Magic Mirror becomes "Kikkans Hall"!

Jazzmeia Horn, Steinar Raknes & The Stillhouse Band, Hot Club de Norvège, Bech & Skeidsvoll New Orleans Band og Ytre Suløens Jass-Ensemble plays in «Kikkans Hall», the new name for the Magic Mirror-tent in the town hall-square.

Moldejazz is happy is happy to honour festival-founder «Kikkan» Sættem by naming a venue after him. “Kikkans Hall” is the new name for what was formerly called “Magic Mirror” - the tent on the town hall square. The change of name is done after an open competition. Amongst many good suggestions Sølve Mikal Nerlands was the one chosen. The artists presented in “Kikkans Hall” are: The new star on the sky of jazz: Jazzmeia Horn, the Misund-ian Steinar Raknes with his “Stillhoyuse-band” with incliudes Unni Wilhelmsen, The 40-years jubilants Hot Club De Norwege, the local favourites Bech & Skeidsvoll Band and the band with the standing Norwegian record of Moldejazz-appearences: Ytre Suløens Jass-Ensemble.

Jazzmeia Horn

New rising jazz of star in full speed upwards.

The vocal-artist Jazzmeia Horn, from Dallas Texas, undoubtedly is one of the brightest stars on the sky of jazz at the moment.

She convinces with her enormous voice, her swinging authority and an incredible musicality. Jazzmeia is mainly focusing on the repertoire of jazz-standards, but she is happy to, shamelessly, do detours to Steve Wonder, Eryka Badu and spiritual soul of the sixties. She is often compared to singers like Nancy Wilson og Betty Carter, and to her great source of inspiration: Sarah Vaughan. Jazzmeia started her career in the choir of her parents congregation in Dallas, but it was discovering Sarah Vaughan that ignited her fire for real, and her love for Jazz music grew. She says herself that at this moment gave her a clear goal in life: She wanted to be a Jazz-singer. In 2013 she won a price at Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, and in 2015 she won Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition. The rewards keep flowing in, and her latest album “A social call” from 2018 was nominated for a Grammy. It is, in other words, a must to hear Jazzmeia in Kikkans Hall 18. of July.

Matservering
Magic Mirror (Rådhusplassen) 700,- fees incl.
Konsert
Magic Mirror (Rådhusplassen) 400,- fees incl.

Steinar Raknes & The Stillhouse Band

Bass player Steinar Raknes will “lift the roof” in Kikkans Hall when he brings a new record and a new band including Unni Wilhelmsen.

Steinar Raknes from Misund undoubtedly is a world class jazz bass-player and has toured the world with artists like Ola Kvernberg, The Core, Urban Connection og Chick Corea.

Bass player Steinar Raknes will “lift the roof” in Kikkans Hall when he brings a new record and a new band including Unni Wilhelmsen.

Last year Steinar Raknes released his third album “Chasing The Real Things” with the rock, blues and americana-steaming project Stillhouse, where he both sings and plays the double bass. He is behind most of the repertoire himself and he has a striking ability to write songs that immideately sticks and feels familiar and dear from the first listen-trough. He also offers strong cover versions of songs by heroes like Bob Dylan, Depeche Mode and Bruce Springsteen.

Stillhouse usually is a solo project, but raknes comes to Molde with «The Stillhouse Band» wich includes Unni Wilhelmsen on vocals and guitar, Even Helte Hermansen on guitar, Erlend Slettevoll on piano and Paolo Vinaccia on drums. 
A great atmosphere is guaranteed in Kikkans Hall Wednesday 17. July.

Matservering
Magic Mirror (Rådhusplassen) 700,- fees incl.
Konsert
Magic Mirror (Rådhusplassen) 400,- fees incl.

Hot Club De Norvège

From Grieg to Zappa - Moldejazz celebrates Hot Club De Norvège 40 years!

From the lyrical to the thrilling - gipsy Jazz with traditions in Kikkans Hall fFriday night during Moldejazz!

