Jazz bands win coveted French prizes

This week saw the Norwegian/Swedish jazz quartet Fattigfolket winning the coveted jury prize at the Tremplin Jazz d'Avignon festival. Sphinx took home the audience’s award.

Listen to a 30 second clip of Sphinx’ "Disconsonant"
Listen to more tracks or buy Sphinx’ "Speaks the Riddle of the Undisputed Truth" album


Norwegian/Swedish combo Fattigfolket, which is made up of Gunnar Halle on trumpet, Hallvard Godal on sax, Putte Frick-Meijer on bass and Ole Morten Sommer on drums hit the jackpot this week as the collective won the coveted jury prize at the young musician’s competition of the Tremplin Jazz d'Avignon festival in France.

The Fattigfolket band members share a background from such ensembles and artists as New Jungle Orchestra, Susi Hyldgaard, Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Fredrik Lundin, Sture Ericson and Raoul Björkenheim. The band’s musical focus is on communication and a balance of compositional and improvisational material that pays homage to the modern European and North-American jazz tradition. Fattigfolket perform original compositions written by the band members.

Another Norwegian jazz ensemble that had a fruitful stay in Avignon was Sphinx. The band which consists of saxophonist Anders Lønne Grønseth, pianist Dave Skinner, bassist Audun Ellingsen and Ulrik Ibsen Thorsrud on drums took home the audience’s award at the Tremplin Jazz d'Avignon festival.

Sphinx was formed in 2000, and has released one album so far; “Speaks the Riddle of the Undisputed Truth” (Acoustic Records).

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