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Jan Gunnar Hoff — Stille lys (Quiet Light)

Jan Gunnar Hoff — Stille lys (Quiet Light) (November 29, 2014)

Norway Jan Gunnar Hoff — Stille lys (Quiet Light)
Location: Bodø, Norway
Album release: November 29, 2014
Recording date: October 2014
Location: Sofienberg Church, Norway
Original source: DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Record Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)
Duration:     53:13
Tracks:
01 Mitt hjerte alltid vanker      3:40
02 Away in a Manger      3:03
03 Bånsull i advent      3:30
04 Hjem te jul      4:16
05 The Elder      2:16
06 Josefs julevise      4:00
07 Her kommer dine arme små      3:34
08 Et lys i mot mørketida      3:13
09 Nordnorsk julesalme      4:10
10 Å eg veit meg eit land      4:51
11 Det lyser i stille grender      3:19
12 Mitt land      2:55
13 De mørkeste dage      3:02
14 Home for Christmas      3:42
15 Deilig er jorden      3:51
2014 2L (Lindberg Lyd, Norway)
Artwork: Dagfinn Bakke (Det stivnede hav, akvarell 1987)
φ→   Norwegian pianist Jan Gunnar Hoff has released several albums in the recent years performing original compositions; solo as on LIVING and with his FLY NORTH Quartet. This time Hoff delivers a concept album performing 15 songs, both Norwegian standards and international classics. Stille lys (Quiet Light) is Jan Gunnar Hoff's commission for Nordnorsk Lederutvikling, a group of Northern Trainees aiming to add an artistic and musical profile to their concept with an atmosphere of tranquility and proximity. Seeking inspiration in the North and at Ingmar Bergman Estate by the Baltic Sea, Hoff continues his solo journey, once again recorded by multi–Grammy nominated Morten Lindberg and 2L.
φ→   Hoff has released 14 recordings as a soloartist and co–leader and composed 200 works for different settings. Collaborations with Alex Acuña, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Maria Joao a.o. In 2005 he received the prestigious Edvard Grieg–prize for his jazz mass Meditatus and wrote the main commission work for Vossajazz. Highly acclaimed albums are Magma feat Mike Stern, Barxeta with Alex Acuña and Fly North feat Marilyn Mazur, Arve Henriksen, Anders Jormin. In 2014 Hoff received a Buddy, the highest distinction in Norwegian jazz and became an official Steinway & Sons Artist.
φ→   Etter de to utgivelsene LIVING og FLY NORTH med fokus på egne komposisjoner, leverer pianisten Jan Gunnar Hoff her konseptalbumet Stille lys, innspilt 31.oktober i Sofienberg kirke. Hoff fikk i oppdrag av Nordnorsk Lederutvikling i Bodø å spille inn et utvalg julesanger og kjente melodier med en intensjon om å skape en grunnstemning av ro og nærhet. I et lavmælt landskap presenteres her en rekke norske og nordnorske klassikere inkludert Hoffs vakre versjon av Å eg veit meg eit land som han nylig framførte på NRK TV i forbindelse med åpningen av Stormen konserthus i Bodø.
φ→   Jan Gunnar Hoff er født i Bodø, 1958. Han har mottatt Buddy–prisen, den høyeste utmerkelse i norsk jazz og fikk i mai 2014 status som Steinway & Sons Artist.  Hoff har gitt ut 14 plater som artist og co–leader og han har skrevet over 200 verk, bl.a jazzmessen Meditatus som ga han en Edvardpris i 2005. Hoff har samarbeidet med artister som Alex Acuña, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Mathias Eick og Maria Joao og spilt konserter i bl.a Tokyo, Milano, Istanbul, New York, Los Angeles og London. Han er også professor ved Universitetene i Tromsø og Kristiansand og festivalsjef for Bodø Jazz Open. I august 2014 var Hoff stipendiat på Ingmar Bergman Estate, Fårö.
φ→   Jan Gunnar Hoff is a Norwegian jazz pianist and composer born in Bodoe 1958. φ→   Steinway & Sons Artist. 14 albums, 200 works. Collaborations with Alex Acuña, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny. US Grammy nominated 2013. Norwegian Buddy–award and Artist in residence at Ingmar Bergman Estate 2014. Link to press kit.
BIOGRAPHY
φ→   Jan Gunnar Hoff was educated at NTNU, Jazzdep in Trondheim 1986–89 and studied arranging and composing at NMH, Oslo 2001/2002. His career as a jazz musician started in 1976 with piano trio and as a backing musician for drummer Jon Christensen and other jazz artists at the local club Ad Lib. Hoff became a professional musician in 1979 and toured with Arild Andersen and Nils Petter Molvær in 1982. His debut CD “Syklus” was recorded in 1992, based on a commission for the Arts Festival of North Norway, and since 1993 he has worked with his Jan Gunnar Hoff Group with different line ups. Major band events include Hoff´s highly acclaimed Vossajazz–debut in 1995, Oris London Jazzfestival and Molde Int. Jazzfestival 1996 with EBU–broadcast to 12 European countries (link to TV–program). Hoff´s Group feat. Kleive, Brunborg and Kjellemyr did a very successful collaboration with Pat Metheny in Molde 2001.
φ→   Later they toured Norway, Estonia and Ukraine Estonia with Mike Stern 2006, 2007 and 2008. From 2008 Hoff has been working with percussionist Alex Acuna and bassplayer Per Mathisen in the new trio “Acuna/Hoff/ Mathisen”. February 2010 the trio recorded a concert DVD at Drumchannel in Oxnard California. Two albums with the trio, “Jungle City” and “Barxeta”.
φ→   Hoff works part time as a professor at the University of Tromsø and Kristiansand and he is the initiator and head of Bodø Jazz Open, a new jazzfestival in his home town.
φ→   As a composer he has made works for chamber orchestra, sinfonietta, choir and other settings, in addition to compositions for his solo recordings. Hoff did the prestigous annual commission for Vossajazz 2005 “Free flow songs” and received an Edvard (Grieg) — prize for his jazzmazz “Meditatus” in 2006. “Meditatus” has been performed in Norway, Iceland, Canada, USA and recorded on CD in Norway and CD/DVD in Riga, Latvia.
φ→   Several duo constallations a.o with Maria Joao in Norway, Croatia and France 2008. Worth mentioning is also the Harstad festival in Northern Norway 1995 where Hoff did a spontanous duo session with Chick Corea. Collaborations with Norwegian artists like Unni Wilhelmsen, Frode Alnæs, Jarle Bernhoft (photo cc: NRK/Leif Inge Larssen).
From 2008–2014 Hoff has performed and toured in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Croatia, Iceland, Austria, Italy, Sweden, USA, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Kirgisztan, Peru, England, Japan and Norway. Several concerts in major cities such as New York, London, Stockholm, Zagreb, Los Angeles, Moscow, St.Petersburg, Tokyo.
φ→   In 2011 Hoff contributed as bandleader, arranger and pianist for the album “Quiet winter night”, later nominated for US Grammy Awards 2013 (Best surround sound album, Morten Lindberg, 2L). Hoff continued his collaboration with 2L on the solo piano album LIVING, released April 2013. His latest recording “Fly North” was released in January 2014. The same month Hoff received a Buddy prize, the highest distinction in Norwegian jazz. May 2014 Hoff was appointed an official Steinway Artist and August this year he was Artist in residence at Ingmar Bergman Estate, Fårö (Sweden).
Website: http://jangunnarhoff.no/
Label: http://www.2l.no/pages/album/109.html
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Jan Gunnar Hoff — Stille lys (Quiet Light)

 

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