Jazz at the Blue Lamp presents
Arild Andersen Quartet
Arild Andersen is a well-known name in the jazz world. He is a legend in Norwegian and international jazz.
Andersen is known for his collaboration with Jan Garbarek from the 1960′s, and during this time he also played with musicians like Don Cherry, Bill Frisell, Stan Getz, Paul Bley , Ralph Towner , Nana Vasconcelos , John Scofield, and Pat Metheny among others.
From 2007 he has played and toured as a trio with Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith and Italian/Norwegian drummer Paolo Vinaccia but tonight he performs a world exclusive with the addition of pianist Helge Lien to form a brand new quartet. Arild is very excited at this move and is hoping the quartet will bring a completely new sound to jazz.
Helge Lien, jazz pianist and composer, holds a master degree in music from the Norwegian Academy of Music, where Russian pianist Misha Alperin was an inspiring mentor and teacher of improvisation. has shown himself to be a musician who is not afraid to explore the borders between different musical genres, but whose basic sound as a jazz pianist is always a distinctive feature. Originally influenced by Bill Evans’ lyric-dynamic style of playing, he also shows affinity with Keith Jarrett’s narrative inventiveness and the subtle expression of Brad Mehldau
Tommy Smithis a long time favourite of Blue Lamp audiences for his energy and lyricism on saxophone with his own unique sound. He is one of Scotland's leading jazz musicians and composers, an internationally recognised soloist and bandleader since the late-1980s and the musical director and driving force behind the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and his own Youth Jazz Orchestra. His CV, since touring and recording the Whiz Kids (ECM Records) album with vibraphonist Gary Burton at the age of eighteen, includes a total of twenty-three albums under his own name for Hep Records, GFM, Blue Note Records, Linn Records and his own Spartacus label.
Paolo Vinaccia Italian drummer and composer has worked with Arild Andersen for many years in a wide range of projects. He has lived in Norway since 1979 and has been extremely active in the Norwegian and European jazz scene and a central improviser with Nils Petter Molvaer, Ketil Bjornstad, Terje Rypdal, Bugge Wesseltoft, Palle Mikkelborg, Bendik Hofseth, Mike Mainieri and many others. In 2006 he was commissioned by Canal Street Jazz Festival for the original work “Landkjenning” with Terje Rypdal, and can be heard on over 100 recordings that range from world music to pop.