Tord Gustavsen is one of Scandinavia's most internationally renowned jazz pianists, who has been using elements of sacred music and poetry with the language of sound for many years.
of jazz. He combines the history of jazz with deep roots in gospel and blues. With typical sounds of his Norwegian homeland, which are full of melancholy and contemplation. His musical meticulousness is devoted to the intense melody. One notices that for a long time he has been Silje Nergaard's accompanying pianist, for his compositions are songlike, often appearing almost as simple, but are miles away from the banal. Quite unagitated and calm, he is always close to the sung ballad. He succeeds so successfully in the whole thing, that his records land on the Norwegian pop charts with beautiful regularity. The Newspaper "Dagbladet" named his album "The Well" the best Norwegian jazz album of the year 2012 and also climbed into the Top 10 of the Billboard Top Jazz Album charts in the USA. Through meanwhile seven CD-releases with ECM RECORDS under his name, he has found his own musical language: lyrical, hymnal, quiet and perfectly balanced, full of poetic depth - an almost sacred jazz. The beauty of his compositions is the finest nuances harmonious distillate of all his musical influences and collaborations. At the OSLO JAZZ FESTIVAL 2016 with the cathedral choir he performed for the first time ever. Gustavsen combines his lyrical musical language with the words of the Latin mass. An impressive work between jazz and modern choral music, with influences from the Scandinavian folklore that synergistically combines Gregorian music and jazz. The Kyrie of the mass was held on 22.7.2016 in the memorial service for the victims of the assassination attempt of Anders Breivik in the presence of the survivors.
The concert is seated.