Maria Schneider (composition, musical direction), Frank Brodahl (trumpet, flugelhorn), Marius Haltli (trumpet, flugelhorn), Anders Eriksson (trumpet, flugelhorn), Hayden Powell (trumpet, flugelhorn), Even Kruse Skatrud (trombone), Nils Andreas Granseth (trombone), Kristoffer Kompen (trombone), Ingrid Utne (bass trombone), Jan Kaare Hystad (alto sax), Børge-Are Halvorsen (alto sax), Nils Jansen (tenor sax), Atle Nymo (tenor sax), Tina Lægreid Olsen (baritone sax), Olga Konkova (piano), Philippe Thuriot (accordion), Jens Thoresen (guitar), Per Mathisen (bass), Håkon Mjåset Johansen (drums)
Maria Schneider comes to the Heineken Jazzaldia for the first time to display her suggestive project with Ensemble Denada. Schneider is a prizewinning orchestra conductor and composer, winner of 5 Grammys, hailed by critics and audiences as one of the most decisive figures of today’s jazz. Only someone with her talent could lead a band like Norway’s Ensemble Denada, considered one of the most innovative in Europe. The group’s repertoire varies widely in both rhythm and melody, and its members have been carefully selected from among Norway’s best instrumentalists.