Hummingbird released in Norway

The duo album “Hummingbird” with Dobro player Knut Hem is now released in Norway. International release will be announced later. I’m very proud of this album! Dobro and piano is not the most common combination, but it sounds very nice. Mike Hartung at Propeller recordings have done a marvellous job recording it, and the C.Bechstein sounds brilliant too. Buy it at Bare Jazz in Oslo, or in your local CD store. Label: Ozella Music.

“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:

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)