Nils Petter Molvær, Norwegian trumpet
player, composer and producer, who takes multiple music styles – jazz,
ambient, house, electronic and break beats, as well as elements from hip
hop, rock and pop music – and effortlessly reshapes them into unique
and dramatic soundscapes of deep intensity.
His remarkable ease in handling the often-contrary conventions of
pop, rock, funk, and modern jazz ensured a strong interest in both
acoustic and electric music. This chameleon-like ability soon
established him as a much sought-after musician in Oslo, which
ultimately led to his a colourful and diverse curriculum vitae as a
sideman. During his time with acclaimed jazz combo, Masqualero, NPM was
introduced to Manfred Eicher, who welcomed him into his prestigious and
much-lauded roster. Alongside the three ECM Masqualero releases, NPM
recorded many classic studio sessions for ECM with artists such as Robyn
Schulkowsky, Marilyn Mazur, Jon Balke’s Oslo 13, and Sidsel Endresen.
However, NPM wanted to do something different, both in terms of
composition, and trumpet technique.
A trumpet that knows how to capture both the polar ice caps and the
burning desert sand, that can portray surging crowds just as well as
total solitude, that loses itself but always finds the way back again.
Molvaer has his own very individual sound, influenced as much by the
poetry of Scandinavian nature as by electronic calculation, and last but
not least by colleagues like Miles Davis and Jon Hassell. But more than
anything else, Molvaer has himself. Listening to him play, it’s easy to
forget that his instrument is a trumpet.
Photo: Dirk Tholenaar