Tord Gustavsen (piano) has been an important part of the Norwegian jazz scene for several years. His playing has formed a cornerstone in projects featuring some of the finest Norwegian singers, including Silje Nergaard, Siri Gjære, Kristin Asbjørnsen and Live Maria Roggen. Mr. Gustavsen tours Norway and Europe extensively as a soloist and as an ensemble player whose abilities to fuse individual expression with acutely attentive and creative interplay are in great demand. His intriguing musical skills include melding historical jazz forms with reflective Nordic moods and lyrical beauty. The Tord Gustavsen Trio has acquired a reputation for presenting a unique universe of lyricism and subtle funkiness, in several genres, including Scandinavian folk music, gospel, Caribbean music and cool jazz. The Trio’s debut solo CD, Changing Places, was released on ECM Records. He can also be heard on several albums with the Nymark Collective, the Silie Nergaard Band, the quartet Indigodalen, and the duo Aire & Angels. For more information about Tord Gustavsen’s musical projects, his full biography, and his theoretical thesis "The Dialectical Eroticism of Improvisation,” please visit: www.tordg.no.
Harald Johnson (acoustic bass) forms a bridge between generations in Norwegian jazz. With his classical training provising a solid musical foundation, Mr. Johnson’s lyrical voice and highly inventive jazz personality stands out in the Tord Gustavsen Trio. Harald Johnson is as at home with creative be-bop and cool jazz musicians, as he is with avant-garde projects. He has played with Bjørn Johansen, Sigurd Køhn, Christian Reim, Jan Erik Kongshaug, and the Silje Nergaard Band on tour and on CDs.
Jarle Vespestad (drums) has been one of Scandinavia's most in-demand jazz musicians for several years. His range of experience covers the bands Farmers Market and Supersilent, as well as duo work with saxophonist Tore Brunborg, a trio with Petter Wettre, and appearances with Bugge Wesseltoft. Along with his fierce technique and startling abilities in complex rhythmic landscapes, Mr. Vespestad’s unique sense of expressive minimalism and quiet moods are prominently featured in Tord Guvstavsen’s trio.