Mathias Eick

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Mathias Eick
Mathias Eick in 2016 at Oslo Jazzfestival
Mathias Eick in 2016 at Oslo Jazzfestival
Background information
Born (1979-06-16) 16 June 1979 (age 44)
Furnes, Hedmark
OccupationsMusician, composer
Formerly ofMotif
Jaga Jazzist

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 the 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.


Eick during a concert in Eidsfoss, Norway, 2002.

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, as he was heading for the 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 Norway's 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]


Mathias Eick at Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2015
Mathias Eick at Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2015

Solo albums[edit]

As a Sideman[edit]

With Jaga Jazzist
With Jacob Young
With Jan Gunnar Hoff
With Iro Haarla
With Manu Katché
With Music for a While including Tora Augestad, Stian Carstensen, Martin Taxt and Pål Hausken
With Lars Danielsson
With Ola Kvernberg's Liarbird
With Elvira Nikolaisen
With Eple Trio
  • 2014: Universal Cycle (Shipwreckords)
With Vincent Peirani
  • 2013: SWR NewJazz Meeting 2013 with Émile Parisien (Jazzhaus)
  • 2016: Living Being Extended with Émile Parisien, Leïla Martial, Yoann Serra, Tony Paeleman and Julien Herné (SWR JazzHaus)
With Unifony (Minco Eggersman and Theodoor Borger)
  • 2018: Unifony (Butler Records)

As a Session Musician[7][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 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).


  1. ^ "Jazzlinja". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. 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. ^ Hareuveni, Eyal (30 November 2012). "Music for a While: Graces That Refrain (2012)". Retrieved 2014-10-26.
  5. ^ "Liarbird Kolben 17.09.2011, Rikskonsertene". YouTube. 2011-09-17. Archived from the original on 2021-12-13. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  6. ^ Wicklund, Erling (2013-10-03). "Nikolaisen/Eick – I Concentrate On You - Review" (in Norwegian). NRK Jazz. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  7. ^ "Mathias Eick credits". Retrieved 2016-01-23.

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Festival sites[edit]

Preceded by Recipient of the Kongsberg Jazz Award
Succeeded by