September 12, 2018
Norway Goes To Japan
We have interviewed the Kjetil Mulelid Trio on the eve of their Japanese tour.
How was this trio born?
Kjetil: Andreas and I had another project when I started the thought about making my own trio. After talking about what the trio should be like, Bjørn Marius joined us; in less than 9 months, we had recorded our debut album and played concerts in Norway, Poland, France and Denmark.
Andreas: I think we all felt that this trio was a good place to influence each other musically, and that made it very natural and fun to continue playing together and evolve.
How do you work on arrangements and compositions?
Kjetil: Mostly, I’ll bring a composition or an idea, and we’ll figure out the feeling and arrangements together. For me it’s very important that Andreas and Bjørn Marius feel natural about the playing and that they feel like they are bringing their own ideas. I think that the music will be better, if everyone gets the possibility to do what they think that will make the music sound as good as possible. When we’re on stage, we try to use the tunes more as sketches and we’re allowed to go different directions if it feels natural. In other words: we also improvise the forms on stage.
Andreas: Even though the trio is very democratic in regards to how we interpret the music and play together, the basic ideas and compositions almost always come from Kjetil. He will mostly present them to us as an idea or something he has been working on, and then we start to merge this idea or tune into the trio, so that when the time comes to play a concert it feels like the music is coming from all three of us. I really like this way of working.
Define “Not Nearly Enough to Buy a House” with three adjectives.
Kjetil: Playful / curios / energetic
What is jazz today in your opinion?
Kjetil: We think about jazz more like an open state of mind to music and improvisation – it doesn’t need to be swing. If you play with an open thought about music, and you’re ready for something that will change the musical direction in some way, then I think you’re on to some kind of a jazz thought.
Andreas: I agree, I think the most interesting jazz musicians today are the ones that have stopped caring about genres and styles, and are more focused on developing their approach or mindset about how they can create the music that they want to create.
Bjørn Marius: For me, jazz today is about self expression rather then how it sounds, taking all the history and making your own soup of it and keeping it interesting for yourself and your musicians I think will affect the audience and engage them as well. As long as it sounds good.
What do you expect from this far east tour?
Kjetil: We really hope to meet some nice people that like our music, and that will buy some CD’s (hehe). And we would of course like to get some new impressions in life with great food, drinks and new sights, meet interesting people that will inspire us to do more of what we already do.
Andreas: Just traveling together as a band, meeting people and playing music several nights in a row is one of the coolest parts of doing what we do. To be able to do it in a place like Japan, which for us is a very exotic and exciting country, will hopefully be very inspiring both in music and all other parts of life. Also meeting people that could potentially lead to other cooperations/tours/concerts in the future would be nice.
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