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. Spring 2015 Hoff performed solo concerts at Bergmanveckan, Sweden and in Vilnius, in addition to solo tours in Japan, 2015 and 2016. New solo piano recording session for 2L in August 2016.
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 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 and their CD Magma 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), the new Mike Stern & Jan Gunnar Hoff Quartet.
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 received the prestigious Edvard (Grieg) -prize from TONO in 2006 and has been performed in Norway, 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”. Hoff has also written a new compositon for SATB, Terra Nova that was premiered on December 19, 2014 in Bodø Cathedral. Review here.
Jan Gunnar Hoff meets mezzo soprano Marianne Beate Kielland in this «cross-over» duo. A melodic and lyrical journey based on compositions by Hoff interpreted by Kielland. The latter being one of Europe´s finest mezzos, performing with leading orchestras and under conductors as Christophe Rousset, Mark Minkowski, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Rene Jacobs, George Petrou, Vasily Petrenko, Giordani Bellincampi, Nicholas Kraemer. Kielland and Hoff recording in July 2016 for their Lawo Classics album Terra Nova.
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