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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.

 

2019

 

29.6.  Juhla Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.

Niklas Winter solo and with friends.

www.facebook.com/juhlatokyo/

1.7.  One Note, Toyooka, Japan.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Emil Hess (DK) – tenor saxophone, Magi Ishikawa – piano, Taisuke Yoshioka – bass.

www.onenotetoyooka.wixsite.com/onenote-toyooka

2.7.  Café Axis, Kobe, Japan.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Emil Hess (DK) – tenor saxophone, Magi Ishikawa – piano, Taisuke Yoshioka – bass.

www.cafeaxis.com

 3.7.  Born Free, Kobe, Japan.

Niklas Winter- guitar, Masato Hirai – guitar, Keishiro Saito – bass, Hiroshi Matsuda – drums.

www.bornfree-kobe.com

4.7.  Take Five, Osaka, Japan.

Niklas Winter- guitar, Masato Hirai – guitar, Keishiro Saito – bass, Hiroshi Matsuda – drums.

www.live-takefive.com

5.7.  Tree Café, Tsuruga, Japan.

With singer and pianist Emi.

www.tree-cafe.com/?m=1

6.7   Bonds Rosary, Kyoto, Japan.

With singer Chizuko Ura.

www.bondsrosary.com 

23.7.  Rica Bar, Turku, Finland.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Lorenzo Cominoli (IT) – guitar.

www.ricabar.fi

24.7   Iniö Church, Iniö, Finland.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Lorenzo Cominoli (IT) – guitar.

25.7.  Philly Joe’s Jazz Club, Tallinn, Estonia.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Lorenzo Cominoli (IT) – guitar.

www.phillyjoes.com

26.7   TBA, St.Petersburg, Russia.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Andrei Ryabov – guitar, Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.

 27.7.  Summer Garden Café, St.Petersburg, Russia. (7PM)

Niklas Winter – guitar, Andrei Ryabov – guitar, Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.

27.7.  DOM 7, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Andrei Ryabov – guitar, Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.

www.facebook.com/jazzbardom7/

10.8.  Festival in Parainen, Finland.

With guitarist and singer Sergio Machado.

20.8.  Nuoro Jazz Festival, Sardinia, Italy.

With Max de Aloe Baltic Trio.

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

www.entemusicalenuoro.it

21.8.  TBA, Italy.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.

22.8.  Circolo Arci ’Amici del Po’, Monticelli, Italy.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.

www.amicidelpo.eu

23.8.  Festival Musica in Villa, Udine, Italy.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.

 24.8.  Orta Jazz Festival, Orta, Italy.

www.facebook.com/ortajazzfestival/

25.8.  TBA, Italy.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.

4-11.11   Tour In Korea.

With guitarist Sangyeon Park and Vocalist/pianist Yunmi Kang.

Venues TBA soon.

 

 

 

 

news

Looking forward to my gigs in July and August in Finland, Japan, Estonia, Russia and Italy. I’ll be playing in small clubs, Festivals, churches and castles! A few studio sessions are also to be made.

2019 will be the year when I celebrate my 50 years on this planet. I will celebrate it by doing many concerts and with a new CD as well.

I’ll started new projects with guitarists Sangyeon Park from Korea, Andrei Ryabov from Russia and with Lorenzo Cominoli from Italy. But naturally I will keep the ’old ones’ also alive.

Band projects will be my large ensemble doing the Graduale Aboense material and also bringing to life my old Quartet with Swedish saxophonist Fredrik Nordström.

Cheers,

Niklas