Allaboutjazz.com praises promotional programme JazzNorway in a NutShell held recently in conjunction with Bergen’s Nattjazz festival.
Jazz Norway in a Nutshell is a promotional programme that aims to make Norwegian jazz known to a broader audience by inviting journalists and festival organizers from all over the world to Norway, where they have the possibility to experience the Premier League of Norwegian jazz performers and hook up with music industry and organisation reps from a wide range of countries. For 2010 the programme cooperated with Bergen’s Nattjazz festival, giving the participants the possibility not only to listen to exclusive concerts, but also to experience the first four days of the festival. In total, 35 representatives from Canada, the United States, England, Italy, Japan, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, China and Germany attended the event-packed programme.
Highly influential site allaboutjazz.com’s John Kelman was one of the JazzNorway in a NutShell participants and he has now posted a very thorough and enthusiastic article on the event. The comprehensive and excellent article covers the event’s varied programme as well as reviews of performances by Gunhild Seim and Time Jungle, Mathias Eick Quintet, 1982, Frøy Aagre, Maria Kannegaard, Element, Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Motif, Stian Westerhus, Eivind Aarset Sonic Codex and Helge Lien Trio.
Writes Kelman: “As always, JazzNorway in a Nutshell proved a combination of comfort and revelation. Comfort came in the meeting up with old friends—industry people, journalists, artists and members of advocacy organizations from around the world—and the opportunity to experience musicians in performance that had previously only been heard on record. Revelation derived from the opportunity to interact with new friends and colleagues, and artists previously unheard. Traveling home with a suitcase filled with music, literature and photos, there's more than enough to keep the memory of JNiaN 2010 alive, but even more important will be the contacts maintained throughout the year in the hopes of reconvening yet again for JNiaN 2011. It's hard to imagine an event to top JNiaN 2010, but thanks to Lars Mossefin, Bo Grønningsæter and Brit Aksnes—as well as all the representatives from various other Norwegian organizations—and a history that has proven each successive year to be even better than the last, there's little doubt that JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2011 will be something to anticipate.”
Read John Kelman’s article here.