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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.

JOHN
KELMAN / ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)

 

concerts

13.2   Kulturhuset, Kristiinankaupunki, Finland.

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Niklas Winter with the West Yard Jazz Quartet. Mikael Jakobsson – piano, Johnny Åman – bass, Anders Westergård – drums.

14.2   Doobop Jazz Club, Vaasa, Finland.

http://doobop.fi/

Niklas Winter with the West Yard Jazz Quartet.

21.2   Old Bank, Turku, Finland.

http://oldbank.fi/

Niklas Winter with Severi Pyysalo on vibraphone.

25.2   Kanneltalo, Helsinki, Finland.

http://www.kanneltalo.fi/

Niklas Winter with Jesse van Ruller on guitar.

28.2   Doobop Jazz Club, Vaasa, Finland.

http://doobop.fi/

Niklas Winter with Mathias Sandberg on guitar, Zacharias Holmqvist on bass and Stefan Broqvist on drums.

Niklas Winter Japan Tour 9th – 21st of March 2015.

9.3   Momoi Museum, Akou City, Japan.

www.momoi-museum.com

Niklas Winter with Emil Hess – saxophone, Kazuki Iida – piano, Keichi Ishibashi – bass, Hiroshi Gori Matsuda – drums.

10.3   Layla Jazz Club, Himeji City, Japan.

Niklas Winter with Emil Hess – saxophones, Hiroshi Gori Matsuda – drums, Hajime Tejima – bass.

11.3   Left Alone Jazz Club, Kobe, Japan.

www.left-alone.jp

Niklas Winter with Emil Hess – saxophone, Kazuki Iida – piano, Keichi Ishibashi – bass, Hiroshi Gori Matsuda – drums.

12.3   Green Note Jazz Club, Osaka, Japan.

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Niklas Winter with Emil Hess – saxophone, Yuko Yoshikawa – piano, Masahiro Izumitake – bass, Hiroshi Gori Matsuda – drums.

13.3   Maiden Voyage, Kobe, Japan.

www.maiden-voyage.jp

Niklas Winter with Emil Hess – saxophone, Kazuki Iida – piano, Hajime Tejima – bass, Hiroshi Gori Matsuda – drums.

14.3   Café Hanky Panky, Kobe, Japan.

Niklas Winter with Emil Hess – saxophone, Kazuki Iida – piano, Keichi Ishibashi – bass, Hiroshi Gori Matsuda – drums.

15.3 Pochi Jazz Club, Akashi, Japan.

www.pochi-live.com

Niklas Winter with Emil Hess – saxophone, Kazuki Iida – piano, Keichi Ishibashi – bass, Hiroshi Matsuda – drums.

16.3 Yagi-ni-kiku, Tokyo, Japan.

Niklas Winter  with Emil Hess on Saxophone.

21.3   Apple Jazz Club, Yokohama, Japan.

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Niklas Winter with Emil Hess – saxophone, Eisuke Kato – piano.

22.3   Jazz Spot Dolphy, Yokohama, Japan.

http://www.dolphy-jazzspot.com/

Niklas Winter with Emil Hess – saxophone, Eisuke Kato – piano, Kosuke Ochiai – bass, Yosuke Nagayama – drums.

17.4   Glenn Miller Café, Stockholm, Sweden.

http://www.glennmillercafe.com/

Niklas Winter with Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Filip Augustson – bass.

Niklas Winter tour in France 25th of April – 9th of May 2015.

TBA.

 

news

In January I usually take time to write new music. By accident I found my old Lexicon MPX G2 guitar processor  in my storage room. You could call it a retro device by now- it sounds so good! I will use it in my gigs this spring for sure.

In February I will play first with the Swedish-Finnish West Yard Jazz Quartet and after that the second tour here in Finland with Jesse van Ruller.

In March I will visit Japan again , this should be my 15th tour in Japan since 2004. This time Emil Hess from Denmark will join me. We started Scandinavian Jazz Quartet together back in 1994. This year we will record a new CD.

I will also visit Sweden and France. More about these tours later!

Beside these projects I will be doing my regular gigs – hope to see you there!