Norwegian Plays at London Jazz Festival

Powerhouse drummer Manu Katché has made his mark as both a sideman to global stars like Peter Gabriel, Sting and Joni Mitchell and as a jazz solo artist with three albums on ECM. Playing from his latest album, Third Round, Katché is joined by a band that features evocative Norwegian saxophonist Tore Brunborg.

Andy Sheppard with Eivind Aarset and Arild Andersen

Saturday 13. November, 7:30pm

Rose Theatre Kingston

Andy Sheppard has written a stunning new repertoire for a starry international band. Featuring long-term collaborators tabla virtuoso and percussionist Kuljit Bhamra, the shimmering, other-worldly textures of Norway's guitarist and electronics artist Eivind Aarset, and legendary bassist Arild Andersen. The music for this extraordinarily gifted line-up bears all Sheppard’s famed characteristics – melodic themes, inventive use of texture and an unerring sense of rhythm.

Puma, Kyrie Kristmanson and Metamorphic

Wednesday 17 November, 8:45pm

Cafe Oto

A genre-bending triple bill. The songs of chanteuse Kyrie Kristmanson evoke the spirit of Björk, Joni Mitchell and Sinead O’Connor. Norwegian band Puma – imposing guitarist Stian Westerhus, FX/keyboardist Øystein Moen and drummer Gard Nilssen – play fearless yet utterly compelling music from the edge of the sonic landscape. Metamorphic’s music is built around Laura Cole’s imaginative original songs, with a touch of Kenny Wheeler and a soupcon of Radiohead.

Helge Sunde and Ensemble Denada at Pizza Express

Saturday 20th November, 8:30pm

PizzaExpress Jazz Club

The word on the jazz grapevine following Ensemble Denada’s first British performance in 2008 was extraordinary. Norwegian trombonist and composer Helge Sunde combines such divergent influences as Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates and cinematic themes to create his own quirky, rhythmically charged music. Here he brings his big band back to the UK, playing from his acclaimed new album Finding Nymo.

“One of the most versatile, highspirited and original 16‑piece bands heard in London for years.” Evening Standard

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