Three acclaimed jazz musicians from Norway visit Turner Sims this Spring, as part of a special focus on Norway.

20 years ago, in 1996, a ground-breaking moment in jazz occurred with the release of New Conception of Jazz, an album by Norwegian keyboard player Bugge Wesseltoft which mixed improvised music with electronics and dance beats. Bugge visits TS for the first time on Friday 12 February to revisit the music that has made him the musician he is today.

Saturday 20 February sees sensational tuba player and composer Daniel Herskedal present a project specially created for TS as he and his brilliant trio join forces with a string quartet from university of Southampton to rework music from his highly applauded new album Slow Eastbound Train.

Internationally renowned jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen makes a welcome return on Thursday 3 March with his new project Hymns and Visions. Joined by Afghan-German vocalist Simin Tander, he lends his superior skills to interpretations and elaborations of ancient Norwegian hymns and Sufi poetry. For the first time on stage, Tord uses subtle live electronics to add depth and new layers to the sensual minimalism of his work alongside Simin’s warm and vibrant vocal art.

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Turner Sims is provided by the University of Southampton and supported by Arts Council England.