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Niklas Winter is a finnish jazz guitarist and composer. Winter has made 8 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!

THE LIGHTHOUSE    (Abovoice-1021)

NIKLAS WINTER (FIN) – GUITAR   LORENZO COMINOLI (IT) – GUITAR.

‘Rauhallisesti kelluva The Lighthouse on kahden kitaristin lähes meditatiivinen näkemys kitarajazzista modernissa maailmassa’ Aleksi Näsänen, TS, 8/2021.

Buy new album from here! Link to the record label homepage:

https://www.abovoice.com/lighthouse/

You can also buy the record from following stores and webshops:

LevykauppaX. Stores located in several cities in Finland.

https://www.levykauppax.fi/artist/winter_niklas/the_lighthouse/#754036

Digelius Music. Store located in Helsinki.

https://www.digeliusmusic.com/product/7694/winter-niklas-the-lighthouse-cd

8Raita. Store located in Turku.

https://www.8raita.fi/shop/product-search-fi.html

UPCOMING CONCERTS

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

2021

THE LIGHTHOUSE ALBUM RELEASE TOUR IN ITALY.

2.9 Blue Monk Festival, Borgomanero, Italy.

With Lorenzo Cominoli (IT) – guitar.

https://www.comune.borgomanero.no.it

3.9 Pettenasco, Ursa Major Studio, Italy.

Workshop with Niklas Winter.

4.9 Gressan, Maison Gargantua, Italy.

With Lorenzo Cominoli (IT) – guitar.

5.9 Domodossola, Piazza Mercato, Italy.

With Lorenzo Cominoli (IT) – guitar.

THE LIGHTHOUSE ALBUM RELEASE TOUR IN FINLAND.

16.9 Poppari, Jyväskylä, Finland.

The concert starts at 7PM.

With Lorenzo Cominoli (IT) – guitar.

http://ravintolapoppari.fi

17.9 Jazz Café AXO, Parainen, Finland.

The concert starts at 8PM.

With Lorenzo Cominoli (IT) – guitar.

https://jazzcafeaxo.fi

18.9 Galleria Rankka, Helsinki, Finland.

The concert starts at 6PM.

With guitarist Lorenzo Cominoli. (ITA). Artist Mikko Paakkola will be present to talk about  the artwork on the record.

https://galleriarankka.com

19.9 The Sibeliusmuseum, Turku, Finland.

The concert starts at 6PM.

Niklas Winter with Lorenzo Cominoli on guitar. (IT) Artist Mikko Paakkola will be present to talk about  the artwork on the record.

https://sibeliusmuseum.fi/fi/sibeliusmuseo/

4.11 ELive Music, Kokkola, Finland.

Livestream concert.

Niklas Winter with Söderbacka-Matikainen duo.

https://www.elivestream.fi/en/elivestream/

 5.11 ELive Music, Kokkola, Finland.

Kulma Café

Niklas Winter with Söderbacka-Matikainen duo.

https://fi-fi.facebook.com/KulmaKokkola

20.11 Galleria Nuovo, Lahti, Finland.

Mikko Paakkola’s opening of exhibition. Niklas Winter solo.

http://www.gallerianuovo.fi

28.11 Forum Marinum, Turku , Finland.

Niklas Winter with Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone + Möly Trio.

http://www.forum-marinum.fi/fi/

 

2022

8.2  Katedraali Soi! Festival, Turku, Finland.

Niklas Winter Quartet + 2 voices.

Henry Lowther (UK) – trumpet, Niklas Winter – guitar, Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Juho Laitinen – cello, Marika Kivinen – mezzosoprano, Jussi Linnanmäki – baryton.

3.3  Bb-Jazz Club, Berlin, Germany.

Winter’s Jazz Workshop 2022

Niklas Winter – guitar, Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Jesper Bodilsen – bass, Jussi Lehtonen – drums.

http://www.b-flat-berlin.de/desktop/

3.6  Hornaek Jazz Club, Denmark.

With Emil Hess – saxophone, Richard Huntley – drums.

https://hornbaek-jazzklub.dk

 

news

11/2021

Hi!

Playing at Mikko Paakkola’s opening of exhibition in Galleria Nuovo on the 20th of November. Later the same month with Turku based musicians at Forum Marinum including Severi Pyysalo on vibraphone.

My first festival appearance in 2022 will be in Turku Cathedral on the 8th of February. Katedraali Soi! is the festivals name and a lot of newly written music will be performed here. I will also publish a book of my arrangements of sacred music there. Looking forward to this!

I’m also very happy to play again with the great British trumpeter Henry Lowther on this date. Great to have him back here again!

In March I will play in Berlin on the 3.3 with my band Winter’s Jazz Workshop. We are working on some other dates also around this date elsewhere in Germany.

In the first week on June I will do a tour in Denmark with Emil Hess and Richard Huntley. The second week in June we’ll do gigs in Finland.

Hope to see you in the concerts!

Niklas