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28. Dec. 2009 >

Nils Petter Molvaer has written the score to a brand new TV series (three episodes) on NRK about the dramatic year of 1905 when Norway decided to break out of the union with Sweden and asked the Danish prince Carl to become the king of Norway. The series is called “Harry & Charles” and can be viewed on NRK Nett-TV ( ) now.

NPM’s score has been arranged for orchestra by Brede Rørstad and is performed by The Norwegian Radio Orchestra ( ).
NPM is also credited as playing “various instruments”. (jtu)


NPM is now working on new music. He’s writing the score for Petter Næss’ movie based on the novel “Maskeblomstfamilien” by Lars Saabye Christensen. He’s also writing the score for the Dutch documentary “Bastøy” (about the prison on the Norwegian island Bastøy, 17.pdf as well as music for the play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at Riksteatret, directed by Petter Næss.  (jtu)

15. December 2009 > Eivind Aarset performed in Coutances, France on 2009-05-22 as Andy Sheppard Quintet:
Andy Sheppard - sax, John Parricelli - guitar, Arild Andersen - ac.bass, Kuljit Bhamra - perc + Eivind.
and this event was broadcasted by french tv MEZZO and is availible for your download at TheTradersDen
10. December 2009 >

our restless member JONT investigated a lot of new contributions from among others
Nils Petter Molvaer, Eivind Aarset, Audun Erlien .
read around and check out all the norwegian musicians playing on several records (jtu)


Bugge Wesseltoft is selling his studio equipment because he is fed up with running a full scale studio for so many years.Now he wants to concentrate on his other projects, like Gubemusic: (jtu)

7. December 2009 >

This week David Sylvian’s SamadhiSound just sent these news:

 “Jan Bang releases his debut album with us in 2010. '...and Poppies from Kandahar' is marked by Jan's amazingly acute ear for sound design and his ability to create and sustain delicate, but powerfully evocative, moods of sonic and textural complexity. Some of you might be familiar with Jan's remix work for David Sylvian in collaboration with his Punkt partner, Erik Honoré. This team was also responsible for co- writing / producing Arve Henriksen's 'Cartography' (ecm). '... and poppies from Kandahar' could be seen as something of a companion piece to the latter featuring, as it does, contributions from Henriksen, Jon Hassell, Sidsel Endresen, Eivind Aarset and many more.” (mg)

23. Nov. 2009 > Nils Petter Molvaer posted in his myspace-blog:
So.... last gig in Budapest on the of nov.Then home...,exept Stian Westerhus who went directly to a 10 days solotour in Japan!?! He´s still young.
The tour has been great fun,and very uplifting from a musical perspective.
After a few gigs,we found a form where we played the whole concert without  any stops.
Challenging and vulnerable ,but when it worked very well.
So I wanna thank the audiences for their input and support. You´re great.
I hope you people enjoyed it as much as we did.
all the best: Nils Petter
  > the last Nils Petter Molvaer concert this year will happen in Malmø, Babel Club on 2009-12-05.
Audun Kleive is on tour that time and will be replaced for this event probably by Erland Dahlen.
next year's tour will start in UK in february >> see tourdates section
12. Nov. 2009 >

something that may be of interest to you: ECM plans re-publishing three of Arild Anderson's
70's LP's as a boxed cd set. "Clouds in my Head", "Shimri" and "Green Shading into Blue"
for release in early 2010 (nn)

19. Oct. 2009 > watch  video snippets from Nils Petter Molvaer 2009-08-20 Granana Jazz Festival / Romania (jpr)
  > JazzItalia shows some hq pics from Eivind Aarset 2009-08-12 Berchidda / Italy (pps)
14. Sept. 2009 > all you need to know about the Punkt Festival, Norway, Sep 2 -5
can be read at allaboutjazz. the editor, John Kelman, appeared himself from Canada
and made a clutch of fotos, that might give you best impressions! (nn)
  > allaboutjazz.italy published some pages and pictures about Moldejazz with - among others -
Arve Henriksen: 1 2 3  (lv)
> Eivind Aarset contributed to martux_m "About a Silent way" 2009 Musica Jazz MJCD 1214
martux_m - elctronics, Eivind Aarset - guitar, fx, Fabrizio Bosso - trombone, Francesco Bearzatti - sax, clarinet, Aldo Vigorito - ac.bass
rateyourmusic (pps)
11. Sept. 2009  >

