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Nordic Jazz Fest, hosted annually by the embassies of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark, has become Nordic Jazz Week for 2009, featuring an opening performance at the Embassy of Finland on Sunday, June 14, and then two nights of performances at the House of Sweden on June 16-17.
Of note in the lineup are Norwegians Nils Petter Molvær & Arve Henriksen, who are pioneers in the peculiar kind of jazz/electronic/ambient music crossover that labels like Rune Grammofon (to which Henriksen is signed) are currently exploring. These two play as a duo on June 17, probably my most highly anticipated set of the festival. A close second is the Søren Kjærgaard Trio on June 16; Kjærgaard is a Danish pianist whose tuneful, energetic style has made him an interesting collaborator with such avant-jazz luminaries as Peter Brötzmann, Derek Bailey, Tim Berne, Herb Robertson, and more.
Full lineup, location and ticket details after the jump.
Photo of Nils Petter Molvær above courtesy his Myspace page.
Sunday, June 14 at 6 pm Concert at the Embassy of Finland Karikko (Finland) Bjørn Solli Quartet (Norway)
Tuesday, June 16 at 6.30 pm Concert on House of Sweden rooftop Jonas Kullhammar Quartet (Sweden) Karikko (Finland) Søren Kjærgaard Trio (Denmark)
Wednesday, June 17 at 6.30 pm Concert on House of Sweden Rooftop The Sunna Gunnlaugs Quartet (Iceland) Nils Petter Molvær & Arve Henriksen (Norway) Jonas Kullhammar Quartet (Sweden)
Where: Embassy of Finland, 3301 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20008 (June 14) and Embassy of Sweden, House of Sweden, 2900 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007 (June 16 and 17) When: June 14 at 6 pm, June 16 at 6.30 pm and June 17 at 6.30 pm Tickets: Presale tickets only from ticketweb or 866 666 8932. $25 per night; $50 for all three nights. (No ticket sales at the door.)