In a field induced by the jazz traditions of the US and Scandinavia, the Norwegian piano trio Briotrio has reconciled these styles into a unique sound. Memorable, down-to-earth melodies, followed by playful solos, whilst the rhythm section is imbued with intricate interplay. A musical style seeking communion with the listener, creating the ambience of a home concert, grooving from one end - to the other. Though primarily instrumental, the musicians sing on several songs, in accordance with their vision of a colloquial music.
From the Valleys outside Voss a special collaboration in music started early. The two «partners in crime»,
Elisabeth Lid Trøen and Ingrid Øygard Steinkopf, grew up together with a shared interest for jazz music.
They both ended up at the studies in performing music at the acknowledged Jazz program at Norwegian
University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. They decided to put together a band with
some of their fellow student musicians, to explore the lines between their friendships through music.
Bounce Alarm’s music is composed by Steinkopf and Trøen, and pays tribute both to a unique
Scandinavian soundscape, as well as to the American jazz-tradition. The result is a playful mix of energetic
grooves and lyrical melodies. With a three-piece horn section that brings varies of different colors and
harmonies to the compositions, and a steady piano-trio, the band experiments with different roles and
takes the audience along on a highly enjoyable journey, mixing the new and old ways of jazz.
Matrjosjka is a colorful wooden figure, which separates in the middle to reveal a smaller similiar figure inside of it which has, again, another figure inside of it, and so on.
This structure inspires the band to unite layering of smaller musical ideas into one piece.
The band is featuring Ingrid Steinkopf on Rhodes, Tore Hodneland on guitar and Åsmund Smidt on drums. The instrumentation gives the opportunity to explore many different sonic possibilities, where the electrical in the Rhodes and the guitar meets the acoustic in the saxophone and the drums in exciting dynamics, combining concept themes with complex rhythm and harmonics.