Having recently announced the details of label’s first ever release (from Jazz Prog Rockers Soft FFog), Is It Jazz? Records have today revealed more about the Datadyr, the band destined to produce the label’s second release, which will be available on the 10th June.
Based in Bergen, Norway, Datadyr is a trio of musicians who are all graduates of the Grieg Academy, where their Jazz studies provided the inspiration for their music, which can be characterized by its use of traditional Jazz, newer directions in Jazz and musical improvisations.
All three have considerable experience with other bands and projects. Bassist Øystein Høynes, for instance, has deep-dived into both American and Scandinavian Jazz, something that can be heard in Datadyr‘s music. He likes to explore the differences in genres and mix them up, and his playing is “groovy and playful“, with a desire to drive the music forward. Already a well-known figure on the Scandinavian Jazz scene, Høynes has played on albums by the Finnseth Trio, Herkules and Atari, and is currently playing with Atari, Tara Martine, Treverket, and HVO.
During his time at the Grieg Academy drummer Amund Nordstrøm turned his focus towards Jazz, Free Jazz and free improvisation. With a style that is energetic, playful and which pays a a great attention to tone and texture, it is somewhat extremist but nevertheless displays a controlled musical direction, with clear references to older American and Scandinavian Jazz. In a short time Nordstrøm has succeeded in making a name for himself on the music scene in Bergen. He has played a number of concerts in both Norway and Europe and released albums with Avian Art, Thomas Lossius Septett and Gunslinging Bird, with more in the works with bands such as Datadyr, Cort Piil, MØ: SAN, Dumbo Casino and Shakai.
Guitarist Odd Erlend Mikkelsen has, for several years, been involved in the Rock and Metal scene with bands like Dreamarcher and Kryptograf. However, during the last four years he studied Jazz at the Grieg Academy, exploring improvisation. Through his studies he has developed a sound that combines the energy and abrasiveness of Classic Rock guitar playing, with the harmonic and rhythmic ideas derived from Modern Jazz.
Having used their experience and their studies to hone their musical skills and develop their distinctive sound – which ranges from the heartfelt and gentle to the energetic and explosive, Datadyr are now ready with their debut full-length album “Woolgathering,” about which the band had this to say:
“It’s great to finally release our album on Is It Jazz? Records! There hasn’t been a proper label for jazz/improvised music in Bergen for a while now so Is It Jazz? Records came along at just the right time for us.
Woolgathering is a collection of our favourite songs which were written early on in our DATADYR‘s career. Some of them go all the way back to 2018. while some of them are more recent. It’s a good mix of all our influences as a band and as individual musicians. Woolgathering means to daydream, to gather your thoughts – a fitting title in our opinion.“