BRIDGES with Seamus Blake is a modern, Nordic jazz project with a vision to construct new musical bridges between Norway and other parts of the world. The band in this first version consists of master-saxophonist Seamus Blake (John Scofield, Antonio Sanchez, Mingus Big Band, winner of Thelonius Monk Prize), and four Scandinavian jazz artists of the highest pedigree: highly-acclaimed trumpeter Hayden Powell and award-winnning Espen Berg on piano from Norway, the incredible bass player Jesper Bodilsen from Denmark (Enrico Rava, Stefano Bollani), and last but not least Anders Thorén from Sweden on drums, who is also the leader of the group. Anders has a diploma from LA College of Music in Los Angeles and has studied under masters such as Peter Erskine, Marcus Gilmore, Dave Weckl, Ricky Lawson and Joe Porcaro and has performed live and recorded with many grammy-winning artists from the Nordic countries over the last few years.
After releasing the highly-acclaimed self-titled debut album BRIDGES with Seamus Blake in November 2016, the band completed a successful European tour in the fall of 2017 and several concerts and major festivals in 2018. In February 2019 they released their second studio album Continuum that currently is reviews incredible reviews from all corners of the world.
Seamus Blake saxophone, Espen Berg keyboards , Anders Thorén drums , Hayden Powell trumpet , Jesper Bodilsen bass
“..a ongoing conversation with great melodic weight. This is brilliant and soundly luxurious jazz music …” – Audun Vinger / DN / D2 (Norway)