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Supersilent (Foto: Ellen Ane Eggen) (350x130)The Northwest Passage - Norwegian improvisers to the Bay area

Publisert: 08/25/2004 av Tomas Lauvland Pettersen


Top-notch Norwegian bands and performers such as Jaga Jazzist, Supersilent, Maja Ratkje and DJ Strangefruit are to make headlines in the Bay area this autumn courtesy of an exciting new exchange/launch project titled "The Northwest Passage".

The renowned Kongsberg Jazz Festival takes a giant leap abroad this autumn. The innovative and respected festival has been granted a slot in the San Francisco Jazz Festival’s programme to feature some of the Norwegian festival’s domestic performance highlights. Kongsberg Jazz Festival Managing Director Martin Revheim brings with him some of Norwegian jazz’ most central names: Supersilent, DJ Bjørn Torske, Maja Ratkje, Jaga Jazzist, DJ Strangefruit, DJ Kent Horne and Arve Henriksen.

Key partners in this project, that aims at mutual exchange of ideas and experiences between the two festivals, are the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Hundreårsmarkeringen Norge 2005 (the organisational body for the centennial anniversary of Norwegian independence). Kongsberg Jazz Festival and Martin Revheim have been acting as consultants and advisers to Norge 2005 and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, supplying suggestions for bands and performers. Main aims of the project are to promote Norway, Norwegian music, celebrate Norwegian independence and a century of close ties to key partner countries.

Supersilent and Jaga Jazzist are to perform at the prestigious San Francisco Jazz Festival on Thu November 4 (at the Great American Music Hall) while Maja Ratkje and Arve Henriksen join forces for a performance in the Field Effects electro acoustic concert series. DJs Strangefruit, Kent Horne and Arve Henriksen will spin the vinyl at the venue 111 Minna Gallery.

In addition to the Bay area gigs, the Northwest Passage programme includes concerts in Seattle and Vancouver. These gigs will soon be added to the programme that is available at the Northwest Passage web-site.

Related companies:


Jaga Jazzist

DJ Strangefruit

Kongsberg Jazz Festival

Hundreårsmarkeringen-Norge 2005 AS

Related persons:

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, Composer, Singer

Arve Henriksen, Jazz musician, Trumpetist

Martin Revheim, General manager

Bjørn Torske, Artist, DJ

Related events:

Maja Ratkje and Arve Henriksen in San Fransisco

Supersilent and Jaga Jazzist in San Francisco

DJ Strangefruit, DJ Bjørn Torske and DJ Kent Horne in San Fransisco

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