Espen Berg, piano // Bárður Reinert Poulsen, bass // Simon Albertsen, drums

Espen Berg Trio is an award-winning piano trio from Norway. Outselling concert halls in Tokyo, Guangzhou, Kyoto and Hong Kong, the trio is already making a mark way outside their home country and was declared an important new voice in the crowded field of post-E.S.T. trios by Jazz Journal (UK) in 2019. Their music might bring associations to Brad Mehldau, Keith Jarrett, Shai Maestro or Tigran Hamasyan, but is primarily a personal addition to the legacy of the piano trio and the evolution of the Nordic jazzscene, lead by a combination of strong melodies, rhythmic complexity, immense technical abilities and a playful interaction.

Espen Berg Trio was declared one of the most important jazz trios in 2020 by Jazz Critique Magazine (Japan), and their album Free to Play (2019) was listed in Downbeat (US) as one of the best releases in 2019. In May 2022, their fourth album, Fjære, will be released on Odin Records, featuring three guest artists: Mathias Eick (trp), Silje Nergaard (vocals) and Hanna Paulsberg (ts). This will be marked by a release tour in Norway, Denmark, Germany, UK, Netherlands, Ukraine and Greece.

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 5/5 stars

Like all the best music, this album reveals something new and pleasing on each successive hearing
– BBC Music, review of Free to play (2019)

Live at jazzahead! 2019, Bremen (DE)

Espen Berg is described as a «true master of the piano» (All About Jazz) and is one of Norway’s most hard working and most sought after musicians. He was awarded one of the largest and most acknowledged scholarships of his country, «JazZtipendiatet», in 2016, and wrote a commissioned work for Trondheim Jazz Orchestra which premiered at Molde Int’l Jazz Festival in 2017. Apart from his trio he also works with artists such as Silje Nergaard, Hildegunn Øiseth, Seamus Blake and Daniel Herskedal.

From the “Live in Lofoten” series

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