This all-round ability, among other deep qualities, made him "artist in residence" at the 2004-edition of Molde International Jazz Festival. And in 2006, at Kongsberg Jazz Festival, he received the Vital prize, bringing him money and fame, but more importantly the opportunity to perform solo again, as he will do this year, and as the listener can inspect more closely on the recent release "Palinode". But, lest we forget, he also has a group of his own, in that most glorious of jazz formats: the trio. He released Postures on Jazzland records in 2003, chock full of his intricate yet instantly pleasurable compositions. He closed down the trio, but now, in 2007, Håvard Wiik Trio is back with "The Arcades Project".
The album was recorded at Bugges Room, January of 2007. In this new installment of the trio we find the fierce stickmanship of Håkon Mjåset Johansen on drums, and the contact-high youngster Ole Morten Vågan on bass. They originally met when Håvard Wiik did a stint as super stand-in in their group Motif. The two have also individually been involved with groups such as Urban Connection, Come Shine, Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception of Jazz, and are exponents of a new generation of Norwegian jazz players.
And they bring to Håvard Wiik's trio, in his own words:– "After I disbanded my last trio in 2004, I have used the last couple of years to try to develop a fresh view on the classic piano trio format, both in regards of interplay and composition. I feel this trio, and this recording, is an excellent document of my and the trio's efforts towards those goals." Truly, The Arcades Project presents Håvard Wiik on the top of his game, as composer, pianist and bandleader. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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