Nils Petter Molvær

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Nils Petter Molvær
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Background information
Also known as NPM
Born (1960-09-18) 18 September 1960 (age 54)
Langevåg, Møre og Romsdal
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz, future jazz, jazz fusion, electronica
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Trumpet
Labels ECM
Associated acts Masqualero
Website Official website
Molvær in Neuwied, Germany in 2001

Nils Petter Molvær (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈmol.væɾ][1]) also known as NPM (born September 18, 1960) is a Norwegian jazz trumpeter, composer, and producer. Molvær is considered a pioneer of "future jazz", a genre that fusing jazz and electronic music, showcased on his most commercially successful album, Khmer,[2] on the ECM label in October 1997 in Europe and early 1998 in North America.[3][4][5]

Biography[edit]

Molvær was born and raised on the island of Sula, Møre og Romsdal, Norway, and left at age nineteen to study on the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (1980-82).[6] He joined the bands Jazzpunkensemblet with Jon Eberson and Masqualero, alongside Arild Andersen, Jon Christensen and Tore Brunborg. Masqualero (named after a Wayne Shorter composition originally recorded by Miles Davis) recorded several albums for ECM Records, and Molvær recorded with other ECM artists before his 1997 debut solo album, Khmer. The record was a fusion of jazz, rock, electronic soundscapes, and hip-hop beats – and quite unlike the delicate "chamber jazz" typically associated with ECM.[7] Molvær's muted trumpet sound, sometimes electronically processed, had an obvious debt to Miles Davis's work of the 1970s and 1980s, but without being a slavish copy. For the first time, ECM released singles - "Song of Sand", backed with three remixes, and "Ligotage". In 2000, a second album followed, Solid Ether, after which Molvær left ECM. He has recorded several albums since, and has also produced film and theater music.[3][4]

He often works with guitarist Eivind Aarset. He has also played with Tabla Beat Science created by Zakir Hussain and Bill Laswell.[5]

Honors[edit]

Discography[edit]

In Masqualero[edit]

  • 1985: Bande À Part[8]
  • 1987: Aero
  • 1990: Re-Enter

Solo[edit]

Original albums

Reprise albums

  • 2001: Recoloured (remixes)
  • 2004: Streamer (2002, live versions of previous tracks)
  • 2005: Remakes (remixes)
  • 2005: An American Compilation(compilation)

With others[edit]

Also appears on[edit]

  • Beginner's Guide to Scandinavia (3CD, Nascente 2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pronounced approximately "MOL-vair".
  2. ^ Genzel, Christian. "Khmer: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  3. ^ a b Dalane, Anders. "Nils Petter Molvær Biography". Norsk Biografisk Leksikon. Kunnskapsforlaget. 
  4. ^ a b "Molvær, Nils Petter". Norsk Musikkinformasjon. 
  5. ^ a b "Molvær, Nils Petter". Norsk Musikkinformasjon. 
  6. ^ "Jazzlinja NRNU.no". NTNU.no. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  7. ^ Geoff Dyer in The Observer
  8. ^ Also listed as Bande à Part and Bande à part.
  9. ^ The title is er, the common suffix for the names of the tracks ("Hover", "Softer", "Dancer", etc.) and their author.
  10. ^ Re-Vision press release
  11. ^ "Hamada info". 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
First award in 1996
Recipient of the Kongsberg Jazz Award
1996
Succeeded by
Bugge Wesseltoft
Preceded by
Mari Boine
Recipient of the Open class Spellemannprisen
1997
Succeeded by
Sidsel Endresen & Bugge Wesseltoft
Preceded by
Bjørn Johansen
Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
1998
Succeeded by
Bugge Wesseltoft
Preceded by
Krøyt
Recipient of the Open class Spellemannprisen
2000
Succeeded by
Anja Garbarek
Preceded by
Jon Eberson
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
2003
Succeeded by
Petter Pettersson
Preceded by
Frode Fjellheim
Recipient of the Open class Spellemannprisen
2005
Succeeded by
Hanne Hukkelberg
Preceded by
Alfred Janson
Recipient of the «Open class» Edvardprisen
2010
Succeeded by
Johan Sara