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Friday 17 February, 2017

For the first time in history, a brass band has been included in the programme of one of Norway’s oldest and most prestigious music festivals, the Molde International Jazz Festival.

Molde Brass Band is set to appear alongside a host of highly respected musicians including composer Henning Sommerro and renowned trumpet player Jan Magne Førde.

Molde will perform Jan Magne Førde’s work Mezzing (which translates to “Brazz” - “messing” being the Norwegian word for brass).The work received its critically acclaimed premiere performance at the Trondheim Jazzfest in 2016, where it was performed by Ila Brass Band.

Molde Brass Band spokesperson Nils Ove Erstad commented to BB: “It was a natural choice for Jan Magne Førde to collaborate with the town’s own Molde Brass Band for the upcoming performance at Molde International Jazz Festival. The venue for the concert is the magnificent Molde Cathedral, a well-known venue for Molde Brass Band, and an annual venue for the Festival. The performance, which will be held on 22 July at 11.00pm, will be part of the closing concert of the 2017 event.”

Molde Brass Band was founded in 1979, and is now recognised as one of the leading brass bands in Norway. The band first took part in the Norwegian Championships in 1986, and has competed in the Elite division a total of 15 times since its first appearance in 1999, a third place in 2009 its best result to date.

Jan Magne Førde (born 1962) has worked as a professional musician and composer for almost 30 years. He is in great demand as a soloist and composer/arranger, both in Norway and internationally, and aside from his solo career he plays in “The Brazz Brothers”. Førde has toured all over the world and has collaborated countless times with other musicians and artists, notably Lester Bowie (USA), John Surman (England) and Palle Mikkelborg (Denmark).