Spoleto ’14 jazz artist Hakon Kornstad tears it up with sax and loop pedal


A Norwegian jazz explorer puts the "Ooooh!" in Oslo

When we received the Spoleto ’14 lineup at the office a few days ago and started Googling all of the artists, one jazz act already stood out as a can’t-miss: Norwegian saxophonist Håkon Kornstad.

A conservatory-trained, Norwegian Grammy-nominated tenor sax player who originally made it onto the map with a jazz-electronica band called Wibutee, he’s currently pushing the limits of what a solo jazz performance can look like. Seriously, check out this live video he did for Music Norway:

Håkon Kornstad – Live At The Office from MusicNorway on Vimeo.

Making liberal use of a loop pedal, Kornstad piles on layers of percussion and melody with his saxophone, also adding electronic flourishes and riffs on the flutonette (a flute with a clarinet mouthpiece) on the fly.

Oh, and did we mention he sings opera? Because he sings opera, too.

Hakon Kornstad – Tenor Battle at Øyafestivalen, Oslo. August 9. 2012. from Asle Karstad on Vimeo.

Kornstad will play Wed. June 4 at 5 p.m., Fri. June 6 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sat. June 7 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale starting Dec. 9 at spoletousa.org.

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