Pianist, teacher and jazz theorist George Russell would have turned 100 years this year. This calls for a celebration!
George Russell arrived in Stockholm and Oslo in the 1960s and has been an important source of inspiration for young jazz musicians ever since. As a musical leader and supervisor, he became the instigator of earth-shattering renewal of both Norwegian and Swedish jazz after 1970. With this, he contributed to lay the foundation for Scandinavian modal jazz which burst into bloom in the 1970s.
George Russell’s impact on Norwegian jazz- and contemporary music is marked with a grand concert packed with entirely new music written and presented by OJKOS - The Orchestra for Jazz Composers in Oslo. OJKOS is an innovative jazz ensemble consisting of young jazz composers and musicians. The work was commissioned by the East-Norwegian Jazz Center, Oslo Jazzfestival, and Oslo Jazz Circle, the music is inspired by Russells time in Oslo and Stockholm from 1965-72 and his theoretical masterpiece: The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization.
Before the concert there will be a talk led by journalist Johan Hauknes, where he dives into the life of Russell and introduces the concert.
Henriette Eilertsen (flute), Camilla Hole (soprano saxophone), Maria Dybbroe (alto saxophone), Sigrid Aftret (tenor saxophone), Sol Léna-Schroll (baritone saxophone), Tancred Heyerdahl Husø (trumpet), Richard Köster (trumpet), Lyder Øvreås Røed (trumpet), Magnus Murphy Joelson (trombone), Andreas Rotevatn (trombone), Johannes Fosse Solvang (trombone), Arne Martin Nybo (guitar), Alexander Hoholm (bass), Knut Kvifte Nesheim (drums), feat. Helge Lien (piano).
Concert starts 20:00