Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (Exit) 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
Erik Kimestad Pedersen – trumpet
Oddrun Lilja Jonsdottir – electric guitar, vocals
Joakim Rainer Petersen – piano, keyboards
Olaf Olsen – drums, percussion

photo by Juliane Schütz

A Knarr is the type of ship built in Scandinavia around the year 1000, that was used to sail the world – just as Ingebrigt Håker Flaten traveled the world driven by his musical adventures. (Exit) Knarr is a homage to the different places he visited, each song capturing the spirit of cities like Austin, Trondheim and Amsterdam.

(Exit) Knarr came together after the pandemic forced Håker Flaten to move back to his native county Norway. A commission by Vossa Jazz festival created an opportunity to gather a group of fantastic Scandinavian musicians he had long wanted to work with.

(Exit) Knarr is a musical plethora that draws from the bassist’s extensive background across different genres and traditions built up over a long career. The music draws as much inspiration from jazz and avant garde as from world music and psychedelic rock.

The music was premiered at Vossa Jazz in September 2021 in connection with the release of the album on ODIN Records. Artwork by renowned painter Lars Elling. Listen!

“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)

More video’s on Ingebrigt Håker Flaten’s website.

Concerts of (Exit) Knarr