Norwegian jazz pianist Erlend Skomsvoll @ National Sawdust Thurs, May 5th 7pm

After working with musicians like Chick Corea and Pat Metheny, Norwegian jazz pianist Erlend Skomsvoll will return to National Sawdust with NS group-in-residence, 1B1, to perform their Norwegian-Grammy awarded version of the acclaimed composer Edvard Grieg's Holberg Variations.

The young and progressive Norwegian string ensemble 1B1 was founded in 2008 by visionary violinist and artistic leader Jan Bjøranger. The orchestra was assembled from a pool of outstanding professional and student musicians from southwestern Norway – each marked­out by a desire to learn, a willingness to work and a passion for music in all its forms. From 1B1's first public performance in 2008, its hallmarks were audible: a tight, smooth sound with a dash of fizz and noticeable sense of rhythm – of groove. Never, Bjøranger decided, would the desire to express emotion be sacrificed on the altar of perfection – whether the music was by Vivaldi, Mozart, Shostakovich or Reich. Taking the lead from rock, jazz and world musicians, the ensemble removes music stands wherever possible – eliminating the barrier between performers and fans. 1B1 records for the labels Simax and Bis, and received a Norwegian Grammy for their "Holberg Variations" album. For more information, visit

Erlend Skomsvoll

Erlend Skomsvoll is an acclaimed Norwegian composer and a prominent name on the international jazz scene, having worked with names like Chick Corea and Pat Metheny. His "Recomprimprovariations" of Grieg's Holberg Suite won him and 1B1 a Norwegian Grammy in 2015.

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