Mats Eilertsen new bassist in Helge Lien Trio!

Helge Lien Trio is standing at a crossroads! Almost 20 years have passed since the trio first came in to being in a stuffy cellar in Oslo. Since then we’ve played hundreds of concerts at home and abroad – from Canada in the west to Japan in the east. The trio has, among other things, released nine albums and been nominated for the Norwegian Grammy three times. In 2008 we were awarded the Grammy (Spellemann Prize) for the album Hello Troll.

Super bassist Frode Berg has been an invaluable part of the trio all these years, and has had enormous influence on the project’s sound and character with his large, clear bass sound and vital creative power. On November 11th Frode is on stage with the trio for the last time. This takes place at the London Jazz Festival where the trio plays with the Polish violinist Adam Baldych. The concert will mark the end of a long and extremely rewarding collaboration. Frode will focus on his own new projects, as well as continuing the significant job as a bassist in Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. We can all enjoy his exceptional musicality and versitality in the years to come, colleagues and audiences alike.

In comes Mats Eilertsen, also a dream of a musician whose tone and musicality has captivated both audiences and fellow musicians for many years. He is known as a sought after and highly present bass player, a creative melodist and brilliant improvisor. Along with drummer Per Oddvar Johansen, the first concerts with the new trio will be held in February next year. Per Oddvar and I are very proud to have Mats on the team, and look forward to exploring new ground with him.

Helge Lien, November 2017


Mats Eilertsen ny bassist i Helge Lien Trio!

Helge Lien Trio står ved et veiskille! Siden trioen oppsto i et klamt kjellerlokale i Oslo har det gått bortimot 20 år. Gjennom disse årene har vi spilt hundrevis av konserter i inn- og utland: fra Canada i vest til Japan i øst. Trioen har blant annet gitt ut ni plater og vært nominert til Spellemannprisen tre ganger. I 2008 ble vi tildelt den gjeve harpa for albumet Hello Troll.

Superbassist Frode Berg har vært en uvurderlig del av trioen i alle disse årene, og hatt enorm innflytelse på prosjektets sound og egenart med sin store, klare basslyd og vitale skaperkraft. Den 11. november står Frode på scenen med trioen for siste gang. Det skjer på selveste London Jazzfestival hvor trioen spiller med den polske fiolinisten Adam Baldych. Konserten blir en storartet avslutning på et langt og særdeles givende samarbeid. Frode kommer til å fokusere på nye egne prosjekter, i tillegg til å fortsette den betydningsfulle jobben som bassist i Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester. Det er bare å glede seg for de kollegaer og publikum som får nyte hans store musikalitet og allsidighet i årene som kommer.

Inn kommer Mats Eilertsen, også en drøm av en musiker, hvis tone og musikalitet har trollbundet både publikum og medmusikere i mange år. Han er kjent som en ettertraktet og svært tilstedeværende bassist, en kreativ melodiker og strålende improvisator. Sammen med trommemagiker Per Oddvar Johansen holdes de første konsertene med ny trio i februar neste år. Per Oddvar og jeg er svært stolte over å ha Mats med på laget, og gleder oss til å finne veien videre sammen med ham.

Helge Lien, november 2017

New CD with Adam Baldych & Helge Lien Trio

We’re happy to announce the release of our latest project, a collaboration with the fantastic polish violin player Adam Baldych. The CD “Bridges” will be released on ACT Music in August 2015. Adam has written some great music specifically for this project. Watch out for tour dates!

Adam Baldych in the Hansa Studio, Berlin

photo © Helge Lien

Helge Lien Trio in Romania!

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!

New drummer in Helge Lien Trio

Our good friend and master of the grooves, Knut Aalefjær, is moving on to a new playground. In comes the renowned Per Oddvar Johansen: A versatile and powerful drummer, a truly exquisite musician. Our first concert with Per Oddvar will take place in Tokyo, Japan, in september.

Our last concert with Knut will be at Dølajazz in Lillehammer, Norway – which is more or less where it all started 13 years ago. During these years, Knut has been a keystone with his steady beats and innovative ideas – and has contributed majorly in the development of our trio’s sound.