Apparently Eivind Aarset is ending his collaboration with NPM and focusing more on his own music.
(this is absolutely not  meant personally to NPM andhas to do with the focusing, as he told me  -fred)
Also, he will release a live album with Sonic Codex Orchestra and and a solo album with guitar sounds only .

read more about including an interview by (jtu)

31. Aug. 2009 > we are leaving wednesday for Punkt Festival, Norway, Sep 2 -5; - hope to see you there !
  > read reviews about the Nils Petter and Bugge gig in Gronau, Germany 1 2 (hjb)
  > our member up from the first days; KJETIL - better known as OpticalSubstance -
has published some interesting Nils Petter Molvaer Remixes on suncloud (hjw)
  > although Jon Hassel is not a native norwegian, nevertheless he is well connected and embedded
in the norwegian jazz scene. read an interview with Jon Hassell by Lawrence English (nn)
25. Aug. 2009 > Terje Rypdal will play probably the only concert this time at
Münsterlandfestival pART 5 in Oelde, Germany (av)
  > new contributions by Eivind Aarset:
  Rim Banna "April Blossoms" 2009 Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD349
Rim Banna - vocals, Gjermund Silset - bass, Eivind Aarset - guitar, Rune Arnesen - drums, David Wallumrød - keyboards, Leonid Aleixenko - acoustic guitar, Steve Gorn - bansuri flute and clarinet, Ertan Tekin - duduk, Tarkan Ongen - oud (jtu)
  Anne Marie Giørtz "På Egne Vegne" 2009 Grappa GRCD4296
Anne Marie Giørtz - vocals, Eivind Aarset - guitars, Peter Baden - drums, percussion,
> new contributions by Eivind Aarset & Nils Petter Molvaer to the FANTASTIC DJ STRANGEFRUIT
Mungolian Jet Set " "We Gave It All Away, Now We Are Taking It Back"
2009 Smalltown Supersound STS158CD (2CD) Pål "Strangefruit" Nyhus, Knut Petter Sævik, with Nils Petter Molvær, Eivind Aarset, Mari Boine a.o., (jtu)
> also now on sale at your local record dealer:
Arve Henriksen & Elling Vanberg - "Ellivan" 2009 NORCD NORCD0979
Arve Henriksen - trumpet, vocals, electronics, drums, synth, whistling, Elling Vanberg - voice,
Karl Seglem - goat horns, vocals, Anna Maria Friman - vocals, Terje Isungset - drums, percussion, ice, vocals, Jan Bang - sampling, ... p?id=36850 (jtu)
24. Aug. 2009 > Punkt Festival will this year appear at Enjoy Festival, Mannheim, Germany on oct 30, 2009.
artists among others: Eivind Aarset, Sidsel Endresen, Eric Honoré, Jon Hassell, Russell Mills (up)
17. Aug. 2009 > more fresh Nils Petter  Molvær tourdates in tourdates section (hjb)
  > Nils Petter  Molvær is featured again in german music magazine JazzEcho (hjb)
12. Aug. 2009 > a new Nils Petter  Molvær tourdate has been added to the tourdates section:
2009-11-10 Amsterdam, Paradiso (mn)
  > grabbed out a 70 min TV documentary on DVD "Marilyn Mazur - Queen of percussion"
filmed by Christian Braad Thomsen, released on 2006-03-24,
produced by Danske Filminstitut and aired by Danmarks Radio/DR2.
featured among others: Eivind Aarset, Jan Garbarek, Palle Mikkelborg
5. Aug. 2009 > interesting article and interview with Jon Hassell at emusician :
"Jon Hassell reveals the fascinating musical history and technology behind his latest release" (nn)
16. July 2009 > NILS PETTER MOLVAER will attend @ JazzNoJazz Festival
Zuerich, Switzerland on 2009-10-29 (mg, tk)
14. July 2009 > go to giornaledellamusica an surf a bit around !
it's interesting to see how Italy have an eye on nordic nu-jazz (lv)
> Eivind Aarset appears on Andy Sheppard's brand new album  "Movements in Colour"
ECM Records,  ASIN: B001URUZ6Q . Andy Sheppard: soprano and tenor saxophone; John Parricelli: acoustic and electric guitars; Eivind Aarset: electric guitar, electronics; Arild Andersen: double-bass, electronics; Kuljit Bhamra: tabla, percussion (umr)
10. July 2009 > additional tourdate: EIVIND AARSET @ 33. Leipziger Jazztage on 2009-08-27 (jpr)
  > additional tourdate: NILS PETTER MOLVAER @ Münsterlandfestival pART5 on 2009-08-28 (mg)
  > Luca from italy sent us some links from AllAboutJazz (italy):
- JazzNorway in a Nutshell / NattJazz
