New artists ready for 2019!

Melody Gardot

We're once again proud to present one of the last decades greatest jazz singers in Molde!

Back to Molde as a superstar!

As the songwriter, singer and pianist from New Jersey performed for an enthusiastic audience in Bjørnsonhuset in 2009, she was still an unfamiliar name to most. Now, almost 10 years later, she has a large following across the globe – far beyond jazz. To Moldejazz, she's bringing her concert album Live in Europe, which currently's listed on a number of this year's best albums, which quite clearly reinforces her qualities as a live artist.

Gardot was seriously injured in a traffic accident at a young age and started music after being recommended for her therapy during the long rehabilitation period. Her debut album from 2006 came on a small record label but was later reissued by Verve in 2008. Her breakthrough came with the album My One And Only Thrill in 2009, including the single "Baby, I'm a fool". The concert in Bjørnsonhuset 16 July will be the only opportunity to experience Melody Gardot in Norway in this year.

Melody Gardot

Ambrose Akinmusire Origami Harvest

Since his debut in 2008, he has created a unique expression, both through composition and trumpet play, as well as becoming a highly sought after sideman for everyone from artists like Esperanza Spalding to Wolfgang Muthspiel.

In recent years, Ambrose Akinmusire, has been one of the most interesting and personal musicians on the American jazz scene.

In 2018 he released the album Origami Harvest, a daring and successful piece of art woven by string quartet, piano, drums, piano and rap. Rapper Nappy Nina ​​contributes to the music with a lyrical commentary on African-American reality of todays America. In addition to being an artistic masterpiece, the record is also a political commentary. It's all done elegantly and with a groovy sound, while still feeling relevant and important at the same time.

“Ambrose Akinmusire is constantly looking for new ways to express herself and, with Origami Harvest, is able to unite widely different musical expressions in a device that feels like hip and chamber music at once."
– Los Angeles Times

Ambrose Akinmusire – trumpet; Nappy Nina – vocals; Sam
Harris – piano/keyboards; Kweku Sumbry – drums.

Mivos String Quartet: Maya Bennardo – violin; Olivia DePrato – violin,
Victor Lowrie – viola, Tyler Borden – cello.

Ambrose Akinmusire Origami Harvest
Storyville (PLASSEN) 380,- fees incl.

Take 6

The acapella group, Take 6, is finally back in Molde! With roots in gospel, jazz, doo-woop and rhythm & blues, the group's made a sound that is easily recognised and distinctly their own.

Acapella favourites back in Molde!

The group has been going on since 1987 and still tours frequently. With their distinctive and easily recognizable expression, they're ready to take Moldejazz in July!

Artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, k.d. lang and Branford Marsalis has already made good use of their musical quality and characteristic sound in concerts and recordings. The American stars have a warm hearty relation with the audiences in Molde, after several animated concert-meetings at the festival throughout the last decades. Take 6 is simply the most awarded vocal group in history and has an impressive record of 10 Grammys. Their latest album, Iconic, was released in April last year and went directly to the first place on Billboard's top jazz song chart. We're looking forward to a new meeting with this unique group, who's still at the top in their fourth decade. A quick tip form the festival office: This concert will sell out quickly!

Have a listen to this playful and catchy acapella version of Michael Jackson:

Take 6
Molde Cathedral

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Perhaps it won't be actual blood, sweat and tears in our venue Alexandraparken, but one of the greatest live bands of the last 50 years will surely bring it to a boil when they enter the stage this summer.

Legendary band close concert series in Alexandra Park

Legendary Blood Sweat & Tears has been mixing brass, rock, blues and jazz since its inception in New York in 1967 and carved up a very distinctive and life-giving musical elixir. The band has changed its crew members a number of times, but continue to inspire whole generations with their thrilling music and magnificent concerts.

Commercially, the band was at their peak during the 60s and the 70s. They have several gold and multiplatinum albums and hits such as "Spinning Wheel" and "And When I Die", which ruled both the charts and the dance floors. With over 50 years of recordings and concerts, they have a truly incredible song catalogue to offer their audience.

We're sure this will be an unforgettable evening in Alexandra Park.

