Pianist and composer Soren Miller of Soren Miller's Lines of Progression from Sweden.

Tomas R. Einarsson of the Tomas R. Einarsson Trio from Iceland.

Violinist Line Kruse from Denmark.

Tomas R. Einarsson of the Tomas R. Einarsson Trio from Iceland.

Nordic Jazz Fest Strikes a Chord

By Amanda Ziadeh | June 20, 2013 | Homepage Latest The Latest

Spanning ten days, five Nordic countries, two embassies, and one jazz club, music fans can experience the seventh annual Nordic Jazz Festival without ever leaving the District. A Finnish saxophonist, a Norwegian sextet, or a Danish violinist with a Latin flair? All these performers will be part of the festival June 20-29, which includes eight concerts showcasing the talents of renowned musicians from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Iceland.

This year’s festival promises to be bigger than ever, with six acts at the Twins Jazz Club, one at the Embassy of Finland, and another at the Embassy of Sweden. The award-winning musicians, from solo performers to ensembles, all possess a different sound.

“We hope to give the audiences an unprecedented glimpse into the unique jazz scene found in the world’s northernmost countries,” explains Minister Counselor Ida Heimann Larsen of the Embassy of Denmark. “By enjoying the eight outstanding jazz acts, the attendees will hopefully take away a better understanding of the differences and similarities of the Nordic countries, and at the same time get an impression on the richness of Nordic culture as a whole.”

Bands and artists include the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble from Norway, the Eero Koivistoinen Quartet from Finland, Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas from Norway, the Lina Nyberg Band from Sweden, Line Kruse from Denmark, the Maren Selvaag Trio from Norway, Soren Moller’s Lines of Progression from Denmark, and the Tomas R. Einarsson Trio from Iceland. For ticket information, venue addresses, and a concert calendar, visit the Nordic Jazz Festival’s website.

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