Day 2. at Romsdalsmuseet + 5 other goodies
Gard Nilssens’s Supersonic Orchestra, Highasakite, Incognito, Dagny, Ole Børud, GB Blues Express, Lil Halima and Master Oogway are all ready for this years festival.
It is something of a happening when Gard Nilssen, this years Artist in recidnce, presents his curated piece with a new formidable band with 16 of europes most brilliant musicians. For many the trippel concert at Romsdalsmuseet is a great happening tooo, with Highasakite, Dagny and Lil Halima. The Englis soul/funk legends Incognito do theyr first concert in Norway when they take over the 1SB SMN-Stage in the Alexandra park 16. July. Ole Børud and the Spellemann nominees GB Blues Express are presented at the same stage. The young aspriring band Master Oogway takes over Plassen on 16 of July with theyr energetic jazzrock.
Gard Nilssen, this years artist in recidence, presents new music and a formidable band with 16 of europes most brilliant musicians!
World premiere for Gard Nilssens curated work
The piece Gard Nilssen has made for Moldejazz is called «If you listen carefully, the music is yours». It wil have its world premiere july 19. Keywords for the music is improvisation, energy freedom, groove, carelessness, spite, dynamics and shere joy of playing.
Gard is not keen toi be defined, but if one mentions that jazz-heroes of the sixties, like Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Wayne Shorter og Pharoah Sanders means a lot to him, and he is immensely fascinated and inspired by the bigger ensembles of Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Chris McGregor, Duke Ellington, Fela Kuti and Art Ensemble of Chicago, this could give hints to the direction this might take. In a crew with no chord-instruments we find three drummers, three doble bass-players, and ten on wind-instruments. Check out the string of strong names in this retinue to take the breath away for anyone payiong attention to jazz music of the day. One thing is certain: Gard Nilssen´s Supersonic Orchestra taking to the stage for its world premiere Friday during Moldejazz will be a thrill, and one of the greatest musikal events of the year.
Håkon Mjåset Johansen- drums (NO), Hans Hulbækmo- drums (NO), Gard Nilssen-drums (NO), Petter Eldh- double bass (SE), Ole Morten Vågan- double bass (NO), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten- double bass (NO), Eirik Hegdal-saxophones (NO), Per ”Texas” Johansson- saxophones (SE), Kjetil Møster- saxophones (NO), Hanna Paulsberg-saxophones (NO), Mette Rasmussen- saxophone (DK), Maciej Obara- saxophone (PL), Thomas Johansson-trumpet (NO), Goran Kajfes-trumpet (SE), Erik Johannessen- trombone (NO)
Ingrid Skanke Høsøien- lighting design, Tor Breivik- sound design.
Highasakite has been away for a while, and took their time in making the music for their new album "Uranium Heart", an album showing a band taking a more organic direction than they had on «Camp Echo» (2016).
Back to Moldejazz as supergroup!
It might be natural to draw lines back to theire brake through album from 2014, "Silent Treatment" that was on the list of best-sellers in Norway for over one houndred weeks. 2014 was also the year when they played Moldejazz for the first time, then at a club night at Plassen.
Their newly finished tour testifies to their status as one of Norways best-selling live-bands. The tour ended with yet another sold-out concert in Oslo Spektrum. Not many Norwegian bands has managed to fill that arena ceveral times in a carreer. Highasakite is one one of norwegian musics greates sucesss-stories this decade, with sky-high numbers for streaming and touring all over the globe. The seed to their success is an unusually strong collection of songs, an addictive athmospheric sound and an ablity to move a large audience.
In later years Highasakite has played the biggest stages and festivals in Norway. They have been headlining festivals like Bergenfest, Øya and UKA, and international festivals like Roskilde (DK) Field Day (AUS) and Glastonbury (UK). They come to Molde with a spectacular live-production and a new band full of energy. Get ready to enjoy!
The british 12 man band Incognito is one of the piponeers in the Acid-Jazz movement. They are a band whose music makes a party with their audiences, night after night.
Incognito is a 40 year old sould-adventure from Great Britain that still tours intensely with their extremely fetching live-band! They have worked with artists like Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Marcus Miller, Chaka Khan, George Duke, Al Jerreau and many many more...
We are proud to finally be able to present Incoignito in Molde. This is the bands first visit to Norway! A energetic, funky, soulful and jazzy evening awaits in Alexandraparken.
Both the band and their music has proved to have enormous durability. The reason must be that the music and its meanings runs so deeply – that it is so real and meaningful to the musicians performing it. Incognito was founded by Paul “Tubbs” Williams and Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick in 1979 as a side-project to the band "Light of the World". They have had solid placings on the british single-listings ceveral times and they are perheps most well-known for their hit «Always there». This band, with their legendary status, is more vital now than ever, and are mentioned as favourites by popular younger remixers like Jazzanova and Masters at work. Th eband celebrates their 40 years annoiversary this year: Fourty years of positive vibes, soulful acid-jazz and pure jazz-funk, and we can`t wait to take part of the celebration at this years festival.
