Fattigfolket is a Swedish / Norwegian quartet that gathered in Copenhagen around year 2000. During the last 10 years Fattigfolket has been touring Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Czech Republic and Germany, playing at some of the major jazz festivals, jazz clubs and radio shows.
The third album from Fattigfolket called "Park" will be released in 2011 at the german label Ozella Music. As musicians we are visiting many different countries and cities, and we spend a lot of time on traveling by plane, train, bus or car, to an airport, to a hotel, etc. But sometimes we enjoy some hours off, and then our favorite activity is to go to a park. Almost every city has at least one park, where you can find a calm and a quiet place. Some of the songs on this cd are conceived in a park, or inspired by parks we have visited.
Earlier releases are "fattigfolket" in 2003, and "Le Chien et la Fille" in 2005, both on danish ILK Music.
In 2003 Fattigfolket won the 1st price in the European Jazz contest at the 'Tremplin Jazz d'Avignon' festival. As a reward, Fattigfolket was invited back the next year to play the opening concert at the Popes Palace in Avignon. The audience of 1500 were completely taken by the magic in this concert, which became the starting point for Fattigfolket international career. For the year 2007, Fattigfolket was granted ensemble support from the Norwegian Arts Council.
Through communication and a balance of compositional and improvisational material, that pays homage to the contemporary jazz tradition, Fattigfolket perform original compositions written by the band members. The music on "park" is also inspired by the rich folk music tradition in Norway, Sweden and abroad.
Fattigfolket means the poor people. In less than the last hundred years, Norway has moved from being one of the poorest countries in Europe, to one the riches. This transformation has gone extremely fast. When our grandparents grew up, the situation was completely different. As kids we shared the same fascination for stories told by our grandparents about their childhood, and what it was like to grow up in the 1920s and 1930s. Even though they didn't own much, they shared the little they had. Today we have a lot, but share very little.
As musicians and jazz musicians, we are not likely to become the riches guys, but we have something we want to share, our music!
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