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Laginha, Argüelles, Norbakken Trio produces an effortless blend of contemporary jazz and classical music, peppered with Portuguese Fado, Spanish folk influences and Norwegian space. Featuring superstar Portuguese pianist, Mário Laginha, British saxophonist legend Julian Argüelles and phenomenal Norwegian percussionist Helge Norbakken, the group’s syncopated rhythms and skilful improvisation has led to them being hailed as “An elegantly soulful slice of contemporary euro-jazz,” by Jazzwise.

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SELECTED REVIEW QUOTES:

“…effortless chemistry and shared sense of purpose” John Kelman, All about Jazz

“Laginha, a pianist who excels at lush lyricism, rollicking, driving accompaniment or long-lined, spirited melodic explorations” Darren Brown / Ottawa

“For the ability simultaneously to deliver great subtlety of musical character with both emotional energy and intellectual power, he [Argüelles] is one of the very best we have.” Peter Bacon, Jazzbreakfast

“Norbakken sends harmonic minnows into the periphery.” Tyran Grillo

Mário Laginha, Julian Argüelles and Helge Andreas Norbakken will release their debut album in Autumn 2017.


Mário Laginha piano

Mário Laginha is one of Portugal’s most respected, creative contemporary jazz musicians. Known firstly for his collaborations with fellow Portuguese jazz singer Maria João, with whom he recorded over a dozen discs and toured worldwide. Other famed (selected) collaboration work includes a duo with classical pianist Pedro Burmester which was extended to trio with the late pianist and film composer Bernardo Sassetti . Mário continues to explore new paths for jazz and Portuguese music.

Julian Argüelles saxophones

Award-winning saxophonist and composer Julian Argüelles plays a unique mix of exciting British contemporary jazz infused with Spanish rhythms, South African grooves, brass band and classical influences. An exceptionally gifted musician, he has been compared to sax legends Wayne Shorter and Charles Lloyd (Jazzwise), while his on-stage chemistry with the Julian Argüelles Quartet has been likened to Keith Jarett’s renowned 1970s line-up (UK Vibe).  www.julianarguelles.com/biog

Helge Andreas Norbakken percussion

Helge Andreas Norbakken is one of Scandinavia’s most renowned percussionists. He started playing internationally with the Mari Boine Band and went on to work with Maria Joao, Jon Balke, Kari Brenmes, Ayub Ogada and an impressive list of Norwegian and international musicians. He has developed his unique, distinctive percussion style through sound research, hand-made instruments and merging of timbres.

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