Terje Rypdal is one of our most internationally respected musicians. He started out as a guitarist in a rock band, The Vanguards, in 1961 before he formed what is often called Norway’s first supergroup, The Dream, in 1967. He was also a member of Jan Garbarek’s legendary 1970s quartet along with Jon Christensen and Arild Andersen. Now he’s turned 70 and his career spans more than five decades. He’s been awarded three Spellemann prizes, as well as a Buddy prize in 1985. Most recently, in 2012, he was inducted into the Rockheim Hall of Fame.
Rypdal has never been held back by musical genres – he’s open to most styles. He’s worked with heavy metal band Enslaved, Mari Boine and Ronnie Le Tekrø, as well as with jazz musicians like Jon Christensen, Palle Mikkelborg, Jan Garbarek, Karin Krog and Elefant 9. In addition, Rypdal has composed no fewer than seven symphonies. When performing, he experiments with Harley Davidson motorcycles, video clips, ferry horn and jet engines.
Three days after his 70th birthday in August 2017, a big celebrational anniversary concert was a sell-out at the Nasjonal Jazzscene Victoria. With several musical colleagues accompanying him, we witnessed a sensational gig showcasing Rypdal and his white Fender Stratocaster.
This year he’s at Røverstaden, which is where the famous Club 7 was situated in Vika – a venue Rypdal has played many times previously, and it is a real joy to bring him back here. With him this time are Endre Hareide Hallre, Ståle Storløkken and Pål Thowsen, a quartet making up the Terje Rypdal Conspiracy. He says himself that this quartet marks the start of a new era. In addition to his regular ‘conspirators‘, one of the musicians with whom he has played most of all down through the years, Danish trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg, will be his guest on this occasion.