Finsejazz is a small jazz festival which takes place in Finse, Norway each year at the end of January. The venue for Finsejazz is at Hotel Finse 1222 which is a decent hotel hosting 44 rooms and 128 beds. The hotel also has a sauna, restaurant, disco and Turkish steam bath to help warm up from the chilly outdoors.
The festival is normally organised by Bergen Jazzforum and had its first year in 1996.
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The 2014 Finsejazz line up is shown below. Check back regularly for further updates. Follow us on Facebook, bookmark this page or ⇩ subscribe to lineup notifications ⇩:
Terje Rypdal LEGACY , FRIDAY, January 27 , KL 2200
Terje Rypdal – Guitar
Nicholas H. Eilertsen – Bass
Paolo Vinaccia – drums
Get guitarists in the world has a sound that is as instantly recognizable as Terje Rypdal. For several decades he has been a significant contributor to jazz, rock and contemporary music and enjoy great respect in all camps. For the evening he comes with Nikolai Eilertsen Hængsle from Elephant9 and the Big Bang, and drummer Paolo Vinaccia straordinario.
AXEL DÖRNER / Ole Morten VÅGAN DUO SATURDAY January 28 at 14:00
Ole Morten Vågan – Bass
Axel Dörner – trumpet
Ole Morten Vågan studied at the Jazz Conservatory in Trondheim and is regarded as one of Norway’s best and innovative bassist star within the improvised music. Ole Morten has had great success with her own band Motif and has also collaborated with Maria Kannegaard , Jonas Kullhammar, Bugge Wesseltoft, Ola Kvernberg and stacks more prolific artists. Axel Dörner is a crafty trumpeter , also in the Norwegian context together with Koenigsberg. He has a background in improvisation scene in Berlin where he among other things, working with Alexander von Schlippenbach.
STEIN AND MARI SATURDAY January 28 at 21:00
Stein Urheim – Guitar , various string instruments
Mari Kvien brunvoll – Vocals , various intstrument
As a duo, Stein & Mari with their weird ihopsnirkla blues has been a continuous success, and the audience can be placed into two categories: Those who speak proudly that they have been on one of their rare concerts, and those with dark eyes that did not receive it itself . In addition, they have previously visited the us together with Ragnar Hovland , and they have recently dropped the plate on Jazzland Records.
THE GOHOMES SATURDAY January 28 at 22:30
Irem Moftuglu – Vocals
Mari Kvien brunvoll – Vocals
Thomas Nøkling – Saxophone
Michael Barnes – Saxophone
Anders Bitustøyl – Bass
Geir Hermansen – Tangents
Hans Olav Molde – Guitar
Øyvind Skarbø – Drums
Bergen’s new soul pride The Go -Homes shall keep, enthusiastic and ensure that this will be best Finsejazz ever. The Go -Homes are many, just how many know not , but somewhere between seven and twenty-five is assumed. Musically, Go- Homes all legs dancing duck on the right side of the American soul from the 60’s. Put Orda Motown and Stax until it was disco and fusion , James Brown and Hordaland 80
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You’ll want to book tickets early if you want to come as there is limited space at the hotel and they really do sell out fast. Exchange rates were taken from Xe.com on 20th December 2013 at the following rate: 1 NOK = 0.162686 USD.
Hotels and festival passes – kr2900 (US$470.00)
Festival Pass – kr600 (US$97.00)
One night concert Friday – kr200 (US$32.50)
Two evening concerts Saturday – kr400 (US$65.00)
One morning concert Saturday – kr150 (US$25.00)
The nearest international airport to Finsejazz is Bergen Airport (BGO).
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To get to Finse you’ll have to take a train as that’s pretty much the only form of transport available at this time of year.
Additional transport information on this festival can be found at the ‘Map & Transport Hubs‘ section along with the Festival News, Festival photos of previous years, user comments etc. Make sure you check them out below.
We currently have not been able to interview anybody at the Finsejazz festival, if you work for the festival and would like to answer a few questions for this section of your listing, please contact me so that we can get something arranged, thank you.
Stian Westerhus at Finse Jazz festival 2008:
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- Finse on Wikitravel
- Finse on WikiVoyage
- Finse 1220 Hotel
- Finsejazz on wikipedia (in Norwegian)
- Stein & Mari (previous artists)