Alexandraparken (18+) 450,- fees incl.
19:00 Dørene åpner
21:00 Blues Express
23:00 Blood, Sweat & Tears
00:30 DJ

Trondheim Jazzorkester with Alf Hulbækmo

Skumringsbarda seemed like a place the inventor-pupil liked to travel to. It was, despite of the dangers, a safe place to be. Most of us has had a place like this at some point in our lives – a place where we can relax and be in control. Let life play out on its own. Be the boss, the place transforms on your choosing.

Skumringsbarda is a fantasy world – a play of sorts, with good and evil forces. With weirdos, scary people and smart people – many things can happen and you'll find many strange things. Alf Hulbækmo discovered this some years ago, subbing as a teacher and spending several recesses with his pupils in the woods behind the school.

The only certain thing is that no one else can understand it. We can hear the stories and we can be fascinated by it – but we can never come close to understanding it. This can only be done by each of us, alone. It is there when you need it – however, you don't have to care. It's easy to carry and easy to leave behind, but ever faithful either way. It is there always, yet it still doesn't exist.

This is the framework for Hulbækmo when composing music for his own Skumringsbarda. This is the second time the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra is using the Molde Cathedral for their concert at Moldejazz.

– The acoustics are special, but there is also something to the space giving the possibility of taking things seriously. If you want the music to convey something, this is a good place to be. With this music, I want to advocate for the sacral, says Hulbækmo.

Coming from a musical family, he's made records with both his mother, Tone Humbækmo, and his father, Fredrik Jacobsen. In addition to their family-orchestra, he's also part of the seven-piece orchestra Taiga Orchestra, in a duo with vocalist Siril Malmedal Hauge, while also playing new arrangements of the tunes of the beloved Norwegian folk singer, Alf Prøysen, in the band Lillebror.

Rohey Taalah - vocal / Siri Gjære - vocal / Harald Relling Nielsen - vocal / Håkon Aase - violin / Katrine Schiøtt - cello / Eirik Hegdal - woodwind / Hildegunn Øiseth - trumpet / Hild Sofie Tafjord - horn / Ole Jørgen Melhus - trombone / Alf Hulbækmo - organ / Hans Hulbækmo - drums and percussion / Tor Breivik - sound design.

Trondheim Jazzorkester with Alf Hulbækmo
Molde Cathedral 490,- fees incl.

Kaja Draksler Octet

In 2018, Kaja Draksler received the North Sea Jazz Festival’s "Paul Acket Award", given to an artist who deserves more attention. Moldejazz agrees!

Award-winning bandleader with an exciting band!

Two years ago, at Moldejazz' final concert, a fascinated audience could hear the Slovenian pianist, Kaja Draksler, together with the Portuguese trumpet-player, Susanna Santos Silva, in a packed Storyville. The duo spellbound the audience with their intense and intimate playing and proved why they're both mentioned of as two of the most promising musicians on the European improvisation-scene today.

In 2017, Kaja released the album Gledalec on the label, Clean Feed, with her octet, which has been her main project since then. The band's seen regularly at European jazz-stages and it's obvious that the band's compositional passages with a feeling of a classical renaissance, is as natural as moments of free improvisation. The idea behind the project was writing music to poems by the American poet Robert Frost, while the music also should challenge both the musicians and herself.

With two vocalists as a part of the crew, the musical voice is at the centre in their musical expression. Kaja Draksler lives in Amsterdam and together with her octet, she's some of the most interesting improvisational musicians the Netherlands has to offer. We are very lucky to have the band on stage in our venue, Storyville, Friday 19. July.

Laura Polence - vocal / Björk Níelsdóttir - vocal / Ada Rave – saxophone, clarinet / Ab Baars – saxophone, clarinet / George Dumitriu – fiddle and viola / Kaja Draksler - piano / Lennart Heyndels – double bass / Onno Govaert – drums and percussion.

Kaja Draksler Octet
Storyville (PLASSEN) 380,- fees incl.

FriEnsemblet - Mathilde Grooss Viddal

Composer and saxophonist Mathilde Grooss Viddal’s FriEnsemble has for many years been a powerhouse of Norwegian music.

World Music in a frame of Scandinavian contemporary jazz.

