Espen Berg – piano
Bárður Reinert Poulsen – bass
Simon Olderskog Albertsen – drums
Named JAZZ JAPAN’s biggest musical discovery in the first half of 2016, Espen Berg Trio (EBT) released their critically acclaimed debut album “Mønster” in 2015. Their second album, “Bølge”, on the Japanese label Blue Gleam (Sept 2017). Espen’s melodic, yet rhythmically highly complex music both challenges, and gets challenged by the trio’s dynamic, spontaneous and temperamental interplay. Their collaboration with Ole Mathisen at Trondheim Jazz Festival in 2016 was declared a «triumph» by JAZZWISE (UK), also writing that «it’s the kind of unrepeatable night jazz exists for».
EBT will do a release tour in Japan in November 2017, joined by the widly recognized singer Silje Nergaard as their guest artist. The quartet will visit Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, Nagano and Kyoto, playing both Espen’s and Silje’s music.
“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
Live from Victoria, Oslo, Sept 2016: