“Bridges” voted as album of the year in Poland

What an honor! The album “Bridges”, with Adam Baldych & Helge Lien Trio is voted as the best album of 2015 in the Polish magazine Jazz Forum! Congratulations also to Adam for being voted as violinist of the year, as well as a strong second place on the musician of the year-vote, only beaten by no other than Tomasz Stańko.



Østerdalsmusikk nominated for Spellemannprisen

The double LP with the project “Østerdalsmusikk – 1975 | 2015”, led by trumpet player Torgrim Sollid, is nominated for Spellemannprisen (Norwegian “Grammy award”) in the Folk Music category. The original project is, in my opinion, nothing less than a groundbreaking part of Norwegian jazz history, and it has been a great honor to participate on the 2015 edition. If you can read Norwegian, check this link for some more info about it: http://bit.ly/osterdalsmusikk

The Spellemannprisen show takes place on January 30 in Oslo Spektrum, and is broadcasted live on NRK.

Per Oddvar Johansen - Let's Dance (cover)

Lyden av Prøysen to open up the new year

I’ll start the new year playing three concerts with the project “Lyden av Prøysen”, mine and Sigurd Hole’s version of the Alf Prøysen universe. Frida Ånnevik (voc), Knut Aalefjær (dr), Rolf-Erik Nystrøm (sax), Håvard Lund (bass clarinet), Sigurd Hole (bs), Helge Lien (pno).

Jan 13 – Kongsberg Jazz club
Jan 15 -Tynset Jazz club
Jan 16 – Nasjonal Jazzscene Victoria, Oslo

Watch the documentary from 2014 (NRK)

Overwhelming reviews of the Arild Andersen concert

On saturday the 15th of August I played at Oslo Jazz Festival with Arild Andersen Quartet, Tommy Smith (sax), Paolo Vinaccia (dr) and Arild on bass. We got some really good reviews in Norwegian media after the show. Roald Helgheim, one of the most active jazz critic in Norway, wrote in Dagsavisen that he thought this was the best concert of the festival! Here are links to the reviews:

Dagsavisen (Roald Helgheim)
Jazzinorge.no (Terje Mosnes)
Tor Hammerø

FOTO: Egil Austrheim/Oslo Jazzfestival