Summer of 1979, during Moldejazz, some unknown young boys sat on the street playing stringswing. They rightfully caught the attention of jazz-folk. This led to them being introduced to the seasoned violinist Ivar Brodahl, and to the founding of the band Hot Club de Norvège. The group celebrates forty years of existence this year, and what could be more natural than til have it back to Moldejazz to mark the occasion?

Two of the founders are still in the band: Guitar-player Jon Larsen and bass-player Svein Aarbostad. Hot Club de Norvège is one of Norways hottest live-bands, known for contagious joy of playing, and known for virtuoso stringswing starting from the music of Django Reinhardt. They have collaborated with as good as everyone in the genre, and also profiled people from other genres, such as Nigel Kennedy, The Vertavoquartet and others. As if this wasn’t enough the band and its music known to Norwegians across the country with Lillebjørn Nilsens megahit «Tanta til Beate». The band gest much of the credit for the renaissance of stringswing-music in Norway from the seventies and onwards. It is a form of jazz combining the refined and the popular and new generations keep discovering that this is music with many nuances. The span of generations is also illustrated by the new repertoire the band will present in Molde. It has been given the name “From Grieg to Zappa” and confirms that the band is stil on the lookout for new takes on the string swing-tradition.

Finn Hauge - violin and harmonica, Jon Larsen - guitar, Gildas Le Pape - guitar, Svein Aarbostad - double bass.

Matservering
Magic Mirror (Rådhusplassen) 700,- fees incl.
Konsert
Magic Mirror (Rådhusplassen) 400,- fees incl.

Ytre Suløens Jass-ensemble

"A Stone for Bessie Smith" - Ytre Suløen celebrates the queen of blues!

When Ytre Suløens Jass-Ensemble yet again returns to Moldejazz it is with an homage to Bessie Smith, also known as «the emperess of the blues». In 1987 the band released the album “A Stone for Bessie Smith” and this record gives the starting point for the music you will hear in Kikkans Hall Monday and Tuesday during the festival week.

Bessie Smith lost her parents at a young age, and quickly gained her living from music. She had a raw and intense style of singing and her blues repertoire was much about her tragic childhood. Bessie Smith has inspired artists such as Janis Joplin , Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan. The later years Ytre Suløen has been working with much of Bessie Smiths music, a choice naturally fitting to the voice of the bands vocalist in front Tricia Bouttè. It is a great program they have put together for the festival, and there is every reason to remind you that Ytre Suløen is sold out every year - both nights.

Matservering
Magic Mirror (Rådhusplassen) 700,- fees incl.
Konsertstart
Magic Mirror (Rådhusplassen) 400,- fees incl.
Matservering
Magic Mirror (Rådhusplassen) 700,- fees incl.
Konsert
Magic Mirror (Rådhusplassen) 400,- fees incl.

Bech & Skeidsvoll New Orleans Band

Bech & Skeidsvolls pulsating and colourful and temperamental band was sold out last year, they end the series of concerts in Kikkans Hall this year too.

Last years success i back

Bech & Skeidsvoll New Orleans Band was established in 2013 and has, as the name implies, its musical fundament in new Orleans music. The band has a combination of scholered seasoned musicians and young innovative forces on a high level. The music they play is mainly own arrangements of traditional and more modern compositions in the classic musical tradition of New Orleans. The band have a string of collaboration - projects with other bands and soloists where the where they have shown their capacity and musical competence. They have played smaller clubs, in street miljeus, churches and bigger stages. The crew consists of Gunnar Bech on vocal and trombone, Leiv Skeidsvoll on vocal og trumpet, Lauritz Skeidsvoll on saxophone, Torstein Fuglseth on banjo and guitar, Sindre Klykken on double bass, Hans Petter Gyldenskog on percussion, Peder Skeidsvoll on trumpet and Isach Skeidsvoll on piano.

With four Skeidvolls this is quite a family-project, but for them all to be in the same band is a rarity.

Matservering
Magic Mirror (Rådhusplassen) 700,- fees incl.
Konsert
Magic Mirror (Rådhusplassen) 400,- fees incl.