Introduction: 7:00 pm
“I’m fascinated by creating rhythmic elements and metrically manipulating a sonic landscape”, says Bugge Wesseltoft. “For me that’s much more interesting and creative than just doing the traditional theme-solo-theme thing.” Early in his career, the Norwegian jazz pianist started integrating elements of deep house, ambient music, drum’n’bass, big beat and funk into his playing. There he’s on the same wave-length as his compatriot Morten Qvenild, another longtime fixture of the Norwegian (and indeed international) jazz scene who’s also known for his stylistic diversity. The two pianists will present their programme “Norwegian Woods” in the Berlin Philharmonie, with Qvenild expected to bring along his trio In The Country, with whom he has explored new sounds bridging jazz and alternative rock. Also at this Norwegian summit meeting is Solveig Slettahjell, whose warm, expressive voice was a favourite of the cognoscenti until receiving the “Spellmannsprisen” - the Norwegian Grammy equivalent – led to her international breakthrough. Meanwhile the classically trained singer and former jazz piano student at the Norwegian Music Academy has become the new vocal star in the Scandinavian jazz firmament – as one of the most powerful expressive artists of her generation, thrilling her audiences with delicate miniatures, jazzy bar sounds and a whiff of Nordic melancholy.