YOUNG NORDIC JAZZ COMETS

YOUNG NORDIC JAZZ COMETS

comet noun com·et \ˈkä-mət\
definition: an object in outer space that develops a long, bright tail

The jazz federations in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland have worked together since year 2000 to provide artistic platforms for young and talented jazz musicians. Young Nordic Jazz Comets has been our flagship project to present the future of Nordic jazz. The spaces explode annually, when five most topical Nordic bands’ orbits cross at the YNJC showcase. The energy burst is so powerful that it overthrows the laws of physics, materia shifts shape and particles catapult to trek new astral maps for many light years to come. Take a look at the past years’ roster to find not a handful but a galaxy of musicians and bands who have started at YNJC. (link to list!) This year the clash of the comets takes place in Northern Sweden, in the city of Umeå.

YNJC IN UMEÅ OCT 27, 2016

See the future of Nordic jazz at Umeå Jazz Studio
Megalodon Collective
OK:KO
Daniel & Dundret
Dyberg/Balvik/Nesheim feat Kovacs
Anna & Sölvi

Young Nordic Jazz Comets 2016 showcase takes place at Umeå Jazz Festival. Thursday, October 27, 2016 will see five Nordic bands take over the Jazz Studio stage at the Umeå Folkets Hus. The festival comprises some 30 concerts held mainly at stages in the Umeå Folkets Hus and the Norrlands Opera. The festival knocks on its 50-year anniversary next year.

YNJC 2016, Umeå Jazz Festival
Umeå Jazz Studio, Folkets Hus
27.10.2016, doors at 7.00pm
Free admission
Accessible event

LINE-UP
8.00pm OK:KO (FIN)
8.40pm Dyrberg/Balvig/Nesheim feat. Kovacs (DEN)
9.20pm Anna & Sölvi (ICE)
10.00pm Daniel & Dundret (SWE)
10.40pm Megalodon Collective (NOR)

Umeå Jazz Festival website

BANDS

Take a listen to our 2016 comets!
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DANIEL OCH DUNDRET (SWE)

Saxophonist-composer Daniel Gahrton’s playful quartet is all about catchy indie-freejazz with an original flow, packed with feeling and energy.
Listen
Daniel Gahrton – sax, Milton Öhrström – piano, Cornelia Nilsson – drums, Jonas Nilsson – bass
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DYBERG/BALVIK/ NESHEIM/KOVACS

Mia Dyberg’s music is said to extend beyond poetry. The new avantgarde jazz trio is featured by experimental vocalist Kamilla Kovacs, with whom Dyberg shares a duo project.
Listen
Mia Dyberg – sax, Christian Balvik – piano, Knut Nesheim – drums
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OK:KO (FIN)

Dream jazz for the summer meadows or doom jazz for corrupted city nights? Hailing from the coastal Finland, band leader Saastamoinen has his roots in local folk music, and later had his heart stolen by Helsinki’s vivid jazz scene.
Listen
Jarno Tikka – sax, Toomas Keski-säntti – piano, Mikael Saastamoinen – bass, Okko Saastamoinen – drums
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MEGALODON COLLECTIVE (NOR)

The debut release of this fast-driven Swedish-Norwegian jazz-improv septet was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy for the Best Jazz Album in 2015. Since then they have enjoyed success in many of the major Nordic festivals.
Listen
Martin Myhre Olsen, Karl ‘Kalle’ Nyberg, Petter Kraft – saxes, Karl Bjorå -guitar, Aaron Mandelmann – bass, Andreas Winther, Henrik Lødøen – drums
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Anna And Sölvi (ICE)

The second cousins Anna Greta and Sölvi have both received the “Best Newcomer” award at the Icelandic music awards in 2015 and 2016. They play original compositions and arrangements with focus on improvisation and playfulness.
Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir & Sölvi Kolbeinsson

NETWORK

Since 2000 Young Nordic Jazz Comets has been a Nordic collaboration of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The project continues to evolve and flourish with the support of the jazz communities in each respectful country. Thank you! You truly are the heart and soul of Nordic jazz. Also we want to thank the Ministries of Culture and the various culture foundations who support our organizations in our everyday work.