Saturday 25th of March 2023
"Four Norwegian improvisers with an utter disregard for purism, and an almost reckless attitude towards taking musical risks - Wako are exploring their very own language and approach to music."
Tonight @ Jazz Café POSK Wako will play music from their latest record «Ut av det nye». The new album is an homage to our jazz heroes from the 50s and 60s and is filled with beautiful ballads, pompous stories, as well as playful and virtuosic solo outbursts; all played by an exceptionally well-coordinated collective.
Interview/preview of this concert in London Jazz News:
With six albums and hundreds of live performances under their belt, Wako plays with an authority and personality that places them at the forefront of Nordic jazz. Wako is one of the most dynamic and innovative groups on today's jazz scene and has built a solid fan base and garnered recognition from critics near and far.
According to Mark Sullivan (All About Jazz - US), Wako is "a Norwegian jazz collective with a real collective sound", and the previous album "Wako" (Ear phonogram, 2020) was put on the top list of Jazzwise (UK) both in March and April 2020.
Wako has taken their ever-evolving musicality and creativity with them around Europe and done renditions of their music live both as a quartet, with the Oslo Strings ensemble, and with trumpet virtuoso Arve Henriksen, among others.
The scope of the music is always carefully adjusted to the audience, environment and musical material, which means that the concerts are not only superlative, but also unique experiences. In short, Wako is one of the most impressive young live groups on the scene today.
Individually, the musicians can also be seen in projects such as Norwegian grammy winner Hegge, Norwegian grammy nominees Megalodon Collective, Espen Berg trio, Kjetil Mulelid Trio and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra.
Martin Myhre Olsen - saxophones
Kjetil Mulelid- piano
Bárður Reinert Poulsen - double bass
Simon Olderskog Albertsen- drums
“The music of Wako both soars to great heights and dives breathlessly into the chasms of harmony” - Dave Sumner (bandcamp)
“If tender, most beautiful Jazz music for late night listening is your jam, this one should not go unnoticed for a reason” - Nitestylez (DE)
“The band’s music captures something very special here – an indefinable spirit. Out of the new comes something fresh and inspiring… a little gem of an album” - UKVibe (UK)
Video 1. (“Skavlet Føre”): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtUjmHC6c4s&t=56s
Video 2. (“Song for All the Annettes - Wako & Oslo Strings”): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioHZ_VYHGPY
Video 3. (“The Lizard, the Snake and the Panther”): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wUXTCC4lWQ
Video 4. (“Wako & Oslo Strings - King of Kings (live from Victoria, Oslo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DpsHKanpEs