Herbie Hancock among 8 programme releases

One of the greatest legends in the world of jazz, Herbie Hancock, is confirmed for this summer's anniversary edition of Moldejazz.

Herbie Hancock isn't only a legendary pianist and composer. He's also a world-class cultural profile and appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Also, several other artists are confirmed in this big release.

Hanna Paulsberg Concept marks its first 10 years this year. In celebration, they've invited Magnus Broo, Elin Rosseland and Håvard Aufles.

The concert with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and SB1 SMN JazZtipendiat 2019/2020, Johan Lindvall, is now on sale. Our Artist In Residence, John Zorn, has selected his Norwegian favourite artists in series "Zorn Selected". Maja S. K. Ratkje & Stian Westerhus Unplugged, Moskus and Erlend Apneseth Trio + Frode Haltli are en route to Molde in July. The latter will also play at this year's Break of Day-concert [no: Morgengrykonserten] kindly given to our audience by local energy company, Istad AS.

Two concerts on the SB1 SMN stage in Alexandra Park are also announced today. Grammy-nominee Mardi Gras band, Cha Wa, and Molde Jazz favourite, and local heroes, Red Hot. Local favourites can also be found in Bech & Skeidsvoll New Orleans band, playing in Kikkans Hall.

Herbie Hancock

With a career spanning six decades, Herbie Hancock is where he's supposed to be. At the frontline of the world of culture, technology and music.

Hardly any concert deserves the label "Legacy Concert" more. Herbie Hancock played at Moldejazz for the first time in 1971. This is his 8th time visiting the festival.

Hancock played at the venue Romsdalsmuseet when we marked the 50th festival back in 2010. When he was last here, in 2017, he sold out our venue Bjørnsonhuset. When the legendary 80-year-old return, everything's pointing to another sold-out concert!

He's recognised as a legendary pianist and composer. Herbie Hancock's been an active participant in all branches of popular music since the 1960s. As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet, he helped define a groundbreaking new direction in jazz and continued to develop new styles through his own bands and recordings. Throughout the 70s he released bestsellers as e.g. Headhunters. The record combined electric jazz, funk and rock in a way that still greatly influences modern music.

Hancock's received numerous prizes and awards. He's received an Oscar for his music for the drama film Round Midnight. He's also won 14 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters, The Imagine Project and Lifetime Achievement. His biggest achievement is perhaps being named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 2011. In addition to this, he's also a professor at Harvard University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In 2020, he's back in the studio and recording a new album. We promise you don't want to miss out on his concert at our venue Bjørnsonhuset, Wednesday 15 July.

Herbie Hancock
Bjørnsonhuset 690,- fees incl.

Cha Wa

What better way to start off the show in Alexandra Park, on the opening day of our 60th festival, than a New Orleans Mardi Gras band? With strong brass rhythms, hypnotic groove and colourful costumes, Cha Wa will do just what Cha Wa means; «We’re comin’ for ya».

A funky firework of a band.

Cha Wa's on full speed ahead and was Grammy-nominated for their second album Spyboy. A lot's happened since drummer, Joe Gelini, started the band in 2014.

While studying at Berklee School of Music, Gelini became fascinated by the Mardi Gras tradition. He became particularly interested in the way the Native American people in New Orleans celebrated. He learned a lot from meeting Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the grandfather of Cha Wa's frontman, J'Wan Boudreaux.

– Our starting point was what we love about New Orleans' brass band and street culture, and the Native American Mardi Gras celebration. We wanted to do it our way, says Gelini.

Since the debut album Funk N Feathers came out in 2015, the ball has been rolling ever faster for Cha Wa. In 2019, they performed at Globalfest and several other major festivals, including Moldejazz' sister festival, Montreal Jazz Festival.

Cha Wa has received many good reviews, here's what Rolling Stone writes about the band: «Cha-Wa delivered […] the hypnotic, kinetic sound of New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian krewes. […] Cha-Wa, with bass lines played on sousaphone, plus a trumpet and two trombones, also bring the city’s brass band tradition to bear. Add sick jazz-funk guitar and two frontmen in full beaded holiday regalia, and the result was a portable Mardi Gras dance party.» – The Rolling Stone

After their Grammy nomination for Spyboy, it's about time to introduce the band in Europe. Moldejazz is proud to be one of the first festivals to do so. With the strong connection Moldejazz has to New Orleans we're excited to take Cha Wa into our anniversary celebration on the festival's opening day.

Alexandraparken (18+) 380,- fees incl.
20:00 Doors open
21:00 TBA
23:00 Cha Wa

Trondheim Jazzorkester & Johan Lindvall

We've seen him in ensembles such as TORG and his own trio, Johan Lindvall Trio. He also had a very central position on Mette Henriette's ECM debut in 2015. Now he's teaming up with Trondheim Jazzorkester.

With his strong personal expression, last years jazz fellow [no: jazZtipendiat], composer and pianist Johan Lindvall, has already made a name for himself.

With this concert, Lindvall says that he'll try to unite film and music.

– It is important to me that one doesn't suppress the other, but that there are two independent expressions, he says.

