In the beginning of the year I compiled for myself a list of what acts I really wanted to see live this year. On top of that, and pretty uncontested, was Bugge Wesseltoft & Henrik Schwarz preforming. So it was with great joy I received the news that they soon would preform in Oslo, not only as a duo – but as an ensemble!
The planning of the trip was done in an hour or so! The possibility to experience an enseble consisting of Bugge Wesseltoft (piano virtuoso), Henrik Schwarz (computer genius), the brilliant Austrian hang drum specialist / percussionist Manu Delago and the renown Swedish bass player Dan Berglund, was too great to pass on.
Fast forward to 1st of February and it was with great anticipation I entered the beautiful Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene. It is probably one of the cutest and most intimate venues Ive ever been to, it felt like I were on the stage with ensemble during the show…
…which started on time due to the live streaming on GubeMusic. First Bugge introduced the rest and then cracked a joke, that since they now were an ensemble they could apply for governmental support. Apparently it is possible in Norway that artists with a talent of writing good applications, can earn a decent living even they almost don’t sell any records…
Bugge also told that it was his birthday and that the first piece were called “49”, so then we knew that… From that moment the music just kept rolling, everything from experimental solos and minimalistic jazz to groovy bass lines. The gig as a whole can only be described by one word – fantastic! Im so happy that I was able to experience the interactions and true joy that was shown on stage by excellent musicians.
The concert was divided into two halves by an intermission. The first half were quite relaxed and mellow with some improvisations and great solos, so the following comment was heard in the restroom at the break: “I hope there will be more techno after the break!” I dont know if it was enough techno for the German accent gent, but there were definitely more beat in the second half…
MToK is looking forward to more music from this new founded super group!
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