Mathias Eick in 2016 at Oslo Jazzfestival
16 June 1979|
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.
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).
As a Sideman
- With Jaga Jazzist
- 2001: A Livingroom Hush (Ninja Tune)
- 2003: The Stix (Ninja Tune)
- 2005: What We Must (Ninja Tune)
- 2010: One-Armed Bandit (Ninja Tune)
- 2013: Live with Britten Sinfonia (Ninja Tune)
- With Jacob Young
- With Jan Gunnar Hoff
- With Iro Haarla
- 2004: Northbound (ECM) with Trygve Seim, Uffe Krokfors and Jon Christensen
- 2011: Vespers (ECM) with Trygve Seim, Ulf Krokfors and Jon Christensen
- With Manu Katché
- 2007:: Weill Variations (Grappa Music)
- 2012: Graces That Refrain (Grappa Music)
- 2014: Canticles of Winter (Grappa Music)
- With Lars Danielsson
- With Ola Kvernberg's Liarbird
- 2011: Liarbird (Jazzland Recordings), the commissioned work, live from Moldejazz 2010 including Bergmund Waal Skaslien (viola), Eirik Hegdal (saxophone), Håkon Kornstad (saxophone), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Ole Morten Vågan (bass), as well as Erik Nylander and Torstein Lofthus (drums)
- With Elvira Nikolaisen
- With Eple Trio
- 2014: Universal Cycle (Shipwreckords)
- 2001: Motorpsycho - Phanerothyme
- 2002: Motorpsycho - It's a Love Cult
- 2002: Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
- 2003: The Gathering - Souvenirs
- 2003: Motorpsycho w/ Jaga Jazzist Horns - In the Fishtank 10
- 2004: Lars Horntveth - Pooka
- 2004: Janove Ottesen - Francis' Lonely Nights
- 2005: Turbonegro - Party Animals
- 2006: Kinny & Horne - Forgetting to Remember
- 2007: Ulver - Shadows of the Sun
- 2008: Jan Gunnar Hoff - Magma
- 2009: Youn Sun Nah - Voyage
- 2009: Inger Marie Gundersen - My Heart Would Have a Reason
- 2009: Thomas Dybdahl - En Samling (compilation)
- 2009: Silvertongue - Diamond Sky
- 2010: Motorpsycho - Heavy Metal Fruit
- 2010: Mighty Sam McClain w/ Mahsa Vahdat - Scent of Reunion: Love Duets Across Civilizations
- 2012: Mighty Sam McClain w/ Mahsa Vahdat - A Deeper Tone of Longing: Love Duets Across Civilizations
- 2012: Alexander Von Mehren - Aéropop
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 City 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).
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- Official website
- IAJE 34th Annual International Conference (PDF Brochure).
- International Jazz Festivals Organizations (IJFO)
- International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE).
Håkon Mjåset Johansen
| Recipient of the Kongsberg Jazz Award
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