There's a lightness in both the music and the film – a similar theme consisting of repetitions and rhythmic structures. This is also repeated in both the compositions and the script. To tie it all together visually, he's joined by Jenny Berger Myhre on video and light wiz, Kyrre Heldal Karlsen.

We're looking forward to a new and original version of the Trondheim Jazzorkester on the opening day of Moldejazz' 60th anniversary!

Johan Lindvall – piano, composition, Natali Abrahamsen Garner – vocals, Ina Sagstuen – vocals, Eira Bjørnstad Foss – violin, Marianne Baudouin Lie – cello, Mette Henriette Martedatter Rølvåg – tenor saxophone, Klaus Ellerhusen Holm – clarinets, Lars Ove Stene Fossheim – guitar, Christian Winther – guitar, Matilda Rolfsson – percussion, Kyrre Laastad – vibraphone and electronics, Andreas Winther – drums, Tor Breivik – sound design, Kyrre Heldal Karlsen – lighting design, Jenny Berger Myhre – video.

Trondheim Jazzorkester & Johan Lindvall
Teatret Vårt (PLASSEN) 380,- fees incl.

Maja S. K. Ratkje & Stian Westerhus Unplugged

Unplugged experience in the Zorn Selected-series

Composer and musician, Maja S.K. Ratkje, meet guitarist, Stian Westerhus. An intimate setting where they, among other things, play music Ratkje wrote for the production of Hamsun's "Hunger" for the National Ballet at The Norwegian Opera.

The concert's part of Moldejazz's events with and around this year's Artist in Residence, John Zorn. Zorn, as the curator, has handpicked Norwegian musicians who are then presented in 3 concerts under the label «Zorn Selected». Among them are Ratkje and Westerhus. Ratkje has been in contact with Zorn on several occasions in the past. She's released music on Zorn's record label, Tzadik, and been Artist in Residence at The Stone, a club Zorn has been running in New York for many years.

Westerhus and Ratkje are usually connected with effect pedals, samplers, amplifiers and computers. In this concert, they perform their music in an acoustic room with organ, fiddle, acoustic guitar and their voices. The expression can give associations to both 19th-century Kristiania, as well as saloons with emigrated Norwegians in the Midwest.

In the few occasions the duo has presented themselves in the past the response has been overwhelming. Critics have used terms such as "One of the decidedly strongest musical moments of the year". Along with the music from Hunger, Ratkje and Westerhus will also present newly written material.

Welcome to a captivating concert where you can lower your shoulders to the sounds of strings, bellows, old wood and squeaky pedals.

Maja S. K. Ratkje – vocals and various instruments, Stian Westerhus – guitar and vocals.

Maja S. K. Ratkje & Stian Westerhus Unplugged
Storyville (PLASSEN) 380,- fees incl.

Erlend Apneseth Trio + Frode Haltli

The concert for all early birds. Come enjoy the break of day and a nice cup of coffee – all thanks to local sponsor Istad.

This year's Break of Day-concert is set to be exciting and extraordinary.

Since their debut album, "The Second Room" in 2016, Erlend Apneseth trio has occupied the driver's seat in the well-lubricated tractor that's ploughing the ever-new ground in the folk music soil.

In a generation where traditional music's constantly weaved together ​​with other expressions, the trio – led by Harding fiddle-player Apneseth – is a guiding light. The roots of traditional music and deep storylines meet the present and future in the trio's dynamic music. They create organic and evocative arrangements of archive recordings, traditional material, atmospheric images, crackling electronics and wild, unrestrained energy that put even the hardiest fiddle bow to the test. The trio has released three albums on the Norwegian label HUBRO and has so far received nominations to two Norwegian Grammy awards.

Last year's critically acclaimed release "Salika, Molika" included accordion virtuoso, Frode Haltli, who perform frictionally between all genres. The result is their best release yet. A nuanced, colourful kaleidoscope of a record that takes you to places you've never been before.

It was recently announced that the release is nominated for the Nordic Music Prize, and we will not be surprised if it also receives a Spellemann nomination.

Prepare for a great experience in venue Reknesparken!


Zorn Selected. The trio is as dynamic and changing as the climate in western Norway. At the bands' core, there's a warm humour and a crooked smile that makes the audience feel included.

In their sound play and pure musical research, Moskus delivers with smiles and cries of joy.

Since the release of the debut album Salmesykkel in 2012, Moskus has made their mark as one of Norway – and Europe's – most distinctive young jazz groups. The album earned them two Spellemann nominations and an opportunity to fill the term "piano trio" with new content. Following this, there have been two new Spellemann nominations, three new albums and numerous concerts.

Last November, Moskus was one of the carefully selected bands to play during the perceptive Berlin Jazzfest. A feather in the hat for a trio that's still gaining new listeners. Pianist, Anja Lauvdal, bass player, Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson, and drummer, Hans Hulbækmo, must be described as three of their generation's foremost musicians. Also outside the trio, they've made their mark with numerous profiled projects: Broen, Skadedyr, Trondheim Jazzorkester, Morgonrod, Steamdome and Atomic.

