Elephant9 (7pm eastern) + Nils Petter Molvær Trio (8pm eastern)
Friday, December 11

Big Ears is proud to be the exclusive North American presenter of the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival, a series of streaming concerts featuring 15 of the most important acts in Nordic jazz. This concert features a double bill of Elephant9, one the most acclaimed prog-rock / neo-psychedelic / jazz trios in Europe; followed by the innovative tumpeter and electronic experimentalist, Nils Petter Molvær, leading his trio.

ELEPHANT9 — Elephant9 were established 2006 in Oslo, Norway as a Norwegian progressive / neo-psychedelic / jazz-rock trio. The band consists of Ståle Storløkken (Terje Rypdal, Supersilent, Motorpsycho), Nikolai Eilertsen (BigBang, National Bank, Needlepoint), and Torstein Lofthus (Red Kite, Chrome Hill, Shining, Mathias Eick Band). The trio released their debut album Dodovoodoo in 2008, and followed up with Walk the Nile in 2010, both on the label Rune Grammofon. Walk the Nile was awarded Spellemannprisen 2010 in the jazz category, and has drawn considerable praise from both the jazz and rock communities worldwide. They appeared at scenes in London with Motorpsycho in 2010.

Their third studio album Atlantis, released in 2012, reinforced by the Swedish prog-rock guitarist veteran, Reine Fiske, was accompanied by a series of concert performances at Kongsberg Jazz Festival. The album was nominated for Norwegian Grammy. In 2015, they released a new album, Silver Mountain, with Reine Fiske — who they consider the fourth member of the trio. In 2018, they released the album Greatest Show On Earth. In 2019, their live album Psychedelic Backfire was a Norwegian Grammy nominee. The same year, Psychedelic Backfire II also was released.

Elephant9 plays hard uncompromising prog rock and has received fantastic reviews for their albums and concerts all over the world.

Personnel: Ståle Storløkken (organ), Torstein Lofthus (drums), Nikolai Hængsle (bass)


NILS PETTER MOLVAER — Nils Petter Molvær, a Norwegian trumpet player, composer, and producer, takes multiple music styles — jazz, ambient, house, electronic and break beats, as well as elements from hip hop, rock and pop music — and effortlessly reshapes them into unique and dramatic soundscapes of deep intensity. His remarkable ease in handling the often-contrary conventions of pop, rock, funk, and modern jazz ensured a strong interest in both acoustic and electric music. This chameleon-like ability has established him as a much sought-after musician in Oslo, which ultimately led to his diverse curriculum vitae as a sideman.

During his time with acclaimed jazz combo, Masqualero, Nils Petter was introduced to Manfred Eicher, who welcomed him into his prestigious and much-lauded roster. Alongside the three ECM Masqualero releases, Molvær recorded many classic studio sessions for ECM with artists such as Robyn Schulkowsky, Marilyn Mazur, Jon Balke’s Oslo 13, and Sidsel Endresen. However he wanted to do something different, both in terms of composition, and trumpet technique. Molvaer has his own very individual sound, influenced as much by the poetry of Scandinavian nature as by electronic calculation, and last but not least by colleagues like Miles Davis and Jon Hassell. But more than anything else, Molvær has himself. Listening to him play, it’s easy to forget that his instrument is a trumpet.

Personnel: Nils Petter Molvær (trumpet), Jo Berger Myhre (bass), Erland Dahlen (drums)



Big Ears stream of the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival is available only to viewers in North America (USA, Canada, Mexico). The stream will be hosted on Mandolin.com. Tickets are $8 (plus service charges) in advance and $10 day of show. Viewers may also purchase access to the Entire 15-Set Norwegian Jazz Festival via Big Ears for $50.  For those unable to watch the initial stream of this presentation, it will be available for replay for 48 hours after the initial stream (note: tickets may only be purchased, however, before or during the initial broadcast).

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