North Shore Jazz Series
Tord Gustavsen Trio
North Vancouver, British Columbia
BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts
On sublime new album Opening, the Norwegian pianist reveals a fresh angle to his highly lauded investigations into Nordic folk hymns, gospel and jazz.
The trio – including drummer Jarle Vespestad and bassist/electronics manipulator Steiner Raknes – explores innovative approaches to sound and technique to create intricately textured improvisations and understated melodic hooks.
“The new album retains what first drew so many people to Gustavsen: mesmerizing hush; sublimated urgency; spare melodic grace. It also reveals 11 years of creative evolution.” – Stereophile
“Spiritual depth and intimacy … also moments when the music felt more rock-centered, exhibiting great grooves. It was a flawless concert, full of beautiful experiences.” JazzTrail
“The trio is simply fantastic, finding its way with a very personal, special dialect, and they somehow transcend the already rich piano trio format in jazz, and add their own imprint in the equally celebrated piano trio history on ECM.” Jazzviews
North Shore Jazz Series in partnership with Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
Tord Gustavsen is on a constant search for a fresh and radically stripped-down honest beauty in music. The band works to explore, integrate and serve a holy trinity of emotional intensity, elegance, and mediative musical breathing. Tord has released eight albums under his own name in trio, quartet and quintet formats, with the ninth album on its way to audiences world-wide April 2022.