The music of MMO-Ensemble runs the gauntlet between intellectual and emotional, abstract and evocative, imposing and intimate, frenetic and tranquil. These explorations carry a uniquely sensual experience that appeals both to the higher mind and to pure instinct.
Martin Myhre Olsen - alto & soprano saxophone / André Roligheten - tenor & baritone saxophone, bass clarinet / Øyvind Brække - trombone / Erik Kimestad Pedersen - trumpet / Siril Malmedal Hauge - vocals / Karl Bjorå - guitar /Ayumi Tanaka - piano / Håkon Aase - violin / Adrian Løseth Waade - violin /Kaja Fjellberg Pettersen - cello / Christian Meaas Svendsen - double bass, voice / Simon Olderskog Albertsen - drums, vibraphone
“It's a remarkable achievement on many levels” http://textura.org/archives/m/mmoensemble_anydaynow.htm
"Urolige sinn" – the new album from Wako – is equal parts atmosphere and energy. Smoky moods envelop runaway train rhythms, while the contemplative can seem like a mask for a chaos ready to erupt at any second. This is a series of dramaturgical tone poems, triple-distilled concepts, their purity and brevity carrying only the essential sounds – but you shouldn't take this as meaning "minimalism": here it means intense concentration, perfect focus. This is realism walking in expressionist shoes along a well-paved path.
Kjetil André Mulelid- piano Martin Myhre Olsen- saxophones Bárður Reinert Poulsen- double bass Simon Olderskog Albertsen- drums
Winner of Spellemannsprisen 2017 (Norwegian Grammy Awards) for best jazz album "Vi är ledsna men du får inte längre vara barn". Cover-photo and title made by Swedish illustrator Jan Stenmark, designed and put together by the artist Simen Engen Larsen.
This quintet is made up of five of the finest jazz musicians in Scandinavia today, stretching three generations. The music is vital and a touch humoristic, the 60s jazz-music from the USA being a big influence. Bjørn Marius' compositions stretches for something explicit and original, making the music new and very much alive.
Jonas Kullhammar - Tenor saxophone / Martin Myhre Olsen - Soprano and alto saxophone / Vigleik Storaas - Piano / Håkon Mjåset Johansen - Drums / Bjørn Marius Hegge - Double bass/Compositions
"Written as a musical fairytale. In memory of my friend and grandfather Armann Olsen (1932-2014) "
Eirik Hegdal- baritone saxophone
Adrian Løseth Waade- violin
Martin Myhre Olsen- alto-/soprano saxophone
Kari Eskild Havenstrøm- vocals
Oscar Grönberg- piano
Viljar Dyvik Sellevold- guitar
Bjørn Marius Hegge- double bass
Simon Olderskog Albertsen- drums
MNJ Youth Orchestra offers young musicians in the Trondheim area (Mid-Norway) a unique way to explore original music and improvisation. The ensemble consists of students between 16-20 years old, and are led by inspiring young composers/ instrumentalists from the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. The idea is to give the young musicians a lot of new input, and therefore they can play everything from arranged Monk tunes to vocal solos by Morton Feldman and compositions by the musical director. MNJ Youth Orchestra wants to inspire them to do their own thing!
Every year the ensemble play concerts at Molde Jazzfestival and Jazzfest in Trondheim, and they also do concerts at various music high schools in Mid-Norway.
Modes for All Eternity» is a daring conceptual album by the nordic jazz quartet Wako in collaboration with string ensemble Oslo Strings. It will take the listener on a journey through ancient times; featuring chilling suspense and drama, introducing a five-part suite and honor truly remarkable persons such as the great Greek lyrists Sappho and Emily Dickinson.
Kaja Constance Rogers - violin / Isa Caroline Holmesland - viola / Kaja Fjellberg Pettersen - cello
"It is an engaging work of expressive reach and austere beauty." - Fritz Balwit, Audiophile audition (US)
"This is a gorgeous album, and the music would melt even the blackest heart" - Bird is The Worm (US)
"This music draws deeply on lots of ideas and traditions but brings them together in a very personal and distinctive sound" - Mike Collins / London Jazz News (UK)