We so enjoyed the performance for us in 2022 by Norwegian pianist Kjetil Mulelid that we asked him to bring is other band back over to Leeds – WAKO. This quartet was nominated for best jazz album last year in Norway. Wako is one of the most impressive young live groups on the scene today. Individually, the musicians can also be seen in projects such as Norwegian grammy winner Hegge, Norwegian grammy nominees Megalodon Collective, Espen Berg trio, Kjetil Mulelid Trio and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. This will be the first time in the UK .
Four Norwegian improvisers with an utter disregard for purism, and an almost reckless attitude towards taking musical risks -Wako are exploring their very own language and approach to music.With six albums, and hundreds of live performances under their belt, Norwegian grammy nominee Wako plays with an authority and personality that places them at the forefront of Nordic jazz. Wako is one of the most dynamic and innovative groups on today’s jazz scene, and has built a solid fan base and garnered recognition from critics near and far.
According to Mark Sullivan (All About Jazz – US), Wako is “a Norwegian jazz collective with a real collective sound”, and the previous album “Wako” (Ear phonogram, 2020) was put on the top list of Jazzwise (UK) both in March and April 2020. Wako has taken their ever-evolving musicality and creativity with them around Europe, and done renditions of their music live both as a quartet, with the Oslo Strings ensemble, and with trumpet virtuoso Arve Henriksen, among others. The scope of the music is always carefully adjusted to the audience, environment and musical material, which means that the concerts are not only superlative, but also unique experiences.
Martin Myhre Olsen – saxophones Kjetil Mulelid – piano Bárður Reinert Poulsen – double bass Simon Olderskog Albertsen – drums .
“Expressive reach and austere beauty” – Fritz Balwit (US)
“The music would melt even the blackest heart” – Bird is The Worm (US)
“Wako is a Norwegian jazz collective with a truly collective sound” – Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz (US)
Doors 1.00pm. Music 1.30pm Tickets £12 full / £10 conc. Kids under 16 free.Buy Tickets