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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, Ulf Wakenius, Jesse van Ruller, Cameron Brown, Henry Lowther, Ted Curson, Lars Jansson, Kirite Kanawa, 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)

Upcoming concerts

 

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

 

2017

 

 

24.5  Monza Duomo, Monza,Italy. CD Release concert!

Max de Aloe Baltic Trio

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

www.monzavisionaria.it/2017/

26.5   Tiirikkala, Turku, Finland.

Annika Cleo – vocal, Niklas Winter – guitar.

www.tiirikkala.fi

1-12.6.   JAPAN TOUR

2.6.  Jazz On Top, Osaka, Japan.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Suomi Morishita  - guitar.

www.jazzontop.com/index2.htm

3.6.  Itasyoku910, Kyoto, Japan.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Suomi Morishita – guitar.

https://www.facebook.com/itasyoku910/

4.6.  Aotani Music Hall, Kobe, Japan.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Suomi Morishita – guitar.

www.masakohamamura.com/aotani.htm

6.6.  Yuega 314 Horigamicho Yawata,Shiga, Japan.

Emil Hess – saxophone, Harumo Imai – saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar, Naomi Isobe – bass.

www.yugeya-jazz.com

7.6.  Johnny Angel, Kyoto, Japan.

Emil Hess – saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar, Hiroki Isobe – guitar, Naomi Isobe – bass.

http://www.lr-bros.com/johnnyangel-kyoto/

8.6.  Imagine, Kobe, Japan.

Emil Hess – saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar.

www.imagine-kobe0118.com

9.6.  Bar Alphecca, Nishinomiya, Japan.

Emil Hess – saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar.

www.bar-alphecca.com

10.6.  Café Hanky Panky, Kobe, Japan.

Naoko Kusumoto – vocal, Emil Hess – saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar, Kazuki Iida – piano, Keiichi Ishibashi – bass, Naoya Numai – drums.

www.cafehankypanky.web.fc2.com

11.6.  Hatsune, Akou City, Japan.

Naoko Kusumoto – vocal, Emil Hess – saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar, Kazuki Iida – piano, Keiichi Ishibashi – bass, Nayoma Numa – drums.

www.yugeya-jazz.com

 

13-18.6 ITALY CD RELEASE TOUR

13.6.  Biella Jazz Club, Biella, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

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

http://www.italiajazz.it/attivita/clubs/biella-jazz-club

14.6.  Museo, MaGa, Gallarte, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

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

www.museomaga.it

15.6   Chiostro di Santa Caterina, Treviso, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

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

16.6.  Parco delle Terme di Levico, Trento, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

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

http://www.comune.levico-terme.tn.it

17.6.  Hotel Sheraton Diana Majestic, Milano, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

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

http://www.sheratondianamajestic.com

18.6.  Castello di Lusuolo di Mulazzo, Massa Carrara, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

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

19.6.  Piazzale Michelangelo, Firenze, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

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

15.7.  Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Paradise Jazz, Denmark.

Hess Möller Seven Seas

Thomas Fryland – trumpet, Emil Hess – saxophones, Steen Hansen – trombone, Niklas Winter – guitar, Sören Möller – piano, Johnny Åman – bass, Rich Huntley – drums.

http://jazz.dk/copenhagen-jazz-festival-2017/forside/

24.7.  Sofia Wilhelmina Church, Iniö, Finland.

Emil Hess – saxophones, Niklas Winter – guitars.

27.7.  Kultaranta Resorts, Naantali, Finland.

Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Niklas Winter – guitars.

http://kultarantaresort.fi

19.8.  Sibeliusmuseum, Turku, Finland.

Cleo&Winter album release concert!

The release concert of their album ’Another Way Home’.

Annika Cleo – vocal, Niklas Winter – guitars, Ulf Krokfors – bass.

www.sibeliusmuseum.fi

 

More to be announced soon!

news

On the 24th of May, Max de Aloe’s Baltic Trio’s new CD ’Valo’ will be released in Monza, Italy, where we also do a concert at the Monza Cathedral.

In June I will do a 9 concert long tour in Japan with Danish saxophonist Emil Hess and with Japanese guitarist Suomi Morishita and others. In June, I’ll do more gigs in Italy with Max De Aloe Baltic Trio.

Looking forward to perform at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in July with Hess Möller Seven Seas Orchestra. I will do a ten minute composition for this special concert along with others from the band.

In August I will finally release the new album ’Another Way Home’ (Abovoice-1019) with singer Annika Cleo. We will do some release gigs at least in Helsinki and in Turku.

I’ll get back to you with more news!