First review of The Trondheim Concert, 5/5!

The first review of The Trondheim Concert, due Oct 28th, has arrived and it’s a good read. To put it mildly. Check it out, and stay tuned for the release of my most personal and ambitious album to date.

This is so good, brilliant actually. The music I’m listening to for the first time is stunning. As the album progresses, I am astonished at how beautiful this is, on every level. After several listens through, my considered appraisal would be this; What we have here, is quite possibly one of the finest improvised solo piano performances I have had the pleasure of listening to in the last decade or so.

Mike Gates, UK Vibe.org

Fjære is out!

Espen Berg Trio’s new album, Fjære, was released on May 20th 2022! You can find it on your favorite streaming service, or check out this link: orcd.co/fjaere

Big thanks to Odin Records and Propeller Music Division for working with us on this new recording, and also to our fantastic guest artists: Mathias Eick, Silje Nergaard and Hanna Paulsberg. The beautiful artwork was drawn by my brother, Andreas Berg.

Here are some quotes from the press reviews:

Espen Berg Trio is and has a voice that is completely unique, which is only getting stronger and stronger. The most recent confirmation is called Fjære and is a true pleasure.

Nettavisen (NO), rating 5/6

Piano, bass and drums work so cohesively together that they’re like three parts of the same brain, all working together in harmony. […] Great music well worth checking out.

UKVibe, Mike Gates, rating 4/5

Their music is characteristic of northern European jazzmen who know how to set a mood beautifully. Travel and change of scenery guaranteed!

France Info, Radio France (FR)

Let’s salute the quality of Espen Berg’s compositions as much as his piano playing and let us immerse ourselves in an album full of sweetness and freshness.

Jazznicknames (FR)

This album highlights the strengths of this working trio and the inspiring ways that distinct and strong melodies are translated into profound and playful dynamics that make this collective much stronger than its parts. 

Salt-Peanuts.eu, Eyal Hareuveni

The surplus possessed by these three musicians makes the complex and heavy compositions easy for the listener to follow.

Jazznytt (NO)

All in all, Fjære is an excellent album

Dag og Tid (NO)

A new classic

Morgenbladet (NO)

The Fourth Awakens

Espen Berg Trio’s fourth and upcoming album, Fjære, will be released on Odin Records in April 2022! This is a beast of an album, featuring brand new songs and three prominent guest artists: Mathias Eick (trp), Silje Nergaard (voc) and Hanna Paulsberg (ts). The album was recorded in April, June and July 2021, in Propeller Music Division (Oslo, NO) and The Village Studios (Copenhagen, DK). Mixed by Michael Scott Hartung at Propeller, and mastered by Morgan Nicolaysen at Propeller Mastering.

The cover was made by my brother, Andreas Berg, who works as an art director and illustrator. I’m very happy to do this collaboration with him – finally!

Stay tuned for more information about the album and our upcoming release concerts in 2022!

Upcoming tours

Oct 14-16 is the release tour for Silje Nergaard’s new album, HOUSES, and we will perform concerts at Jakobskirken in Oslo, Hamar Teater and Tynset kulturhus. I will travel with Silje to Germany for our duo tour (finally!) in late October and November. Please take a look at my live shows for an updated tour list.

Hildegunn Øiseth Quartet will be on tour Oct 21-23, with concerts at Bodø Jazz Open, Hemnesjazz and Kimen kulturhus in Stjørdal.

I’m in the midst of booking several tours with my trio in spring 2022 for our upcoming album release. New dates will be announced shortly!

Espen Berg Trio at Moldejazz 2020

Here’s an excerpt of EBT’s live streamed concert at Molde Int’l Jazz Festival 2020. The concert was dated April 30th, International Jazz Day, and happened at a time where summer festivals were highly unlikely to happen. Moldejazz made a fantastic production, and we’re very proud to have been a part of their 60 years anniversary, reaching 10,000 viewers worldwide.

Trondheim Duo Sessions

This summer I will perform (and arrange!) four concerts home in my living room, together with some exceptionally good musicians from Trondheim. All concerts will be live streamed, with the option to donate through Vipps or PayPal. If you happen to be in the Trondheim area, you can buy tickets (limited availability) at Hoopla. The concert series is supported by Arts Council Norway.

Link to live streams (Facebook)

July 22nd, 19:00 CET: Espen & Hildegunn Øiseth (trp, goat horn)
Tickets available -> Hoopla (NO)

July 29th, 19:00 CET: Espen & Daniel Herskedal (tuba, bass trombone)
Tickets available -> Hoopla (NO)

August 12th, 19:00 CET: Espen & Ola Kvernberg (violin)

August 19th, 19:00 CET: Espen & Sissel Vera Pettersen (vocal, sax)