Bugge Wesseltoft

Ribble Valley Jazz Festival is honoured to welcome the visionary Norweigan keyboardist, composer and producer Bugge Wesseltoft to perform at the 2018 festival. It will be Bugge's first visit to the festival.

“There is no musician or artist in the world that is not inspired by others. However, the important thing is to let inspiration develop, to work towards finding a unique means of personal expression. This is what I believe and is what I have always tried to achieve … to find my own thing, my own voice. I don't want to be another carbon copy of any great musician, past or present: I don’t see the point of that. There have been so many good things done before, but one must find ones own sound.”

Since the early 1990´s Bugge Wesseltoft has made an impressive, truly post-modern transition from his ECM nordic jazz traditions. Playing and recording together with the likes of Jan Garbarek, Sidsel Endresen, Terje Rypdal, Nils Petter Molvaer, Jon Eberson to forming his own innovative New Conception Of Jazz group and exquisite label “Jazzland Recordings”.

Since 2004, Bugge has been developing a solo project. As you can expect from Bugge, his solo work covers a broad spectrum: from melodic piano parts to experimental and atonal music and noise (and even manages to find space to integrate a new version of a standard). Many rhythms and grooves, both primeval and modern, are looped and entwined, and often sounds are distorted and reshaped on the fly; the concerts have a strong free improvisational component.

Wesseltoft is multi-decorated with critics prizes for creating a unique, fresh blend of “modern jazz”.

Bugge released a beautiful solo piano album "Everybody Loves Angels" in October 2017, something, conceptually, as a follow up to his groundbreaking "It's Snowing on My Piano" album, released 20 years earlier.

Bugge's live performance will be preceded by an hour long workshop, where he will talk exclusively to the audience about his career and music.

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