One concert from the Norwegian programming strand stood out from everything else at Jazzahead 2019 The musical high-point of the most important jazz fair in Europe. It was the ten-piece Trygve Seim Large Ensemble. Born in Oslo, in 1971, Trygve Seim is an educated jazz musician (Jazz Conservatory in Trondheim) with saxophone as main instrument. Since 1992 he has worked full time as a musician, composer and arranger. Trygve has released 22 CDs as part of the prestigious German record label ECM Records, whereas eight of them as a composer and band-leader or co-band-leader. This Norwegian musician has had concert tours all over the world with his own ensemble’s and with The Source, as well as a sideman in many other artist’s groups: Manu Katché, Jacob Young, Sinikka Langeland, among others. Beside the Large Ensemble, his own projects are Helsinki Songs Quartet, Rumi Songs and duets with Frode Haltli and Andreas Utnem. Seim’s compositions are remarkable for their logic, clarity and development. And for a large ensemble to play with this degree of understanding of an idiom, with such a natural organic flow of music, balance, a combination of making individual statements but also contributing to the greater picture.
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