Throughout the jazz community there’s been vast praise regarding Eyolf Dales project Wolf Valley. The octet, with some of Norway’s best jazz musicians, is now ready for the Kongsberg Jazzfestival.
It came as no surprise that this band’s first album was Grammy Nominated. Pianist, composer, organizer and bandleader Eyolf Dale use diverse musical inspirations, and the result is uniquely attractive. The sound is often melodic, with dense, warm ensemble sections. It is also expressive and rhythmic, dynamic and changing – and never boring!
Dale is known from both his solo work, successful collaborations with a great number of jazz artists, and from bands like Albatrosh, Hayden Powell Trio, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, and more. He’s a touring and frequently recorded artist, and has contributed on most Norwegian jazz festivals in addition to international festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, 12 Points!, Shanghai Arts Festival and Südtirol Jazz Festival. Both as a sideman and a solo performer, he has performed in countries such as the US, Germany, Nederlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, England, Ireland, South Africa, Tanzania, South Korea, Italy and China.
His solo work showcases the mature lyrical introspection that’s often associated with Norwegian jazz, but equally, there is an explorative curiosity and restless free elements that are becoming an emergent hallmark of the younger Nordic improvisers.
Saturday 8th of July the audience of the Kongsberg Jazzfestival has a unique opportunity to hear this band live at Sølvsalen.
Eyolf Dale (piano), Hayden Powell (trumpet), Kristoffer Kompen (trombone), Adrian L. Waade (violin), André Roligheten (sax), Gard Nilssen (drums), Per Zanussi (bass), Rob Waring (vibraphone/percussion)