Not many artists has as much charisma and pop-flair as Dagny. In a few years she has become pop-favourite of the country, with her impressive live-shows, and a special ability to keep hit-songs coming like pearls on a string.
Pure pop wisardry
In 2016 she released the critically acclaimed ep «Ultraviolet» containing the two singles «Backbeat» and Fool’s Gold» the two of them setting both hit-lists and dance-floors on fire. Butt hat was not the end of it. Her carreer has only contined to follow the same pathway- directly upwards. The single «Wearing Nothing» was nominated for best song of the year in 2017, and «Love you like that» was was on Billboards list of best songs the same year. Billboard also called attention to her, as an artist to follow in 2018. The singles «That feeling when», « Used to you» and the megahit «Dring about» with Seeb has been wildfire on radiostation, and has been streamed 60 million times on Spotify.
Dagny is undoubtedly for real. And is a very popular live-artist with sold-out tours in Europe and USA behind her. VG has described her as «the life of the party» and misikknyheter.no has written «she has a stage-precense that is hard to match, and her good mood infects the rest of the room»
Dagny is quite simply one of this countrys biggest pop-artists and on stage she is totally in charge!
We are living in the renaissance of the soulful funky side of west coast pop of decades past – Think Steely Dan, Michael McDonald og Doobie Brothers. Theyy have all been rediscovered by hipsters and other trend-concious music-fans, slightly ironicly named «yacht-rock» But alll to few of them has noticed that one of the worlds best artists of the genre is Norwegian!
The new Norwegian amassador of west coast pop!
Moldejazz has been very much aware of this, and Ole Børud had great success doing two nights at Alexandraparken in 2015. His two latest albums «Stepping up» and «Keep Movin» are packed with songs that are textbook examples of seemlessd songwriting in the Becker/Fagan tradition. The sky-high level of the music is easyer to grasp when one conciders Ole Børuds background. As a second generation-member of the Børud family he has been a professional musician since he was 16, but in reality he has been on stage full time since he was first able to stand. Firstly in the family-band Arnold B Family, then among other things as metal musician in the the group Extol. As a guitarist and arrangeur he belongs to the elite of live- and sessio9n musiscians in the country. After a strong appearance in last years «stjernekamp» (Norwegian TV Show) it is due time to take Ole Børud back to what will surely be an exhilarating concert on the SpareBank1 SMN-stage in Alexandraparken.
Lil Halima is often mentioned as one of the new Norwegian stars to be. Her two appearances at by: larm in 2019 solidified this, and flattering words for Kanye West himself surely has helped as well
Urban shooting star!
The multitalent Lillian Halima Anderssen both sings, writes songs, plays the piano and the violin, and she also makes her own album covers. The girl from Bardu has a multi-cultural background, her father is from Kenya and it was him who introduced her both to Kenyan music and american hip-hop. Inspired by artists as different as Stevie Wonder, 2Pac, SZA, Noname, Erykah Badu and FKA Twigs, Lil Halima has developed her own musikal style that is both original and innovative. That is astaounding for an artist of only 20 years. Make sure to be early for the museum 19. July to catch Lil Halima on stage. You won’t regret it!
GB Blues Express is a hard working blues-band from the north of Norway, just out with their latest album «Southside» wich was nominated for Spellemann in the category Blues, in 2018. The bands front figure is blues-legend Geir «Milkman» Bertheussen from Senja and Kåre «Lefty» Amundsen from Molde plays the drums.
Spellemann-nominee with drummer and producer from Molde!
The record «Southside was nominated for a Spellemann-prize, and is Geir Bertheussens sixth album. The title «Southside» relates to the southside of Senja, where Geir comes from, and the part of Chicago where Geirs heroes comes from. The record has been out for a while now, and has gotten brilliant reviews, among others in the norwegian blues magazine Blues News.
«Southside» is recorded in Molde with producer Bjørn Ove Hagset. On the record «Steppin’ Stone the wind crew Red Hot Horns contributes. In addition to Geir himself, and Amundsenthe Bluesexpress consists of Kai «Sugar K» Fjellberg on guitar and vocal, Trond «Boogieman» Hansen on bass and Rune Karlsen on keys.
This crew, with the wind-line included will be the perfect opening band for Blood Sweat & Tears and together they will make a great night for blues, soul and r’ n’ b – enthusiasts in Alexandraparken.
Master Oogway with Molde-saxophonist Lauritz Skeidsvoll as front man, was one of the Jazzintro-finalist at Moldejazzz in 2018. Later that same autumn thei released their debut album «the concert koān» on Clean Feed Records.
Jazzintro-finalist from 2018 with a new album!
The band is a very energetic quartet with a punch, really bubbeling with temperament and energy. The music is a combination of heavy riffs, powerful melodies and open landscapes with large spaces for spontaneity. The compositions of the band are powerful, surprising and melodious at the same time, and whith the musicians completely on the same wavelength any concert with Master Oogway is an energetic meaningful recess.
Håvard Nordberg Funderud – guitar, Lauritz Lyster Skeidsvoll – saxophones, Karl Erik Horndalsveen – bass, Martin Heggli Mellem – drums.