Bugge Wesseltoft

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Bugge Wesseltoft (with John Scofield ) at the Moers Festival 2006

Jens Christian Bugge Wesseltoft (born February 1, 1964 in Porsgrunn ) is a Norwegian jazz musician and pianist .


Wesseltoft started out in a punk band, but he didn't really enjoy it. He met Nils Petter Molvær and they founded a jazz quartet whose compositions Wesseltoft enriched with effects elicited by his Atari ST . He still lacked the experience to generate rhythm. In retrospect, he is self-critical of his first albums because of his technical beginner knowledge.

Wesseltoft is considered the “mastermind” of a new generation of musicians who fuse classical jazz with electronic music. Under the name New Conception of Jazz , Wesseltoft strives for a synthesis of live electronics and the means of improvised jazz. In addition, he also repeatedly devotes himself to purely acoustic piano playing. With his own music label Jazzland , founded in 1996 , he has created a platform for the Norwegian scene that enables artistic freedom beyond the mainstream. He is considered an integrating figure in the Norwegian jazz scene and worked a. a. with Jan Garbarek , Sidsel Endresen , Eivind Aarset and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten . He is also internationally recognized and cooperated e.g. B. with Henrik Schwarz , Miki N'Doye or John Scofield . With Dan Berglund and Magnus Öström he had success in the Trio Rymden .

In 2004 he received a buddy prize .


Wesseltoft on the Norwegian jazz scene:

“The local scene is very open. Already in the 80s there were strong connections between the folk scene and jazz. Today there is a bigger exchange between the electronic and the jazz scene, which I personally find much more interesting. "

Discography (selection)

Individual evidence

  1. Bugge Wesseltoft on laut.de
  2. Gold / platinum database of the Federal Association of the Music Industry, accessed June 11, 2016

Web links

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