Woke up to some great news the other day: The Norwegian paper Dagsavisen, one of the few papers that still write about jazz in Norway, included our album "Thick as Thieves" to their list of best Norwegian jazz releases of 2016! We're in pretty good company; the list is dominated by musicians considered legendary, such as Arild Andersen, Knut Riisnæs, Live Maria Roggen, Mats Eilertsen, Per Oddvar Johansen... to name a few. We're overwhelmed with happiness, take a look at the list HERE!
Last week we played our last gig of the year at the legendary Storyville Jazz Club in Molde. Molde, with its international jazz festival, has a long and great tradition at hosting jazz concerts, and the audience turnout over there is (relative to the population) extremely impressive. We had a super experience there, playing a great concert at Plassen. Thanks for having us!
We're going on a small tour this fall, starting this Saturday: visiting StåOppJazz in Bergen on Sep 3rd, Kulturhuset in Oslo on Sep 4th, plus a couple of other gigs that we'll hopefully announce soon. Stay tuned!
We're super excited to say that "Thick as Thieves" has received very good reviews lately, in addition to getting rotation on Swedish and UK jazz radio stations. This has been written about our latest album:
Mongrel has a distinct character that makes their aesthetic choices exciting. (...) it sounds seductive.
Arild R. Andersen, jazzinorge.no (NOR)
Strong melodies and excellent, sensitive execution turn the music into a most enjoyable listening experience.
Adam Baruch (ISR)
Our new album isn't due until Friday 29th, but the first review was published last Saturday! Dagsavisen states that our music is "(...) open, warm, innovative, and a relief to listen to", and that Thick as Thieves is "(...) the best album so far this year".
Wow! We are super grateful. Read it for yourself here:
We're happy to announce that our next album is called "Thick as Thieves", and it will be released in the middle of April. We really like the artwork for the album cover, which is made by Sylva Karin Johansen. Have a look!
We've spent the last couple of weeks mixing our next album with the magnificent Dani Castelar, and we're proud to say that we can't wait to release it. The record will be out sometime in March, and the release tour is due in May. Click HERE to see more! We still have a couple of vacant dates in May, feel free to contact us for booking.
As December closes in, this is a good time to post a couple of photos taken during our stay at Studio Barxeta near Valencia, Spain. The oranges were as good as they look. New music is on the way!
Just got back from a couple of amazing days in Krakow. We played two wonderful concerts at PIECart, a great venue in the middle of the city's old town. Can't wait to go back there! Now we'll rehearse in Oslo before recording our next album in Barxeta, Spain in November.
We're currently on a small Norwegian tour, where we'll be testing a lot of brand new material for everyone to hear. Yesterday we played at Mir Lufthavna in Oslo, today we play at Bøker & Børst in Stavanger, and tomorrow we play at Ila Brainnstasjon in Trondheim. You can get the details by clicking "When" on the menu.
Come by if you're able, listen to the gig and hang out with us afterwards!
We're happy to announce that we will spend one week of November in Studio Barxeta, Spain, to record our next album. The recording will be released sometime during the spring of 2016 on Losen Records. Full steam ahead!
We're back in Oslo after a fantastic week on the road with Stefan Rydéen and the STRÖMNINGAR project. The tour was a great success; we even had people in the audience that traveled a significant distance to attend because they saw our gig in Nora last fall and had to see it again (!). That's amazing, and we're very grateful to both the Norwegian Arts Council, the Fund For Performing Artists and Norsk Jazzforum for financial support. Thanks a bunch.
There will be more STRÖMNINGAR, that's for sure.
We're happy to say that pianist Ayumi Tanaka is now a part of Mongrel. Welcome, Ayumi!
Our Swedish tour with Stefan Rydéen is right around the corner, and we can't wait. The amazing trumpet player AND photographer Kristoffer Eikrem took some photos of us this weekend (check out kristoffereikremdiary.com, looking forward to sharing them with you. Here's a sample:
The Swedish cultural magazine Kulturdelen is amazed by TASKENSPILL:
"TASKENSPILL is, in other words, a debut that just has to have a sequel. Losen Records should be alert - it wouldn't surprise me if Manfred Eicher is lurking around in Oslo..."
It's very flattering and pleasant to be a part of WiMP's official playlist "Norsk Jazzprogresjon", presenting the highlights among the Norwegian jazz releases during the last six months or so. We're in very good company; you'll also find names such as Marius Neset, Ola Kvernberg, Kjetil Møster and our good friends in Mopti here.
Check it out!
We played Hamar Jazzklubb last Thursday - great playing the first concert of the year, and the first concert with Erlend Slettevoll on piano. If you live in Oslo, come see us on Feb 11 at the National Jazz Scene - this gig will also include Erlend as a part of the group. Looking forward to it!
Happy new year, everybody - the first thing to happen to us in 2015 was this review by the Norwegian jazz magazine salt peanuts* (worth checking out - they publish new reviews every day, that's pretty close to insane).
Johan Scherwin says we sound like "...a modern T. Monk in felt slippers", and gives credit to our inward listening, collective interplay. Give it a read HERE!