Bugge 'n' Friends Featuring...Bugge Wesseltoft, Erik truffaz, Ilhan Ersahin, Joaquin "Joe" Claussell and a three piece rhythm section.
Bugge Wesseltoft : Grand Piano, Rhodes, Synthesizer
Erik Truffaz: Trumpet
Ilhan Ersahin: Saxophone
Joe Claussell: Beats/Electronic & Organic Percussion
Marius Reksjø: Bass
Erik Holm: Percussion
Andreas Bye: Drums
Jazzanova (dj set) from Alex Barck
& Special Guest Ashley Beedle
Bugge Wesseltoft brings his stunning seven person jazz group - Bugge â€˜nâ€™ Friends to London for a rare UK show at Oval Space, with support from both Jazzanova and special guest Ashley Beedle!
This is the first in a series of unique events and installations at the newly launched space in Bethnal Green, following on from the success of recent shows from Bonobo, Wolf + Lamb, Claude Von Stroke and NYC's legendary Body & Soul collective.
Bugge 'n Friends consists of long time friends and associates including Blue Note trumpeter Eric Truffaz, US producer Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell, Saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin and a three piece rhythm section.
Oval Space are honoured to present this innovative and experimental jazz experience, not only showcasing the space's acoustic qualities, but their vision for the future as well.
Joining Bugge 'n Friends for this very special evening will be Sonar Kollectiv affiliate Alex Barck from Jazzanova and special guest Ashley Beedle for two intimate DJ sets before and after the performance.
Oval Space will open their doors from 6pm for drinks on the terrace, with performances commencing at 7:30pm.
A note from Bugge Wesseltoft...
â€œIâ€™m so proud of being able to present this fantastic line up of friends and heroes I have been so fortunate to hear and work with over the last ten years! The BuggeÂ´n' Friends project is all about presenting a community of music and international artists, mixing jazz and electronic music together in a deep mutual respect and with a fascination for each otherâ€™s worlds.
After establishing my concept â€œThe New Conception of Jazzâ€ in 1996 mixing my jazz background with the inspirations and admiration for electronic club music, I got in touch with a new and fantastic music scene. Mid nineties to me is a small version of the late sixties (my favourite period in music), with great openness and the will to experiment throughout genres and musical directions. This period has been leading to the most interesting mixes of electronic music and jazz.
One of the first artists I met on my way was the great trumpeter Erik Truffaz from France. We started mixing musical elements around the same time, him in France, myself in Norway. Then we did our first tour together in 2000, him as guest in my group.
Going to clubs listening to great DJâ€™s was the factor that really started my fascination for club music. I found an audience worshipping music through dancing and movement instead of clapping after a good solo, but just as dedicated and skilled in this type of music as the jazz audience that I was used to. The way those amazingly skilled Dj's worked and created incredible dynamic energy with records blew me away totally. Their way of thinking of music reminded me of the late sixties - Miles, Coltrane, Sun Ra stuff, long tracks building dynamic waves. By talking to them I found a deeply rooted openness, curiosity and understanding for music and we totally met in a common interest for music, from Jazz to experimental.
Hearing Joaquin Joe Claussell live for the first time at Saturos Beyond Festival in Sapporo was all about that - what a fantastic DJ! Treating records like a percussion instrument the crowd went mad to say it mildly. So did I. The fortune of being a musician carries me around the world and so I met Swedish/Turkish/American Saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin in one of the greatest cities in the world, Istanbul. The two of us also had a similar development, both running labels and bands (him Nublu Records & Nublu Orchestra, myself Jazzland Recordings & New Conception of Jazz), focused on mixing club and jazz music. In addition Ilhan also ran the Nublu Club, one of the coolest and most upcoming in New York.
When asking all these incredible artists years later to join me in the BuggeÂ´n' Friends project they were all into it! Iâ€™m so thankful! We had our first concert at the Oslo Jazz festival August 2011. It was so much fun and shared good vibes both at rehearsals and concert. This type of music is all about the artists and the audience together, sharing and joining forces with the main purpose of creating good energy. I really think we did just that and if we are clever and lucky Iâ€™m quite sure we will do it again! Did I forget to mention Iâ€™m looking forward? I AM!!!!â€