ESPEN BERG TRIO

Espen Berg – piano
Bárður Reinert Poulsen – bass
Simon Olderskog Albertsen – drums

Espen Berg Trio released the debut album «Mønster» on the Japanese label Blue Gleam and Atterklang in 2015. On that occasion the trio was described as “the best in the class of Art of the Trio now” by the national Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen. EBT was appointed to NTNU AMBASSADOR of 2016/2017 at Trondheim Jazz Festival in 2016, and the trio has made solid appearances at festivals all around Europe. In July 2016 EBT will do a major Japan tour arranged by Blue Gleam. This tightly interacted and highly temperamental trio plays music written by pianist Espen Berg. His rhythmically and harmonically intricate compositions are presented with depth and ease, in an outgoing, dynamic and engaging way.

“Though working in one of the most popular formats in jazz legacy Berg manages to suggest an independent, highly personal aesthetics that does not sound as indebted to the swinging or bluesy American jazz, the more abstract European jazz or the chilly-lyrical sound of the Nordic school, so identified with ECM label.” -Eyal Hareuveny, saltpeanuts.eu

Video recorded in Dokkhuset, Trondheim, May 2014:

Espen Berg (b. 1983), from Hamar, Norway, lives in Trondheim where he attained a master’s degree in 2008 at NTNU’s highly acclaimed jazz department. Espen has been touring around the world with the trio Listen, and has worked with artists like Trondheim Jazzorkester, Marius Neset, Seamus Blake, Per Jørgensen, Ole Mathisen, Anders Jormin, Hildegunn Øiseth, Mathias Eick, Cantus, Tore Johansen, Eirik Hegdal, Mats Eilertsen, Susanne Lundeng, Arve Henriksen, Jovan Pavlovic, Maher Mahmoud, and many more. Espen has been awarded with several international prizes, and was awarded as the best soloist at Hoeilaart Int’l Jazz Contest 2007 in Belgium. He receives government grants from Arts Council Norway in 2016 and 2017.

Bárður Reinert Poulsen was born in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. He moved to Trondheim and earned his bachelor’s degree in 2014 at NTNU. He plays in many pop and jazz groups, among them The Fjords, Fieldfare and Wako, as well as with the Faroese Symphony Orchestra and with his own sextet Swenofon. In 2015 he will be releasing several albums. Bárður has played concerts in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, USA, Bulgaria, Poland, France, Germany and Kenya, as well as doing session work in Tórshavn and Trondheim.

Simon Olderskog Albertsen, from Stjørdal, Norway, also studied at Trondheim’s university’s acknowledged jazz department. He’s actively playing in several jazz groups both within and outside Trondheim, and he also works with folk music, pop, and at Trøndelag theatre. He released the album “War Wounds” together with the English singer- songwriter Mark Gregory in November 2013, and “Adeln” in February 2013 together with the equally named Swedish folk/jazz group. He has been touring in Norway and Europe several times, and he has played at a vast number of jazz and folk music festivals.

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