Ingebrigt Håker Flaten KNARR

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Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – acoustic and electric bass, compositions
Mette Rasmussen – alto saxophone
Atle Nymo – tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet
Eivind Lønning – trumpet
Oddrun Lilja Jonsdottir – vocals, electric guitar
Oscar Grönberg – piano, keyboards
Veslemøy Narvesen – drums, percussion
Olaf Olsen – drums, percussion

With this new and exciting band and with music originally commissioned by Vossajazz 2020, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten continues to develop his eclectic musical world where different genres and traditions are allowed to merge with each other. Ingebrigt’s music draws as much inspiration from jazz and avant garde as from world music and psychedelic rock. All the compositions for his new band are tributes to places Ingebrigt has strong connections to after many years as a touring musician based in Chicago and Austin, TX. As a direct result of the events of 2020 Ingebrigt is now back in his native country of Norway and based in Trondheim. The band he put together for the Vossajazz commission are some of Scandinavia’s most versatile jazz musicians. The commission is premiered at Vossajazz on September 26th, 2021. The music was recorded live at studio Paradiso in Oslo in March 2021 and (EXIT) KNARR will be released early 2022. 

From the liner notes: You can imagine the journey of Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, bass player and composer, as an odyssey in a Viking ship of classic ‘knarr’ construction, with its long range, high speed and strong seaworthiness in a storm. His story can also be told purely in music, as he does in the commissioned work (Exit) Knarr. The piece is divided into six destinations along the route – a tribute to the people, music and places that have shaped him. (Martin Eia-Revheim)

“Flaten, perhaps the most influential bassist in Norway in recent decades, has also wisely chosen a great, young band in the back to sum up his first fifty years on planet jazz.” (Andy Woltmann, Morgenbladet)
“A maturity has entered Ingebrigt Håker Flaten’s music. A bigger perspective perhaps! As if the fifty-year-old has absorbed everything he has been involved in and now he lets (Exit) Knarr enjoy it.” (5 of 6 in Aftenposten, Arild R. Andersen)

“It highlights Håker Flaten’s role as a natural leader, with a powerful sound of his own, the wisdom to hold it all together, to make it swing and rock, and most of all, to inspire us to make our world more passionate and more compassionate, more harmonious. Great album by one of the great ones.” (Eyal Hareuveni, Salt Peanuts)