Ingebrigt Håker Flaten has established himself as one of the strongest voices on bass in jazz and improvised music on the international circuit today. His work with his own projects, as well as with The Thing, Atomic, Free Fall, Scorch, and in duo formats with Joe McPhee, Evan Parker and Håkon Kornstad have put him at the center of a large pool of improvisers with strikingly different modes of operation. A Knarr is the type of ship built in Scandinavia around the year 1000 that was used to sail the world – just as Ingebrigt Håker Flaten traveled the world driven by his musical adventures. (Exit) Knarr is a homage to the different places he visited, each song capturing the spirit of cities like Austin, Chicago, Trondheim and Amsterdam. The music draws from the bassist's extensive background across various genres and traditions built up over a long career, and one finds as many traces of jazz and avant-garde as from world music and psychedelic rock. (Exit) Knarr came together after the pandemic forced Håker Flaten to move back to his home country. An assignment from Vossa Jazzfestival created an opportunity to bring together a group of fantastic Scandinavian musicians he had long wanted to work with. The music was finally performed for the first time at Vossa Jazz in September 2021 in connection with the release of the album on ODIN Records, and now we can finally present this work at the 41. Skopje Jazz Festival.
16 October National Opera and Ballet, 22:00 NOB, 22:00