Front! Front is the sound of simple and lyrical melodies that collide front to front with powerful 60's free jazz. The musicians in the quintet, originating from the jazz conservatory in Trondheim, have different musical backgrounds, but have a shared focus on interaction and deliver a power package of energy and spirit, in a very varied soundscape. The band moves between the fragile and the brutal with playfulness and spontaneity.
- Elisabeth Lid Trøen (Voss) - tenor saxophone
- Christian Cuadra (SE) - alto saxophone
- Tore Hodneland (Tysnes) - guitar
- David Andersson (SE) - double bass
- Åsmund Mattias Smidt (Trondheim) - percussion & compositions
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!