It was more than deserved that among 419 submitted works from 86 different countries, Grooss Viddals Out of Silence became one of 10 winners in the competition Global Women in Music for Human Rights. The works in the competition are all inspired by the fight for human rights. Viddal was even in Rome to receive the award and FriEnsemblet performed at a gala concert in the Teatro Argentina, Rome's largest arena.

Viddal's FriEnsemble includes 10 very strong names in jazz and folk music. Together with soloist, Unni Boksasp, and flautist, Naissam Jalal, they're going to perform at Moldejazz with the commissioned piece "Tri vendur blés ho i den høgaste sky", which offers a fresh blend of medieval ballads, newer folk music, contemporary jazz and tunes from the Middle East. Viddal paints a rich and varied tonal language that keeps us at the edge of our seat all the way through, so we can discern all the details and tones of the music that is a nomadic walk through space and time.

Mathilde Grooss Viddal - saxophone, bass and double bass clarinet / Naissam Jalal - flute / Kristoffer Alberts - alto sax / Per Willy Aaserud - trumpet, electronics / Øyvind Brække - trombone / Britt Pernille Frøhlm - Hardanger fiddle, fiddle / Tellef Kvifte - piano, keyboards, electronics / Knut Kvifte Næsheim - drums, vibraphone / Egil Kalman - bass / Unni Boksasp - vocals.

FriEnsemblet - Mathilde Grooss Viddal
Storyville (PLASSEN) 380,- fees incl.

LRK Trio

This years small jazz sensation is LRK, a Russian trio who received the Special Jury Award at "Made in New York Jazz Competition", while the release "If you have a Dream" was awarded by the Russian Music Critic Union as the jazz album of the year.

From Russia with jazz

Wildly successful tours in both Europe and Japan have shown this is a piano trio we'll hear a lot about for years to come. Pianist Evgeny Lebedev has written most of the trio's music. He played folk music on accordion as a child, but at 15 years old he discovered jazz. He began his piano studies, first at the academy in Moscow and then at the University of California in Berkeley in the US.

Among others, the jazz website All About Jazz gave the trio excellent reviews, describing the music as filled with peculiar folk influences, crisp postmodern improvisation and elements from fellow countrymen like Tchaikovsky. They conclude that "Everyone who misses Esbjørn Svensson's trio should give them a listen". London Jazz News is equally overwhelmed. In the review of the trio's last album, they write "A thrilling roller coaster between fast and mellow beats with all the hallmarks of a classic in the making".

Make sure to check out "Plyasovaya" on YouTube – in addition to the brilliant and playful music, you get to see a frog join in on the fun! The frog, unfortunately, fails to join us at Moldejazz, but we are nevertheless proud to be the first festival in Norway to present a band few have heard of, but that's sure to be the talk of the town following their concert.

Evengy Lebedev, piano, accordion / Anton Revnyuk, double bass, electric bass / Ignat Kravtsov, drums.

LRK Trio
Storyville (PLASSEN) 380,- fees incl.

Amgala Temple

The adventurous power trio, Amgala Temple, has been described as the encounter between three musical powers.

Artist in Residence Gard Nilssen's new supergroup!

Multi-instrumentalist Lars Horntveth, guitarist Amund Maarud and drummer – and this year's Artist In Residence – Gard Nilssen, have made a clear impact in recent Norwegian music history: Jaga Jazzist, Susanne Sundør, Todd Terje, Morudes, Bushman's Revenge, a-ha and Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity are just some of the most prominent bands the three have been involved in.

After the trio's critically acclaimed debut album Invisible Airships was released in November last year, they followed up with a major tour – their stocks have really soared and they've become a bright star in the Norwegian instrumental music heaven. The band has even been compared to great artists like Jimi Hendrix, Dungen, Frank Zappa, Bombino and Miles Davis. What's clear is that the band nevertheless has a full tank and that their music is strongly buoyant. Norwegian newspaper, Dagbladet, mentioned the album among the best Norwegian releases in 2018 and writes, "If you like music with atmosphere, surprising twists and turns, you'll just have to listen to Amgala Temple."

The club night concert with the Amgala Temple on Saturday, July 20th will be a great end to Gard Nilssen's residency at Moldejazz. See you there!

Amgala Temple
Teatret Vårt (PLASSEN) 470,- fees incl.