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Niklas Winter is a finnish jazz guitarist and composer. Winter has made 7 records as a leader and has been active as a sideman in several bands. He also runs his own jazzlabel Abovoice. During the years Winter has performed with; Kenny Wheeler, Ulf Wakenius, Kirite Kanawa, Jesse Van Ruller, Cameron Brown, Henry Lowther, Ted Curson, Lars Jansson, Jukkis Uotila, Teemu Viinikainen, Karl-Martin Almqvist, Fumio Yasuda, Ino Nobuyoshi, Jani Moder, Morten Lund, Jesper Bodilsen, Severi Pyysalo and many more..

Winter has a fresh, modern sound. This is original and very exciting music and Niklas Winter Quartet has surely been a great experience at many festivals. Tor Hammerø /Jazznyt (Norway)

Winter is a true sophisticated original on the guitar in Finland. Timo Vähäsilta /Rytmi (Finland)

Niklas Winter’s poetic playing shows great knowledge of improvisational skills. Jörgen Östberg /Orkester Journalen (Sweden)

” In Winter’s playing listener can hear plainness and intelligence. Winter’s improvisations and harmonies look back to the history of jazz but also expresses the atmosphere of today.”Hiroki Sugita/Jazz Life (Japan)

Trust in fact, was key, as was a fundamental sense of good time. Without a drummer or a bassist, and with the two guitarists sometimes dissolving into spare sections where time was, at best, suggested, it became even more essential that the two could internalize that time and know where it was, without it being explicitly there. It’s in the context of the duo that an artist is at his/her most exposed; not only are their abilities, instincts and improvisational élan laid bare, but their communication skills—or lack thereof—are impossible to disguise. Viinikainen and Winter needn’t have worried, as it was clear, from their Tampere Jazz Happening performance, that this was a duo communicating at a very deep level, playing relatively quiet music that was, nevertheless, thoroughly captivating.

JOHN
KELMAN / ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)

NEW ALBUM ’YOU’ BY HESS WINTER HUNTLEY RELEASED ON THE 15TH OF SEPTEMBER! 

EMIL HESS (DK) – TENOR SAXOPHONE, NIKLAS WINTER (FIN) – GUITAR, RICHARD HUNTLEY (USA) – DRUMS

 Listen and buy

Hess Winter Huntley video:

https://youtu.be/cfP_Uwqk2fw

Upcoming concerts

Look at ’ concerts ’ for a full list of upcoming and past performances.

2018

12.8.  Hanko SoulJazz Weekend

Niklas Winter solo.

https://www.facebook.com/bistroalle/

16.8   Turku Music Festival, Turku, Finland

Turku Cathedral

Max de Aloe Baltic Trio

Max de Aloe (IT)  - chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter  guitar, Jesper Bodilsen (DK) -bass.

http://www.turunmusiikkijuhlat.fi

6.11   Åbo Svenska Teater, Turku, Finland.

Johanna Grüssner – vocals, Max De Aloe (IT)  - Chromatic Harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Jan Simons – bass, Mikko Kaakkuriniemi – drums.

https://www.abosvenskateater.fi/sv/start/

Television broadcasted concert.

18.11   Summer Gardens Café, St.Petersburg, Russia. (4-6PM)

Duo with guitarist Andrei Ryabov.

18.11   Police Station Jazz Club, St. Petersburg, Russia. (8-10PM)

Duo with guitarist Andrei Ryabov.

https://vk.com/policestationbar

20.11   Dom 7 Jazz Club, St.Petersburg, Russia.

Duo with guitarist Andrei Ryabov.

https://vk.com/dom_7

21.11  Narva Jazz Club, Narva, Estonia.

Duo with guitarist Andrei Ryabov.

https://narvajazzclub.ee

22.11   JFC Club, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Duo with guitarist Andrei Ryabov.

 https://jfc-club.spb.ru

24.11.  Matiss, St.Petersburg, Russia.

Duo with guitarist Andrei Ryabov.

http://www.matissclubstudio.com

news

The new CD ’You’ of Hess Winter Huntley was released on the 15th of September. We will do a tour with this trio starting in late February to the middle of March 2019 playing in clubs and the Copenhagen Jazz Winter fest. and Turku Jazz Festival on the 6th of March. Please join us!

On the 6th of November I’ll be a part of a live concert for YLE  (national broadcasting company) playing with Johanna Grüssner, Max De Aloe, Severi Pyysalo, Jan Simons and Mikko Kaakkuriniemi. The concert is held in Åbo Svenska Teater in Turku.

My first gig abroad 1984  was Leningrad. Well, St. Petersburg today. I have the privilege to play concerts with one of the best guitarist in Russia  Andrei Ryabov in November.He will be here in April 2019.

I have also started a collaboration with Korean guitarist Sangyeon Park and we will do a tour in Finland between 28th of January to the 3rd of February. We will do a tour in Korea during the summer or fall  of 2019.

My solo guitar project has started and I’m doing a series of solo guitar concert. This all will end up in a CD in 2019.

I will also do a tour to Japan in February or March playing with pianist Eisuke Kato and friends in the Tokyo area.

Niklas