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Håkon Kornstad – Solo saxophone, flute, flutonette, voice, Live looping

By using his imagination and a simple electronic device to record and play back “loops” as he performs, saxophonist Håkon Kornstad is able to realize in concert what his aptly named and newest album states – Symphonies in My Head. His instrumental technique is both traditionally solid – he has beautiful tone on whichever saxophone or wind instrument he selects – and also extended by the use of the keys to make percussion sounds and the use of overtones to broaden his palette of sound colors.

Lyrical melodies glide and float over layers of sound that grow gradually into an orchestral accompaniment, and virtually all of it is improvised. His restless muse has recently taken him into unexpected, new territory, as he has pursued study as operatic tenor singer and has begun to integrate this new expression of lyricism into his solo performances, giving unprecedented meaning to being a jazz “tenor.”

«Opera meets Scandinavian jazz seamlessly. It could have been a virtuosic circus act, but in Kornstad’s hands was a musical tour de forceTHE GUARDIAN