His first solo album was the critically acclaimed Single Engine (2007). This established him a leading jazz musician in Norway. The second solo album, Dwell Time (Jazzland 2009), was recorded by the legendary Jan Erik Kongshaug. Downbeat Magazine dubbed Kornstad “one of Norway’s most original and daring musicians.”
Håkon Kornstad in Concert
Håkon Kornstad is performes his music in several formats. This includes soloperformances, the Håkon Kornstad Trio, and the orchestral formats of chamber and symphonic music.
The current kornstad trio is Håkon Kornstad – tenor, tenor saxophone, flute, Frode Haltli – accordion, Mats Eilertsen – double bass.
Blending opera and jazz, the Kornstad Ensemble featured harmonium and harpsichord in addition to a rhythm section. Spencer Grady in Jazzwise wrote: “Håkon Kornstad and his Tenor Battle troupe have fashioned a triumphant Bartók-reversal, the successful contextualising of high-end tropes into the folk firmament.”
The orchestral works of Kornstad has been performed with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK), WDR Funkhausorchestra in Cologne in 2018, and the Stockholm Wind Symphonic. He has also a collaboration with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and director Terje Tønnesen.
The solo concerts is performed with Solo saxophone, flute, flutonette, voice and live looping.