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Tord Gustavsen Trio
Salmon with Salsa Verde
House Salad & Baguette
*meat & veggie chili will be available to order at the counter
With the release of his first recording in 2003 entitled Changing Places, Norway’s Tord Gustavsen came forth with a new and unique sound that commanded worldwide attention, an extraordinary achievement given the rich and well-developed history of jazz piano that preceded him. With only a few carefully chosen notes, he draws listeners into a musical world where melody is cherished as much as the freedom to explore textures and soundscapes. Taking care to play only that which says something and leaving space for listeners to savor what has been said, his bands unite beauty and emotional intensity, touching souls in a way that many describe as spiritual. “For me, playing the piano is very similar to a meditation or prayer,” he says. “It’s about opening up to the forces of beauty and transcendence. Music can be a kind of deepest reality that exceeds everything words can express.” Gustavsen writes most his band’s material, memorable compositions that echo his days playing in church. His ninth album for ECM Records was released in April and is entitled Opening. Ten new Gustavsen compositions are joined by works of Norwegian composers Geirr Tveitt and Egil Hovland. The Tord Gustavsen Trio also feature bassist Steinar Raknes and drummer Jarle Vespestad.
Tord Gustavsen Website
(Ticket Includes 5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax)