Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
Time: 8 pm Saturday 13th of June, 2009
Address: TCG Nordica Xi Ba Road No.101, ChuangKu, Kunming, China
Price: 30MB/PERSON (Need prior reservation. Maximum number of people 200)
Tel: 4114691 0871-4114692
Organize: Norwegian Embassy and TCG Nordica
With music based upon strong melodies, lots of energy and a well-developed interplay between three musicians who have known each other and played together for many years, Excess Luggage is a unique Norwegian jazz trio. The rarity of this combination organ, piano and drums only adds to the audience’s appreciation: Combining the groovy feel of the organ trio with the harmonic and melodic style of the piano trio, Excess Luggage might well be the perfect trio. The band three members are some of Norway’s best jazz musicians, having won several Norwegian Grammys (Spellemannpris) for a range of different projects. In 2007, the band participated in the Beijing Jazz Festival and the Time Arts Jazz Series and performed up and down the country’s east coast.
Excess Luggage’s 2009 China Tour looks to be among the most extensive ever undertaken by a jazz band in China, thanks to support from a range of agencies including the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing. If all goes according to plan, the band will perform in universities and venues in the western cities of Lanzhou, Yinchuan, Xian, Kunming in addition to potential performances in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Qingdao and Beijing.
Excess Luggage’s 2009 China Tour is made possible by a range of agencies including the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing.
Nickelsen was elected Young Norwegian Jazz Musician of the Year in 2002 with Solid!, a band that won the Getxo competition in Spain in 2003. Nickelsen has recorded with Thowsen, Jon Eberson and Sidsel Endresen, and toured with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Pat Metheny, among others. After moving to Copenhagen, he played with a range of Danish musicians including Kresten Osgood, Jacob Fisher and Marc Bernstein. He currently lives in Shanghai.
Johansen was named Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2000, the same year that his group Urban Connection won the Avignon Jazz Contest. Johansen also plays in a variety of acoustic jazz bands and big bands, including Motif, Come Shine, Haavard Wiik Trio, Mingus Ahh!Uhm!, Der Fuchs (with Per Zanussi) and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra featuring Chick Corea. In 2001, he received the Norwegian Grammy for Urban Connections debut album. Amongst his collaborators are Jan Garbarek and Maria Kannegaard, to name a few.
One of the most important piano players in Norway, Storaas has received two Norwegian Grammys for his releases with his own trio. In addition to being a composer, he has performed on more than 20 jazz records for a range of artists including Karin Krog, Terje Typdal, Warne Marsh and John Surman.