Håkon Kornstad is a Norwegian jazz saxophonist, known for his projects Wibutee, Kornstad Trio, Kornstad/Wiik Duo, and most recently for his solo saxophone concerts and venture into opera repertoire.
In 2009 he started taking singing lessons, and finished a master’s degree as classically trained tenor at the Norwegian Opera Academy in Oslo in 2014. He has performed at the Norwegian National Opera. In his Kornstad Ensemble he combines Scandinavian jazz improvisations with opera arias and lieder.
In 2017 he debuts as an orchestra arranger and composer.
Håkon Kornstad has been awarded the Buddy Award from the Norwegian Jazz Federation. He has been nominated for Norwegian Grammy several times, and been listed in the Downbeat Critics Poll.
Concerts this summer
Hope to see you at one of these concerts this summer! Click the link for more information (this will take you to the festival’s website with ticket information).
10/6 Jazz Folk Bike Festival, Syke (DE), Ensemble
01/7 Global Week for Syria, Beirut (LB), Solo
07/7 North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam (NL), Ensemble
08/7 Garana Jazz, Timisoara (RO), Ensemble
15/7 Baroniet Rosendal (NO), Solo
16/7 Midtåsen Kulturfestival, Sandefjord (NO), Trio
23/7 Vigelandmuseet, Oslo (NO), Solo
5-7/8 Festspillene i Elverum (NO), Solo
15/8 Bakgården, Arendal (NO), Trio
26/8 Sommerton Festival, Wesel (DE), Solo
Kornstad Solo feature on TV Brasil
My concert at the RC4 festival in Rio de Janeiro was filmed by TV Brasil,
click the link to watch it on their website.
Playing music with immigrants in the project Skjønnhet utenfra
Skjønnhet utenfra is a project where my friend, colleague and guitar hero Knut Reiersrud and I wanted to search for musicians recently arrived in Norway as refugees. Later on we were joined by film director Lene Midling-Jenssen, documenting these meetings.
We meet refugees with musical backgrounds for small 2-day workshops around in Norway. Playing together is the most important ingredient of these meetings, and we also see if we can help them a little bit in creating a social and professional platform on the Norwegian music scene.
And we meet new friends! Skjønnhet utenfra is just one of many nice initiatives by Norwegian musicians for refugees these days.
Read more (Norwegian)