Tord Gustavsen Trio
Tuesday, November 10 | 8pm (eastern)

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 Norwegian jazz. This presentation features an evening with ECM stalwart and leading Norwegian jazz musician Tord Gustavsen leading his piano trio — a configuration with which he’s made some of his most beloved recordings.

TORD GUSTAVESEN TRIO — Pianist Tord Gustavsen has released eight albums on ECM Records with his ensemble and trio; Changing Places (2003), The Ground (2005), Being There (2007), Restored, Returned (2009/2010), The Well (2012); Extended Circle (2014); What was said (2016); and The Other Side (2018). His music has been met by a huge volume of critical approval around the world. He has won the Norwegian Grammy Award (Spellemannsprisen) and numerous other awards and prizes.

In 2018, it was again time to release an album in piano trio format, featuring bass player Sigurd Hole and drummer Jarle Vespestad. While relating to his first trilogy of trio albums, Tord’s new album also integrates subtle electronics, and it paradoxically sounds both deeper, darker and more open than the first trio did.

Before starting his solo career, Tord had already been an important part of the Norwegian jazz scene for many years. His playing has formed a cornerstone in projects featuring some of the finest Norwegian singers, including Solveig Slettahjell, Silje Nergaard, Siri Gjære, and Kristin Asbjørnsen. While drawing on Scandinavian folk music, gospel, Caribbean music, and cool jazz, Tord’s ensembles present a unique universe of lyricism and subtle funkiness.

In this concert, Tord has brought along his drummer of over 20 years, Jarle Vespestad, and bass player, Steinar Raknes, who will be playing his first concert with Tord.

Personnel: Tord Gustavsen (piano), Jarle Vespestad (drums), Steinar Raknes (bass)


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 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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