Urolige sinn


Modes for All Eternity


The Good Story


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Urolige sinn

"Urolige sinn" – the new album from Wako – is equal parts atmosphere and energy. Smoky moods envelop runaway train rhythms, while the contemplative can seem like a mask for a chaos ready to erupt at any second. This is a series of dramaturgical tone poems, triple-distilled concepts, their purity and brevity carrying only the essentialsounds – but you shouldn't take this as meaning "minimalism": here it means intense concentration, perfect focus. There is a build and release of tension, occasional hints of a threatened dissonance in the midst of melody, or glimpses of golden harmony emerging from chattering agitation. There are technicolour highways through chiaroscuro dreamscapes. There is what could easily be the incidental music for an urban hallucination of a heated conversation between Pharoah Sanders and Man Ray, or Erik Satie antagonized by Friedrich Nietzsche. Traces of joy mix with stains of sorrow, the everyday life intertwines with sinuous and wandering reveries. This is realism walking in expressionist shoes along a well-paved path.

That path was created by Wako, both as a collective and as individuals. Where similar groups would regard a "jazz composition" as merely a framework for an extended solo (or three), Wako operate as a unified musical consciousness, thinking, dreaming, reacting and planning together. While pianist Kjetil André Mulelid and saxophonist Martin Myhre Olsen each take individual composer credits on several tracks, the group coherence and synergy means that bassist Bárður Reinert Poulsen and drummer Simon Olderskog Albertsen are integral to the final delivery of the music. The Wako philosophy is one of "music first"; "Urolige sinn" is that philosophy made flesh.


Urolige sinn (2018)

Label: Øra Fonogram

Release: 31.08.2018

Availabiliy: Vinyl, CD, Digital Streaming

Engineer: Dag Erik Johansen

Mix & Master: Karl Klaseie

Cover photo: Anders Beer Wilse: “Skavlet føre” 1909

Cover design: Christian Meaas Svendsen


All compositions by Wako, except:

2, 9, 13 by Kjetil André Mulelid

6, 7, 8 by Martin Myhre Olsen




Skavlet føre


Skumring og det som hører til


Den endeløse planen


Du gråter aldri


Elisabeths vise




Snart blir jeg far


En liten halvtime senere


Skogens uklare omriss




De som viste oss rundt


Langt, langt der nede



“"Det låter gull i hodetelefonene." -


Modes for All Eternity

Modes for All Eternity» is a daring new conceptual album by the nordic jazz quartet Wako in collaboration with string ensemble Oslo Strings. It will take the listener on a journey through ancient times; featuring chilling suspense and drama, introducing a five-part suite and honor truly remarkable persons such as the great Greek lyrists Sappho and Emily Dickinson.


Oslo Strings:

Kaja Constance Rogers - violin

Isa Caroline Holmesland - viola

Kaja Fjellberg Pettersen - cello

Modes for All Eternity (2017)

Label: AMP Music & Records

Release: 20.01.2017

Availabiliy: Vinyl, CD, Digital Streaming

Guest: Erik Kimestad Pedersen, trumpet

Engineer: Marc Casanovas

Mix & Master: Karl Klaseie

Cover art: Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Cover design: Lasse Marhaug


All compositions by Martin Myhre Olsen

King of Kings


Sappho's Theme




Modes for All Eternity

I. Eternal


Modes for All Eternity

II. I Died for Beauty


Modes for All Eternity

III. Africanus


Modes for All Eternity

IV. Intervallic Nightmares


Modes for All Eternity

V. Rejoice (feat. Erik Kimestad Pedersen)


Song for All the Annettes


Cold Days, Warm Hearts



"It is an engaging work of expressive reach and austere beauty." - Fritz Balwit, Audiophile audition (US)


"This is a gorgeous album, and the music would melt even the blackest heart" - Bird is The Worm (US)


"The musicians delivers in a way that makes this album a true joy to listen to" - Jan Granlie / Salt Peanuts (NO)


"This music draws deeply on lots of ideas and traditions but brings them together in a very personal and distinctive sound" - Mike Collins / London Jazz News (UK)


"Beautiful, contrastful and controlled themes combined with flowing and dynamic development" - Olav Opsvik, Jazznytt (NO)


"A cooperation with buoyancy and originality" - Terje Mosnes / Jazz i Norge (NO)


"The overall impression is organic and extremely lively" - Vinyl-Fan (DE)


"The music sounds not only naturally, but also intriguingly organically, especially in terms of bold improvisations that give us the idea of ​​an almost musical (King Of Kings)" - Laboratorium Muzycznych Fuzji (PL)


"har på et usedvanlig personlig vis makta å skape musikk og forutsetninger for at alle sju skal kunne møtes på like fot i et landskap som henter hemningsløst fra både et klassisk og et improvisatorisk utgangspunkt." - Tor Hammerø, Tor de Jazz (NO)


"eit spennande og fargerikt resultat." - Roald Helgheim, Dagsavisen (NO)

The Good Story

Fra den første dype akkorden på åpningslåten “Jakob” til det siste buestrøket i “Seven Years”, holdes lytteren fast i den unike klangverden til Wako. Komposisjonene utvikles selvsikkert med sprudlende detaljer, og improvisasjonene flyter på lekent vis. Wako presenterer her 60-tallets jazzmusikk i en ny nordisk drakt. Platen er et friskt pust fra fire unge nordiske musikere med bakgrunn i band som Trondheim Jazzorkester, Espen Berg Trio og The Fjords. Med «The Good Story» introduseres Wako på den norske og internasjonale jazzscenen, med musikk som vil fortsette å vokse og overraske deg ved hver gjennomlytting!

The Good Story (2015)

Label: Øra Fonogram

Release: 09.10.2015

Availabiliy: CD, Digital Streaming

Guest: Kari Eskild Havenstrøm, vocal

Engineer: Jo Ranheim

Mix: Karl Klaseie

Master: Morten Stendahl

Cover art: Samuli Paulaharju

Cover design: Ole Kristian Øye







Obscure and Relentless

feat. Kari Eskild Havenstrøm


The Lizard, the Snake and the Panther


Blazing Madness



feat. Kari Eskild Havenstrøm


Current Affairs


Little Sister


Düsseldorf (take 2)


Seven Years



“Jeg kjenner meg fri i tid og rom med dette praktfulle albumet- Roald Helgheim, Dagsavisen

“...noe forteller meg at Wako kommer til å etablere seg i Europatoppen lenge før Rosenborg.” - Tor Hammerø

"Sjarmerer med en god dynamikk og en dose blottstilt sårbarhet" - Jazznytt

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