Tord Gustavsen Trio


  • Tord Gustavsen - piano & electronics
  • Steinar Raknes - bass & electronics
  • Jarle Vespestad - drums

Saturday July 2nd 7:00 pm @ National Arts Centre – Azrieli Studio

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With the 2003 release of Changing Places, Norway's Tord Gustavsen came forth with a new sound that commanded worldwide attention, an extraordinary achievement given the rich history of jazz piano. He focuses on lyricism in a stripped-down approach where beauty and emotional intensity are united. He writes most of his group's material, memorable compositions that echo his days playing in church. His ninth album for ECM Records will be released in April and is entitled Opening. The piano trio explores the idea of being open to the forces around you and letting them inspire what one plays. Ten new Gustavsen compositions are joined by works of Norwegian composers Geirr Tveitt and Egil Hovland.

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The Ottawa Jazz Festival will align its Covid policy with any government safety regulations whether from civic, provincial, or federal authorities as they arise. At the moment (May 29th), there are no advisories mandating precautions for wearing masks or showing vaccination certificates for any festivals or indoor/outdoor performing arts events.

However, it is our practise to ask patrons, staff, and volunteers to wear masks while attending performances at indoor venues and wearing masks while outdoors in the Park is optional.

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Catherine O’Grady

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