Eyolf Dale Trio

Eyolf Dale Trio

A musician with exceptional nuance, pianist Eyolf Dale's uniquely expressive improvisational voice is of ever-growing importance in the European scene. Following the success of his trios first album, Being (2021), as well as an extraordinary body of solo piano work, ‘The Wayfarers’ is their latest album with Eyolf’s long-term collaborators Per Zanussi and Audun Kleive.
‘The Wayfarers’ is a journey. From the warm optimism of the opening track through to melancholy and deep yearning and nostalgia which can be found in 'After the Party' and 'Fields of Kyiv,' the album truly captures the highs and lows, the twists and turns of life on the road. The album unfolds gradually, with each track an opportunity to stop and observe something that might have caught your attention along the way. For Eyolf, this opportunity to pause, reflect and admire is exactly what writing music is all about: "Music helps me to understand and realise what my feelings or emotions are about. It helps me to make choices in life. To be in contact with my own compass”
Eyolf's sound is instantly recognisable by its unique blend of Norwegian folk, jazz, and classical music - with a truly remarkable resemblance to composers like Chopin and Finzi for a pianist with no classical training. The use of the harpsichord-like Hammerspinet on ‘The Wayfarers’ injects a brightness and energy that makes this record like nothing you've heard before.
The trio has grown from strength to strength since releasing their debut album ‘Being’ (Edition Records, 2021) and is playing together more than ever before. The result is that ‘The Wayfarers’ is a much more collaborative process, with Per Zanussi and Audun Kleive involved in the writing at a much earlier stage. While Being was an intensely personal record, ‘The Wayfarers’ is about profound trust and collaboration, as Eyolf explains: 'The one thing that really I come back to every time is the empathy and the connection between people. There’s this special connection. It’s a matter of trust. They trust me to create music for them. And I trust them to deal with it in a manner that’s both respectful and disrespectful.'
A meeting of nordic folk, classical and jazz influences, Eyolf's music is profoundly lyrical and emotive. This is a beautiful album from one of Europe's finest piano trios.
Eyolf Dale, piano / Per Zanussi, bass / Audun Kleive, drums

“...an evocative journey through Dale's influences in jazz, classical and folk music”. Presto Music (UK)
"... stunning new trio album!" Open Jazz, France Musique, Jazz Trotter feature
"...nothing short of a triumph." UK Vibe 5 STARS *****
"...laid out like a musical road movie full of surprising soundscapes." WDR 3 Jazz (DE)
"A new flag bearer for Nordic jazz." 北欧ジャズの新たな担い手として注目したい. Jazz Life Magazine (JP)
"... a uniquely expressive album that burns brightly with life and imagination." UK Vibe 5 STARS *****
“Exquisite sound experience.” Aftenposten (NO) 5 STARS *****
"The Wayfarers is a big, moving album" NDR Jazz Album of the Week (DE)
"There is a vibrancy here that complements the darkness often in the writing …" Marlbank (UK)
"Whether this is the album of the year, is a bit early to say for sure, but that The Wayfarers is a candidate isn't in doubt." Dag og Tid (NO)
“Could be a soundtrack for a surreal ‘coming of age’ film, emotional and yet intangible, powerful and yet soaring into other spheres.” Kulturnews (DE)
“The bright metallic sound of 'The Sky At Sunset’' creates a kind of minimal music at twice the velocity: Steve Reich on speed.” Kulturnews (DE)
“The Wayfarers is the final proof that Eyolf Dale’s music and his trio belong with the very best, wherever we look.” Nettavisen (NO) (6/6) ******


Photo: Per Schorn




Live Remix: Arve Henriksen w/ David Kollar & Kim Reenskaug

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Arve Henriksen

Born in 1968, Arve Henriksen studied at the Trondheim Conservatory from 1987-1991, and has worked as a freelance musician since 1988.

He has worked with many musicians, including Marilyn Mazur, Nils Petter Molvær, Sidsel Endresen, Christian Wallumrød Ensemble, Nils Økland, Morten Qvenild, Per Oddvar Johansen, Iain Ballamy, Thomas Strønen, Gjermund Larsen, Svante Henryson, Mats Eilertsen, David Sylvian, Jon Hassell, Maja Ratkje, Laurie Anderson, John Paul Jones, Erik Honoré, Toshimaru Nakamura, Susanna Wallumrød, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, Gavin Bryars, Johanna McGregor, Imogen Heap, Guy Sigsworth, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bill Frisell, Dj Strangefruit, David Kollar, Jannis Anastasakis, Giorgos Varoutas, Anna Linardou, Jez Riley French, Sigurd Hole, Helge Norbakken, Ingar Zach, Audun Kleive, Anders Jormin, John Derek Bishop, Kjetil Husebø, and many more.

He has played in many different contexts, bands and projects, ranging from working with koto player Satsuki Odamura to the rock band Motorpsycho via numerous free improvising groups with Ernst Reisiger, Sten Sandell, Peter Friis-Nilsen, Lotte Anker, Hasse Poulsen, Terje Isungset, Benoit Delbecq, Steve Arguelles, Lars Juul and Marc Ducret.

He has collaborated with composers such as Peter Tornquist, Helge Sunde, Terje Bjørklund and Tõnu Kõrvits in cooperation with orchestras and chamber settings like Cikada String Quartet, Nidaros String Quartet, Zapp 4, The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Kristiansand and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble and Trondheim Soloists.He has worked together with video- and visual artists like Anastasia Isachsen, Tord Knudsen, Lillevan and Gregory Colbert.

David Kollar

david kollarSlovak experimental guitarist / composer David Kollar emerges as one of the most intriguing figures on the European Avant-Garde / Jazz scene in the last decade. His utterly unique approach both to the guitar as an instrument and the contemporary improvising / compositional idioms are fascinating and completely innovative.

Kollar's numerous recording projects, both as a solo artist and as a collaborator, are milestones of contemporary European experimental music sphere and each of those discloses another facet of his complex and constantly developing musical identity and his artistic personality. Kollar treats his music with a deep degree of seriousness and personal involvement, as if each and every one of his projects was not only his proverbial brain child but as if it was his actual offspring. He treats his instrument as a gateway between his complex ideas and their audible representation, the same way a sculptor treats the chisel or a painter the brush.

David has released more than 20 expansive albums, books, scored more than 20 films and worked on many multimedia projects.

Kim Reenskaug


Kim Reenskaug is a musician, composer and improviser working with electronic and electroacoustic music. With his solo project Wow Sailor he has released the album "Happy Fear" on Dugnad Rec, which features collaborations from Arve Henriksen and Synne Sanden. 

Blending ambient textures, noise, field recordings with various acoustic sound sources and traditional instruments, "Happy Fear" is an intricate tapestry of emotional experience, where fear and joy clash heads in the pursuit of self-understanding.

He is interested in the interplay and connection between various types of audio technology, and how it can describe our contemporary society and human condition. Combining elements like percussion and synthesis with tape equipment, dc motors, feedback and digital production his work takes multiple forms and genres. Collaborating with Corentin JPM Leven in the performance “Birds Of Ill Omen”, and with visual artist and filmmaker Hamid Waheed.