Skills: saxophone, EWI, percussion, vocals and piano From: Songdalen close to Kristiansand City, Norway Ongoing projects/bands: LASSEN, Matona Afdhal Group, Duplex, Dr. Kay And His Interstellar Tone Scientists, No. 4, Harald Lassen & Bram De Looze. Other/previous projects: Pixel(2010- 2017), Bugge Wesseltoft New Conception of Jazz, Mopti, Ronja, Sjøen, Harald Lassen & LABtrio
Collaborations: Arild Andersen, Jon Christensen, Corrie Dick, Anja Lauvdal, Per Oddvar Johansen, Marthe Eberson, Mats Eilertsen, Tord Gustavsen, Sanskriti Shrestha, Kristoffer Eikrem, Eyolf Dale, Rob Luft, LABtrio, Morten Qvenild, Emilie Christensen, Bendik Baksaas, Andrea Rydin Berge, Nils Bech, Jo Asgeir Lie, Christian Meaas Svendsen, Gjøril Songvol, Kjersti Horn/Erik Hedin, and many more!
Labels: Hagen Recordings(founder), Jazzland Recordings, NORCD, Cuneiform Records, Havtorn Records
Education: Master degree; Improvised music, Norwegian Academy of Music / / Bachelor degree; Improvised music, Norwegian Academy of Music / / Administration and leadership, Norwegian Academy of Music / / Jazz studies, Toneheim Folkehøgskole
Founder of The Jazz Department of Dhow Countries Music Academy, Zanzibar
BOOKING: marthe (at) vibeagency.no
CONTACT: haraldlassen (at) hotmail. com
Stuff: -Norwegian Grammy 2017 nomination: ”Pop Group of the Year” (No. 4) -Norwegian Grammy 2016 nomination: “Pop Group of the Year” (No. 4) -Nomination Bremen Jazz Price 2016 (Mopti & Bendik Baksaas) -Norwegian Broadcasts “jazz higlight of 2015” (Pixel) -Nomination Gaffa Price 2015 ”Album of the year” (Mopti & Bendik Baksaas) -Nomination Gaffa Price 2015 ”Band of the year” (Mopti & Bendik Baksaas) -UK Music Video Awards 2013 ”Best International Dance Video (“Call Me” by Pixel) -Young Nordic Jazz Comets 2013 (Pixel) -Young jazz musician of the year 2012 (Mopti) -G9alt Scholarship 2010 by Sparebank 1 (Harald Lassen)
Adventurous and characteristic band from BelWay! Alongside Belgian hot shot pianist Bram De Looze and a Norwegian rhythm section reminiscent of the seventies jazz heyday, band leader and sax player Harald Lassen is conquering the world with his new band, LASSEN. Colorful, passionate and catchy jazz switching seamlessly between nostalgic longing and driving futurism. . The outfit playes colorful, passionate and catchy jazz, inspired by 70s and life so far. Common for all four musicians is the love of good melodies, the importance of jazz history paid with an unmatched need to explore
Despite short existence the band already played for a packed Ronnie Scott’s in London and was booked to Norway’s biggest festivals in 2017, represented Norway at Jazzahead 2018 and released their debut album “Eventyrer” in September 2018.
For ten years Harald Lassen and bass player Christian Meaas Svendsen have been playing together in DUPLEX. It may look like a duo, but it doesn´t necessarily sound like a duo. They´ve over the years developed a wide range of expressions and and quite innovative techniques to use the small format sax and bass is. It´s
Traditional taraab music from Zanzibar with influences from jazz, arabic and folk music.
The Afdhal group consists of hand picked jazz musicians from Norway, a country in which our player and lead singer Matona has close musical bonds. Using Africas best kept secret, the beautiful Taarab music of Zanzibar, as a platform, the group explores the harmonic, melodic and rythmic possibilities it offers. Anchored in a proud tradition, but always exploring, twisting and turning, the result is truly unique
Matona - oud, vocal / Emilie Lidsheim - violin / Stian Andersen - bass / Martin Lie Svendsen - gitar / Ivar Asheim - drums / Harald Lassen - sax
Dr. KAY: Seeker of peace, spacemoog operator and provider of spiritual guidance.
THE TONE SCIENTISTS: Interstellar travellers and sound engineers, bending space and time through musical vibrations.