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Eyolf Dale: A wondrously beautiful journey!

Oslo based pianist and composer Eyolf Dale has successfully carved a path as one of the most important emerging Norwegian artists to develop an international profile in recent years. Praised for his lyricism and exploratory improvisational style, Eyolf follows the likes of countrymen Tord Gustavsen and Bugge Wesseltoft in developing global audiences and media recognition for Norwegian music.

«Wolf Valley (it’s a literal English translation of his name) is, I suspect, Dale’s breakthrough album into a more prominent international career. It is creative jazz, atmospheric programme music, an imaginary film soundtrack, a travelogue in sound, a chamber ensemble, depending on one’s mood, and it certainly deserves to be heard very widely indeed. Whatever you want to call it, it’s absolutely gorgeous» (The Jazz Breakfast, UK)

His work with fellow Norwegian tuba player Daniel Herskedal (‘Slow Eastbound Train’, Edition Records 2015) garnered him much attention from the international press for his lyrical, introspective style and roaming imagination. This prompted Dale to release his own album as a leader, ‘Wolf Valley’: a highly personal album featuring a who’s who of Norwegian musicianship, also released on Edition Records in 2016.

Described as a ‘masterpiece’ by Tor Hammero in Norway, the music on ‘Wolf Valley’ is unfailingly melodic, dynamic, meditative, rhythmically exciting and constantly challenging both for those who play it and for those who have the pleasure to listen to and experience it. The album was ecstatically received internationally and went on to appear on the iTunes A-list for over four months, and was chosen in the opening list for 2017 Grammy’s, developing Dale significant profile.

«Eyolf Dale and his accomplished personnel breathe so much into this vast panoply of creative ideas, presenting a recording which is a pleasure to delve into more and more deeply – and it’s bound to remain a favourite for some considerable time. Thank goodness for our resolute, European, musical connections» (AP reviews, UK)

Known for his solo work, including successful collaborations with a great number of jazz artists, and from bands such as Albatrosh, the Hayden Powell Trio and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Dale is a busy touring and frequently recorded artist, and has contributed to most Norwegian jazz festivals and to international festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, 12 Points!, Shanghai Arts Festival and Südtirol Jazz Festival. As sideman and solo performer, he has performed in the US, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, England, Ireland, South Africa, Tanzania, South Korea, Italy and China.

Eyolf Dale is supported by Norwegian Arts Council and his album "Wolf Valley" is selected to the opening list for Grammy Nominations (USA) for "best instrumental jazz album 2017"!