Trondheim Jazz Orchestra

In 2007 the trio Kobert was the first recipient of a grant by the regional bank SpareBank 1 SMN. The grant was set up in agreement with the regional jazz foundation Midtnorsk Jazzsenter to fund a commission work for the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra to be performed at the Molde International Jazz Festival.
As the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra is a project based ensemble with a different line-up for each project, the task for Kobert included casting the ensemble according to their artistic needs. Revolving around the existing Kobert trio, a wide diversity of musicians were chosen to form a 16-piece band. I composed and arranged most part of the music for this commission work, which in addition to the radio broadcast premiere in 2008 also was recorded later in propeller studio by Kåre Vestrheim in 2009 and also performed at various venues in Sweden and Norway during 2010.
The piece was composed as many continuous parts interrupted here and there by improvised sections. It maximizes Kobert’s transboundary style, and fuses relentlessly and without worries pop melodies with noise improvisation, modal jazz solos with Emily Dickinson lyrics, four part fugues with brass marches and free jazz with live electronics.

This edition of the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra consisted of the following musicians:
Ingrid Lode (voc)
Heidi Skjerve (voc)
Anita Kaasbøll (voc/electronics)
Sissel Vera Pettersen (voc/sop.sax.)
Espen Reinertsen (ten.sax/b.clar)
Eirik Hegdal (sopranino/bari.sax)
Eivind Lønning (tpt)
Hayden Powell (tpt)
Erik Johannesen (tbn)
Lene Grenager (cello)
Marianne Baudouin Lie (cello)
Daniel Formo (org)
Petter Vågan (guit)
Øyvind Brandtsegg (vib/electronics)
Erik Nylander (drums)
Helge Norbakken (perc)
and Pekka Stokke on live video.

In addition to this project I have also worked on another project of Trondheim Jazz Orchestra by Eirik Hegdal called “Wood and Water” which among other things have been performed before King Harald of Norway.

TJO & Kobert

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