5/05/2024 – 16:30
Kaap / Ostend
Sound in Motion and KAAP present Amalie Dahl’s Dafnie, an energetic and expressive band from Norway, led by Oslo based saxophone player and composer Amalie Dahl. The quintet colour Dahl’s strong, melodic compositions with playfulness and convincing weight. What we hear is harmonic yet avant-garde, with references to both old school, free jazz and modern contemporary reed-led bands. But rest assured, Dafnie is something of its own.
Apart from Dahl, the band contains four other well-known names from the Norwegian jazz scene: Oscar Andreas Haug (trumpet), Jørgen Bjelkerud (trombone), Nicolas Leirtrø (doube bass) and Veslemøy Narvesen (drums), who are active in bands such as Kongle Trio, Bliss Quintet, I like to sleep, We don’t Imagine Anymore, Hedvig Mollestad’s Tempest Revisited and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. The band has recently been touring in the Scandinavian countries, Poland and Germany, playing on stages and festivals such as Avant Art Festival in Wroclaw, Krokus Jazz festiwal in Jelenia Góra, Sowieso Berlin, Copenhagen Jazzfestival, BrÖtz in Göteborg and the Oslo Jazzfestival.
In September 2021 Dafnie won the 1st prize in the Young Crocus Jazz Contest, in Jelenia Góra in Poland. On the 6th of May 2022 they released their debut album, ‘Dafnie’, with Sonic Transmissions Records, which has received excellent reviews: “Her quintet’s lively spirit and tuneful orientation falls in line with bands like Cortex and Friends & Neighbors. But this LP, her first as a bandleader, also displays Dahl’s strengths as an arranger and a composer. Each tune has a distinct character, drawing upon the ensemble’s strengths (…)”
Bill Meyer, The Wire Magazine
Dafnie will release a brand new album in the spring of 2024:
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