NILS PETTER MOLVÆR

  • Territory: Globaly minus GAS, Be-Ne-Lux, France and Asia.
  • Tour Availability 5 – 15 OCT & 11 – 24 NOV 2024
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    BE-NE-LUX, FRANCE, ASIA; Music Without Borders
  • -But what I mean was this was a showcase for why Norway is, in my book right now, the tops for jazz – and in particular, it’s more esoteric uncomfortable cousin: electro-acoustic jazz. Londonjazznews.
  • -Nils Petter Molvær er motsatt av Posten. Han leverer alltid. Stavanger Aftenblad
  • «It’s the journey that counts for Molvær, and this new album is quite the saga.» Certainty of Tides review – prestomusic

Nils Petter Molvær, Norwegian trumpet player, composer and producer, who 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 soon established him as a much sought-after musician in Oslo, which ultimately led to his a colourful and diverse curriculum vitae as a sideman. A trumpet that knows how to capture both the polar ice caps and the burning desert sand, that can portray surging crowds just as well as total solitude, that loses itself but always finds the way back again. 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, Molvaer has himself. Listening to him play, it’s easy to forget that his instrument is a trumpet.

Nils Petter Molvær & Norwegian Radio Orchestra – Certainty of Tides

Certainty of Tides” is an adventurous and innovative reworking of groundbreaking compositions by Nils Peter Molvær and represents a bold evolution in Molvaer’s musical language. In this venture, his ethereal trumpet entwines with the power and intensity of a symphonic orchestra. Six of Molvaer’s seminal compositions were meticulously reimagined by Norwegian arrangers and composers, resulting in a collection that breathes new life into his trailblazing works. With the orchestral backing, Molvaer’s pieces acquire a fresh, contemporary edge, defying classical norms.

«An arresting symphonic journey through the heart of Molvær’s musical world“. Arts Desk (UK)

In “Maja,” Nils Petter Molvaer’s iconic composition takes on new life. Arranger Jan Martin Smørdal weaves a symphonic tapestry, conjuring a mystical forest. Molvaer’s trumpet flits courageously, entwining with the orchestra. The result is a captivating dance between intimacy and grandeur, breathing fresh enchantment into a cherished piece.

 

«Yes, Nils Petter Molvær is still innovating. His pioneering spirit is undimmed». London Jazz News.

On his Stitches album Molvær teamed up with his quartet and produced an exciting mix of atmospheric sounds and powerful beats. The first single “Nearly Invisible Stitches” starts with this atmospheric Scandinavian feeling and leads and to an energetic beat. A song which makes you dream and floating into the wild and beautiful nature of the north. “True Love Waits” is a stunning beautiful ballad. It was originally recorded by Radiohead. This recording marks a debut for the trumpet player : it’s his first cover song he has ever recorded. Molvaer plays a remarkable soft and tender trumpet.

The melodic and atmospheric vibe of this recording makes this song perfectfor ballad-, love-songs- and chill-outplaylists. Take a deep breath and just enjoy the music! From the poetic, tender «Median» via the dramatic «A Sudden Rash» to the three powerful pieces taken from «Frameworks», Molvær’s commissioned work for the 2021 Kongsberg Jazz Festival, the album showcases the trumpeter’s distinct musical language – a language that is appreciated by listeners all over the world

Although large portions of the album were composed and recorded during lockdown, «Stitches» sounds seamless and organic, proving that collaboration and artistic vision canovercome both isolation and distance. And despite the album’s darker moments, with references to disorder and disease, «Stitches» comes across as a cathartic experience. After listening to the closing track, «True Love Waits», that title seems prophetic: After turbulent times, the wounds will heal.

Nils Petter Molvaer, trompet, Johan Lindstrøm, gitar, banjo, Jo Berger Myhre, bass, Erland Dahlen, drums, perc

Sven Persson, sound design
Tord Knudsen, visual design

Molvær stretches himself out at will in time and space, subjecting himself to the new technology of the moment in order to give ever new expression to his timelessly unbridled romanticism. During his time with acclaimed jazz combo, Masqualero, NPM was introduced to Manfred Eicher, who welcomed him into his prestigious and much-lauded roster. Alongside the three ECM Masqualero releases, NPM recorded many classic studio sessions for ECM with artists such as Robyn Schulkowsky, Marilyn Mazur, Jon Balke’s Oslo 13, and Sidsel Endresen. However, NPM wanted to do something different, both in terms of composition, and trumpet technique. Molværs debut album “Khmer” (ECM) sold over 250,000 copies worldwide and established his reputation as one of the leading voices of the new European jazz movement of the Nineties. The follow-up albums “Solid Either”, “NP3”, “Streamer”, “ER”, “Re-Vision”, and “Hamada” were all released successfully by Universal/Emarcy worldwide.

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