- Intervista a Nils Petter Molvaer
- Hamada release
- Intervista a Arve Henriksen
- Punkt Festival Kristiansand 2008 (lv)
23. June 2009 > Expressnightout reports about Arve Henriksen: "A map of sound" (nn)
  > The New York Times made a musical review about Arve Henriksen & Nils Petter Molvær
"Territory of Two Norwegian Trumpeters" (nn)
  > another Nordic Jazz week article with photo of Arve Henriksen & Nils Petter Molvær
in the Washington Post: "Nordic Jazz Week Wraps Up" (nn)
8. June 2009 > AllAboutJazz comments on Norwegian Jazz 101a: JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2009
but read yourself and follow all the interesting links (nn)
> Nils Petter Molvær contributed to Kristin Asbjörnsen "The Night Shines Like The Day", 2009 Emarcy
w/ Tord Gustavsen, Olav Torget, Svante Henryson, Knut Aalefjær, Jostein Ansnes, Sizwe Magwaza
and as guest on "Moment"  Nils Petter Molvær (hjb)
3. June 2009 > another Nils Petter Molvær video snippet can be seen on YouTube (hjb)
  > U.S. newspaper Washington City Post published about:
"Nordic Jazz Fest, hosted annually by the embassies of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark, has become Nordic Jazz Week for 2009, featuring an opening performance at the Embassy of Finland on Sunday, June 14, and then two nights of performances at the House of Sweden on June 16-17.
Of note in the lineup are Norwegians Nils Petter Molvær & Arve Henriksen, who are pioneers in the peculiar kind of jazz/electronic/ambient music crossover that labels like Rune Grammofon (to which Henriksen is signed) are currently exploring. These two play as a duo on June 17, probably my most highly anticipated set of the festival" (nn)
  > a review/critic about BRINKMANSHIP feat. Nils Petter Molvaer "Willisau Live"
in german music magazin JAZZTHETIK 6/2009 (hjb)
26. May 2009 > Eivind Aarset & the Sonic Codex Orchestra will appear @ Moers Festival, may 30, 2009:
Eivind Aarset is one of the busiest musicians in Norway. He has appeared in Moers with Nils Petter Molvaer (1998 and 2006) and last year with the “punkt guerilla Team”. He is a “musician’s musician” in the best sense: his name appears on the covers of over 100 of his colleagues’ albums. He appears in Moers this year with his dream constellation, an exclusive extension of his breathtakingly groovy Sonic Codex Orchestra. lineup: Eivind Aarset - g, electr, Gunnar Halle - tr, Audun Erlien - b, g,
Björn Charles Dreyer - b, g, Wetle Holte - dr, Erland Dahlen - dr
25. May 2009 > Burgomeister Dhahii has finished his work and is proud to present
come and contribute in thousands .....
  > HAMADA in the press: read the release critics in german Musik Express 6/2009
and @ austrian 'Kulturwoche' (hjb)
  > and even more pictures from the german Nils Petter Molvaer tour:
Mannheim, Alte Feuerwache 2009-05-04 (hjb)
  > blog-news about Nils Petter Molvaer and Arve Henriksen (nn)
  > german 'Professional Audio Magazine' interviewed Eivind Aarset (jpr)
  > the 'Mungolian Jetset' announces the brand new album
"We Gave It All Away...Now We Are Taking It Back" for Aug 18, 2009.
Mungolian Jetset memebers are among others Pål "DJ Strangefruit" Nyhus & Bugge Wesseltoft (hjb)
  > Terje Rypdal @ Nattjazz, Bergen: Terje Rypdal Skywards with Paolo Vinaccia, Ståle Storløkken & Palle Mikkelborg & Bergen Big Band.
NRK info and Nattjazz programme (mm)
12. May 2009 > HAMADA in the charts on #11: german/french culture channel ARTE lists the german Jazz charts:
  > more pictures from Nils Petter Molvaer @ Mannheim, Alte Feuerwache 2009-05-04 (hjb)
11. May 2009 > fresh pictures from the recent Nils Petter Molvaer tour:
- Bergamo Jazz 2009
- Middelbourg/NDL 2009
- and some older ones  with Bill Laswell from 2007 (pps)
  > more live stuff: 4 videoclips aboutNils Petter Molvaer @ Berlin 2008-11-14 (hjw)
  > "jazz in norway" - read this article in german at (hjb)
7. May 2009 > a german newspaper review of the Molvaer 2009-05-04 Mannheim concert
with a very funny wrong picture (hjb)
6. May 2009
> HAMADA in the norwegian press:
