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Atle Nymo: Sax and clarinettes

Eivind Lønning: Trumpet

Håvard Wiik: Piano

Ole Morten Vågan: Bass

Håkon Mjåset Johansen: Drums

A decade into their tenure, MOTIF is still polishing the personal sound they have been meticulously shaping since the beginning, a sound labeled a.o. as “a remarkable combination of powerful writing, simpatico free play, and stylistic cross-pollination” (John Kelman, Allaboutjazz, on 2008´s “Apo Calypso”).

The musicians unite from the very core of the norwegian scene, from bands such as Bugge Wesseltoft’s NCOJ, Atomic, Free Fall, Christian Wallumrød Ensemble and Trondheim Jazzorchestra, and are all key players in the young European improvising scene.

In 2010, they released their 4th CD, the box set “Facienda, to rave reviews.

Their two last outings, 2008 ́s Apo Calypso, and 2010 ́s three CD box set “Facienda”, have both been released on Bugge Wesseltofts ́s JAZZLANDrec, to great reviews.

MOTIF has also appeared on a variety of festivals all over the world – the Copenhagen Jazz festival, Bremen Jazz Ahead, Hanoi European Jazz festival, Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Moldejazz and countless clubs all over Europe. They have also toured in Asia, visiting China, Japan (where they ́ve played the renowned Pit Inn club in Tokyo) and Vietnam.

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