Siril Malmedal Hauge was appointed NTNU Ambassador 2021/22. Photo: Arne Hauge

Siril Malmedal Hauge writes a commissioned work for Jazzfest 2024!

Siril Malmedal Hauge - Rhiza Song

We are very happy that former NTNU Ambassador Siril Malmedal Hauge is writing new music for Jazzfest 2024 with support from the Norwegian Composers Foundation.

This is what Siril herself says about the Rhiza Song project:

"As in a web of roots, messages are sent in a network of communication - a kind of secret language. In this work I feel like digging in the soil and getting my fingers a little dirty. Making life, fishing for fine fibers, intertwining threads, digging in roots, and looking for fertile ground for musical biotopes. I am fascinated by unique bonds between different organisms, and the belonging to each other in a world that is constantly changing."

ASQ // Amund Stenøien Quartet at Havet. Photo: BERRE

Premiere: Joyn-In Sessions with ASQ // Amund Stenøien Quartet

Joyn-In Sessions is a new concept of profiling young talented bands and artists from the region, filmed at various venues in Trondheim. First up is the ASQ // Amund Stenøien Quartet, which originates from the NTNU Jazzlinja.

The quartet plays hard-swinging and forward-leaning New York jazz with an inspiring originality - in an energy bomb of a  band.

Amund Steinøien - vibraphone
Joakim Rainer Petersen - piano
Gard kronborg - bass
Steinar Heide Bø - drums

The video was recorded at Havet Arena by BERRE.

Squarepusher created a fierce club atmosphere in Olavshallen. Photo: Arne Hauge

Read concert reports from this year's festival

During the festival, we have a number of good helpers who write reviews of the concerts. These have now been published here on our website, and we hope you will read and reminisce about the good concert experiences now that the dust has settled after this year's festival. The concert reports have been written by Ove Bjørken, Kåre Kolve, Helge førde and Jazzfest's staff. Happy reading!

Read concert reports from the festival here.

Y-Otis created an electric atmosphere at Havet on Friday 12 May. Photo: Thor Egil Leirtrø

Thank you!

Then an adventure of a jubilee festival is over.

A series of brilliant concerts, smiling audiences, the weather gods on our side and artists who give the audience memories for a lifetime are some of what we are left with. The sun finally shone over the turf when we carried out our nice family day Joyn-In on Saturday. The sum of it all gives us a pure feeling of happiness.


Visual artist Anya Magnussen has designed City Jazz - this year's anniversary motif.

Jazzfest's good friend for many years, was behind two powerful festival posters in the late 1990s. In connection with the anniversary, an idea came up to reuse some of the material from that time, but Anya was clear that she dreamed of making something new. Thus, we can now present this year's anniversary motif on the front page of the festival newspaper. The anniversary motif is two original serigraphs called City Jazz I 35th Jubilee and City Jazz II. There are beautiful works that are also for sale.

Photo: Arne Hauge

Petter Dalane has been appointed NTNU Ambassador 2023

On behalf of NTNU and Jazzfest, vice dean for education, Marit Reitan, appointed jazz pianist and orchestra leader Petter Dalane to the honorary title NTNU Ambassador 2023, at Dokkhuset on Wednesday afternoon.

You can hear 21st Century Quintet with musicians from Lithuania, Latvia and Armenia at Trykkeriet on Thursday 11 May

Spotlight on: Europe

The world's jazz scene - in the middle of Trondheim

This week it's happening!


At this year's festival, we present a record number of musicians who have never played in Trondheim before - a total of seventeen artists - who come from far away from both Europe, the USA and Africa!

Among the visitors we find twelve artists from the bustling European jazz scene, which we are especially excited to show you, gathered in a series called Spotlight on: Europe.

Anya Magnussen has painted this year's anniversary motif that adorns the front page of the newspaper! Photo: BERRE Kommunikasjonsbyrå


Here you can read, among other things, an interview with Heidi Ruud Ellingsen from the theater performance Solveig: .. peer aspera ad astra, greetings from Nora B. Kulset - head of department at the Department of Music, NTNU - and from the Jazzfest staff, check out our festival itineraries or read about all the concerts at this year's festival and plan your own.



The Austrian percussionist and artist Katharina Ernst plays at Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst on Friday 12 May. Photo: Michael Breyer


Katharina Ernst - le temps
Sveinar Hoff - Floating Point

Steinar Bø Quartet

We have some real goodies to present now just before we enter the Easter season! The Austrian percussionist and artist Katharina Ernst is being noticed in art circles around the world with her mix of drums, visual art and movement, our own drum legend Sveinar Hoff, known from among others Cadillac, is back with brand new music, and NTNU Jazzlinja- students in the Steinar Bø Quartet are modernizing the term jazz with their completely unique and hard-swinging expression!

Kirsten Schultz from Visit Trondheim and mayor Rita Ottervik presented the award for Door Opener of the Year 2022 to Ernst Wiggo Sandbakk (in the middle). Photo: Trondheim municipality

Door opener of the year 2022!

Our enterprising and inspiring general manager Ernst Wiggo Sandbakk yesterday received the honorable award for his work with Jazzfest and the cultural metropolis of Trondheim.

"The honor is received on behalf of the entire Jazzfest." says Ernst Wiggo. "I would like to believe that project Joyn-In is one of the reasons why Jazzfest was appointed, where our motto is "everyone should participate, no one will be voted out". Trondheim municipality has contributed additional funds over a two-year period, which has given us the muscle to make some smart moves, where we have, among other things, engaged an audience developer, established a free family day and held outreach concerts out in the field - a strengthened cultural offer for people who have been through a tough time. I am proud of what Trondheim Jazz Festival has become, both locally, nationally and internationally, and I'm really looking forward to the 35th festival this May!"