Although he is still quite young in years, Havard Wiik ranks among the uppermost and most widely acclaimed jazz pianists in Norway, with talents that have brought him all around the world. He made his first major appearance on the scene in 1995, with Element, but for the last 10 years he has been a key player in many groups, such as Atomic, Free Fall, Atomic Schooldays, a duo with Hakon Kornstad, a new project with Axel Dorner and Fredrik Ljungqvist, among others. He has been an obvious choice as collaborator with giants in jazz, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano representing the old school, and Ken Vandermark being a soul mate from the here and now.
Havard Wiik originally made his mark alongside colleagues and buddies Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, still being the power and the glory in Atomic. But he definitely has his own way too, and displays a keen sensibility of his craft, both in avant-garde and more traditional approaches. This all-round ability, among other deep qualities, made him artist in residence at the 2004-edition of Molde International Jazz Festival. And in 2006, at Kongsberg Jazz Festival, he received the Vital prize, bringing him money and fame, but more importantly the opportunity to perform solo again, as he will do this year, and as the listener can inspect more closely on the recent release Palinode
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