Hometown: Oslo, Norway
Web site: http://www.myspace.com/buggewesseltoft
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With his 2008 solo album, simply entitled IM, Norwegian pianist Bugge Wesseltoft (who has straddled the ambient-jazz world of Jan Garbarek and his country's dancefloor-driven younger jazz scene) took a bold new look at the art of unaccompanied piano-jazz, combining traditional linear and harmonic approaches with sound textures closer to the found-objects approach of John Cage. Wesseltoft tweaks acoustic pianos with under-the lid additions and electronics, or creates loops of prepared-piano sounds against which to improvise in real time.
Sometimes his music sounds like Erik Satie, sometimes like regular jazz lyricism, but Wesseltoft is a dedicated groover who rarely lets abstract explorations depart from a pulse for long. He is now touring new album Playing, touching on blues grooves, New Orleans swing, Dave Brubeck's Take Five given a psychedelic twist and a lot of percussion.
Please also visit his site: gubemusic.com