- Aftenposten
- Dagbladet
- VG
- Dagavisen
- Bergens Tidende
- Telemark Arbeiderblad
  >   MIC (music information centre norway) published a NPM feature online: Some "highlights" from the interview above (kindly translated by jont)::
- NPM wanted the new album to be more open, more played and less programmed.
- He recorded all the concerts he played last autumn. He also did some field recordings from different places, and recorded some music at his parents' loft during christmas. NPM, Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang and Johnny Skalleberg did a 3 day trip to a cottage where they recorded sketches and ideas. The result is what NPM describes as a "sound pool" that he could build upon. There are still several terabytes of material from this process that he hasn't used.
- The album is mixed in Tromsø, Norway by NPM and Jon Marius Aareskjold. Aareskjold is part of the production team Espionage, which have worked a lot with pop and r&b artists like Rihanna. Also ex Tungtvann (Norwegian hip hop band) DJ and producer Lars "Poppa" Audun Sandness has been assistant on the mixing.
- When asked about his own musical development, he says that he tries to be as emotionally precise as possible without being pretentious. "I don't want to play a lot of stuff that doesn't lead anywhere, but have a clear direction in what I play. But other than that, it's quite difficult for me to say something about the development from album to album, because I don't listen very much to my earlier albums."
- NPM is going to create music for a mini series for Norwegian television. The series is called "Harry & Charles" and is supposed to be aired around christmas of 2009. For this music he is going to use a symphonic orchestra, which he thinks will be quite a challenge. The series takes place in the year of 1905, so the music will have to sound like it could have been written at that time. He wants to find a mix between more modern stuff and the symphonic orchestra (jtu)
  > a NRWZ newspaper concert review about Nils Petter  Molvær @ Rottweil 2009-05-03 (in german) (hjb)
29. April 2009
> german jazz magazine JazzThetik interviewed Nils Petter  Molvær in its 5/2009 issue:
"Langer Atem - Über die Wüste.
Trompeter Nils Petter Molvaer und die flirrende Klangwelt seines neuen Albums HAMADA"
("long breath - about the desert. NPM and the shimmery sounding world of his new album HAMADA") (hjb)
24. April 2009 > music magazine JazzTimes offers us an Arve Henriksen article "Through European Eyes" (jtu)
  > Universal Music, Norway has published a 1 hour video stream of a concert with Jarle Bernhoft, where Audun Erlien is playing bass: (jtu)
  > german JazzEcho features Nils Petter Molvær with a short article AND 2 small video clips (hjw)
> at this years's NATTJAZZ (may 20th-30th, 2009) will appear among others:
Nils Petter Molv
ær, Arve Henriksen, Terje Rypdal, Sidsel Endresen/Hakon Kornstad, Nik Baertsch (jtu)
  > our member Jont sent us a lot of contributions from
Eivind Aarset
Kjetil Saunes - "Måne Blek" 2008 Grappa GRCD4291
Athana - "Athana Remixed 05-08"  2008 West Audio Production WAM418148
Athana - "Corridor"  2007 West Audio Produsction WAM418141
Ragnar Bjerkreim - "Visjonar - Visions 4 Verk - 4 Works"  2003 Trembling Records 2
Ragnar Bjerkreim - "Peace in the World" 2001 MTG MTGCD70013
Reflex - "7 døgn i Jerusalem"  2000 Master Music MMD2002
Mulens Portland Combo - "Mulennium - The Very Best Of Mulens Portland Combo"  1999 Tylden GTACD8113
Ragnar Bjerkreim - "The Drugs Of The World" 1998 MTG MTGCD50077
Audun Erlien
Linn Skåber & Jacob Young - "Magiske Kroker & Hemmeligheter"  2008 Barneselskapet 61127
Magnar Birkeland - "Min Elskede Kom Hjem Igår"  2007 West Audio Production WAM418133
Ronnie Jacobsen - "Stand Your Test In Judgement"  2008 MTG MTGCD90101
see more details in Eivind Aarset and Audun Erlin section o0n the left hand bar (JTU)
20. April 2009
> HAMADA in the press:
AllaboutJazz reviewed the fresh release describes "dramatic soundscapes of deep intensity" (in german)

