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Niklas Winter is a finnish jazz guitarist and composer. Winter has made 8 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)

ALBUM ’YOU’ BY HESS WINTER HUNTLEY RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER 2018

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.

 

2020

 

 

9.1.  Bar Ö, Turku, Finland.

Niklas Winter with Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone.

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

23.2   Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland.

Niklas Winter with Lorenzo Cominoli (ITA) – guitar.

https://makasiinicontemporary.com

19-24.4   ITALY TOUR

Duo concerts with guitarist Lorenzo Cominoli. (ITA)

19.4   Borgomanero Jazz Festival, Rosmini Theater, Borgomanero, Italy.

CD RELEASE CONCERT!

https://www.facebook.com/jazzclubborgomanero/

20.4   Osteria d’una volta, Piacenza, Italy.

22.4  Piedmont, Italy.

23.4   Lombardy, Italy.

24.4.  Friuli, Italy.

 

15-26.5   JAPAN TOUR

15.5.  Café Diner Studio, Tokyo, Japan.

with DJ’s.

https://www.facebook.com/cafedinerstudio/

16.5.  JuhlaTokyo, Tokyo, Japan.

with DJ’s.

https://www.facebook.com/juhlatokyo/

17.5   Violetta, Tokyo, Japan.

with DJ’s.

https://www.facebook.com/events/d41d8cd9/1229-sun-venha-feat-saigenji-at-shibuya-violetta/2149328402029804/

20.5   Aireign, Yokohama, Japan.

with Emil Hess (DK) saxophone, Fumio Yasuda – piano, Shinichi Katoh – bass, Tuno-Ken – drums.

http://www.airegin.yokohama

22.5   TBA, Tokyo, Japan.

with Yuka – vocals, Emil Hess (DK) – saxophone and Eisuke Kato – piano.

23.5.  Storyville, Kanagawa, Japan.

with Emil Hess (DK) – saxophone, Eisuke Kato – piano plus a rhythm section. (TBA)

http://www.jazz-storyville.com

24.5.  TBA, Nagoya, Japan.

With Emil Hess (DK) – saxophone.

25.5.  TBA, Nagoya, Japan.

With Emil Hess (DK) – saxophone.

26.5.  Virtuoso, Tokyo, Japan.

With Emil Hess (DK) – saxophone, Satsuki Kusui – bass.

https://www.virtuosoakasaka.com

15.7.  Iniö Kyrka, Iniö, Finland.

with Emil Hess (DK) – saxophone, Andrei Ryabov (RUS) – guitar.

16.7.  TBA, Turku, Finland.

with Emil Hess (DK) – saxophone, Andrei Ryabov (RUS) – guitar.

17.7.  TBA, St.Petersburg, Russia.

with Emil Hess (DK) – saxophone, Andrei Ryabov (RUS) – guitar.

18.7.  TBA, St.Petersburg, Russia.

with Emil Hess (DK) – saxophone, Andrei Ryabov (RUS) – guitar.

19.7.  TBA, St.Petersburg, Russia.

with Emil Hess (DK) – saxophone, Andrei Ryabov (RUS) – guitar.

29.7.   Jazz Espa Festival, Helsinki, Finland. 

Niklas Winter Quartet 2020

Fredrik Nordström (SWE) – saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar, Filip Augustson (SWE) – bass, Markku Ounaskari -drums.

http://jazzfinland.fi

5.8.  Juttutupa, Helsinki, Finland.

Niklas Winter Quartet 2020

Fredrik Nordström (SWE) – saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar, Filip Augustson (SWE) – bass, Markku Ounaskari -drums.

 https://www.juttutupa.fi

15.9.  Validi Karkia, Pori, Finland.

with Trish Clowes (UK) – saxophone. Plus a rhythm section. (TBA)

https://www.facebook.com/validikarkia/

16.9.  Sibeliusmuseum, Turku, Finland.

with Trish Clowes (UK) – saxophone. Plus a rhythm section. (TBA)

http://sibeliusmuseum.fi

10-22.11  UK TOUR

UK tour with the Lakeland project:

Henry Lowther (UK) – trumpet, Niklas Winter (FIN) – guitar, Severi Pyysalo (FIN) – vibraphone, Dave Green (UK)  - bass, Paul Clarvis (UK) – drums/percussion.

10.11.  Pizza Express Jazz Club, London, UK.

https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/venues/soho-jazz-club

11.11.  Left Bank Village, Herefordshire, UK.

https://www.facebook.com/LeftBankVillage/?eid=ARBZ23NqzbHF1sd4DM7xpvFFHSphRsxQwN2Nw2CAK8v3ANpUnNMYKWrSqUebGrw1w3C3BWJT4aNZ8M2p

12.11.  Electric Palace, Harwich, UK.

https://electricpalace.com

13.11.  1000 Trades, Birmingham, UK.

https://1000trades.org.uk

14.11.  The Forge, London, UK.

https://www.facebook.com/theforgecamden/?rf=663884970340506

18.11.  Flute & Tankard, Cardiff, UK.

http://thefluteandtankard.com

19.11.  Blue Boar, Poole, UK.

https://www.blueboarpoole.co.uk

22.11   Seven Arts, Leeds, UK.

 http://www.sevenleeds.co.uk

 

news

Hi!

I just updated 32 new gigs to my calendar reaching from April to November. In the spring I will release a new duo CD with guitarist Lorenzo Cominoli and myself. I’m working right now on the production and the release will be on the 19th of April. The release gig is schedule for 19th at the Borgomanero Jazz Festival in Italy. (Let’s see how things go now due to the Corona virus) I’ll keep you updated. I’m very happy with the music on the CD and it is a mixture of original melodic compositions and free improvisation. I will release it on my label Abovoice and naturally it will be also on all streaming platforms. You can buy the CD from www.abovoice.com. For the summer we will also do a special vinyl edition of the record. We will do gigs with this music in Italy between 19th-24th of April in Northern Italy.

In May I will spend 2-3 weeks in Japan playing mostly in the Tokyo area. Please check my calendar of where and when and with who! Looking forward to this as always and I’m also looking forward to connect with new people for future exciting projects. I will be perfroming with many fantastic Japanese musicians and my old friend and colleague Emil Hess will also join me on some gigs.

I will write later on about my summer projects and also about the exciting new projects and tours with Brittish musicians in the fall.

Cheers,

Niklas