Nordic Jazz Festival 2012

For the sixth consecutive year, the Nordic Embassies are proud to present the week long music festival Nordic Jazz. Between June 22-30, Washington D.C. will be able to enjoy some of the best performers the Nordic region has to offer - giving the audiences an unprecedented glimpse into the unique jazz scene found in the world's northernmost countries.

Nordic jazz is presented in a collaboration with the Nordic Embassies and one of Washington's Top Jazz Club - Twins Jazz.

Participating Bands
Representing Norway will be the critically acclaimed jazz band IPA and the multi Grammy Award nominee Håkon Kornstad. From Sweden comes Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra, winner of the 2011 Nordic Music Prize. From Finland comes the award-winning Iiro Rantala, best known as the founder of and pianist for Trio Töykeät, Finland's most famous jazz group. From Iceland come two acts: Sunna Gunnlaugsdottir and one of Iceland's leading jazz guitarists, the award-winning Bjorn Thorodssen. The Washington Post said Sunna's music possesses "such timeless virtues as lyricism and grace [and] elegantly bridges soul-searching passages with uncluttered swing." And last but not least, from Denmark comes Søren Møller, hailed by the American magazine All About Jazz as "as close to perfect as it gets."

More information on all participating bands is available from the below link:
Info on all artists

For a complete schedule of all concerts during Nordic Jazz 2012, click on the below link:

> Nordic Jazz Schedule

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Rooftop Concert at House of Sweden

On June 26, jazz bands from Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark will take the rooftop stage at House of Sweden, Embassy of Sweden. Doors will open at 6:00 pm.

Schedule for the evening:
6:00 pm Doors open
6:30 pm Björn Thoroddsen, Iceland, 15 min
7:00 pm Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra, Sweden, 45 min
8:00 pm Håkon Kornstad, Norway, 30 min
8:45 pm Søren Møller, Denmark, 30 min
9:15 pm Jam session by Iceland, Demark, Norway, 45 min

Cash bar and light food will be available for purchase. Join us for an unforgettable night with the beautiful view of Washington D.C and the Potomac River!

About Sweden's Goran Kajfeš
Kajfeš is one of Sweden's top jazz trumpeters and a sought after session player, touring musician and producer. Kajfeš has performed with Robyn, José Gonzales, Mando Diao, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Lester Bowie and The Soundrack of our Lives to name a few. He started off his solo career in 2001 and has since acclaimed fame as a talented musician on the Scandinavian scene. For Nordic Jazz, trumpeter Goran Kajfeš, leads the Subtropic Arkestra of seven including Per "Rusktrask" Johansson Baritone sax and flute, Jonas Kullhammar Tenor sax and flute, Jesper Nordenström Organ, Andreas Söderström Guitar, Johan Berthling Bass and Johan Holmegard Drums.

In 2011, Goran Kajfes was awarded the Nordic Music Prize where the jury said the following:

"A very distinctive voice unexpectedly united the jury, everybody instantly recognized the love that has gone into the playing and, also, the packaging. It's an ambitious and warm fusion of sonic elements, from jazz with both african and eastern influences to electronica.

This double album really does something that is quite rare: it communicates the pure joy of music."

More on Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra by visiting the below website:
> Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra