David Sanborn, Becca Stevens og Motorpsycho blant nyheter til programmet
David Sanborn, Tord Gustavsen Trio, Becca Stevens Band, Jan Erik Vold og Arild Andersen duo, Lucky Chops, Mambo Companeros og Motorpsycho med Kristoffer Lo og Ola Kvernberg kommer til Moldejazz 2018.
David Sanborn has a career unparalleled, and at the age of 72 he is still at the helm. He has six Grammy awards on the shelf with eight gold and a platinum album on the wall.
Six time Grammy winner back with a new acoustic band! Saxophonist
Sanborn was diagnosed with polio as a three year old and was apparently introduced to the saxophone in connection with treatment and therapy. Here some relatives or someone with a white coat obviously did something right, because as a fourteen-year-old he played with legends like Albert King and Little Milton. With one foot in jazz and another in pop he has been a high profile musician for decades and is known for his collaboration with Stevie Wonder, Gil Evans, Brecker Brothers, Paul Simon, Todd Rundgren, Rolling Stones and David Bowie.
And as if that were not enough, he has also been a very successful film composer and, among other things, was behind the music of the Deadly Weapon movies. He has also been the in house band of Late Night with David Letterman. It may well be summed up that even those who have not heard the name David Sanborn will almost certainly have heard his characteristic saxophone - if they haven’t been living under a rock sheltered from all music and popular culture in recent decades.
Sanborn visited Moldejazz in 1997 with legends like Eric Clapton, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample and Steve Gadd. Although many connect Sanborn with electric compositions, he has already released an acoustic album in 1991 that changed many critics and the public's perception of him and his music. "I was tired of fighting the syntheses and the electric bass ... When you have an acoustic bass and piano, it all changes. The room and dynamics are completely different. "
When he finally returns to Molde, it's an acoustic project where he has brought a bunch of top-jazz musicians: pianist Andy Ezren, bassist Ben Williams, trombonist Michael Dease and drummer Billy Kilson.
Tord Gustavsen Trio wrote their name in Norwegian music history when their second album "The Ground" in 2005 topped the VG charts as the first instrumental album ever. The trio's intensely present and low-key expression obviously struck a chord both with the audience and critics, but the international success was also significant with six-digit record sales and sold out concerts around the globe.
The trio's last album "Being There" came in 2007, and since then, pianist and composer Tord Gustavsen has played with larger crews and collaborated with singers like Solveig Slettahjell, Simin Tander, Kristin Asbjørnsen and Christel Alsos.
When the unique trio now returns, they have a big and expectant audience ready and waiting - for Tord Gustavsen Trio's music has not really reached as many people it can reach. Music that many have an unusually strong relationship with, and that relate to periods or events in their own lives. The trio, along with Gustavsen, comprising of bassist Sigurd Hole and drummer Jarle Vespestad has recorded a new album for ECM, and they come to Moldejazz with both new and old material. It will be their first concert with a new material. As a curiosity it can also be mentioned that this concert gives Tord Gustavsen the opportunity to play on the new piano he picked out for Moldejazz at the Steinway factory in Hamburg last year. The event will be certainly be beautiful!
Norway Premiere for Artist Compared to Joni Mitchell!
American vocalist Becca Stevens was named Best Rising-Star Female Vocalist by jazz magazine Downbeat in 2017 for a good reason.
Her outstanding experience as a jazz vocalist and as a collaborating artist on the American jazz scene really stands in a class of its own. Collaborating in albums of outstanding composers and musicians such as Billy Childs, Jeremy Pelt, Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Brad Mehldau, Taylor Eigsti, Jose James and David Crosby - a total of twenty-two releases over ten years, demonstrates her ability to enter any musical expression from standard to pop. In recent years she has also appeared as a guest writer at Snarky Puppy’s Family Diner, and formed a duo with the prodigy Jacob Collier. Something that has made her even more familiar to the audience in Europe. It is still as an artist and songwriter on her own that Stevens impresses most. With four albums in her own name, Steven's music has a personal artistic expression where jazz and American music is mixed with pop and strong lyrics. Stevens is also praised by critics for her guitar and mandolin skills, and as a singer and songwriter, she is more often compared to Joni Mitchell. We are really proud to be presenting Becca Steven's debut performance in Norway sometime during this year's Moldejazz when she, together with her band, takes the stage at Teateret Vårt on Saturday, July 21st.
