1977 (age 41)
Kirsti Huke has become a household name in the Norwegian jazz scene. Her voice has been described as a honey jar and a powerhouse both apt descriptions of this gifted singer´s playful and rooted approach to jazz standards as well as pop and rock songs in a quartet setting. The Norwegian music press has remarked upon her ability to make the audience feel that what she sings matters to her (Trygve Lundemo, Adresseavisen).
Her quartet features Steinar Raknes, perhaps Norway´s premier bass player of his generation. Steinar has toured all over the world, and his daring and solid playing has laid the foundation for Urban Connection, Chick Corea, Ola Kvernberg, the Core and Shagma, getting rave reviews everywhere he travels. Vigleik Storås on piano is a new collaborator for Kirsti, and he brings to the table many years of experience from the top shelf of the European jazz scene. Previous sparring partners for Vigleik include Chet Baker, Warne Marsh, Karin Krogh, Jon Christensen and Terje Rypdal. Vigleik´s own trio has won the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannsprisen) for jazz twice. The only Swede in Kirsti´s band is Erik Nylander on drums, who just completed his four-year training at NTNU´s much-lauded jazz department. Erik also plays with Ola Kvernberg and Kobert when he´s not performing with Kirsti.
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