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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 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/

30.6 Rica Bar, Turku, Finland.

With Wallasvaara Tom Waits Tribute band.

https://www.ricabar.fi

5.7  Brännskär, Nagu, Finland.

With Wallasvaara Tom Waits Tribute band.

6.7 Iniö Kyrkan, Iniö, Finland.

With Martin Söderbacka – guitar, Eevalotta Matikainen – bass.

30.7. Restaurang Glöd, Kirjais, Finland.

With bassist Lauri Antila.

https://www.facebook.com/GlodKirjais/

11.8 Konstens Natt, Taiteiden Yö, Turku, Finland.

Sibeliusmuseum.

With Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone.

https://sibeliusmuseum.fi

24.8 EU Forum, Turku, Finland.

WAM, Turku.

With Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.

26.8  Riga, M/Darbnica, Latvia.

With Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.

https://www.mdarbnica.lv

27.8 Turun Musiikkijuhlat, Turku, Finland.

With Lorenzo Cominoli – guitar.

https://turunmusiikkijuhlat.fi

news

7/2022

Hi!

June and the beginning of July was busy with touring in 5 countries.

In August I will continue doing concerts after a short break now in July when I try to focus on writing new material for different projects.

In August I will do public performances at the Night of the Arts in Turku on the 11.8 and at the Turku Music Festival on the 27.8. I will also visit Riga and the great M/Darbnica Club again on the 26th of August, this time with Lorenzo Cominoli on guitar.

In the fall I will be playing in in the USA, Denmark and Italy and hopefully in many other countries too. Naturally also in Finland with the release of a new album and a book consisting of my arrangements of medieval music.

Have a great summer!

Niklas