Round off and ramping up in Oslo

During the first two weeks of May nature exploded into life and greenness here in Norway, and at the same time the students has flooded the streets, filled with fresh ideas and energy. At the time of writing, the Norwegian Academy of Music has completely taken over Nasjonal jazzscene - Victoria for their exam concerts. 15 days of exciting bands, projects and solo performances; it is truly a joy to be in the room, feeling the growth and professionalism from the students.

Before this, we ended our own program mid-May with a string of special events. The spectacular John Scofield Trio, a great celebration of Karin Krog on her 85th birthday, the fabulous Arild Andersen Group and, finally, a Friday like no other with Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo, a musical party that still echoes from the walls of Victoria.

Ahead of us lies a concert with Ung vokal + Ungdommens improorkester, a name that translates to Young Vocals + The Youth Impro Orchestra. This is two exciting projects merging for the grand finale of their coached excursions through the last year. We end the season with the Motvind festival and their brilliant program: Natural Information Society, Aki Takase, Christian Weber & Michael Griener, Jöelle Léandre, Monk’s Casino and many more improvising greats! You can find more information on the festival 16-18 June here:

After that, we close our doors for the summer to go out and participate in all the lovely festivals all over Norway: Molde, Kongsberg, Canal Street, Mandaljazz and many more.

It is also a festival that will start off our Autumn season: Oslo Jazz Festival can finally return to full force with a wonderful program of both International and Norwegian bands, festival particular concerts and more. You may hear jazz concerts all over Oslo from 13 to 20 August; read the program here:

Then our own Autumn program can finally start, with our signature booking of new and exciting, historically relevant and contemporary great music. We are looking forward to present John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension, Rymden, Gretchen Parlato, Helen Sung Trio, Nils Petter Molvær, Gard Nilssen’s Supersonic Orchestra (photo)(, Olga Konkova Trio, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & GURLS, Julian Lage Quartet, Alexander Hawkins & Tomeka Reid, Fieh, Building Instrument and Time is a blind guide, all the way to Mars Williams' An Ayler X-mas, in December!

These and many more you can experience in Oslo this coming Autumn, and you are most welcome! You find our program here, more concerts are added weekly.

Photo: Gard Nilssen’s Supersonic Orchestra