I just started a collaboration with the fantastic sax player and composer Seamus Blake. Here’s a recording from Rainbow Studio of us playing freely improvised. This is from a session with the quintet BRIDGES together with Hayden Powell, Jesper Bodilsen and Anders Thorén. The following day we headed to Trondheim and played a duo concert at Antikvariatet, and recorded more in Øra Studio. Expect to hear more soon!
My newest album, “Bølge”, will finally be available in the whole wild world Friday March 16 on Odin Records! It will be released both as CD and 2LP, and also on all digital platforms. The CD has arrived already and will be available on our imminent concerts, and the LP will be available later this month.
We’re releasing our latest album “Bølge” on Odin Records, March 16. It will be available both as CD and LP. This release will be followed by 12 concerts in Norway, Greece and Estonia. We’re really looking forward to this tour and our album release!
Big thanks to the Norwegian Embassy in Athens, Arts Council Norway, Musikkprofil AS, and Juu Jääb Festival for helping us out with the tour. Also thanks to Rainbow Studios, Odin Records and Propeller Mastering for superior sound and support with our new album.
Summer 2017, we flew to Lofoten together with video artist André Løyning to create a few spectacular live videos. These are made entirely on site, with actual sound recording (6 channels only), piano tuning at location (a bit short on time, bare with me on that), and with some amazing drone footage as well.
We only had ONE SHOT, one take, before the sun set. The weather on this side of Lofoten was perfect – no wind and totally clear. A long working day had come to an end, and we were really happy with the recording outside Henningsvær, but I had this location in mind for days and it would be silly to drive just past it on the way back to Leknes. I’m very happy we went there!
The sun was hanging low, shining directly into the valley nearby Unstad. We went up on this old carriage road, high above the tunnel leading to the beach further down. The clock was well beyond 11 PM and we only had a few minutes until darkness. In only a couple of minutes we were ready to roll. We had to hold back when playing this quite mellow tune, because the kick of doing this upon a mountain in Lofoten, in near-midnight-sun, amongst sheep was nearly overwhelming. After this one take happening, André Løyning managed to get some nice drone footage as well, and we could call it a day. BIG THANKS to Arts Council Norway for making this possible, and to Åse Andreassen and Knut Abrahamsen for helping us out big time.
ENJOY our new video from Ballstad, Lofoten. Big thanks to one-man-movie-maker André Løyning. This song, “MAETRIX”, is originally a part of my commissioned work to the fabulous Trondheim Jazz Orchestra – which will be touring Norway next week!
As the first in a series of videos, here’s “XIII” from our upcoming album as a live recording from the beautiful islands Lofoten in Norway:
We have also made a brand new Facebook page for the trio: www.facebook.com/espenbergtrio. Please like and share!
A few days ago I had the honor of playing a duo concert with the fantastic musician and good friend Seamus Blake. Here’s a short clip:
I really hope we can do this again sometime, and I look forward to continue playing with Seamus in the quintet BRIDGES going on a European tour in two weeks:
Sept 6: Urijazz, Tønsberg (NO)
Sept 8: Bergen Jazzforum (NO)
Sept 9: Voss (NO)
Sept 11: The Vortex, London (UK)
Sept 12: Ronnie Scotts, London (UK)
Sept 13: Jazz Evidence, Kongsberg (NO)
Sept 14: Nasjonal Jazzscene, Oslo (NO)
Sept 15: Jazz Colmar (FR)
I had a fantastic week at Molde Jazz Festival, working with some of the greatest musicians from this part of the world – absolutely nailing my music, in addition to being awesome persons. The premiere of “MAETRIX” was a huge success, described as “a work for the eternity” and receiving overwhelming reviews. More importantly, the atmosphere in the concert hall was crazy: totally packed, both listening intensely and celebrating vocally together with us on stage. What a joy it was, and I REALLY look forward to touring with this extremely expensive and superb band in October!
Photo and videos by André Løyning
I september slipper Espen Berg Trio sin andre plate, «Bølge», på det japanske plateselskapet Blue Gleam. Plateslippet markeres med en lanseringsturné i Japan i november, der låtskriver og vokalist Silje Nergaard er med som gjesteartist. Sammen gjør de seks konserter på denne turneen:
22. nov TAMA CITY COMBINED CULTURAL CENTER, TOKYO
23. nov SAMMU CITY NARUTO CULTURAL CENTER, CHIBA
24. nov SUZAKA CITY CULTURAL HALL, NAGANO
25. nov SAKAE WARD CULTURAL CENTER – LILIS HALL, KANAGAWA
26. nov JOYO CITY CULTURAL CENTER, KYOTO
27. nov AMUSER KASHIWA CRYSTAL HALL, CHIBA
Konsertene vil by på musikk signert både Espen og Silje. Trioen spiller Espens rytmisk intrikate komposisjoner med overskudd, temperament og eleganse. Dette kommer også til syne i møte med Silje og hennes sterke og tidløse melodier, som vil gjendiktes i friske nye versjoner når kvartetten står på scenen i Japan.
EBT består av Espen Berg (piano, komposisjoner), Bárður Reinert Poulsen (bass) og Simon Albertsen (trommer). Trioen ga ut albumet «Mønster» på Blue Gleam i 2015, og JAZZ JAPAN beskrev EBT som «den beste og viktigste musikkoppdagelsen i første halvdel av 2016». Silje Nergaard toppet de japanske hitlistene med debutalbumet «Tell Me Where You’re Going» – en bragd som har ført til jevnlig turnering i Japan, og som nå tar form i et nytt samarbeid med en ung, innovativ og uredd trio.
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In September Espen Berg Trio will release their second album, «Bølge», on the Japanese label Blue Gleam. To promote this new album the trio will do a release tour in November, and the Norwegian singer and composer Silje Nergaard will join them as a guest artist. Together they will do six concerts in Japan.
The concerts will consist of music written by both Espen and Silje. The trio plays Espen’s rhythmically intricate compositions with surplus energy, temper and elegance. This will also be apparent when teaming up with Silje in Japan to play her strong and well known melodies, rearranged in fresh new versions.