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Fiona Talkington Fiona Talkington | 22:45 UK Time, Saturday, 24 July 2010

Fiona Talkington continues her blog from the Molde Jazz Festival

tori_wranes.jpgWatch out Womad! Farmers Market are on their way to you and they are in mischievous mood! If you can't get to Womad in person don't worry, we'll be recording them for next week's Late Junctions.  But tonight Farmers entertained the midnight revellers in the park here in Molde with a mixture of brilliant playing and zany humour. A good end to Moldejazz Day 1 and I realise just how much my feet ache. The day began with a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the new Library, Theatre and Jazz House. The Norwegian Minister of Culture, Anniken Huitfeldt,  gave a speech and the Japanese Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra performed some intriguing dance and mime. and I assumed there would be a brick, some concrete and a trowel. But no! The foundation stone arrived carried by Tori Wranes (left), accordion player and singer, who was swung into view by a huge crane and slowly lowered to the ground, singing and playing! Later on Nils Petter Molvaer gave his first concert as artist in residence, teaming up with Ethiopian singer Gigi, and Bill Laswell. Nils Petter has a huge following here and produced some magical sounds. Looking forward to him playing with our own Spin Marvel tomorrow.

My favourite venue here in Molde is the Kulturhuset, a small building on the hill overlooking the town, and this was where In The Country proved yet again not only that they are superb performers but that their music continues to explore emotional and creative depths. Morten Qvenild (piano) (also of Susanna and the Magical Orchestra), Roger Arntzen (also Ballrogg) on bass and Pal Hausken on drums. It certainly goes down in my list of memorable Molde gigs.

It's raining, the mountains are covered in cloud, but it's hard to dampen the spirits of a town steeped in 50 years of jazz and festival fever.

puma.jpgNot just the concert of the festival but my favourite Molde concert ever - the hugely talented Puma - Stian Westerhus, Oystein Moen and Gard Nilssen. Stian is well know to Late Junction audiences and delighted to have just been awarded a major composers' prize in Norway.  Puma are at London Jazz Festival this autumn:  their concert in Molde was a strobe-lit multi-talented extravaganza ... 




Kvernberg performed at the Late Junction 10th birthday. His Liarbird Project included Joshua Redman, Matthias Eick and Hakon Kornstad.














This is the beautiful setting for 7am break-of-day concert with Nils Petter Molvaer




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