Håkon Kornstad, the jazz saxophonist with a world career who became an opera tenor. Already in the late 90s and early 2000s, he made a name for himself as part of the then new generation of jazz musicians. Kornstad has received star reviews in the New York Times and wide coverage in reputable music magazines worldwide. He has more than 20 releases behind him, some of which are Spellemann-nominated. In 2015, Kornstad was honored with the “Buddy Award” – Norwegian jazz’s highest award.
In parallel with his own legendary combinations of jazz and opera at home and abroad, he continues his work to develop as a classical singer. The project, which is now coming to Stavanger, was performed at the Oslo Jazz Festival (with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra) with two sold-out concerts. At Maijazz 2022, the project will be done with a full symphony orchestra.
SSO has shown that they fully master crossover projects. The concert with SSO and Marius Neset at Maijazz 2019 was one of the absolute highlights this year, and now we can only look forward to what they will present to us together with Håkon Kornstad in 2022!
Håkon Kornstad – vocals and saxophone, Mats Eilertsen – bass, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
“Breakthrough beauty. A golden opportunity for curious listeners to challenge their own ideas about what jazz and classical singing really are. ”