Friends & Neighbors Quintet (NOR) NZ Tour – 19-26/09/2018


Friends & Neighbors Quintet
NZ Tour 2018


Norwegian jazz quintet Friends & Neighbors announce a nation-wide New Zealand tour. The group represents the leading young voices in the thriving Norwegian modern jazz scene, and promises high energy excitement, swooping melodies and a touch of Nordic darkness.

Featuring Niklas Barnö (trumpet), André Roligheten (saxes/clarinet), Oscar Grönberg (piano), Jon Rune Strøm (bass) and Tollef Østvang (drums), the music of Friends & Neighbors represents a new generation of Norwegian jazz groups. Through original and strong compositions, the band has forged a strong identity, crystal clear presence and personality to burn. Together they draw upon the melodic innovations of Ornette Coleman alongside a unique Scandinavian sensibility to create vital and compelling music never heard live in Aotearoa.


“Sweeping melodious content and an airy underpinning…this undeniably adrenalized and sharply focused program boasts a profusion of flavoursome delights that sustain value on recurring listens.” – AllaboutJazz

“Friends & Neighbors underscores the implicit point that the language it springs out of, with tentacles going back to Ornette ́s revolutionary sound, is alive and thriving.
In this case, a spirited quintet of Norwegian musicians have made it their own.
Call it a neo-“New Thing” sensation”
– Downbeat


Tour Dates
Wednesday 19 September @ CJC – Auckland
Thursday 20 September – Audio Foundation
Friday 21 September – Paisley Stage
Saturday 22 September – Pyramid Club
Monday 24 September – Wellington, Arthur St Loft Orchestra @ 3rd Eye
Wednesday 26 September – CPIT Jazz School


Friends and Neighbours Website
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