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Fiona Talkington Fiona Talkington | 09:42 UK Time, Monday, 19 July 2010

Moldejazz is the largest and oldest jazz festival in Europe. Radio 3's Fiona Talkington is there ...

molde3.JPGFor the last couple of hours I've been staring out of my window. I've watched an OB truck pack up after live coverage of the football match between Molde FK and Sandefjord; I've watched the Hurtigruten, the big cruise ship that goes up the west coast of Norway, but most of all I've been watching the ever changing panorama of the blue mountains of this very special town.  And I know I'll be watching them again in the early hours of the morning when the sky becomes streaked with pinks and golds as the sun takes a brief break.  The town of Molde has a very special place in my heart, not just for the mountains but also for its place in the history of Norwegian music. This year the Molde International Jazz Festival, starting today, celebrates 50 years   

I've been in town for a couple of days enjoying the calm before the jazz storm,  but this evening jazz became a reality as I bumped into trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer who's this year's artist in residence and Nils Olav Johansen from Farmers Market (more about them in due course as they're heading to WOMAD after playing in Molde!).  It's a paradise for Late Junction listeners: several new projects from Nils Petter,  guitarist Stian Westerhus, who's been featured regularly on Late Junction recently and who's here with Puma and with the incomparable Sidsel Endresen, and Ola Kvernberg who played at LJ's 10th birthday party; pianist Kjetil Bjornstad has a new project,  the trio In the Country are here, and there's the promise of the legendary Terje Rypdal at the end of the week.

Between the music and the mountains, there's not going to be a lot of sleep, but I'll keep you posted!



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