Mathias Eick is what is called a musical all-rounder. To date, he can not commit to a style. He mixes a good ten years in the progressive Norwegian jazz scene, accepts albums with heavy metal and psychedelic rock groups, playing in big bands and accompanied singer / songwriter as his compatriot Thomas Dybdahl. Moreover Eick beherscht several instruments: namely His favorite is the trumpet, but he also exchanges often run out against vibraphone, double bass, piano, guitar or, as he himself says laconically, "any other instrument that is precisely hand". The musicianship was him and his siblings from father JÜrgen, a jazz musician, so to speak in the cradle. Sister Trude (born in 1969) have been known for their involvement in Bugge Wesseltoft's groundbreaking NuJazz band New Conception of Jazz and brother Johannes (born 1964) played as bassist et al already with Christian Wallumrød, Sidsel Endresen and Elin Rosseland. but Nesthäkchen Mathias (born in 1979) obviously benefited most from the highly musical environment in which it grew. Today more than hardly over 30 years old, is one Mathias Eick already the most prolific musicians of the total Norwegian scene. After the primary influences on his stylistic evolution as a soloist interviewed, quoted Mathias Eick Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Kenny Wheeler and Tomasz Stanko and his countrymen Arve Henriksen and Nils Petter Molvær.
Even during the time when he was still in Drammen and Trondheim studied music, Eick gathered in appearances with the cult band Jaga Jazzist (which he still belongs) and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra (with guest soloists such as Chick Corea and Pat Metheny) important game experience. In 2002 he encounters - fOr a Norwegian jazz talent almost inevitably - the group of ECM musicians and in the coming years to recordings of American-Norwegian guitarist Jacob Young ( "Evening Falls", 2002 and "Sideways", 2006) and the Finnish pianist / harpist Iro Haarla ( "Northbound", 2004) involved. The next step on the career ladder he climbs 2007: On the one hand he receives this year awarded by the Association of International Jazz Festival "International Jazz Award For New Talent", on the other hand he may the French drummer Manu Katche when recording his new album " "accompany Playground. ECM producer Manfred Eicher, who had followed Eicks developments closely, is still waiting for a special surprise: he has the trumpeter to producing his solo debut album and bring out in ECM. "The Door", recorded with pianist Jon Balke, bassist Audun Erlien, drummer Audun Kleive and pedal steel guitarist Stian Carstensen, appears in 2008 and receives rave reviews internationally. "The Door" was characterized by sweeping lyricism and clearly defined melodies and a strong sense of wide spaces in the media, but also by dashing, exciting and open improvisation.
In December 2009 and January 2010, he goes to a seven-member ensemble returned to the studio to his second album "scale" take fOr ECM. this time accompany him next Erlien tenor saxophonist Tore Brunborg, pianist Andreas Ulvo, keyboardist Morten Qvenild, harpist Sidsel Walstad and dei both drummer Torstein Lofthus and Gard Nilssen. Although the eight very atmospheric pieces are all from Eicks spring, but contain more or less hidden references to works by Edvard Grieg, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Radiohead and even Elton John. Almost simultaneously with "scale" also appears a new album of Iro Haarla Quintet ( "Verspers") on which Eick can also be heard. At the recent Jaga Jazzist-album "One-Armed Bandit", which was published in 2010, one can experience the all-round musician again in different roles. No question: Mathias Eick is on track to become a new "superstar" of incredibly productive Norwegian music scene.
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