Saturday 4 February Victoria, Oslo / Recording session for the BBC, February
For over 25 years Martin France has been one of the major figures in forging the identity of British and European jazz. He’s worked alongside the likes of Elvis Costello, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Lovano and John Taylor and has a particularly strong relationship with Norway, having worked with Bugge Wesseltoft, Arild Andersen and Sidsel Endresen. Tonight he brings his own group Spin Marvel, whose second album was released on Editions Records in 2010 to great acclaim, showcasing this relationship between Tim Harries and John Parricelli with his former pupil, Oslo based Terje Evensen (whose own Tape To Zero festival runs at Victoria in April). Their guests tonight include the legendary John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin fame, who seems to be spending more and more time in Norway working with Helge Sten (Minibus Pimps) and Supersilent (whom he met at the Punkt Festival in 2010).
“Spin Marvel is an interesting mix of British craziness and a darker Nordic atmosphere, and that’s what makes it, in my mind, unique.”
- Terje Evensen
Fiona Talkington talks to Martin France and Terje Evensen of Spin Marvel. Bios: John Paul Jones, Lars Saabye Christensen and Nils Petter Molvær.