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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: April 5, 1977

Saxophonist Hakon Kornstad has enjoyed critical praise not only for his performance technique and emotional intelligence, but also for his willingness to experiment in a wide range of different expressive moods. Combining soundscapes and percussive beats and layers with a melodic sensibility, there's always been a sense of awe when listening to his recordings. In his newest offering, Dwell Time (Jazzland, 2009), we are again presented with his well-honed musicality, but this time the performances are all his own, in a scaled-down setting. It is a solo effort in every sense of the word.

In eight pieces we are offered a variety of expressions. From Still One, which seems to convey a reflective solitude, to the cool hipness of Oslo and the aptly titled Noir, Kornstad astounds us with his ability to masterfully grasp a spectrum of emotional output through his tenor sax, bass sax, flutonette, flute, in addition to his live looping. Recorded in the Sofienberg Chruch in Oslo, the album is produced by Kornstad as well....
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The Norwegian saxophonist Hakon Kornstad has a deeply focused tone and a dazzling command of expressive effects. He puts it all to good use on ”Dwell Time” (Jazzland), his serene but potent new solo album.
Nate Chinen - New York Times

Adventurous, yet undeniably accessible, Single Engine is another rung on a ladder that Kornstad’s been climbing for the past few years. Along with Seim, he’s part of a new generation of Norwegian reed players regularly pushing the boundaries of the instrument, finding limitless potential through persistent experimentation.
John Kelman - AllAboutJazz (US)

Norwegian saxophonist Håkon Kornstad has been one of the central figures on the new Norwegian scene that aspires to break new vistas beyond the almost codified ECM representation of the Nordic scene (...) A Beautiful and impressive statement.
Eyal Hareuveni - AllAboutJazz (US)

Kornstad has conceived a singular approach to the saxophone, fully realized on this solo effort. (...) A highly inventive album...

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Music

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    Symphonies In My Head

    Jazzland Recordings
    2011
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    Hakon Kornstad: Symphonies In My Head

    Jazzland Recordings
    2011
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    Dwell Time

    Jazzland Recordings
    2010
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    Dwell Time

    Jazzland Recordings
    2009
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    Single Engine

    Jazzland Recordings
    2008
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    Single Engine

    Jazzland Recordings
    2007
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    The Bad And The Beautiful

    Moserobie
    2007
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