(Ole Morten Vågan)
Kampengata 28 C
N-0654 OSLO, Norway
Phone: (+47) 913 15 422
Street address: kampengata 28 C
Atle Nymo: Sax and clarinettes
Eivind Lønning: Trumpet
Håvard Wiik: Piano
Ole Morten Vågan: Bass
Håkon Mjåset Johansen: Drums
MOTIF was founded in the fall of 1999, and have since that time been working continuously with the creation of their own sound, a sound labeled a.o. as “a remarkable combination of powerful writing, simpatico free play, and stylistic cross-pollination” (John Kelman, Allaboutjazz). The musicians unite from bands such as Bugge Wesseltoft’s NCOJ, Atomic, Free Fall, Christian Wallumrød Ensemble and Trondheim Jazzorchestra, and are all key players in the young European improvising scene.
Their two first records on the indielabel AIMrec received great reviews all over europe, and with their third record, Apo Calypso they moved to their favorite label; Bugge´s JAZZLANDrec, and at the same time taking their music further into a world of intricate rythms and beautiful harmonies.
MOTIF has appeared on a variety of festivals all over the world - the Copenhagen Jazz festival, Bremen Jazz Ahead, Hanoi European Jazz festival, Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Moldejazz and countless clubs all over the map. They have also toured in Asia, visiting China, Japan (where they´ve played the renowned Pit Inn club in Tokyo) and Vietnam.
The musicians have also performed with/in: Bugge Wesseltoft’s NCOJ, Håvard Wiik Trio, Atomic, Christian Wallumrød Ensemble, Free Fall, Joshua Redman, John Scofield, Lee Konitz, Chick Corea, Jan Garbarek, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, Maria Kannegaard Trio, StreifenJunko Motorpsycho, Generator X and the Trondheim Jazzorchestra.