Those who missed out from this year’s festival or just want to relive fantastic jazz moments should tune in to BBC 29, 30 December and 1 January. This summer Fiona Talkington paid a visit to Molde to learn more about the history and the importance of Molde Jazz.

For 46 years, Molde International Jazz Festival has been arranged beside a spectacular fjord halfway up the western coast of Norway. It is Norway's biggest jazz festival and a key event in a European context. Since its birth, Molde has supplied a broad spectrum of genres and performers to a growing audience. The roster includes a wide variety of genres, not just jazz.

The three programmes will focus on different artists, starting with Jan Garbarek who describes how the festival played a formative role in the development of his career. Exclusive concert recordings of this year’s artist in residence, Michael Brecker playing with Norwegian/Bulgarian Farmers Market will also be featured. Listeners can also enjoy historic highlights from Nils Petter Molvær’s 2002 performance, as well as Arild Andersen’s legendary Molde concert from 1981.

For more details on the BBC Radio 3 programmes, go to the Norwegian Embassy in London’s web site. sd
 
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