as well as Last.FM (german + english)
17. April 2009
> today is the day: official release of Nils Petter Molvær: HAMADA in germany on April, 17th 2009 !
read more about in german magazine JazzEcho 4/2009 (mg)
> Nils Petter Molvær is now under contract with Hopper Management (as many of other nordic jazzer like Eivind Aaarset): "...we are very proud to announce that we now also represent Norwegian trumpeter and composer Nils Petter Molvaer for performances in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Nils Petter will release a new album through Universal in March 2009 and will tour in the above territories from April 16, 2009 onwards"
you should check also the current list of NPM tourdates to appear yourself and listen to HAMADA! (mg)
> news also from Brinkmanship.
Nils Petter Molvaer attended as guest in Willisau 2008 and
now this record is availible as official release "Live in Willisau".
they offer slao some small video clips here. (jpr)
  > Jan Bang told us about his forthcoming new album, which is almost finished.
musician line up includes: Jon Hassell, Sidsel Endresen, Erik Honoré, Lars Danielsson,
Nils Petter Molvaer, Eivind Aarset and Peter Freeman (nn)
    do also not miss to visit the new designed Nils Petter Molvær homepage.
Burgomeister "Sir" Dhahii was involved dramatically...(thanks a thousand times for your effort!) (hjw)
30. March 2009 > Eivind Aarset will tour germany:
2009-05-30    GER   Moers Festival with the SONIC CODEX ORCHESTRA:
 Eivind Aarset - g, electr, Gunnar Halle - tr, Audun Erlien - b, g
Tor Egil Kreken - b, g, Wetle Holte - dr, Erland Dahlen - dr (umr)
16. March 2009 > read a long Nils Petter Molvær  interview in jazzitalia (engl.): from 5th october 2007 in Reggio Emilia
  > more fresh Nils Petter Molvær tourdates in tourdates section on the left hand bar
12. March 2009
> more news about Nils Petter Molvær's forthcoming album "HAMADA"
in german's music magazine jazzecho: transl.: "the deserts lives",
but read yourself at
the album will be released in germany on apr 17th, 2009.
preorder your disc here on (mg)
2. March 2009
> the forthcoming Nils Petter Molvær album "HAMADA" takes more and more form:
see the cover artwork from Russell Mills, who made among others also "Re-Vision" and "Punkt".
Do not miss one of the upcoming tourdates to listen to HAMADA:
2009-04-17   Hamburg           Fabrik
2009-04-20   Halle                 Oper
2009-04-24   Munich             Muffathalle (Ampere)
2009-04-25   Ruesselsheim   Theater Ruesselsheim
2009-04-28   Innsbruck        Treibhaus (AUT)
2009-04-29   Dudelange        Centre Culturel Opderschmelz (LUX)
2009-05-01    Wolfsburg       Movimentos Festwochen, Autostadt ZeitHaus
2009-05-02   Rottweil           Jazzfest Rottweil, Alte Stadthalle
2009-10-29    Zuerich            ewz-Unterwerk Selnau (CHE)
20. February 2009
> german Arte, RBB Kulturradio, TIP Berlin  present a double bill concert:
JAZZLAND NIGHTS - Bugge Wesseltoft feat Henrik Schwarz AND Beady Belle
2009-03-18    Berlin     Babylon Kino Mitte
read more about at
(sf, ohsotrue music)
19. February 2009 > Nils Petter Molvær's upcoming tourdates w/ Eivind Aaarset & Audun Kleive for germany - so far:
2009-04-17   Hamburg           Fabrik
2009-04-20   Halle                 Oper
2009-04-24   Munich             Muffathalle
2009-04-25   Ruesselsheim   Theater Ruesselsheim
