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Niklas Winter is a finnish jazz guitarist and composer. Winter has made 6 records as a leader and has been active as a sideman in several bands. He also runs his own jazzlabel Abovoice. During the years Winter has performed with; Kenny Wheeler, Cameron Brown, Henry Lowther, Ted Curson, Lars Jansson, Kirite Kanawa, Jukkis Uotila, Teemu Viinikainen, Karl-Martin Almqvist, Fumio Yasuda, Ino Nobuyoshi, Jesse van Ruller, Jani Moder, Morten Lund, Jesper Bodilsen, Severi Pyysalo and many more..

Winter has a fresh, modern sound. This is original and very exciting music and Niklas Winter Quartet has surely been a great experience at many festivals. Tor Hammerø /Jazznyt (Norway)

Winter is a true sophisticated original on the guitar in Finland. Timo Vähäsilta /Rytmi (Finland)

Niklas Winter’s poetic playing shows great knowledge of improvisational skills. Jörgen Östberg /Orkester Journalen (Sweden)

” In Winter’s playing listener can hear plainness and intelligence. Winter’s improvisations and harmonies look back to the history of jazz but also expresses the atmosphere of today.”Hiroki Sugita/Jazz Life (Japan)

Trust in fact, was key, as was a fundamental sense of good time. Without a drummer or a bassist, and with the two guitarists sometimes dissolving into spare sections where time was, at best, suggested, it became even more essential that the two could internalize that time and know where it was, without it being explicitly there. It’s in the context of the duo that an artist is at his/her most exposed; not only are their abilities, instincts and improvisational élan laid bare, but their communication skills—or lack thereof—are impossible to disguise. Viinikainen and Winter needn’t have worried, as it was clear, from their Tampere Jazz Happening performance, that this was a duo communicating at a very deep level, playing relatively quiet music that was, nevertheless, thoroughly captivating.

JOHN
KELMAN / ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)

Upcoming concerts

 

Look at ’ concerts ’ for a full list of upcoming and past performances.

2016

25.10  WAM, Turku, Finland.

Niklas Winter with Aki Rissanen – piano.

http://www.turku.fi/waino-aaltosen-museo

13.11   London Jazz Festival, Barbican Center, England.

Niklas Winter & Henry Lowther Quartet.

http://www.barbican.org.uk

16.11   London Jazz Festival, The Vortex, England.

Niklas Winter & Henry Lowther Quintet:

Henry Lowther – trumpet, Niklas Winter – guitar, Barry Green – piano, Henry Green – bass, Paul Clarvis – drums.

www.vortexjazz.co.uk

7.12   Malmitalo, Helsinki, Finland.

Niklas Winter & Ulf Wakenius – guitar. (SWE)

www.malmitalo.fi

8.12   Poppari, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Niklas Winter & Ulf Wakenius – guitar. (SWE)

www.ravintolapoppari.fi

9.12   Flame Jazz, Tiljan, Turku, Finland.

Niklas Winter & Ulf Wakenius – guitar. (SWE)

www.flamejazz.com

10.12   Doobop Jazz Club, Vasa, Finland.

Niklas Winter & Ulf Wakenius – guitar. (SWE)

doobop.fi

 

2017

13.1   Jazz Club Borgomanero, Borgomanery, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio:

Max De Aloe – harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

14.1   Caffé Teatro, Samarate, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio:

Max De Aloe – harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

15.1   Libreria Cardano, Pavia, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

Max De Aloe – Harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

More to be announced soon!

news

In June I got the track ’Blue Monk’ from my CD ’Eight Songs Seven Keys’ released in a Victor Entertainment CD in Japan. Nice!

And here’s briefly whats going on this fall..

I signed an endorsement deal with Finnish Flaxwood guitars. I got the CC-H Custom guitar and I love it! You will hear it soon on many recordings also.

In September and in early October I recorded a duo album with singer Annica Cleo. We will mix this album at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki 15-16th of October. It will be out in early 2017.

In October I will play a concert with pianist Aki Rissanen at the WAM museum here in Turku. Looking forward to this new collaboration.

In November I will play a couple of gigs at the London Jazz Festival with British trumpeter Henry Lowther. I will also give master classes at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

In December I’ll do a tour in Finland with Swedish super guitarist Ulf Wakenius – cool!

In January I will record a CD with Italian Harmonica player Max De Aloe and with Danish bass player Jesper Bodilsen. We will also do a couple of gigs in Italy.

I’ll get back to you with more news!