NORTH has been described as “music with spiritual depths”, “exudes warmth and humanity”, “Suggestive Jazz – each note carries an image, a feeling, an impulse toward something higher.”
NORTH is a reference both to the musicians’ countries of origin and to the musical approach taken, in which communication, silence and melody are central. Flautist and saxophonist Anders Hagberg is a musical voyager, and in NORTH, he has assembled some of Scandinavia’s finest musicians in jazz and world music.
A Nordic dream team with musicians associated with artists such as Mari Boine, Jon Hassell, Jon Balke, Billy Cobham, Marilyn Mazur, Avishai Cohen, Shakti to name a few.
Anders Hagberg – flutes, soprano sax, ambient sounds
Joona Toivanen – piano, zither
Johannes Lundberg – double bass, voice
Helge Norbakken – percussion
Watch full concert Haga Church March 2021:
NORTH on VIMEO
(See also QUARTET for the first edition of the band which existed between 2010-2014)
JAZZ & BLUES REPORT (US):
“Anders Hagberg has produced a recording of considerable substance and beauty…
Superb flute playing… Hagberg’s focus is on fostering a mood…The interplay between the flute and Toivanen’s piano is stellar”
Lira Magazine (2020 Top List):
“This year’s most suggestive jazz. The music of masterful wind player Anders Hagberg is palpably borne up by precisely this quality of suggestiveness—as if each note carries an image, a feeling, an impulse toward something higher.”
Review in Swedish
OJ Jazz (Recommended Pick):
“Music with spiritual depths…Skillful, passionate performances, beautiful and sublime, with a hint of mystery.”
TEXTURA (Canada): “Hagberg shows himself to be a soloist who considers every note carefully and shapes his poised statements with intense consideration of rhythm and space. Music that exudes feeling, warmth and humanity, and presents small-group interplay at an exceptionally high level” (Canada)
Full article Textura
Opulens magazine for culture and the arts (5/5):
“Musicians of the highest caliber…world-class.
A musical voyager in the borderlands between jazz, folk and chamber music. Hagberg preserves places, memories of people and musical encounters by letting them all live on in his music.”