Programme: Baroccan Jazz

Johann Pachelbel Canon
Martin Högberg Presence part 1
Tarquinio Merula Ciaconna
Andrea Falconieri  Ciaconna
Adrian Wiilaert Vecchie letrose
Tore Johansen Kenny hviler
Trad Masurka from Flakstad
Trad Springar from Bjerkreim
Trad/Christo Stangness   Polsdans fra Mo/Dunderlandsdalen
Frode Fjellheim To fra Tuv
Martin Högberg Presence part 2
Jean-Philippe Rameau/Fredrik Blikeng Sarabande from Zoroastre &
Contredance et rondeau from Les Boréades
Ray Noble/Fredrik Blikeng Cherokee

 

  • Bjarte Eike, baroque violin & artistic leader
  • Tore Johansen, trumpet
  • Frode Fjellheim, vocal & keyboard

 

BODØ RHYTHM GROUP

  • Martin Høgberg, electric guitar
  • Finn Sletten, percussion
  • Trygve Waldermar Fiske, bass

 

  • BAROKKANERNE
  • Maria Ines Zanovello, baroque violin
  • Mari Giske, baroque viola
  • Gunnar Hauge, baroque cello
  • Fredrik Blikeng, baroque bass
  • Jadran Duncumb, theorbe
  • Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord & keyboard

 

 

Biographies

 

Bjarte Eike

Baroque violinist Bjarte Eike pushes the boundaries of classical music, constantly looking for new projects in the borderland of genres and reaching out to new audiences with his infectious playing and style.

As the Artistic Director of Barokksolistene, he has created new and innovative programmes including The Early Joke; a journey through musical history exploring different aspects of humour and music; The Image of Melancholy dealing with sad songs and emotions through renaissance, folk and experimental music and the critically acclaimed Alehouse Sessions which explores 17th century music from the pubs and alehouses in England and which continues to play to sell-out audiences throughout Europe. Commercial recordings include The Image of Melancholy for BIS and The Alehouse Sessions on Rubicon Classics, the latter being awarded with the German Opus Klassik prize in 2018.

Although rooted in Historically Informed Performance practice, the strives to include other artistic aspects in his performances, using visual arts, dance, storytelling and improvisation. Major collaborations include Handel’s Alcina at the Norwegian National Opera, Vespertine with choreographer Liam Scarlett, a staged Messiah with Netia Jones at the Bergen International Festival and recordings and concerts with jazz pianist Jon Balke, This broad, unifying approach to music, as well as a desire to curate exhilarating new experiences for audiences has led to him being invited to be Artist-in-Residence at a broad spectrum of festivals, and as a conductor he is increasingly in demand for play-direct engagements with major symphony orchestras.

Bjarte Eike teaches baroque violin at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and is a guest-teacher at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory in Copenhagen.

Tore Johansen

Tore Johansen is a versatile trumpeter who has worked with musicians such as Steve Swallow, Kenny Wheeler, Karin Krog and John Surman, John Taylor, Hal Galper, Egil Kapstad, Lars Jansson, Jon Balke, Jan Gunnar Hoff, Bugge Wesseltoft, Elin Rosseland, Arild Andersen, Anders Jormin, Andy Sheppard and Knut Riisnæs to name a few.

He has played in the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra with Chick Corea and Erlend Skomsvoll and on other projects with Bendik Hofset, Eirik Hegdal and New York Voices.

Tore Johansen is also happy to work with Norwegian Pop/Rock artists and singer/songwriters such as Halvdan Sivertsen, Espen Lind, Terje Nilsen, Lars Bremnes, Ola Bremnes, Tonje Unstad, Maria Solheim, Sondre Justad, Ravi, Kråkesølv and Tungtvann.

He is associate professor in Jazz studies at the University of Stavanger, and also spends time composing and arranging music for choirs, big bands and orchestras. In 2005 he received the Stubø award.

Frode Fjellheim

Frode Fjellheim is a Norwegian musician living in Trondheim. In addition to playing the piano and synthesizer, he is a composer and performer of the Sámi vocal tradition, joik.

