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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.  Special guest: Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

‘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.

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, Essi Putkonen – alto.

https://www.turunseurakunnat.fi/katedraali-soi/ohjelma

3.3  Bb-Jazz Club, Berlin, Germany.

Winter’s Jazz Workshop 2022

Niklas Winter – guitar, Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Johnny Åman – bass, Jussi Lehtonen – drums.

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

4.3 Felleshus, Berlin, Germany.

Winter’s Jazz Workshop 2022.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Johnny Åman – bass, Jussi Lehtonen – drums.

https://www.nordischebotschaften.org

7.5 Jazz Café AXO, Parainen, Finland.

Martti Wallasvaara sings Tom Waits

Martti Wallasvaara – vocal and guitar, Niklas Winter – guitar, Valtteri Lipasti – vocal and bass and accordion.

https://jazzcafeaxo.fi

2.6 Café Mirum, Lyngby, Denmark.

With Emil Hess – saxophone, Richard Huntley – drums.

https://www.cafemirum.dk

3.6  Hornaek Jazz Club, Denmark.

With Emil Hess – saxophone, Richard Huntley – drums.

https://hornbaek-jazzklub.dk

4.6 Litteratur Bar Brøg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

With Emil Hess – saxophone, Richard Huntley – drums.

https://www.broeglitteraturbar.dk

7.6   Riga, M/Darbnica, Latvia.

With Emil Hess – saxophone, Richard Huntley – drums.

https://www.mdarbnica.lv

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

With Emil Hess – saxophone, Richard Huntley – drums.

https://www.phillyjoes.com

9.6 Rica’s Bar, Turku, Finland.

With Emil Hess – saxophone, Richard Huntley – drums.

https://www.ricabar.fi

10.6 Jazz Café AXO, Parainen, Finland.

With Emil Hess – saxophones, Richard Huntley – drums.

https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=jazz%20café%20axo

22.6 Fem Folk Festivalen, Kungsträdgårdens scen, Stockholm, Sweden.

With Annika Cleo – vocal, Lauri Antila – double bass.

https://www.facebook.com/5FOLKFESTIVAL/

6.7 Iniö Kyrkan, Iniö, Finland.

With Martin Söderbacka – guitar, Eevalotta Matikainen – bass.

7.7 Jazz Café AXO, Parainen, Finland.

With Martin Söderbacka – guitar, eevalotta Matikainen – bass.

https://www.jazzcafeaxo.fi

11.8 Konstens Natt, Taiteiden Yö, Turku, Finland.

Venue TBA in June.

With Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.

24.8 EU Forum, Turku, Finland.

With Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.

27.8 Turun Musiikkijuhlat, Turku, Finland.

With Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.

https://turunmusiikkijuhlat.fi

news

5/2022

Hi!

In the two first weeks in June I will do a tour in Denmark, Finland, Estonia and in Latvia including 7 concerts with Emil Hess and Richard Huntley. We’ll do material from our previous record ’You’ and some new compositions.

This trio will record a new album in October in Austin, Texas. We’ll naturally also play some gigs during the same period.  I’ll write more about this later.

On the 22nd of June I’ll do a concert in Kungsträdgården in Stockholm with singer Annika Cleo and bassist Lauri Antila. Looking forward to this. We will do material from the album ’Another Way Home’ and newly written material composed just for this festival gig. The name of the festival is Fem folks festivalen.

There are new gigs popping up all the time for the summer so I will update this news section after a couple of weeks.

Hope to see you in the concerts!

Niklas