Head / Green In Blue: Early Quartets||ECM 2143-45|
|Knut Reiersrud||Come Fly With Me||Voodoo Without Killing Chicken||KKV FXCD 340|
|Paal Nilssen-Love||Fast Colour||Sticks & Stones||Sofa Records 505|
|Scorch Trio||Relajo||Melaza||Rune Grammofon RCD2104|
|Eple Trio||Chrome Hill||Eple Trio Made This||NORCD0766|
|Bugge Wesseltoft||Jazzlandsangen - Live at Blå||New Conceptions of Jazz Box||Jazzland 0602517880221|
|Kornstad/Sverrison/Hollenbeck||Kongsberg 4||Unreleased - LIVE Kongsberg Jazzfestival 2010||N/A|
|Håkon Kornstad||B||Single Engine||Jazzland 0602517349827|
|Motif||Jump Start||Apo Calypso||Jazzland 176386-0|
|Stian Westerhus||Thy Gospel||Pitch Black Star Spangled||Rune Grammofon RCD 2099|
|In the Country||From the Shore||Whiteout||Rune Grammofon RCD 2086|
|Supersilent||10.6||10||Rune Grammofon RCD 2102|
|Nils Petter Molvær||Cruel Altitude||Hamada||Sula Records 602527020419|
|Eivind Aarset & The Sonic Codex Orchestra||Electromagnetic||Live Extracts||Jazzland 2731968|
|Stian Carstensen & Jimmy Rosenberg||Lady Be Good||Rose Room||Hot Club Records HCRCD 180|
|Jenny Hval||Blood Flight||Viscera||Rune Grammofon 2108|
Listen to previous editions of ’99 Minutes’ HERE.
DJ 99, aka Guttorm Andreasen, has worked as a presenter, DJ, reporter and producer at the national Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation for 16 years, from 1992 to 2008 during which he hosted a wide range of programmes ranging from popular children’s shows, cutting-edge music programmes at the youth channels as well as culture and arts programmes on national TV. From 2003 to 2006 he produced 702 editions of the multi-rhythmic daily programme Wasabi on the NRK P2 channel. Up to 200,000 people would tune in daily on the complete genre-free blend of Swedish funk, Jamaican tango, Belarusian electro, Nigerian jazz, Venezuelan rock, Danish cumbia, Norwegian and Chinese jungle techno ... and virtually every imaginable genre in between! DJ 99 has performed in a wide range of settings ranging from the Sónar Festival in Barcelona to a small bar on the edge of a Serbian village. In 2007 he was one of only three selected DJs to play at the major music industry WOMEX festival in Seville. In 2005 he reached the finals of the International World Beat DJ Competition in London.
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