Nordic Jazz Comets
October 18th, 19:00
Privatclub

The Nordic Jazz Comets showcase opens the second edition of the Scope festival, featuring acts from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. This is the first time that the Nordic jazz organizations present their future stars together on international stages. From past years’ Nordic showcases and competitions we have gotten to know acts like Megalodon Collective, Katu Kaiku, Intone, Pixel, Skarkali Trio, Skver, Mopo, Isabel Sörling Group, Jazzkamikaze and Ilmiliekki Quartet, to name only a few. The annual event has always drawn a big local audience, as well as gathered together some of Europe’s “most wanted” power players in jazz industry.

The bands of the Nordic Jazz Comets 2017 are: Alex Jønsson Trio, Charlottas Burnin’ Trio, Simple Minds, Monkey Plot, VIRTA

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Rohey
October 19th, 21:00
Privatclub

With a 21st century freshness, past any concept of vogue, or any linear genre lines, Norwegian band ROHEY deliver powerful and energetic nu-soul music that bristles with authenticity, that grooves with the best funk, that has deep soul roots while keeping an eye on the broad expanse of a very promising future. Lead vocalist Rohey Taalah brings all the emotional complexity you would expect of a classic jazz or soul singer being compared to giants as Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse and Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote).

With the release of “A Million Things” on Jazzland Recordings in early 2017, their path can be expected to take them ever further: music this good can’t be kept secret for long. “A Million Things” is a sincere conviction and joyful an artful expression without making things unnecessarily difficult for the audience. This has been borne out by the their nomination for ‘Best Single’ at the Scandinavian Soul Awards in 2015. The album also gained unanimous praise from radio legends Gilles Peterson and Jamie Cullum of BBC Radio.

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ADHD
October 20th, 21:00
Berghain Kantine

The band ADHD has four members and comes from Iceland. Their five CDs are images of and capture something of the infinite wide space of the North, where far vistas are only interrupted by volcanos whose names even trained newsreaders find difficult to pronounce. Iceland – a land of extremes. And one of these extremes includes the fact that this country has an unusually high number of musicians in relation to the total population. Naturally, at times this can lead to friction. And such friction is evident in their music.

This search for common ground in the concentration on expansive vistas creates the unmistakable accord among these four Vikings. Although each of the musicians has clear roles, what matters to them fundamentally is the collective sound which in turn is so dense that the collective dissolves into a unified whole. They are a band in which the four ‘extremists’ can freely grow, but entirely without “flexing muscles” towards one another.

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Jay-Jay Johanson
October 20th, 21:00
Lido

Album Release Concert!

It was in 1996 that Jay-Jay Johanson, a young man from a cold climate, fascinated by the Bristol sound they called trip-hop and Portishead in particular, first tapped delicately on our eardrums.
The intoxicating album that definitively put this rare and elegant Swede on the map was called Whiskey. It was the beginning of an enthralling adventure. In only a few songs he revealed a family tree that spread its roots far and wide: on one branch Lee Hazlewood, or pop from Talk Talk or Nilsson, on the other John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, and a whole army of calm jazz or symphonic recordings sampled from everywhere imaginable.

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Nils Petter Molvaer
October 22nd, 20:00
Lido

Album Release Concert!

Nils Petter Molvaer will play his 2016 release Buoyancy at Scope Festival for the first time in a Berlin Club!

Buoyancy follows on from his last album Switch. With a quartet in which he himself plays trumpet, electronics and effects, Geir Sundstöl contributes a storehouse of exotic guitars and banjos, Jo Berger Myhre works out on bass, keyboards and more guitars and the former Madrugada drummer Erland Dahlen is responsible as one of Europe’s most versatile sound-painters for drums, percussion, xylophone, piano and any kind of everyday object you can imagine, Molvaer sallies forth on a journey through the horizontal, vertical and temporal. All four musicians back up their formidable arsenal of sound-generators with their personal integrity and with an incredible wealth of experience that each has collected independently of the others.

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Amok Amor
October 23rd, 20:00
Monarch

Amok Amor will play their last show ever at Scope Festival. The band will split up after.

The structure and form you will find in the music of this group are always the product of circumstance more than will. There are plans and there are compositions but everything is executed with an energy concentrated to progress quickly through the given information in order to maintain a constant flow. In that process something new always emerges, always different.

This is urgent music. Amok Amor surveys the threats and prospects of music in our world today.

The music is aggressive yet gentle. Bla bla bla bla bla. The world is changing, but this music will survive.

 Amok Amor is essential listening for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race and is wondering where to find a ray of hope.