2009-05-01    Wolfsburg       Movimentos Festwochen, Autostadt ZeitHaus
2009-05-02   Rottweil           Jazzfest Rottweil, Alte Stadthalle
11. February 2009
> Nils Petter Molvær is actually mastering his new album HAMADA :-)
read his blog entry @ myspace:
"... the name could probably mean many things.I know there is a Japanese Sumo-wrestler called Hamada,and also a butterfly they found in India. It also means a landscape...A barren ,rocky highland in a desert.It is the theme of many of the songs..or at least the titles of the songs.F.x SABKAH. Meaning  "A region of formerly flooded coastal desert in which stranded seawater has left a salt crust over a mire of mud that is rich in organic material." (pps)
> as reported on january, 20th, Nils Petter Molvær has contributed one track to
Food "Money Will Ruin Everything 2", published by Rune Grammofon.
see yourself at (jtu)
23. January 2009
> Nils Petter Molvær will appear on 2009-11-02! at the premiere of "Es schläft ein Lied in allen Dingen"
as part of the 59. International Film Festival Berlin. screening dates:
8.02.09             Colosseum 1           22:30                        (Berlin, Schönhauser Allee 123)
11.02.09            CinemaxX 7          20:00 PREMIERE    (Berlin, Potsdamer Str. 5)
12.02.09            CineStar 3            22:45                       (Berlin, Potsdamer Str. 4)
13.02.09            CineStar 3            17:45                        (Berlin, Potsdamer Str. 4)
thanks to producer Petra Hengge for detailed information (ph)
21. January 2009 > Nils Petter Molvær has performed at SoundTrack_Cologne on November 23, 2008
where he presented first Impressions and made a wrokplace discussion of a
new movie "Es schläft ein Lied in allen Dingen" former title "Hanna's world". 
unfortunately we've missed this event. thanks to the promoter Michael Aust for keeping us updated (ma)
20. January 2009 > Food (Thomas Strønen - drums, electronics, Iain Bellamy - saxophones)
has started to work on a new record feat. Nils Petter Molvær on trumpet: >> news (pps)
13. January 2009
> american trumpeteerJon Hassell with associations to the norwegian nujazz scene
will release his newest album on February 10th, 2009 on well known ECM label:
Jon Hassell  "Last night the moon came dropping it's clothes in the street"
Jon Hassell: trumpet, keyboard, Peter Freeman: bass, electronics, Jan Bang: live sampling, Jamie Muhoberac: Keyboard, laptop, Rick Cox, Eivind Aarset: guitars, Kheir Eddine M'Kachiche: violin, Helge Norbakken: Percussion, Pete Lockettr: drums (nn)
12. January 2009 > Jazzland-Nights has announced a row of double-bill concerts, starting with
Bugge Wesseltoft w/ special guest Henrik Schwarz
AND Beady Belle (Beate S. Lech, Marius Reksjø, ...)
on march 18th, 2009 at the Babylon Kino, Berlin (hjw)
  > watch  some mobile-made videos of our member
Rune Fagereng Trio - live in Oslo @ YOUTUBE (rf)
3. January 2009 > a monster-clutch of discs has arrived between the days.
see the newbies we've stored in other nordics section marked as

and feel free to send your enhancements to complete the collection.
the race goes on.
  > Nils Petter Molvær will tour Europe in April 2009 and his band will be at least
Eivind Aaarset (g), Audun Erlien (b) and Audun Kleive (dr).
We'll keep you updated or read yourself at
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