Mathias Eick

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Mathias Eick
Mathias Eick Kongsberg 2010.jpg
Mathias Eick at EnergiMølla in Kongsberg
29. september 2010 (Photo: Thomas Bjørndahl)
Background information
Born (1979-06-16) 16 June 1979 (age 35)
Furnes, Hedmark
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupations Musician and composer
Instruments Trumpet
Piano
Guitar
Website Official website
Notable instruments
Trumpet
Mathias Eick during a concert in Eidsfoss, Norway, 2002

Mathias Eick (born 26 June 1979) is a Norwegian jazz musician, and the brother of the jazz musicians Johannes Eick and Trude Eick. He is mainly known from his releases on the jazz label ECM Records. His main instrument is the trumpet, but he also plays upright bass, vibraphone, piano and guitar. He has performed with several well-known music groups and musicians, e.g. Jaga Jazzist, Manu Katché, and "Trondheim Jazz Orchestra" together with Chick Corea and Pat Metheny. Besides this he is also known for his collaboration with Norwegian singer-songwriter Thomas Dybdahl, and recordings with the Norwegian bands Turboneger, DumDum Boys, Motorpsycho, D'Sound and Bigbang.

Career[edit]

After finishing high school, he started on the Music program at the Toneheim Folkehøyskole near by Hamar, followed by studies on the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonsevatorium.[1]

Born in 1979 Eick has marvellous range of achievements to show for himself: in 2007 he won the International Jazz Talent, awarded to him by the International Jazz Festivals Organization situated in New York. He then won the Statoil Scholarship in 2009, undoubtedly the largest scholarship in Norway, and he is currently heading for release of his second album on one of the worlds most influential jazz record labels, ECM.

In the meantime Eick keeps himself busy participating on several albums playing either trumpet, double bass, vibraphone, piano, guitar, or in his own words “anything needed.” Some of his collaborators have been, among a vast amount of others, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Chick Corea, Iro Haarla, Manu Katché and Jacob Young. Eick is also a member of the Norwegian genre-defying group Jaga Jazzist, a group with which he has performed for many years. In the summer of 2006 he toured with Jan Gunnar Hoff Group and Mike Stern and in October/November on European tour with Thomas Dybdahl.

Eicks band is currently a five-piece, featuring two drummers, bass, piano and Eick himself. The lineup changes invariably as all the participating musicians are amongst Norways finest, but for the most part the band consists of Andreas Ulvo (piano), Torstein Lofthus and Gard Nilssen (drums), and Audun Erlien (bass). The music is composed by Eick and pays tribute to both the truly unique Scandinavian soundscape, as well as the lyricism and melancholy of the Canadian trumpeter Kenny Wheeler.

In 2013 Eick appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival within his own Quintet including Andreas Ulvo (piano, Fender Rhodes, keyboards, electronics), Audun Erlien (bass), Andreas Bye & Kenneth Kapstad (drums).[2]

Discography[edit]

Solo Albums[edit]

As a Sideman[edit]

With Jaga Jazzist
With Iro Haarla
With Manu Katché
With Jacob Young
With Lars Danielsson
  • 2009 - Tarantella (ACT Music)
Within Ola Kvernberg's Liarbird
With Elvira Nikolaisen

Awards[edit]

Mathias Eick was awarded “The International Jazz Award for New Talent 2007”. He received a prize of $20,000 US on 13 January 2007 during the IAJE 34th Annual International Conference in New York where he also performed. The annual prize was founded by IAJE in cooperation with the International Jazz Festivals Organization (IJFO). He was awarded the 2014 DNB price at Kongsberg Jazzfestival (300,000 NOK)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jazzlinja". NTNU.no. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Mathias Eick Quintet - Modern Creative". North Sea Jazz Festival. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  3. ^ "Mathias Eick Skala". ECM Records. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  4. ^ "Liarbird Kolben 17.09.2011, Rikskonsertene". YouTube. 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  5. ^ Wicklund, Erling (2013-10-03). "Nikolaisen/Eick – I Concentrate On You - Review" (in Norwegian). NRK Jazz. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 

External links[edit]

Festival sites[edit]