Jan Gunnar Hoff has developed a solo program and performed extensively in Norway, Russia, Italy, Kirgisistan, Kazakhstan. In April 2014 Hoff toured Japan with his solo concept. Hoff´s solo concert are meditative, yet with a content of composition and creative improvisation. His first solo piano album, LIVING was recorded by multi Grammy nominated Morten Lindberg in 2012, and released on 2L April 2013. There is also the concept album “Stille lys” (Quiet light), out December 2014. In Spring 2015 Hoff will perform solo concerts at Bergmanveckan, Sweden and in Vilnius, in addition to a new solo tour in Japan, his 3rd in 3 years.
This exciting line up had it´s debut at Bodø Jazz Open 2012, performing Hoff´s commission “Living”. The band also performed at Maijazz 2012. Link to video from Stavanger rehearsal 2012. Their album “Fly North” (Losen 2014) receiving great reviews and nominated for Norwegian Grammy, Spellemannpris 2014. Performances at Kongsbergjazz July 2014 (feat. Audun Kleive) and National Jazzscene, Oslo Feb 2015.
The collaboration between Hoff and guitar legend Mike Stern (w/Miles Davis a.o) started in 2006 with Hoff´s commission “Magma” for Nordland Music Festival. In 2006-2008 Jan Gunnar Hoff Group toured with Stern in Norway, Ukraine and Estonia. In 2008 the CD “Magma” feat. Mike Stern was released. January 2013 Hoff and Stern toured Norway in a quartet setting and their collaboration is very much active. New successful tour early 2016 with Stern, Hoff, Audun Kleive (drums), Per Mathisen (bass).
This incredible versatile trio was founded in 2008. It’s the legendary drummer/ percussionist Alex Acuna meeting two of Norway’s leading jazz musicians, Jan Gunnar Hoff on keys and Per Mathisen on upright and electric bass. Debut CD 2009 “Jungle City”, DVD from Drumchannel, Los Angeles 2011 and “Barxeta” on Musikklosen 2012, review Allaboutjazz: “for those believing that Norwegian artists are all about glacial cool and rubato tone poems, Barxeta demonstrates there’s plenty of fire in the far, far north”. The AHM-trio has played gigs in Stockholm, Oslo, Lima (Peru), NYC, Rochester NY, Los Angeles, Zagreb. Terry O’Mahoney, Percussive Notes: “Together, they create inspired contemporary improvised instrumental music that is reminiscent of the music of Weather Report, the Keith Jarrett Trio, and other European jazz artists of the past 20 years on the ECM record label”.
Jan Gunnar Hoff teams up with leading Norwegian actor Bjørn Sundquist in the project HAMSUN, merging lyrics from “Det vilde kor” with Hoff´s original compositions in an intimate yet powerful artistic setting. The project started as a commission for the Hamsun Anniversary in 2009 and continues as an exciting duo performance. Their show had great success September 2014 in Svolvær, Bodø, Hamarøy, Sortland and Narvik. Next confirmed performances are Kongsbergjazz 2015 and Smeltedigelen, Mo i Rana October 2015.
Musical excerpts “Sommernat” and “Feberdigte” to be found on Hoff´s album LIVING (2013), iTunes
(All photos cc: Martin Losvik)
Jan Gunnar Hoff performs as a piano soloist in his popular composition Meditatus for choir and jazz band. Meditatus was written for Bodø Cathedral Choir (Bodø Domkor) in 2004 and received the prestigious Edvard (Grieg) -prize in 2006. Meditatus has been performed in Norway by many choirs and also in Iceland, Canada, USA, Latvia. The jazz mass was recorded in 2007 and in 2010 on CD and DVD in Riga by the choir Fortius (photo). Bergens Tidende: “Hoff has succeeded with his concept for choir and jazz band”. Next Meditatus- performance is Kristiansand March 18, 2015. Hoff has also written a new piece Terra Nova that was premiered on December 19 in Bodø Cathedral. Review here. The choir arrangements for Terra Nova was made by the well reknown choir leader and arranger Ragnar Rasmussen.
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