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.
Second tour in Japan
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.
FLY NORTH- nomination
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.
Stille lys (Quiet Light) now available
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.
Album available now as high res files from 2L and iTunes MP3. Stille lys- CD is available for purchase through this link.
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
Composing at Ingmar Bergman Estate, Fårö
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
Gimse plays Hoff
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.
Hoff at Kongsbergjazz 2014
Hoff made his debut at Kongsbergjazz on July 4 with the “Fly North”-ensemble feat. Arve Henriksen, Anders Jormin and Audun Kleive. Download reviews. Featured image: Terje Mosnes (Jazz in Norway). Click to extend photo. Link to photo album. Link to photos Stein Hofve.
Hoff as cultural profile of Lofoten
Hoff becomes Steinway Artist
Jan Gunnar Hoff was appointed an official Steinway Artist early May 2014. Steinway Artists are approved world-class pianists who voluntarily endorse Steinway & Sons by selecting the Steinway piano. Among the Steinway Artists are Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau, Vladimir Horowitz, Keith Emerson and Arthur Rubenstein. Link to Steinway´s artist site.
Hoff toured Japan with success
Jan Gunnar Hoff did an extensive solo piano tour in Japan, April 2014, presenting his 2013- album LIVING. Hoff performed 10 concerts in Japan: Kobe, Kyoto, Omi-Hachiman, Kanazawa, Nagano, Joetsu, Tokyo, Kashiwa, Tokyo, Yokohama. Link to photo album.
A Buddy for Hoff
Hoff received the BUDDY-prize from the Norwegian Jazzfederation (Norsk Jazzforum) on January 23, at Bodø Jazz Open, where Hoff is the festival head. The BUDDY-prize is the highest distinction to be given to a Norwegian jazz performer. Link to Jazzforum site. Link to Ballade.