Tord Gustavsen Trio
September 30 | 7:00 pm- $25 – $30
“This band is in the vanguard of the quiet revolution, the rise of European jazz, with influences from classical, indigenous music. The space between the notes say as much as the sounds themselves. Here jazz is deconstructed and then reconstructed into a beautiful new sound. Magical.” – Richard Hollingum, Jazz Review, The Oxford Times (UK)
With the release of his first recording in 2003 entitled Changing Places, Norway’s Tord Gustavsen came forth with a new and unique sound that has commanded worldwide attention, an extraordinary achievement given the rich and well-developed history of jazz piano that preceded him. He focuses on lyricism within a stripped-down approach to music, where playing is gentle, yet robust; expression of melody is simple, yet sophisticated; and beauty and emotional intensity are united. He writes most of his group’s material, memorable compositions that echo his days playing in church as well as his time with classical music, Scandinavian folk music, and jazz.
For his soon to be released eighth album for ECM Records,The Other Side, Gustavsen returns to the piano trio setting, expanding its repertoire with new compositions as well as arrangements of J.S. Bach chorales and traditional Scandinavian hymns. Joining him are bassist Sigurd Hole and his long-standing collaborator, drummer Jarle Vespestad. The elements of Gustavsen’s work remain intact — a paradoxical blend of simplicity, quietude, and sensuality built on the hymns of his youth, a Nordic kind of blues, and an instinct for composition. With the passage of a decade of creativity, he has come full circle to the piano trio but with a new perspective that, as ever, moves his music forward.