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DAVID HELBOCK TRIO and TRONDHEIM JAZZ ORCHESTRA & OLE MORTEN VÅGAN
DAVID HELBOCK TRIO
Austrian pianist David Helbock belongs to the generation of jazz musicians who are heading off in their own individual directions, pushing the boundaries, radically re-configuring our understanding of what old and new music is, re-aligning composition and improvisation, and challenging common pre-conceptions about style and personality. Not every pianist is able to risk the formidable challenge of making an inward journey without the musical record of that sojourn to sound ponderous and heavy going. The concentration and imagination, accuracy and power of expression, musicianship and plain technical skill needed to pull it off successfully is beyond the reach of most. However, David Helbock is no ordinary pianist. He has the flexible technique, large portfolio of nuance, and is a deep enough thinker to emerge from plumbing the depths of heart and mind without sounding over-effortful not the least because he is also possessed of a wry wit and subversive charm. In fact, when Helbock shifts from frantic virtuosity to lyrical expansiveness can be noted the true mettle of his technique and musicality. David Helbock played tours and recordings with different projects in countries like the USA, Australia, Mexico, India, Brazil, and all over Europe. The current trio of the pianist, who was awarded the Austrian „Outstanding Artist Award“, released their album “Into the Mystic” in 2016 for the prestigious ACT label.
TRONDHEIM JAZZ ORCHESTRA & OLE MORTEN VÅGAN
Trondheim Jazz Orchestra is one of the most important and creative jazz ensembles in Europe. An important feature with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra is the band’s flexible and varying size crew. The orchestra works on a project basis and is operated as a musicians’ pool, so that the orchestra changes the instrumentation and size from project to project. During the course of the last seventeen years, the orchestra had great number of exciting projects with Norwegian and international jazz musicians such as Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Erlend Skomsvoll, Eirik Hegdal, Sofia Jernberg, Jenny Hval and Stian Westerhus. The musicians that have been involved in the orchestra are among Norway’s most famous jazz profiles. Ole Morten Vågan is one of Norway’s most wanted bass players and composers. Running his own quintet Motif since 1998, he has performed his own music all over the world. In May 2014, he premiered his new work as artistic director of Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. In April 2016, the project was picked out to showcase at Jazzahead in Bremen, and in 2017 Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Ole Morten Vågan are touring throughout Europe.