Jan Gunnar Hoff makes his third solo piano tour in Japan from February 6-10, 2016. The program will consist of music from Hoff´s solo albums but also free improvisations. The tour visits cities Tokyo, Kashiwa, Yokohama, Jyoetsu, Kanazawa. There will be a collaboration with a Nordic film festival in Tokyo, where Hoff will perform and talk about his stay at the Ingmar Bergman Estate on Fårö Island, Sweden. Hoff´s Japan-tour is supported by The Cultural Business Development Foundation (Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge Kulturnæringsstiftelsen).
Jan Gunnar Hoff continues his collaboration with Mike Stern in a new quartet setting, featuring drummer Audun Kleive and Per Mathisen on bass. This tour marks a 10 year anniversary for the Stern/Hoff-project, starting in 2006 with the premiere for Hoff´s commission MAGMA. The album MAGMA was released in 2008 and AAA wrote a.0: ”Stern delivers some of his best playing in years. Hoff’s writing and playing possesses an almost pop-like clarity and concision, but with a far richer vernacular”.
Bergmanveckan is an annual arrangement organized by the Bergman Center on Fårö, Gotland. The main objective of the Bergman Center at Fårö Foundation is to manage and develop the public side of Ingmar Bergman’s legacy using a wide range of expressions. Jan Gunnar Hoff composed several works during his August 2014- residence at the Ingmar Bergman Estate. His contribution at Bergmanveckan 2015 will be at the opening on June 22 and also a solo concert on June 23 with selected compositions, some of them composed on Fårö.
Jan Gunnar Hoff will perform a concert May 20 in Vilnius at the prestigous Lithuanian National Philharmonia. Famous artists like Rostropovitch, Mehenuin, Chick Corea, London Symphony Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Penderecki, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Bashmet, Giedon Kraemer and Al di Meola have performed here. Hoff will perform from his solo program but also feature the great trumpeter from Lithunia, Valerijus Ramoška in several compositions.
May 2015 Jan Gunnar Hoff will make his second solo tour in Japan. Here are the tour dates and venues: May 4 – RAG, Kyoto, May 5 – Mokkiriya, Kanazawa, May 6 – Jazz Flash, Niigata, May 7 – Airegin, Yokohama, May 8 – Yagini-Kiku?, Tokyo.
Hoff´s 2014-album Fly North is nominated for a Spellemannspris, the Norwegian Grammy, in the category JAZZ. Other nominees in this category is Marius Neset, Ola Kvernberg, In the country/Reiersrud/Bugge a.o. Link to official website.
Norwegian pianist Jan Gunnar Hoff has released several albums in the recent years performing original compositions; solo as on Living and with his Fly North Quartet. This time Hoff delivers a concept album performing 15 songs and Christmas carols, both Norwegian standards and international classics. Stille lys (Quiet Light) is Jan Gunnar Hoff’s commission for Nordnorsk Lederutvikling, a group of Northern Trainees aiming to add an artistic and musical profile to their concept with an atmosphere of tranquility and proximity. Seeking inspiration in the North and at Ingmar Bergman Estate by the Baltic Sea, Hoff continues his solo journey, once again recorded by multi-Grammy nominated Morten Lindberg and 2L.
Jan Gunnar Hoff participated at the opening of Bodø´s new concert house The Storm. The show was sent on National TV NRK1 on November 15. Hoff performed his version of the Northern Norway unofficial “National anthem” Barndomsminne fra Nordland (Å eg veit meg eit land) together with mezzo soprano Marianne Beate Kielland. Hoff also performed in a backing band for Maria Haukaas Mittet and played 4-hands piano with Leif Ove Andsnes in the closing number. Link to full NRK show Nov 11. Featured image cc: NRK
In August 2014 Jan Gunnar Hoff resided at the Ingmar Bergman Estate on Fårö Island, Gotland. Bergman Estate is a non-commercial foundation, to be run in the spirit of Fårö’s unique nature, culture, history and population. During his stay, Hoff completed his “Hammars suite” for chamber orchestra (strings) and jazz trio, to be performed in Northern Norway September 2014.
Ingmar Bergman is recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential auteurs of all time and he made several films on Fårö, a.o. Through a Glass Darkly (1960), Persona (1966), Shame (1968), A Passion (1969), and the TV series Scenes from a Marriage (1973). More info on Bergman Estate
Norwegian leading classical pianist Håvard Gimse premiered Hoff´s piano piece “La Ville” at the Oslo Chamber Music festival in August 2014. This was a project with piano and lyrics read by Lise Fjeldstad and included works by several Norwegian composers. Link to performance.