This Year's Nordic Series - Original, Experimental, Avant-garde and More

May 30, 2013

Rochester, NY--May 30, 2013--The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival's (XRIJF) Nordic Series at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation ( is always one of the Festival's most-anticipated series, featuring artists often performing in the U.S. for the first time who can count on a warm welcome from adventurous XRIJF music lovers.

Original, experimental, avant-garde, free-form and more, the Nordic Series, part of the Club Pass series, delivers it all. All concerts are at 7:30 and 9:30PM. Enter with a Club Pass (on sale now) or $20 (pp) at the door, cash only, no advance sales.

XRIJF's 12th edition festival, June 21-29, features a diverse and eclectic roster of 1,200-plus artists performing in more than 300 concerts including 81 free shows at 19 venues.

XRIJF 2013 Nordic Series

June 21 Trondheim Jazz Orchestra

"Sidewalk Comedy" with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and musical director Eirik Hegdal brings associations to the 1920-30s in USA - gambling and gangsters, Ellington and Vaudeville, The Jazz Age followed by the Great Depression. As if escaping from the economic crisis with prohibition and the like, these guys present a fascinating show where all the everyday sorrows are forgotten.

June 22 Sienna Dahlen

"Sienna Dahlen has an extremely alluring voice, one that could sell rainwater in a snowstorm," said Pascal-Denis Lussier, in All About Jazz. Hear her sing Seasons Change and we think you'll agree. One of Canada's most versatile and original singer-composer multi instrumentalists, her music spans folk, jazz and experimental styles and can be heard regularly on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

June 23 Christian Wallumrod Ensemble

Wallumrod's compositional signature is instantly recognizable. '..with this latest salvo his creations have never sounded more bewitching and elusive (..) the luminescent sound of the group is practically enough to dazzle the ears for hours.' said Peter Margesak in Downbeat. Nobody else writes pieces like this multi-dimensional chamber music inspired by the sonorities of Norwegian folk and church music, influenced by early music and the post-Cage avant-garde, and liberated by jazz's freedom of thought.

June 24 Lina Nyberg Band

The music of Swedish composer and jazz singer Lina Nyberg and her band is a blend of influences from Brazilian Tropicalia, European free form, modern classical composers, the American songbook and old school jazz. She is one of Sweden's most creative and interesting jazz singers. Her odd and poetic lyrics has a comical twist as well as a drastic significance inspired by dreams and real life.

June 25 Eero Koivistoinen Quartet

The quartet plays mostly Eero's own compositions - new and older. The music is based on modern jazz tradition but has personal angles. Koivistoinen's long connection with Africa shows in the group's rhythmic expression as do hints of Finnish folk music. The quartet also includes Alexi Tuomarila, pianist; drummer Jussi Lehtonen and Jori Huhtala on bass.

June 26 Jacob Karlzon 3

JK3 has been touring in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, China, UK, Lithuania, Finland, playing clubs and festivals for raving audiences and critics. Karlzon was voted Musician of the Year (2010) by Swedish Radio's annual jazz critic poll. In his first solo piano album the third volume in a new series of improvised piano music, Jacob interpret and be inspired by French composer Maurice Ravel.

June 27 Jacob Karlzon & Viktoria Tolstoy

Viktoria Tolstoy is back, this time joining jazz veteran Jacob Karlzon! After rave reviews at XRIJF in 2011, this highly celebrated and respected international jazz vocalist and her numerous success stories are all a product of this explosive natural supertalent. She also owns that little perfect difference that delivers her clearly strong and wonderfully untamed, vibrant sound. We suggest you buckle up. Expect a lot!

June 28 Youn Sun Nah & Ulf Wakenius

The Korean jazz vocalist's ability to present each song in her own unique style filled full of emotions and passion has consistently captured her audience in attentive silence, ending with roaring appreciation. French newspaper, Le Monde described her as "a UFO touching the universe of jazz with a magnificent voice and passionate originality." Her collaboration with Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius presents a unique performance filled to the brim with emotions and impressive musical talent.

June 29 Torben Waldorff's Wah Wah

Torben Waldorff, born in Denmark, is a celebrated composer by critics and fellow musicians. Stateside reviewers (Cadence, All About Jazz) say: Waldorff knows the importance of space to incite drama. Exciting and urgent heights, driving rhythm goaded by Waldorff's peppery contributions. A modern guitar player, his solos are rhythmically interesting, and he manages to employ different dynamic ranges in his solos for color.

About the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) The nine-day Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by M&T Bank was founded in 2002 and is produced by John Nugent, Artistic Director and Marc Iacona, Executive Director. This year's 12th Edition, June 21-29, will feature a diverse and eclectic performance roster of 1,200-plus artists performing in more than 300 concerts including 81 free shows at 19 venues. The 2012 Festival drew more than 187,000 music lovers to hear some of the finest artists in the world perform.