Ketil Bjørnstad is a remarkable Norwegian cultural figure, combining his prominence as a classically trained concert pianist with an equally illustrious reputation as a novelist and poet. Bjørnstad the polymath creates reflective and impressionistic music, drawing on the jazz and classical canon as well as distinctive Nordic jazz soundscapes. His atmospheric performances conjure the cool, clear midnight air of the fjords, drawing on inspirations as disparate as English poet John Donne and his own film soundtrack for Jean Luc Godard’s Forever Mozart.
This special concert, part of Ketil’s first UK tour, draws on the jazz and classical canon as well as distinctive Nordic jazz soundscapes, and includes music from two of Bjornstad’s much praised back catalogue, the evocative song cycle Seafarer’s Song and an earlier piece, Before the Light.
Played by a stellar European quartet which includes one of the UK’s premier saxophonists, Andy Sheppard alongside brilliant Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen and the legendary Danish drummer Alex Riel. The lineup also includes: Kristen Asbjornsen (voice), Svante Hendrisen (cello), Bjorn Kjellemyr (bass) and Eivind Aarset (guitar).
‘There is drama and joy to be had here in one of the year’s unmissable albums’
(BBC Music Magazine Direct on Before the Light).
Date: Tuesday 21 March
Venue: The Queen's Hall
Tickets: £15.00, Concessions: £12.00
More information: http://www.thequeenshall.net/