Last time the trio played in Romania was in 2009 at the Garana Jazz Festival. That concert was quite special, it was supposed to start at 12 pm, but just when we were about to start, it started raining an thundering! A LOT! Most of the audience left of course, but there was still many people who stayed, waiting, and occasionally sharing and clapping. We waited almost two hours, and in the end we played a small almost acoustic concert for those hard core fans who refused to run away from the weather. That was a night we’ll never forget. This time we’ll stay inside, the concert will take place in the Elvira Popescu Hall at the French Institute, Bucharest, on the 24th of January. Can’t wait!
By Jakob Baekgaard
5 1/2 of 6 stars
Published: July 9, 2014
Since he signed to Dagobert Böhm’s Ozella Music, Norwegian pianist Helge Lien has reached a new artistic plateau with his trio. Hello Troll (Ozella, 2008) was an immediate success that showcased the group’s lyricism and tight interplay and the spacious beauty of Natsukashii (Ozella, 2010) added new colors to a wide musical vocabulary rooted in the Nordic aesthetic.