When the Trio Rymden recently released their debut-album we are talking about a pre-announced success. The norwegian-swedish trio had already been on the cover of the English magazine Jazzwise and played concerts on several big stages and festivals without many of us having had the opportunity to hear them.
The music: It sounds compact, vehement and dense with athmosphere. It proudly carries inspiration from everything from Bach and contemporary jazz, film-music and rock. Both the album and the concerts of the trio has more than lived up to their reputation they have gained with time.
Rymden is Bugge Wesseltoft, and the living members of est. - Esbjørn Svenssen Trio - the rhythm section Magnus Öström and Dan Berglund. Wesseltoft is one of the most innovative and best-selling jazz artists we have in our barren land - most renowned for his groundbreaking bad “New conception of jazz”. The Swedish est. had a soaring career until it suddenly stopped when Svensson died in a tragic diving-accident. Both projects toured the world, and defined a new fresh sound - with large openings for experimenting and innovative thinking. Wesseltoft has been, and still is, an important actor in modernising Scandinavian jazz music. Esbjørn Svensson Trio was the first band to play venues as diverse as rock- and jazz clubs, classical concert houses and on the biggest stages at festivals around the world. The result was an international movement that inspired and inspires generations to come. After many years of solo-, duo-, and bigger group projects Wessltoft has been wanting to do a piano-trio, and that he found Östrem and Berglund must be called a strike of luck.
The music of Rymden is based on three elements: melancholic and atmospheric music-writing, ramatically charged rhythms, and high class virtuose jazz-playing. One thing is for sure: The temperature will be at boling point when Rymden is on stage at this years festival.