Tord Gustavsen Trio | SFJAZZ
Tord Gustavsen Trio
Cool and mysterious, pristine and mournful, the music of Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen has earned a vast following while making few populist concessions. Easily the most acclaimed composer and pianist on the burgeoning Norwegian jazz scene, he’s released a series of critically hailed albums that have climbed high on the Norwegian pop charts, starting with 2004’s The Ground (ECM). Since making his West Coast debut for SFJAZZ in 2005, he’s continued to refine his decidedly quiet and acoustic sound, a lyrical approach steeped in blues and gospel, and marked by ravishing melodies, deliberate tempos, and surpassingly subtle interplay. Gustavsen’s 2009 CD, Restored, Returned, won Norway’s equivalent of a GRAMMY award, and following his critically lauded 2014 quartet session Extended Circle, Gustavsen has formed an exciting new trio project that integrates his piano with electronics, featuring his longstanding drummer Jarle Vespestad along with the masterful German-Afghani vocalist Simin Tander. Their new ECM album, What Was Said, is devoted to the Norwegian hymns of Gustavsen’s youth and the poetry of Rumi as well as American beat poet Kenneth Rexroth. Fans of European jazz, the ECM sound, the mixture of electronic and global influences, and those who like their jazz subtle and contemplative cannot miss this rare Bay Area appearance by Norway’s best.
Tord Gustavsen piano, electronics
Simin Tander vocals
Jarle Vepestad drums