Based around improvisation, the trio Damata brings their own references into relatively simple compositions inspired by, among other things, American jazz from the times before the first time Norway voted against an EU membership, Nordic jazz after Norway joined NATO and classical music from after Norway separated from the union with Sweden. With references to genres such as hip-hop, electronics and ambient, Damata tries to go beyond the normal within the guitar trio concept. The debut album 'What's Damata' will be released during the spring of 2020 on Dugnad Rec.
- Torstein Slåen (Otta) – guitar
- Karl Erik Horndalsveen (Tønsberg) – bass
- Ola Øverby (Hedalen) – drums
Jazzintro is the Norwegian Jazz Forum's bi-annual launch program for young Norwegian jazz musician. This year's finalists are: Damata, Front! Front, Hein Westgaard Trio and Kongle trio.
During the final at the Oslo Jazz Festival in August, one of the bands will be named Young Jazz Musicians of the Year 2020, and they will receive a launch package from the Norwegian Jazz Forum and the Gramo scholarship of NOK 150,000. In addition, Talent Norway contributes funds to a comprehensive mentoring program for the band.
The evening ends with winning band playing another concert shortly after the winner is chosen!