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Niklas Winter is a finnish jazz guitarist and composer. Winter has made 6 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, Jesse van Ruller, Cameron Brown, Henry Lowther, Ted Curson, Lars Jansson, Kirite Kanawa, 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)

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Upcoming concerts

 

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

 

2017

24.5  Monza Duomo, Monza,Italy. CD Release concert!

Max de Aloe Baltic Trio. Release concert of the ’Valo’ album!

Max de Aloe – chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

www.monzavisionaria.it/2017/

26.5   Tiirikkala, Turku, Finland.

Annika Cleo – vocal, Niklas Winter – guitar.

www.tiirikkala.fi

1-12.6.   JAPAN TOUR

2.6.  Jazz On Top, Osaka, Japan.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Suomi Morishita  - guitar.

www.jazzontop.com/index2.htm

3.6.  Itasyoku910, Kyoto, Japan.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Suomi Morishita – guitar.

https://www.facebook.com/itasyoku910/

4.6.  Aotani Music Hall, Kobe, Japan.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Suomi Morishita – guitar.

www.masakohamamura.com/aotani.htm

6.6.  Yuega 314 Horigamicho Yawata,Shiga, Japan.

Emil Hess – saxophone, Harumo Imai – saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar, Naomi Isobe – bass.

www.yugeya-jazz.com

7.6.  Johnny Angel, Kyoto, Japan.

Emil Hess – saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar, Hiroki Isobe – guitar, Naomi Isobe – bass.

http://www.lr-bros.com/johnnyangel-kyoto/

8.6.  Imagine, Kobe, Japan.

Emil Hess – saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar.

www.imagine-kobe0118.com

9.6.  Bar Alphecca, Nishinomiya, Japan.

Emil Hess – saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar.

www.bar-alphecca.com

10.6.  Café Hanky Panky, Kobe, Japan.

Naoko Kusumoto – vocal, Emil Hess – saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar, Kazuki Iida – piano, Keiichi Ishibashi – bass, Naoya Numai – drums.

www.cafehankypanky.web.fc2.com

11.6.  Hatsune, Akou City, Japan.

Naoko Kusumoto – vocal, Emil Hess – saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar, Kazuki Iida – piano, Keiichi Ishibashi – bass, Nayoma Numa – drums.

www.yugeya-jazz.com

 

13-18.6 ITALY CD RELEASE TOUR

13.6.  Biella Jazz Club, Biella, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

Max De Aloe – chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

http://www.italiajazz.it/attivita/clubs/biella-jazz-club

14.6.  Museo, MaGa, Gallarte, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

Max De Aloe – chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

www.museomaga.it

15.6   Chiostro di Santa Caterina, Treviso, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

Max De Aloe – chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

16.6.  Parco delle Terme di Levico, Trento, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

Max De Aloe – chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

http://www.comune.levico-terme.tn.it

17.6.  Hotel Sheraton Diana Majestic, Milano, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

Max De Aloe – chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

http://www.sheratondianamajestic.com

18.6.  Castello di Lusuolo di Mulazzo, Massa Carrara, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

Max De Aloe – chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

19.6.  Piazzale Michelangelo, Firenze, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

Max De Aloe – chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

14.7.  Galleri Arleth, Horbelev, Denmark.

Emil Hess – saxophone, Niklas Winter – guitar, Richard Huntley – drums.

www.arleth.dk

15.7.  Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Paradise Jazz, Denmark.

Hess Möller Seven Seas

Thomas Fryland – trumpet, Emil Hess – saxophones, Steen Hansen – trombone, Niklas Winter – guitar, Sören Möller – piano, Johnny Åman – bass, Rich Huntley – drums.

http://jazz.dk/copenhagen-jazz-festival-2017/forside/

24.7.  Sofia Wilhelmina Church, Iniö, Finland.

Emil Hess – saxophones, Niklas Winter – guitars.

27.7.  Kultaranta Resorts, Naantali, Finland.

Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Niklas Winter – guitar.

http://kultarantaresort.fi

11.8.  Hanko Soul Jazz Weekend, Hanko, Finland.

Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Niklas Winter – guitar.

www.hankosouljazz.fi

19.8.  Sibeliusmuseum, Turku, Finland.

Cleo&Winter album release concert!

The release concert of their album ’Another Way Home’. (Abovoice-1019)

Annika Cleo – vocal, Niklas Winter – guitars, Mikko Gunu Karjalainen – trumpet, Tuure Koski – bass.

www.sibeliusmuseum.fi

14.10. The Church in Parainen, Finland.

Winter&Pyysalo

Niklas Winter with Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone.

22.11.  Sibeliusmuseum, Turku, Finland.

Max de Aloe Baltic Trio

Max de Aloe – chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitars, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

www.sibeliusmuseum.fi

23.11   Hannikaissali, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Max de Aloe Baltic Trio

Max de Aloe – Chromatic Harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

http://www.musiikkikampus.fi/palvelut/hannikaissali

 

More to be announced soon!

news

On the 19th 0f August the new CD ’Another Way Home’ was released. It’s a vocal jazz record that I’m very proud of. I’m happy that it has been played in Finnish National radio, a phenomena that’s most of the time quite rare here in Finland.

In October the 14th I will do a big concert in Parainen with Severi Pyysalo. This gig will be held in the old Church there. Always a pleasure to perform with Severi, especially in a church environment with the great acoustics fitting our sound so well.

In November I will do a tour in Finland with Max de Aloe’s Baltic Trio. Our new ’Valo’ album will be released here in Finland on te 1st of October. The gigs will be held in Turku, Helsinki, Jyväskylä and Oulu.

I also started to do my teaching at the JAMK and OAMK here in Finland with many new super talented guitarist as students.

From the beginning of 2018 all the way to the summer I will do gigs abroad with different bands. I’ll write more about that later!