Here’s a list of my upcoming concerts this fall. Updates and more dates will follow.
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 albumDag og Tid (NO)
A new classicMorgenbladet (NO)
Espen Berg Trio has released a new single today, featuring Mathias Eick on trumpet. Vintermørke is a part of our upcoming album, Fjære, which will take down the Internet when it will be available in May.
Check out Vintermørke at orcd.co/vintermorke
Weekly episodes featuring details of our music, available every Monday on YouTube. Follow #EBTweekly and get insight about the compositions, techniques, ideas, improvisational strategies, and more.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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)
We are extremely happy to be invited by Moldejazz to play a live streamed concert in Molde on International Jazz Day, April 30th at 21:00 CET. This is probably the only time we will play together this spring, which makes it quite special for us.
Our dear drummer Simon Albertsen lives outside Norway, and because of the current national health regulations we had to ask a substitute for this event. This is the very first time that we let anyone inside the inner circle of the trio. Luckily, ECM artist Thomas P. Strønen accepted to join us on stage in Molde. We can’t wait to play with Thomas, and we’re really looking forward to present our music for you live on Thursday evening!
The reviews are in! Top image shows that F2P were chosen as one of the top jazz albums of September by Mezzo (FR). Here’s some highlights from some of our many reviews so far:
Undoubtedly one of my favourite albums of this year, “Free To Play” is a richly rewarding experience, from a trio who are proving to be not just one of the best in their field of music, but also beyond boundaries. Fabulous music that I have a feeling Iʼll be enjoying for many years to come.
UK Vibe, Oct 2019 – 5 out of 5 stars
Like all the best music, this album reveals something new and pleasing on each successive hearing.
BBC Music Magazine (UK), Oct 2019 – 4 out of 5 stars
Free to Play, a perfect title for the Espen Berg Trio’s new recording, doesn’t mean that the group plays nice. It suggests that the band takes pleasure in its inspiring interplay.
Downbeat (US), Dec 2019 – 4 out of 5 stars
EBT are rapidly becoming an important new voice in a crowded field of post-E.S.T. trios, and while their two preceding albums have much to recommend them, on Free To Play the trio have really hit their creative stride.
Jazz Journal (UK) – 4 out of 5 stars
Free to Play immediately places itself with instant proximity to the top of the list of the best Norwegian jazz albums ever.
Jazznytt (NO), Sept 2019
On ‘Free to Play’ the Espen Berg Trio shows off its skills with catchy compositions and virtuoso improvisations and also shows that it is looking ahead.
Jazzenso (NL), Sept 2019
This third album of the trio confirms the qualities already observed: an original approach to melody and harmony, a “journey without end and without borders” where everyone enjoys the freedom evoked by the title.
Jazz Magazine (FR), Sept 2019
Espen Berg and his accomplices stand out, however, from many artists from Scandinavia in that they play music which is extroverted and always accessible. But we all know what simplicity hides: a lot of discipline and precise details that allow Berg to alternate between the fluent music and the colliding music with a certain mastery. And that’s what gives this recording its particular brilliance.
Culture Jazz (FR), Sept 2019