In the summer of 2020, the band – initiated at Jazzlinja in Trondheim – will celebrate 10 years. This coincidence makes it extra pleasing to present them to our audience during the festival's own anniversary year.

Mokus is a band that never lets its musical expression solidify into conventional forms. They are assertive and continues to work towards ever-changing perspectives and oases of sound. They combine youthful energy, openness and maturity in an unusual and personal way.

Mokus' sound play and musical basic research are delivered with smiles and cheers, and not with wrinkled brows under the cover of dark clouds. Expect the unexpected.

Anja Lauvdal – piano, Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson – bass, Hans Hulbækmo – drums.

Storyville (PLASSEN) 380,- fees incl.

Hanna Paulsberg Concept 10 year anniversary

Celebrating the 10th anniversary with guests Magnus Broo, Elin Rosseland and Håvard Aufles

Already in 2010, as Hanna Paulsberg initiated the Hanna Paulsberg Concept, everyone paying attention knew she had a great talent.

The saxophonist had a solid background from the classical mainstream jazz. She was growing her game by trying many of the contemporary expressions. Ten years have gone by and with it, four albums, several awards and tours both nationally and abroad. Activities in other contexts, such as the audience favourite Gurls, and Trondheim Jazzorkester. Even so, she still holds the original crew in the Hanna Paulsberg Concept.

There is every reason to celebrate. Not all ensembles last for ten years. This is a marker of musical development and good chemistry.

To mark the anniversary of Moldejazz, Paulsberg brings several interesting guests. Trumpeter Magnus Broo is known around the globe, including from the Norwegian/Swedish band, Atomic. Elin Rosseland has been established on the top shelf in Norwegian vocal jazz for many years. And the groups' Benjamin, is the young pianist Håvard Aufles, a rising star.

This concert is a rare opportunity to meet seven of Scandinavia's foremost musicians. They tread in waters where jazz tradition and jazz future meet. Welcome to an evening of vital and adventurous music in an open acoustic setting.

Hanna Paulsberg – saxophones, Oscar Grönberg – keys, Trygve Waldemar Fiske – bass, Hans Hulbækmo – drums, Magnus Broo – trumpet, Elin Rosseland – vocals, Håvard Aufles – synth.

Hanna Paulsberg Concept
Teatret Vårt (PLASSEN) 380,- fees incl.

Red Hot

The Moldejazz experience isn't complete without the steaming hot concerts. A melting pot where the atmosphere is turned to the max. The concentration of experienced joy is so great, it impacts the thermometer.

Firing up the mood for the 11th time!

The 11-man-band Red Hot has for many years set the standard at our venue Alexandraparken. Their amazing concerts find a happy return in our jubilee year.

The band and the festival have a long and proud history together. In 2008, the band performed three concerts at the festival. This later became the foundation of the astonishing Vidar Busk-produced album, Hotter Than Georgia Asphalt. Since then, there have been several concerts at the festival.

This populous powder barrel of a band never disappoints. The band, which met during high school in Molde, delivers R&B, rockabilly and funk with raging confidence and irresistible energy.

In 2013, vocalist Knut Marius Djupvik won song competition, The Voice. This led to extensive touring and an even more mesmerizing interplay. In 2015, they released their first studio album, Social Medicine.

With Red Hot back in place, Alexandraparken will offer sunshine and a festive atmosphere whatever the weather.

Knut Marius Djupvik – vocals, Magnus Drågen – trumpet, Pål Gunnar Fiksdal – trumpet, Runar Fiksdal – trombone, Lars Petter Bjerkeset – saxophone, Chriss Rune Angvik – guitar, Øystein Flemmen – guitar, Jørn Inge Frostad – el bass, Anders Lillebo – Hammond-organ, Kristoffer Tokle – drums, Kristian Frøland – percussion.

Alexandraparken (18+) 380,- fees incl.
20:00 Doors open
23:00 Red Hot

Bech & Skeidsvoll New Orleans Band

Local heroes repeats success in Kikkans Hall

Eight musicians emerging from the stimulating jazz community in Molde. A mix of experienced veterans and promising youngsters are the ingredients in this successful recipe.

The band plays their own arrangements of traditional and more contemporary compositions. As the name implies, they uphold a classical New Orleans music tradition. The band's filled Kikkans Hall and created a great mood during the festival the last two years. It's almost by popular demand that this exuberant band also returns in the anniversary year. Even so, they refute that anyone becomes a prophet in their own city.

In their relatively short time together, Bech & Skeidsvoll New Orleans Band has made a name far beyond their neighbourhood. Over the last few years, they've played at several festivals and clubs around the country. That's easy to see when you hear the energetic music this extroverted gang creates.

Gunnar Bech – vocals and trombone, Leiv Skeidsvoll – vocals and trumpet, Lauritz Skeidsvoll – saxophones, Torstein Fuglseth – banjo/guitar, Sindre Klykken – double bass, Hans Petter Gyldenskog – percussion, Peder Skeidsvoll – trumpet, Isach Skeidsvoll – piano.

Ticket including Creole food & concert
Magic Mirror (Rådhusplassen) 750,- fees incl.
Concert only
Magic Mirror (Rådhusplassen) 380,- fees incl.