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Niklas Winter is a finnish jazz guitarist and composer. Winter has made 7 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, Ulf Wakenius, Kirite Kanawa, Jesse Van Ruller, Cameron Brown, Henry Lowther, Ted Curson, Lars Jansson, Jukkis Uotila, Teemu Viinikainen, Karl-Martin Almqvist, Fumio Yasuda, Ino Nobuyoshi, 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)

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Upcoming concerts

 

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

 

2018

15.2.  Kulturhuset Brönden, Bröndby Strand, Denmark

Hess Winter Huntley Trio

Emil Hess – saxophone and bass clarinet, Niklas Winter – guitar, Richard Huntley – drums.

bronden@brondby.dk

16.2   Gamla Kommunalstugan, Pargas, Finland

Hess Winter Huntley Trio

Emil Hess – saxophone, Niklas Winer – guitar, Richard Huntley – drums.

http://www.parainen.fi/web/tjanster/kultur/utstallningar/sv_SE/gamla_kommunalstugan/

17.2   Bar Ö, Turku, Finland

Hess Winter Huntley Trio

Emil Hess  saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar, Richard Huntley – drums.

https://www.facebook.com/oebarcafe/

5.4.  Sibelisumuseum, Turku, Finland

Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesse Van Ruller (NL) – guitar.

http://www.sibeliusmuseum.fi/en/

6.4.  Bar Ö, Turku, Finland

Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesse Van Ruller (NL) – guitar.

https://www.facebook.com/oebarcafe/

7.4.  Doobop Jazz Club, Vaasa, Finland

Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesse Van Ruller (NL) – guitar.

http://doobop.fi

8.4   Philly Joe’s, Tallinna, Estonia

Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesse Van Ruller (NL) – guitar.

https://www.facebook.com/phillyjoes/

23.5   Narva Jazz Club, Narva, Estonia.

with Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Heikko Remmel – bass.

2-10.6   Japan

2.6   Italia Shakudo 910, Kyoto, Japan.

with guitarist Suomi Morishita.

3.6   Hotani Music Hall, Kobe, Japan.

Same

4.6.  Common Café, Kobe, Japan.

Same

6.6.  Pochi, Akashi, Japan.

with Emil Hess (DK) – tenor saxophone, Kazuki Iida – piano, Keichi Ishibashi – bass, Von Baron – drums.

7.6   Bar Alpheccha,Kobe, Japan.

with Emil Hess (DK) – tenor saxophone, Taisuke Yoshioka – bass, Atsuko Miura – drums.

8.6.  Sukyoji, Japan.

Same.

9.6.  Tree, Japan.

Same.

10.6.  Bar Request, Kobe, Japan.

with Emil Hess (DK) – tenor saxophone, Kazuki Iida – piano, Naoko -vocals.

15-17.6   Italy 

Tour with Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

Max de Aloe (IT) – chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen (DK) – bass.

15.6   Jazz Festival Cerro Maggiore, Milano, Italy.

16.6   Biella Jazz Club, Biella, Italy.

17.6.  Grotte di Equi Terme, Massa, Italy.

16.8   Turku Music Festival, Turku, Finland

Max de Aloe Baltic Trio

Max de Aloe (IT)  - chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter  guitar, Jesper Bodilsen (DK) -bass.

http://www.turunmusiikkijuhlat.fi

news

The CD recording session with Danish saxophonist Emil Hess and Austin based drummer Richard Huntley went really well. I’ looking forward to the post production process. This CD will come out latest in May 2018 on the Abovoice label. Here’s a short clip from one of our gigs from February:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGMI1W7bh6Y

In early April I will continue my collaboration with the dutch guitarist Jesse Van Ruller. Looking very forward to this.Here’s a clip from one of our gigs two years ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T65jQWf2P2s

In June I will tour in Italy with the Max De Aloe Baltic Trio and of course in Japan with Emil Hess and Japanese friends.