We have been fortunate to attract KØGGING to Courtenay four times during the past four years. This year is no exception. Dutch vocalist, Norbert Kögging is delighted to return to Canada for a fifth year and to celebrate the release of his sophomore album, “Sketches of Ordinary Life” in what has become his second homeland.
It’s an indication of the growing stature of Courtenay as a centre for live jazz performance; Kögging’s tour touches Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta before arriving at the west coast. Courtenay is – as before – the westernmost venue, and we’re proud to be on the schedule. His previous performances have been stellar, as he has entertained us with primarily his self-penned material combining modern jazz with poetic lyrics, largely based on his life experiences.
Norbert Kögging, (composer/lyricist) vocals is accompanied once again on this tour with Folkert Oosterbeek, (composer) piano; Tobias Nojboer, bass and Felix Schlarmann, drums. Georgia Straight Jazz Society is really fortunate to be able to attract this European talent to the Avalanche stage.
Norbert Kögging graduated from the Masters Vocal Jazz program at the Conservatory of Amsterdam in 2009 after a trip to the Banff Centre’s ‘Creative Music Winter Residency’.
A couple of years later, after a long night in their favorite Amsterdam pub, he and pianist Folkert Oosterbeek made their plans to form a band to play and develop the music he had created in Canada. With drummer Felix Schlarmann and bass player Tobias Nijboer on board, the newly formed group KØGGING, returned to the Banff Centre in 2011 to record their debut album, Daydreaming.
Following the Canadian recording, Norbert took the opportunity to get on the road and tour across the country. This was the start of KØGGING’s special relationship with Canada and since then, the band has returned to tour each year.
After ‘Daydreaming’ Norbert wanted his second album to be based on a cohesive concept. He took the idea ‘Sketches of Ordinary Life’ as a starting point. Norbert wanted to write an album with lyrics that would display the things that concern him privately and publicly. ‘Right From The Start’, for example, is about the birth of Norbert’s daughter in 2013. Observations are also an important source for his lyrics and can be heard on songs like ‘Yesterday’s Horizon’ and ‘Fly Out’. Folkert Oosterbeek and Norbert Kӧgging worked together to create all of the compositions on the new album.
Although ‘Sketches of Ordinary Life’ seems to be very broad as a framework, it was enough for Norbert to work with. Because it remained as a strong anchor point throughout the whole writing process, it felt logical to use it as the album title: ‘Sketches of Ordinary Life’.
So this Thursday promises to be very special. Come on down and discover why Courtenay has become a significant jazz hotbed. Show time is 7:30pm. Plan on arriving early for the best seats, especially if you’re meeting friends; earlier still if you’re planning on ordering one of the jazz night Greek dinners before the show.
Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members. For full information on the Society’s forthcoming events, visit www.georgiastaightjazz.com, or find us on Facebook. Society members are reminded that the AGM will be held at The Avalanche at 5:30pm on October 30.