Norway at London Jazz Festival

 Date:18/11/2004 - 21/11/2004
 Type:Culture, Concert

This year's jazz festival presents a particularly exciting opportunity for Londoners to survey the current Norwegian jazz scene. Among the many high-calibre acts are sax legend Jan Garbarek, sensuous songbird Silje Nergaard, critic's fave Susanna & The Magical Orchestra and restless beat brakers Xploding Plastix


Says Seb Emina, Press Officer at London venue The Spitz, "The Norwegian presence this year is very, very exciting. Susannah & the Magical Orchestra, Hanne Hukkelberg and Xploding Plastix have albums out that are wonderful and truly original but also utterly different to one another, which shows just how diverse Norway's current scene is. In the past we've had shows by acts like Jaga Jazzist, St Thomas, Real Ones and King Midas, so this is part of a long-running tradition of great Norwegian shows at the Spitz."

Norwegian gigs at the London Jazz Festival:

  • 18 Nov at Queen Elisabeth Hall : Dhafer Youssef with Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset, Audun Erlien and Rune Arnesen
  • 18 Nov at Lauderdale House : Roy Powell with Frode Berg & Paul Robinson
  • 19 Nov at the Spitz : Susanna & The Magical Orchestra
  • 19 Nov at the Spitz: Hanne Hukkelberg
  • 20, 21 Nov at Pizza Express Jazz Club : Silje Nergaard
  • 21 Nov at Royal Festival Hall : Jan Garbarek
  • 21 Nov at the Spitz : Xploding Plastix

Susanna & The Magical Orchestra
Susanna and her orchestra is in fact a duo -  singer Susanna Wallumrød (24) and keyboard player Morten Qvenild (25) of Jaga Jazzist fame. They will be making their first London appearance since the release of their acclaimed debut album List of Lights & Buoys. Susanna & The Magical Orchestra's last London show sold out so it is advisable to book early. (19 November at The Spitz)

Tickets: 020 7392 9032

Silje Nergaard
Silje Nergaard has established herself as one of the most innovative artists on the European jazz circuit. Her original material is inspired and quirky – a non-stop delight. (20 and 21 November at Pizza Express Jazz Club)

Enquiries: 020 7439 8722

Hanne Hukkelberg
”The most eerie, quirky, beautiful and unusual artist I’ve heard since Goldfrapp’s stunning debut at Sonar in 2000. As off the wall and alien as Bjork was when she first went solo, with none of the irritating kittenishness of Stina Nordenstam, Hanne Hukkelberg and her wonderful musicians already have a totally unique and fully realised sound and vision, live and on their debut CD entitled 'Little Things'” Pierre Perronne, in Record of the Day, UK, 19.02.04. (19 November at The Spitz)

Tickets: 020 7392 9032

Jan Garbarek
The haunting sound of Jan Garbarek's saxophones remains one of the most distinctive voices in today's music. His music inhabits a sonic landscape resonant of his native Norway, and embracing a sweep of global cultures - he has collaborated memorably with artists from South America and India - as well as delving into age-old European traditions, including his remarkable partnership with the Hilliard Ensemble. Here he plays with the tremendous quartet that has become a cornerstone of his live performances - Eberhard Weber (bass), Rainer Bruninghaus (keyboards) and the dramatic percussionist Marilyn Mazur. (21 November at Royal Festival Hall)

Box Office: 0870 401 8181

Xploding Plastix
With tinges of the crispy jazz-beats of Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, as well as Seventies Italian-erotic film music and especially early Morricone works, Xploding Plastix compose their music from a plethora of samples and cut ups.
Juxtaposing a vibrant organic sound, fleeced with melody and windup-playful beats and rhythmical trickery aplenty. “DJ Food’s mad drums, Aphex Twin’s time signatures and The Herbaliser’s moodiest, cinematic bits. Awesome.” - NME on Xploding PlastiX. (21 November at Spitz)

Tickets: 020 7392 9032

Roy Powell with Frode Berg & Paul Robinson
The trio consists of Norway based pianist Roy Powell, Norwegian bassist Frode Berg and drummer Paul Robinson. Frode Berg is one of Norway's finest musicians. He has gigged with Donna Summer, Shirley Bassey, Pavarotti, Art Garfunkel, Frank Gambale, Danny Gottlieb and all good Norwegian artists. "Berg is a monster bassist, indeed. His lustrous, walking lines and fleet fingered soloing escapades serve as a limber bottom end for his very capable band mates," writes Jazz Review on Frode Berg's new album Dig It! (18 November at Lauderdale House)

Tel: 020 8348 8716

Dhafer Youssef with Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset, Audun Erlien and Rune Arnesen
A Norwegian all-star ensemble featuring Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset, Audun Erlien and Rune Arnesen back one of the most exciting voices and charismatic performers to emerge on the European jazz scene. (18 November at Queen Elisabeth Hall)

Box Office: 0870 401 8181

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Jan Garbarek's unique tonal language pays homage  to the sources of jazz

Fall under the spell of critically praised newcomer Susanna & The Magical Orchestra

Xploding Plastix sprinkle jazz with drum 'n' bass and not the other way around

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