Niklas Winter is a finnish jazzguitarist and teacher. 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, 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.
KELMAN / ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)
Look at ’ concerts ’ for a full list of performances.
17.4 Glenn Miller Café, Stockholm, Sweden.
Niklas Winter with Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Filip Augustson – bass, Peter Danemo – drums.
24.4 Monk Jazz Club, Turku, Finland.
Niklas Winter Trio – Reunion! With Uffe Krokfors – bass, Markku Ounaskari – drums.
3.6 Juttutupa, Helsinki, Finland.
Niklas Winter with Severi Pyysalo on vibraphone.
6.6 Tiirikkala, Turku, Finland.
Niklas Winter Quartet.
1.7 Sofia Wilhelmina Church, Iniö, Finland.
Niklas Winter solo!
7.7 Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Denmark.
With Emil Hess Quartet and Richard Huntley – drums.
8.7 Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Denmark.
Scandinavian Jazz Quartet. Emil Hess – saxophones, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass, Richard Huntley – drums.
9.7 Galleri Arleth, Falster, Denmark.
With Emil Hess – saxophones, Richard Huntley – drums.
16.7 Hus Lindman, Turku, Finland.
Duo with Markku Martikainen on guitar.
23.7 Hus Lindman, Turku, Finland.
Duo with Annika Cleo – vocals.
24.7 Itämeren Portti, Hanko, Finland.
Duo with Jan Simons on bass.
8.8 Turun Musiikkijuhlat Festival, Finland.
Jazz På Finlandssvenska. Emma Salokoski – vocals, Niklas Winter – guitars and arrangements, Alexi Tuomarila – piano, Uffe Krokfors – bass, Markku Ounaskari – drums.
Had a great tour in Japan in March and looking forward to the next one already! In April I will play in Stockholm for the first time in a while – looking forward to that also. In April I will do a reunion gig with my old trio with Uffe Krokfors on bass and Markku Ounaskari on drums.
In the summer I will do gigs again at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival with The Scandinavian Jazz Quartet and with Emil Hess Quintet. In August I will do a concert with my project ’Jazz På Finlandssvenska’ with vocalist Emma Salokoski. In July I will also start a new projet with singer Annika Cleo and with percussionist David Lillqvist. We will do a concert in Turku in July and in early fall a tour in France. I’ll get back to details around that tour later.
Beside these projects I will be doing my regular gigs – hope to see you there!