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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)

NEW ALBUM ’YOU’ BY HESS WINTER HUNTLEY RELEASED ON THE 15TH OF SEPTEMBER! 

EMIL HESS (DK) – TENOR SAXOPHONE, NIKLAS WINTER (FIN) – GUITAR, RICHARD HUNTLEY (USA) – DRUMS

 Listen and buy

Hess Winter Huntley video:

https://youtu.be/cfP_Uwqk2fw

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.

7.7   Gallerie Arleth, Horbelev, Denmark.

Emil Hess – tenor saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar, Mikkel Hess – drums.

www.arleth.dk

11.7.  Iniö Church, Iniö, Finland.

Niklas Winter solo.

29.7-1.8   Tour with Martti Wallasvaara Tom Waits Tribute Band

Venues to be announced very soon!

12.8.  Hanko SoulJazz Weekend

Niklas Winter solo.

https://www.facebook.com/bistroalle/

16.8   Turku Music Festival, Turku, Finland

Turku Cathedral

Max de Aloe Baltic Trio

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

http://www.turunmusiikkijuhlat.fi

6.11   Åbo Svenska Teater, Turku, Finland.

Johanna Grüssner – vocals, Max De Aloe (IT)  - Chromatic Harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Jan Simons – bass, Mikko Kaakkuriniemi – drums.

https://www.abosvenskateater.fi/sv/start/

news

The new CD ’You’ of Hess Winter Huntley is released on the 15th of September. We will do a tour with this trio starting in late February to the middle of March playing in clubs and the Turku Jazz Festival on the 6th of March.

On the 6th of November I’ll do a live concert for YLE television playing with Johanna Grüssner, Max De Aloe, Severi Pyysalo, Jan Simons and Mikko Kaakkuriniemi. The concert is held in Åbo Svenska Teater in Turku.

I have also started a collaboration with Korean guitarist Sangyeon Park and we will do a tour in Finland between 28th of January to the 3rd of February. We will do a tour in Korea during the summer or fall 2019.

My solo guitar project has started and I’m doing a series of solo guitar concerts during this fall. This all will end up in a CD next year.