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Nordic Jazz 2012: Five Countries, Eight Concerts This Summer During the 6th Annual Festival

 

From Susan Roth: The Nordic Embassies and Twins Jazz Club are excited to present the sixth annual Nordic Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C., June 22-30, 2012.  Jazz artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden will present the modern sound of Nordic Jazz over the course of eight concerts.  

 

This year the festival is bigger than ever and presents a rare opportunity to sample seven very different world-class Nordic groups and solo artists, several of them making their D.C. debuts. One concert each will be held at the Finnish and Swedish embassies.  The renowned Twins Jazz Club in D.C. will host six concerts.

 

Representing Norway will be the critically acclaimed jazz band IPA and the multi Grammy Award nominee Håkon Kornstad. From Sweden comes Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra, winner of the 2011 Nordic Music Prize. From Finland comes the award-winning Iiro Rantala, From Iceland comes: Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio and the award-winning Bjorn Thorodssen. The Washington Post said Sunna’s music possesses “elegantly bridges soul-searching passages with uncluttered swing.” And last but not least, from Denmark comes Søren Møller, hailed by the American magazine All About Jazz as “as close to perfect as it gets."

 

 Nordic jazz artists present a unique sound that emphasizes the natural elements of the Nordic countries with a modern interpretation. The contemporary Nordic Jazz scene is characterized by improvisation; the music tends to be experimental but melodically strong with a spacious sound and open song structures. The music implies communion with nature. The participants in Nordic Jazz are mainly young artists with strong musical education from the Nordic countries.

Artists scheduled to appear:

Friday June 22 9pm & 11pm @ Twins Jazz

1344 U Street, N.W., Top Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 

202-234-0072 

IPA (Norway)

Tickets are $15 each at http://twinsjazz.com/

 

Saturday June 23 9pm & 11pm @ Twins Jazz

1344 U Street, N.W., Top Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 

202-234-0072 

Søren Møller (Denmark)

Tickets are $15 each at http://twinsjazz.com/

 

Sunday June 24 8pm & 10pm @ Twins Jazz

 

1344 U Street, N.W., Top Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 

202-234-0072 

 

Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra (Sweden)

Tickets are $12 each at http://twinsjazz.com/

 

Tuesday June 26 6pm-11pm @ House of Sweden

2900 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20007

202-467-2600

Björn Thoroddsen -solo warmup (Iceland), Håkon Kornstad (Norway), Søren Møller (Denmark) and Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra (Sweden)

·      Tickets are $25 each or a 4-concert Jazz Festival Package (includes the rooftop concert at House of Sweden, two Twins Jazz concerts and The Finnish embassy concert*), $50: nordicjazz.eventbrite.com  The bundle option is the only public sale of tickets to the Finnish Embassy concert.  

 

Wednesday June 27 7pm - 10pm @ The Embassy of Finland

3301 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest  Washington, DC 20008

202-298-5800

Iiro Rantala - solo (Finland), Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio (Iceland)

·       4-concert Jazz Festival Package (includes the rooftop concert at House of Sweden, two Twins Jazz concerts and The Finnish embassy concert*), $50: nordicjazz.eventbrite.com
The bundle option is the only public sale of tickets to the Finnish Embassy concert.

 

Thursday June 28 8pm & 10pm @ Twins Jazz

1344 U Street, N.W., Top Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 

202-234-0072 

Hakon Kornstad–solo (Norway)

Tickets are $12 each at http://twinsjazz.com/

 

Friday June 29 9pm & 11pm @ Twins Jazz

1344 U Street, N.W., Top Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 

202-234-0072 

Björn Thoroddsen -Trio (Iceland)

Tickets are $15 each at http://twinsjazz.com/

 

Saturday June 30 9pm & 11pm @ Twins Jazz

1344 U Street, N.W., Top Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 

202-234-0072 

Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio  (Iceland

Tickets are $15 each at http://twinsjazz.com/

 

Information on the series

For more information on the concert series check out: http://www.norway.org/nordicjazz                 

Also visit Twins Jazz