11.05.12 - Trondheim Jazzfestival
musical standard at the Jazz Conservatory in Trondheim is on an
international level and in 1979 they started a jazz festival. World
famous, and soon to be world famous (JB) artists guest this festival.
21.01.12 Djangofestivalen, Cosmopolite
weekend of celebration has passed, and Cosmopolite Stage has once again
proven that it's a force to be reckoned with in the gypsy jazz scene of
the world. They provided an impressive musical variety this year with
inviting artists such as Samarabalouf and Pierre Manetti who both are
operating in their own end of the genre.
And we were there!!!
right. We were invited back after a successful performance (phew) in
2011, and this time we got to invite a friend. After about 30 seconds of
really tough decision making we finally landed on him, the violinist,
the one and only, our man in Paris, the one with the swedish girlfriend:
Monsieur Aurélien Trigo!
only is he one of the nicest guys we've known, he is also a pretty
awesome violin player. It was a thrill to see (hear) him battling it out
on stage with our own violinist from the days of yore Gaute Skrove.
They both warmed up in their own way on the opening song I'll remember
april, only to kick it off on the following number Bluesette. Doing a
4-4, a chase and ending up in unis one would think one peaked too early
in the show. One would be mistaken... After a roller coaster ride of
fast and medium originals (even one by Trigo himself which he introduced
in swedish!) the time had come to unveil a softer and mellower side.
And what better way to do that than to bring Mr Gieg back to life with
the spirit of Django and play Danse Norvegienne. The night then just
turned magical. A dreamy sigh swept through the audience as the jazzy
strokes married the classical in perfect harmony and they literally
lived happily ever after... We then decided to bring the house down old
school style and let it rip with Hungaria and Cherokee. Fast... The
crowd goes wild... Bow... Sortie...
Ok, we're laying it on a bit thick now. But, it really was a great night, a night to remember and well worth writing about!
The small but hilarious tour of 2011
Oslo Jazz Festival, Saras Telt
First stop Oslo.
in the middle of Oslo's busiest tourist street Karl Johan. Among the
street musicians, the drunk and loud british people watching the match
in pubs, the beggars, the tourists and all the pretty girls two things
would stick out: The Norwegian Parliament and Jazzbanditt... Now,
fortunately for everyone, one of them will always be there and the other
one is just passing through.
The Nighthawk Diner
Next stop... Oslo?
right people! Why end something that resembles the start of a
magnificent winning-streak? We've tread beyond The Nighthawk Diner's
border of doom so many times now we've lost count. Every time we come
out the other side we feel like we are over a year older and equally
wiser, exhausted, and lucky to be alive. We would't miss it for the
From Crow Island with love Stopp En Halv
Kragerø is the southernmost municipality in Telemark. To the southwest, it borders the municipality of Risør; to the west is Gjerstad; to the northwest is Drangedal; and to the northeast is Bamble.
is popular among Norwegians (as well as foreigners) as a vacation
destination during the summer, when the population swells considerably
(approx. 250% increase).
Villages in Kragerø include Helle, Sannidal, Skåtøy, Jomfruland, and Portør.
Thank you Wikipedia!
Last stop Sarpsborg! Marròn Restaurant & Bar
The jazz club in
Sarpsborg is doing an awesome job! They arrange concerts and jams
throughout the year and contribute to keeping the music scene alive and
We would love to return!
That concludes our wee tour of 2011.
This round: 4 gigs in Norway
Next time: THE WORLD!!!