Fifty years after they debuted at Moldejazz, Jan Erik Vold and Arild Andersen appear for the first time in a proper duo concert
Bazz and lyrics
Jan Erik Vold has been called the jazz poet in Norway. He is, however, much more than that. Vold has mastered the art of becoming a popular lyricist, with an expression that was initially regarded as avant-garde and partly provocative. His words were Indeed so provocative that his "Kulturuke" was taken up in the parliament. In addition to being an insightful poet, Vold is as rare as provocative with a sense of humor. His relationship with jazz is partly expressed in some of the themes, the way he writes - and, not least, sings his own lyrics. Laidback, and with an excellent sense of phrase, he reads as a blend of Lester Young, the trend-setter of tenor sax, and his favourite bird, the blackbird.
Everyone with interest in music knows Arild Andersen as an internationally renowned bass legend. He has been the Artist in Residence at Moldejazz, a favorite bassist of a number of major international names, and has written and performed quite a few self composed music with large and small ensembles. It has been fifty years since both Vold and Andersen first appeared on the stage under Moldejazz. Arild was admittedly cheated earlier, but this will be a paid concert. The following year they were together on the legendary album "Briskeby Blues, and the rest is history”.
A Brass Band for the YouTube Age!
The story of the unique brass band Lucky Chops starts with six musicians who met at New York's La Guardia Arts High School, who began their career at small clubs in their hometown, on the subway and on the street. Since day one they have redefined what a brass band can be, and let the brass music blend together with rock energy and a danceable rhythm.
After slowly but steadily building a solid fan base in the hometown there was an appearance on the subway that would change everything. A random South American tourist filmed them with his mobile phone and posted the video online and it went viral. After a few days the video had been seen millions of times and the band was on a tour to Europe where they played both at clubs and big festivals. When they returned to New York, they became the in house band for MTV program "Girl Code Live", which of course contributed to even greater popularity and interest from all over the world.
The six-man band has become a phenomenon and they are renowned for their hugely energetic concerts. This is a band driven by joy and the desire to engage its audience. The band has won over audience around the world and plays at sold-out concerts everywhere. This will be an upbeat concert
Rhythm party in Alexandra Park
The eight-man band Mambo Companeros created a great atmosphere at the sold out Alexandra park last year. We welcome them to create a new dance party yet again in 2018!
The band specializes in music from Cuba and Latin America. They have earned a solid reputation after more than 500 concerts at home and abroad, and enjoy wearing out your dancing shoes and parquet as well. Even if you are happy just to lend their ears to this orchestra, there on the dance floor temperature will be rising.
It's easy to get carried away when Mambo Compañeros belt out with bolero, rumba, salsa, cha-cha, timbe, mambo and Latin American jazz classics. The stage is set for dancing, with super infectious joy of music and great party atmosphere in Alexandra Park!
Alexander Fernandez - Vocals, Luison Medina - Congas, Vocals, Bjørnar Søreng - Timbales, Magnus Forsberg - Drums, Kjetil Sandnes - Bass, Morten Huuse - Piano, Kåre Kolve -Saksofon, Flute, Morten Schrøder - Trumpet
One of Norway's most renowned and most genre-free rock band!
Motorpsycho has been a loyal supplier of quality music since 1989, and has fans in all the nooks and crannies of Norwegian demographics and music life. Their ability to renew themselves and to hold the attention of their fans and listeners year in and year out is undoubtedly unparalleled.
Generally, they have really taken care of their career and og gone all in. The band has been experimenting with everything from psychedelia to progrock, orchestral rock and heavy metal, flirting with frijazz, improvisational music and noise, pop, country and much more. They have never concealed that their own music interests embrace a wide range of expressions and they never stop to surprise. The band is known and highly loved for its monumental marathon concerts, and the concert under Moldejazz is guaranteed no exception.
The first part will consist of songs from their critically acclaimed and Spellemann nominated albums of last year: The Tower. - An album that was described by many as a career highlight, and was featured as one of the best albums of the year by Stuart Maconie on BBC 6. In the second part, they collaborate with two fellow artists from their hometown Trondheim - two young gentlemen who have a close relationship with Moldejazz and Motorpsycho: Kristoffer Lo and Ola Kvernberg.
There are good reasons to believe that Motorpsycho, Lo and Kvernberg will give their audience a fantastic live performance. This is certainly going to be a rare experience!