Ola Kvernberg Trio
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Ola Kvernberg Trio


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The best kept secret in music


"Stunning reviews for debut album "Night Driver"! Here are some excerpts"

Editor Marius Lien of Natt&Dag Trondheim says "He finally took the step."
and awards "NIGHT DRIVER" BEST ALBUM 2006 !

Svein Andersen, Aftenposten

"This is without doubt one of Norways most exciting bands"
Carl Petter Opsahl, VG

"..delivers 45 minutes of «violin jazz»
different from anything the world has ever heard"
Terje Mosnes, Dagbladet

"Unique, complex and exciting"
Olav Gorseth, Bergens Tidende

"As far as I concern, Kvernberg is already among the
worlds most exciting jazz violinists."
Tor Hammerø, Puls

"...from a jazz perspective, I strongly doubt there is any violinist representing anything comparable to this."
Kjell Moe, Avisa Nordlys

"..an inviting album with plenty energi and humour."
Trygve Lundemo, Adresseavisen

"Ola Kvernberg is still a fiddler: curious, intense og engaged."
Petter Petterson, Romsdals Budstikke

"..a solid, complete album.."
Roald Helgheim, Dagsavisen
- norwegian newspapers (translated from norwegian)


Ola Kvernberg Trio - Night//Driver -2006- Jazzland Rec.

OTHER RELEASES with Ola Kvernberg


Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - "Quintet"
Randi Tytingvåg - "Let Go"
Eagle Ridin' Papas - "Hokum"
Trondheim Jazz Orchestra w/Vigleik Storaas - "Tribute"
Hot Club de Norvège - "25th Anniversary"
Tara - "Plain as Coal"


Elisabeth Andreassen - "Short Stories"
Hot Club de Norvége - "Hot Cats"
Jimmy Rosenberg (reissue) - "Swingin' With Jimmy"


Django Festival 3 - "Gypsy Swing Today"


Hot Club de Norvége - "White Night Short Stories"
Hot Club de Norvége - "The Best Of"
Vidar Sandbeck Tribute - "Gull Fra Grønne Skoger"


Ola Kvernberg Trio feat. Doug Raney - "Cats & Doug"
Hot Club de Norvége - "White Night Stories"
Hot Club de Norvége - "White Night Live"


Hot Club de Norvége feat. Angelo Debarre - "Angelo's Back In Town"
Ola Kvernberg (solo debut) - "Violin"


Hot Club de Norvége - "Presents Ola Kvernberg & Jimmy Rosenberg"


Feeling a bit camera shy


Ola grew up in a musical family, playing in the fiddle folk music tradition of his mom and granddad. Studying classical and folk music from age 6, he discovered jazz music at age 16 and has since then pursued his interest in improvised music.

The trios reportoire today consists mainly of Olas compositions; a mixture of bebop, folkmusic-fiddling and modal jazz. Focusing on the interplay, the result is quite a unique sound: everything from burnin’ to intepretating soft songs.

About the musicians:

Ola Kvernberg (born 1981) – had his official breakthrough with the band Hot Club de Norvège at the Django-festival in Oslo, winter 2000 – a spontaneous jamsession which led to several recordings and full-time touring schedule since then. Finished his 4-year study in jazz at the Music Conservatory of Trondheim, Norway in may 2005. Has played with Svend Asmussen, Didier Lockwood, Philip Catherine, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Les Paul, Doug Raney, Ed Thigpen, Toots Thielemanns, James Carter and Pat Metheny, to mention a few. (www.olakvernberg.com)

Steinar Raknes (born 1975) – bass player and composer. Finished his jazz-studies at the Music Conservatory of Trondheim, Norway in 1999, and has done part-time teaching their since then. Plays in several Norwegian bands, such as Urban Connection, The Core and Vindaloo. Has worked with Michael Brecker, Chick Corea, Steve Grossman, Per “Texas” Johanson, Jonas Kullhammar, Doug Raney, Ed Thigpen, Marilyn Mazur and many more. www.steinarraknes.com (not recently updated..)

Erik Nylander (born 1981) – is at the time finishing 4rd grade of his jazz studies at the Music Conservatory of Trondheim, Norway. Has a distinguished direction in his music, inspired by drummers such as Jack DeJohnette and Elvin Jones. Is at the time about to become a very busy drummer, being engaged by numerous bands in all sorts of styles.