Christmas Came Early - Oddgeir Berg Trio
Saturday 3rd December 2022
Tickets: £20.00 Seat at a shared Table for 4 /£15.00 Seat – No Table
The Hampstead Jazz Club brings you the first show to get you into the festive mood early with the Oddgeir Berg Trio and their unique Christmas flavour.
Oddgeir Berg Trio are still playing the same familiar melodies that have accompanied us throughout the years. But this time, they’re performing them with a dedicated, trance-inducing slowness wilfully out of tune with the typical cheeriness of Christmas eve. This may not be the weirdest Christmas album ever recorded, but it most certainly ranks among the most radical ones.
You’ll find renditions of popular favourites like “Silent Night”,”In Dulce Jubilo” and “It came upon the midnight clear” here. But the group are performing them with such passionate reticence that they at times sound like bands like Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Christmas does seem to be a bit darker in Norway. The production matches these otherworldly interpretations: Again, the trio withdrew into Oddgeir Berg’s very own Bonker Studio in Oslo to create the sonic twilight zone between night and day that they’ve by now established as their trademark.
Not all is doom and gloom, however: On several occasions, rays of light are breaking through the clouds, brightly illuminating these beautiful minor-mode-landscapes. And it will only take a cursory look at the saccharine cover motive and the camp band picture inside to understand that the band aren’t out to ruin the fun. In fact, isn’t this what the festive season should actually be about: Silence, inwardness, slowing things down?
“…the three players (Oddgeir Berg Trio) grinning like your oddball uncles (who may have had a drink or two) in their Sunday bests in front of a fireplace encasing crackling flames—the music is top notch, every bit as accomplished, gorgeous,
nuanced and understated as the sounds heard on their excellent previous albums” – Dan McLanaghan, All about jazz
Lead – Oddgeir Berg
Piano – Oddgeir Berg
Drums – Lars Berntsen
Bass – Audun Ramo
Please note, The Club is not licensed to allow access to Children under the age of 16 after 9pm, so for evening performances, please do not book tickets for children under the age of 16. Children aged 16 and above are welcome at any time.
For £20.00 Tickets:
Seats are not numbered and you will be seated at available tables. Please note tables seat 4 people, so for bookings of less than 4 people, you will be seated and share a table for 4.
For £15.00 Tickets:
This is a fully seated event. Seats are not numbered and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Please note the Jazz Club is situated in the basement of the Duke of Hamilton Pub and access is via a number of stairs. The nearest toilets are situated on the 1st floor of the Pub.
Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm