11. - 17. AUG 2024
Nils Petter Molvær: Khmer

Nils Petter Molvær: Khmer


Friday 18th August 19:30

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Celebrating a groundbreaking piece of Norwegian jazz history | Oslojazz 2023

Nils Petter Molvær may be best known for his collaboration with most of Scandinavia's leading jazz musicians, and for his work with Elvin Jones, Gary Peacock and George Russel. He is one of Norway’s most sought after musicians internationally and has left his mark on improvised music in all of Europe. He was last experienced as part of Oslo Jazzfestival in 2019, performing a beautiful concert alongside Nordic Voices in Grønland Kirke. We are stoked to announce his return to the festival with a celebration of the release that would substantiate his career and role in jazz history.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Molvær’s groundbreaking debut album Khmer, which was released in 1998 and has sold over 250 000 copies worldwide. This piece established his position as one of the leading voices within the European jazz movement in the 90s. On this record, massive beats and pounding grooves meet to underpin the norwegian trumpeters atmospheric solos and the finished project builds a bridge between the improvised soundscape we know  from many ECM-artists, and the (then) brave new world of trip-hop, drum’n’bass, ambient/illbient, techno, industrial, electronica, and samples.

As a musician, Molvær reaches out in time and space and submits himself to the new technology of the moment, in order to keep renewing his expression. As an album, Khmer joins the freedom of jazz and the sound potential of pop/rock.

The celebration of this legendary album is not something you would want to miss!

Nils Petter Molvær (trumpet), Eivind Aarset (guitar), Jan Bang (live sampling), DJ Strangefruit (turntables), Audun Erlien (bass), Rune Arnesen (drums), Per Lindvall (drums), Sven Persson (sound design), Tord Knudsen (light design)

Consert starts: 21:30

Doors: 20:00