16. - 22. AUG 2021

Oslo Jazzfestival 35 years

Oslo Jazzfestival will take place in week 33, as always.

The festival marks its 35th. anniversary this year and is a celebration of the vitality of jazz. Last year's festival was a success, and the festival has worked hard to follow up with a slightly bigger festival for Oslo’s jazz loving audience this August.

- We are very pleased to announce this year’s festival now that the reopening plans are underway. We were able to present an excellent program during last year's festival, and are very optimistic for week 33 in August. This is Oslo at its best, as Aftenposten wrote after the opening concert last year, and we will live up to this success through-out the festival week, says festival director Øyvind Larsen.

This year's opening concert will be Oslo Jazz Ensemble & Ola Kvernberg at Sentralen on Monday the 16th. On the same day, you’ll also get the opportunity to experience last year's Usbl Jazz Talent winner Veslemøy Narvesen at Victoria.

This year's festival, like last year, is characterized by Norwegian jazz's soaring quality. Our artistic goal is to program what we believe is jazz music at the very highest level in 2021. The essence of jazz is more of an approach than a genre, and this year we present a wide range of jazz music that spans a variety of angles.

During the festival week's seven days, you’ll have the opportunity to experience Karin Krog & Hanna Paulsberg's Calling Dexter project, commissioned work by Kim Myhr, the record label Jazzland Recordings' 25th anniversary with artists such as Håkon Kornstad, Rymden and Juno, solo concerts with Anja Lauvdal and Mats Eilertsen, church concert with Trio Mediæval & Arve Henriksen, concerts out in the sunshine at Salt with Poing & Lars Lillo-Stenberg and På Stengrunn, as well as classic Oslo jazz experiences at Victoria with Bjørn Alterhaug's Friends Quartet, Petter Wettre, Paal Nilssen-Love Circus and last year's Nordic Showcase favorites Bliss, to name a few.

New this year is that the Norwegian Jazz Forum's Jazzintro finale with the bands Kongle Trio, Damata, Front! Front and Hein Westgård Trio is added to the Oslo Jazz Festival:

- It is an honor to finally host the Jazzintro finals at the Oslo Jazzfestival. Jazzintro has launched some of the finest jazz musicians in the country since 1998.

This year's main program consists of a total of 38 concerts. In addition to this we’ll launch the Nordic Showcase and Serendip program, and more, in June.

The festival is focused around the venues Sentralen, Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene, Grønland Church, Salt and the University aula, all of which are stages with well-established routines covid 19 infection control to ensure a safe concert experience for our audience.

- Infection control is paramount when we arrange festivals. We have incorporated good routines both internally in the organization and externally with partners at the various venues. It should be safe to visit the Oslo Jazz Festival, and all regional and national recommendations regarding infection control are followed, concludes Øyvind Larsen.

See Oslo Jazz Festival's main program for 2021!

Oslo Jazzensemble & Ola Kvernberg

Marmorsalen, Sentralen
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