supported by the Norwegian Arts Council
JUST PRESS PLAY WITH BUGGE WESSELTOFT
29. JANUARY 2015
PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT 9 PM
BARDUVEGEN 29, 9012 TROMSØ
For the second installment of the "improvisation in electronic music"-series JUST PRESS PLAY, we will have none other than Norwegian electronic jazz legend Bugge Wesseltoft as our special guest. Bugge will first share some of his thoughts on what he sees as important factors in working with improv and on-the-spot music creation, followed by an improvised performance where he will be joined by JUST PRESS PLAY curator and past collaborator Per Martinsen. This time we will move out of Small Projects, and host the event at the Peripheral Centre, a very special location close to the woods atop the Tromsø island. Follow the instructions below on how to get there, and come early due to limited space!
Small Projects will provide transport from in front of the gallery at Grønnegata 23 to the Peripheral Centre, which will leave at 20.00 hrs. The performance will begin at 21.00 hrs.
Bugge Wesseltoft had a great impact on the Norwegian Jazz scene at the beginning of the 1990s, while going through a transition from Nordic jazz traditions exemplified by the ECM label to a style sometimes referred to as future jazz or nu jazz. There after he toured extensively on the international Jazz scenes, performing both jazz and rock concepts to live audiences, and on a series of recordings on his own Jazzland label. Bugge Wesseltoft collaborated with a series artists in this period, like the guitarists Terje Rypdal and Jon Eberson, the experimental jazz vocalist Sidsel Endresen, and in the mid-90's he toured and recorded the album Billy Cobham presents Nordic – Off Color (1999) together with Billy Cobham. He collaborated for many years with Sidsel Endresen, and was in the lineup for her commissioned work at the Moldejazz in 1993, which was released on the album Exile (1994). His own commissioned work A Little War Story for the Vossajazz was also performed in 1993. Bugge Wesseltoft formed his own band the 'New Conception of Jazz' in 1995, and their first album New Conception of Jazz' (1996), was awarded a Spellemannprisen in 1996.
During the 1990s the music of Bugge Wesseltoft found an audience on the Norwegian techno and dance music scenes. The connection with the club world led to the 2000 release of Jazzland Remixed, which enhanced his reputation even more with the younger audience. Firmly committed to electronic music, he completely eschews acoustic forms and is just as adamant that he will not be tied by genre boundaries, bringing hip-hop and other contemporary dance music forms into his concept of contemporary jazz. On the album Sharing (1998) many was taken by surprise by his extensive use of club DJ's and scratchers.
Watch Bugge perform with Henrik Schwarz and Dan Berglund here: http://youtu.be/9fZYI61M3Rs
JUST PRESS PLAY is a collaborative project between Per Martinsen and Small Projects. It is supported by the Norwegian Arts Council.
The PERIPHERAL CENTRE is an artist studio and art residency program established by Lawrence Malstaf, Liv Hanne Haugen and Ischa Tallieu. It is located at Barduvegen 29, 9012 Tromsø