The three musicians in Hein Westgaard's Trio met in Copenhagen in 2017 and have since played together in many different constellations. The trio works with Westgaard's compositions, and uses improvisation and interaction outside a fixed framework as an important part of the band's identity and expression.
The band draws inspiration from jazz, country, rock, free improvisation, classical and contemporary music and folk music, where the distinction between composition and improvisation becomes fluid and elastic.
- Hein Westgaard (Oslo) – guitar
- Petter Asbjørnsen (Larvik) – double bass
- Simon Forchhammer (DK) - 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!