Peter Evans – Trumpet, Petter Eldh – Bass, Christian Lillinger – Drum, Wanja Slavin – Saxophone

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Matthias Nilsson
October 24th, 20:00
Ölbergkirche

Mattias Nilsson, the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Swedish pianist, melts together the tradition of jazz piano with the Nordic tonal language, which gives him a musical landscapes with totally new shades of color. With a very warm, personal touch in mind, Nilsson adds to his palette of musical colors the rich and varied traditions of Swedish folk music, hymns, native composers, and not least, his original compositions. “…some might want to place him among the Swedish pianists that followed after Jan Johansson, but Nilsson is so much more than that” (Salt Peanuts, Norway).

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Bernhoft & The Fashion Bruises
October 25th, 21:00
Prince Charles

“Conjuring the raw sound of Richie Havens and Sly Stone with the spirit of Mayer Hawthorne and Sharon Jones, Bernhoft is so obviously a star that it feels only a matter of time before he breaks stateside.”—Los Angeles Times

Islander features Jill Scott on guest vocals and captures echoes of Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone, but Bernhoft transforms these sounds into something fresh.”—NPR’s “World Café”

Jarle Bernhoft is an experienced singer, composer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist and looping one-man-band.
Ever since the debut album “Ceramik City Chronicles” (2008) Bernhoft and his distinctive style has been noticed in Norwegian music industry, but it really started when he released his second album, “Solidarity Breaks” (2011).
The album gave Bernhoft the opportunity to perform on many major TV shows in Europe and the USA and it was awarded with two Spellemannpris awardsfor both “Best male artist” and “Artist of the Year.”

Live at Scope Festival with his full band!

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Kiasmos Live | special guest Nicola Cruz
October 25th, 20:00
Huxleys

Kiasmos is made up of Icelandic BAFTA – winning composer Ólafur Arnalds, known for his unique blend of minimal piano and string compositions with electronic sounds, and Janus Rasmussen from the Faroe Islands, known as the mastermind of the electro – pop outfit Bloodgroup. Based in Reykjavík, Arnalds used to work as a sound engineer, often for Rasmussen’s other projects, where the two musicians discovered their common love for minimal, experimental music. They eventually became best friends, often hanging out in their studio, exploring electronic sounds.

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Hess Is More
October 26th, 20:00
Berghain Kantine

Hess Is More

These 7 musicians, with their unique instrumentation and unorthodox arrangements create a very danceable yet at times puzzling concert. Catchy melodies and chant like lyrics can haunt you for days: “You are not a primate, you are not Maharishi either, but in between there is someone called yourself”.

Hess Is More started out as an electronic solo project for Danish musician Mikkel Hess.

Through 6 albums and various tours and collaborations the project has developed into a full blown Transatlantic Live Music Ensemble, working with a more collective approach.

Hess Is More has over the years received various awards and nominations, including “Danish Music Award Jazz” and a selection into “Top 10 best music of the year” by Time Out Magazine New York.

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Bowman Trio, Jaska Lukkarinen and Black Motor | We Jazz Label Night
October 27th, 20:00
Monarch

Bowman Trio

The group draws inspiration from the travels of their invited adventurer hero J. Bowman, whose expedits are documented on the liner notes taking the form of a journal. The intimate surroundings of a Helsinki cafe, an impromptu recording place, gives the set a strong feeling, not unlike that of the 1970s NYC loft jazz scene. The music sounds free at heart, yet is very melodic at the same time, and the young band excel in finding just what it takes to make a good composition swing.

Black Motor

Black Motor has always been about gifted, open and versatile musical minds coming together and heading into the unknown without fear. After ten years on this journey, a new era begins as founding members, drummer Simo Laihonen and bassist Ville Rauhala, invite saxophonist Tane Kannisto to join forces with them in the ongoing exploration.

Jaska Lukkarinen

Drummer Jaska Lukkarinen (of Dalindèo), sax man Jussi Kannaste and bassist Antti Lötjönen (of The Five Corners Quintet) play jazz which relies on the strong dynamic of the group. They swing at times, turn inwards for some deep meditative passaged on occasion, and find their own personal way within the music. Think pianoless small groups in the vein of some of Jimmy Giuffre’s best work, for example, and you’re in the right mindset.

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Girls in Airports
October 30th, 21:00
Prince Charles

Danish band famous for their captivating soundscapes crossing musical genres and geographical borders. Combining jazz, indie and urban folk into an unique expression of heart stirring melody-laden elegiac hooks and dance- friendly globally-influenced rhythms. Their charismatic live performances have quickly made them one of the most talked about new bands on the international scene

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