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Nordic Music Prize – Nominees for best Nordic album

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Nordic Music nominees for best Nordic album 2012

Nordic MusicNordic Music Prize is an annual award for the Best Nordic Album Of The Year. The first Nordic Music Prize was presented by the Prince Of Norway during by:Larm in Oslo in February 2011.

The prize was created to create a stronger unity across the Nordic countries industry, to increase international interest and awareness of what the region has to offer musically and to refocus on the full length album as an art form.

The winner is decided by a selection involving each Nordic country’s domestic recording industry, that lead to representatives converging on Oslo with a list of ten albums from their nation and these are then whittled down to 12 final nominations.

The final choice is made by a jury headed by Andres Lokko and composed of international journalists and label people.

The Nordic Music Prize of €20,000 will be presented during by:Larm Festival 13. – 16. Feburary 2013 in Oslo, Norway.

Nordic Music nominees for best Nordic album 2012 are:

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From Norway
Sån av Salve by
Frank «Tønes» Tønnesen

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From Denmark
Frk. B. Fricka

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From Finland
Pää kii by
Pää kii

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From Finland
Kerkko Koskinen Kollektiivi by
Kerkko Koskinen Kollektiivi

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From Iceland
Retro Stefson by
Retro Stefson

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From Iceland
Dýrð í dauðaþögn by
Ásgeir Trausti

Last year the winner was chosen from Sweden, the Sweden’s Jazz artist, Goran Kajfes.

The jury states:

A very distinctive voice unexpectedly united the jury, everybody instantly recognized the love that has gone into the playing and, also, the packaging. It’s an ambitious and warm fusion of sonic elements, from jazz with both african and eastern influences to electronica.

This double album really does something that is quite rare: it communicates the pure joy of music.

The Artist Biography

Goran Kajfes is of Croatian heritage, grown up in Sweden in a family of musicians and artists. He is, since many years, an obvious authority at the very core in the Swedish music scene. A sought after session player, touring musician, arranger and producer.

Goran has performed with José Gonzales, Stina Nordenstam, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Lester Bowie, The Soundrack of our Lives and many many others.

Last year he was appointed Artist in Residence at Stockholm Jazz Festival. He was given the honour of composing and performing the opening ceremony of Stockholm Museum of Modern Art in 2006.

He has written music to several movies and produced a number of albums including ”Clint” by Oddjob that was named Jazz Album of the Year by Sunday Times in the UK 2010.

Kajfes debut Home (2001), where a mulitude of influences was mixed into an appealing and spicy brew established him as being at the forefront of crossover visionary electro-jazz. The sequel, Headspin (2005) won the Swedish grammy award for best jazz album for the very same reasons. The albums took Goran around the world performing with his own band. His latest solo release is the ambitious double album X/Y. And Goran is also a member of free jazz group Nacka Forum.

Watch the video below with an interview with Goran Kajfes after he got the Nordic Music prize for the best Nordic album 2011.


Below can you listen to samples of his Album

If you like, can you buy Goran Kajfes Albums by clicking the links below.

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