Knut Riisnæs has for 40 years proved to be one of the finest among Norwegian saxophonists. With an extensive discography, two Spellemann prizes, and a Buddy award. He has played with artists such as Karin Krog, Egil Cape Town, Kjetil Bjørnstad, Terje Rypdal, Radka Toneff, and many more.
At Oslo Jazz Festival we’ll get to experience Knut Riisnæs Quartet, which consists of Anders Aarum on piano, Jens Fossum on bass, and Tom Olstad on percussion. In addition, Riisnæs has invited Siril Malmedal Hauge as a guest vocalist for this concert. Siril Malmedal Hauge was named "Jazz Talent of the Year" at the Molde Jazz Festival in 2018 and can also be heard in duo with Jacob Young at this year's Oslo Jazz Festival.
Inspired by pioneers such as Charlie Parker, Wayne Shorter, and John Coltrane, Riisnæs has developed a modern and personal style of playing. The music we’ll hear at Victoria this evening will mostly be composed by the band members themselves – and maybe a classic or two from The Great American Songbook.