We will perform at Jugendjazz in Ålesund on June 8th before the Jazzintro finals at Moldejazz on July 20th.
Our second gig was recorded at Dokkhuset in Trondheim three days after the premiere, and sounded like this:
Back to Maijazz: Our competing orchestra Titta Jag Flyger! performed some seriously affecting compositions, powerfully delivered by all members of the band. Alf Hulbækmo treats the piano with an inspired playfulness, constantly charged by the attentive driving forces of drummer Axel Skalstad and double bassist Egil Kalman. Kalle Nyberg presented the themes in outstanding beauty on both tenor saxophone and Bb clarinet, while piece by piece the cinematic narrative led me on an irresistible ride through their surprising realm.
I speculate that Titta Jag Flyger!'s shortcoming paradoxically lay in their group potential as story-driven conveyors. While the grand line of the form could be followed closely with compelling detail, the transitions (sometimes pauses) in between songs safely returned me (somewhat reluctantly) back to the "real" image of an afternoon at the jazz festival. Such events were undoubtedly overshadowed by the numerous epic moments conjured by their imaginative writing and swift execution.
I wish the Jazzintro program at Maijazz in the future can be held during the evening block instead, perhaps switching places with the "Tett på en helt" series just on that day. The following jam session would be a perfect way to blow out the imaginary steam of competition. "Tett på en helt" teams students at Stavanger University's jazz department up with internationally active artists (this year it was Mats Gustafsson, Eirik Hegdal, Hanna Paulsberg and Atle Nymo, all reknowned Scandinavian saxophonists and composers) and should easily attract an audience even at 1pm on a sunny holiday.
I thank Titta Jag Flyger! for an amazing experience, and as we all agreed, participants, jury and audience alike, this is really like a competition between jazz festivals to book some exciting young acts. And Maijazz seemed pleased with their results.