The star of the ECM label.
A pianist, composer and writer, a great master of mood. Although in his incredibly rich heritage (about 50 CDs) we can encounter absolutely modern elements (the use of electronics and sampling, dance rhythms, duets with electric guitar), almost every of his albums has numerous moments of calm and poetic reverie. Poetry (Björnstad has also been successful in the literary world) accompanied the artist in more than one undertaking, while the mood of his composition was carefully used in film music tracks.
Music improvised from Scandinavia is a synonym of refined art. An important element shaping the stylistic distinctiveness of the Norwegians is the composer tradition, which draws inspiration from native folklore - nostalgic, melodic and related to the local landscape, its severity and beauty.
The most famous representative of the Norwegian sound in jazz is saxophonist Jan Garbarek. Ketil Bjornstad comes from the same generation. Both artists combine not only generational experience (both debuted at the turn of the 1960s and 1970s), but perhaps more important - both are the leading representatives of ECM, the undisputed mark of quality and the most famous European jazz label.
In Szczecin, Ketil Bjørnstad will play on Steinway's concert grand piano.
The concert - taking place as part of the concert cycle Morze Muzyki
- will be graced with the awards gala of PRO ARTE, the Marshal of the Westpomeranian Region for outstanding achievements in the field of culture.