He is best known for his band Transjoik and for his 2002 song Eatnemen Vuelie, which was later adapted to become the opening musical number of the Disney movie Frozen. Fjellheim was educated as a classical piano teacher but has developed his own style as a performer and composer, combining elements from the traditional Sámi tradition with elements from classical music, jazz, pop, rock and world music. 

He has released several albums both as a solo artist, with his band Transjoik, and through various collaborations. Fjellheim also heads his own music company called Vuelie, which publishes books, sheet music and CDs by several artists (www.vuelie.no). He holds a professoriate in music at Nord University, Bodø. 

Among the many awards Fjellheim has received, are the Liv Ullmann award, the Norwegian equivalent to Grammy – Spellemannsprisen, and the Áillohaš Music Award, a Sámi music award conferred by the municipality of Kautokeino and the Kautokeino Sámi Association to honour the significant contributions the recipient or recipients has made to the diverse world of Sámi music.

Bodø Rhythm Group

Bodø Rhythm Group (BRG) is a jazz ensemble from Bodø. The ensemble was established in 2004 and has been a part of Bodø Culture House since February 2005.

Today, BRG is organized under Stormen library, and consists of the musicians Martin Högberg (guitar), Finn Sletten (drums) and Christo Stangness (bass).

Martin Högberg was educated at the Jazz department of the university NTNU in Trondheim, and has also been teaching Jazz guitar and ensemble playing etc. in the years 2008-2017. As a freelance musician he has performed with artists like Lill Lindfors, Martin Taylor, Lina Nyberg, Helene Bøksle and Ole Edvard Antonsen. Martin is currently on the record with several CD releases in his own name, including trio record “Panorama” with drummer Håkon Mjåset Johansen and bassist Aksel Jensen.

 

Finn Sletten is one of the most experienced Norwegian jazz drummers. After a study trip to Arizona (1968–70), he played in his hometown Bodø with, among others, Paul Weedensband. In Oslo he participated in the Magni Wentzel Quintet, with Jon Eberson, Tore Brunborg, Jon Balke, Michael Bolton and a number of others. From 1988 he played with iTrio Nord, and he has contributed to a number of recordings – among them Ola Bremnes Vær hilset! (1995), Marit Sandvik Band, Nordland Jazzforums Distant Reports (2001), and Tore Johansen and Jan Gunnar Hoffs work Free Flows (2005). In 2009, Sletten was awarded the Stubø Prize for being «a significant pioneer and source of inspiration for several generations of northern Norwegian jazz musicians». The same year, he also received the prestigious Gamleng Award.

Christo Stangness is a freelance bass player, originally from Harstad. He is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music in Tromsø and a member of a number of bands and projects, including Frio, Durmål and Across The Bows. He is also a highly regarded freelancer throughout the region.

Barokkanerne

Norwegian Baroque Ensemble

For over 30 years, Barokkanerne has been a cornerstone in building up a Norwegian Early Music scene with concert series in Oslo, tours and countless festival performances, continuously also investing in new generations of Early Music performers.

The ensemble is a fusion of the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra and Barokkanerne. Both were founded in the late 1980s as the very first independent professional Baroque orchestras within historical informed performance practice in Scandinavia. The ensembles’ overall discography is substantial, and their first release after the merger, Es heißet Wunderbar (2018) with music by Telemann, Graupner, Fasch and JS Bach, has received a plentitude of glowing reviews.

Barokkanerne collaborates with various outstanding performers as artistic leaders and soloists, such as Alfredo Bernardini, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Lars Ulrik Mortensen. For many years, the ensemble has also taken new paths to set Baroque music in context and invite the audience up close, by tearing down genre barriers and presenting the music in new ways. Of productions in recent years can be mentioned Nordic Four Seasons in which the musicians discard their sheet music and join in on the fun with the actor Jan Martin Johansen and the tenor Anders Jerker Dahlin in Vivaldi’s famous music and Scandinavian songs about the Nordic seasons; Christmas concert and recording with the Norwegian pop trio No 4, as well as several encounters with folk music – such as the concert performance Christian Quart’s Christmas with the hardanger fiddler Benedicte Maurseth and singer Berit Opheim, and From Versailles to Virtuosic Valdres with Ragnhild Hemsing on hardanger fiddle, Baroque dancer Elizabeth Svarstad and Ulf-Arne Johannessen from the internationally renowned dance company FRIKAR