Jaga Jazzist return! On their new album “Pyramid”, set to be released on April 24th, the legendary Norwegian eight-piece takes a deep dive into post-rock, jazz and psychedelia influences. The group will demonstrate their new material in Warsaw in May.
It’s impossible to describe the myriad musical influences and inspirations that inform the sound of Jaga Jazzist without tumbling down a rabbit hole of genre confusion such is the sonic magnitude and diversity of the Norwegian supergroup’s compositions. The band has consistently confounded categorisation from its inception. However, the direction of travel has been obstinately consistent: moving forward… always moving forward.
The youngest of three siblings that began Jaga Jazzist in 1994 in the small town of Tønsburg when he was just 14, Lars Horntveth has gradually emerged as Jaga’s primary compositional voice. Lars, brother Martin and sister Line all demonstrated a strong-willed distaste for orthodoxy – an early reason why Jaga sounds unlike any other band in any scene. The band released their debut “Grete Stitz” in 1996, immediately grabbing the ears and eyes of musicians, producers and venue owners at the heart of Norway’s music scene. A career-defining moment for Jaga – already garnering a word-of-mouth reputation for exhilarating live performances – was signing with Ninja Tune in 2002. The label quickly reissued the band’s second longplayer “A Livingroom Hush” to international acclaim. Returning with “Stix” in 2002, “What We Must” (2005), “One Armed Bandit” (2009), an epic live album with Britten Sinfonia (2013) and a celebratory 20th anniversary compilation “’94-’14” in 2014, Jaga released their last studio album “Starfire” in 2015.
The group’s desire to evolve, experiment and improvise matches that of their new label home Brainfeeder, itself a beacon for musical fusion and hybridity, and heralds the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Jaga Jazzist.
Jaga Jazzist will play Niebo, Warsaw on May 15th 2020. Tickets at the price of PLN 99 will be available on 28.02 via fource.pl, GoOut.pl, Eventim.pl, Ticketmaster.pl, Biletomat.pl, Going.pl and all Empik stores.