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Lana Trio  -  Tue Sep 30, 2014  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
Sometimes it seems that Scandinavian jazz exists just at two extremes - the ambient soundscapes associated with such artists as Jan Garbarek and Nils Petter Molvaer, and the fierce improv exemplified by Paal Nilssen-Love and Mats Gustafsson. But Norway's Lana Trio prove that there is a middle way.

Leader Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø enjoys what he calls "a love-hate relationship with the trombone", which had led him to explore both the brassy and boisterous side of the instrument and its microscopic and electronic sound possibilities, and he brings both elements into play with the trio. He started to work with pianist Kjetil Jerve and drummer Andreas Wildhagen at Sund Folk College in 2007, developing a combination of loosely structured compositions and free improvisation to explore ways in which parameters like density, speed, duration and volume could be stretched (or compressed) to create different possibilities for interplay between the three musicians. While in theory this may sound daunting, the incorporation of influences from a wide variety of genres means that in practice there are accessible entry points all through the journey. Reviewing the trio's debut CD, AllAboutJazz praised the way in which they mould their "exploration of new sounds into a cohesive, tough, loose structure that surprisingly sounds engaging and very entrancing".

Since their formation, Lana Trio have played extensively throughout Europe and further afield, including a highly successful tour of Japan earlier this year, but they have never previously visited the UK, and this Newcastle gig will be their first ever in the country. Jazz North East is proud to be hosting their debut performance, and is really excited about the chance to hear this dynamic and distinctive new take on Nordic jazz in the intimate setting of the Jazz Café.