featuring Trevor Dunn
During 2022, Hedvig Mollestad's new trio has managed to make a name for themselves at a number of festivals and concert stages, due to the band's respective and solid individualism, and the slightly funny name. The meaning of the word "Weejuns" is hardly obvious to everyone.
Artist in Residence: Hedvig Mollestad – Weejuns and Trevor Dunn
This moccasin variant suddenly became a world sensation when, at the turn of the century 1800-1900, it was imported by (wealthy) British anglers from Norway - from "Norwegians". With their versatility and comfort, their simple elegance and subtle roughness, Weejuns became an iconic fashion classic.
In recent years, the moccasin shoe has unsurprisingly had a striking comeback, which moves with ease through most situations and landscapes - just like the band Weejuns. Together, the band comprises three generations of jazz musicians where all the performers have solid roots in rock, improvisation and jazz. Exemplified through the stoic calm and organ funnel of Ståle Storløkken (Elephant9, Supersilent, Terje Rypdal) combined with the explosive energy of Ole Mofjell (Neon Ion, Signe Emmeluths Amboeba), and Mollestad's naturalness to bring forth material from standard jazz repertoire as from psychedelic rock and noise.
Mollestad has invited bassist Trevor Dunn (Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle) to join him in his residence. He is one of John Zorn's regular collaborators and impressed greatly during Zorn's residency at Moldejazz 2022. With his incomparable energy and assured style, Dunn fits in nicely with the musicians in Weejuns - a rock-solid soloist ensemble. (Dunn's list of accomplishments is as long as it is impressive, and the particularly interested can check out the biography on his website for learning and laughs.) What is a Weejun? Read more about Trevor Dunn