This show is proudly co-produced with New Ghosts!
Cortex, described as “one of the greatest bands currently working in Norway” (Eval Hareuveni, All About Jazz), will perform at BOP STOP on June 29th and 8pm. “This is a band that deserves serious attention,” says Peter Margasak, who included their third album Live! (on the Portugese label Clean Feed) in Downbeat Magazine's list of 2014's Best Records.
Cortex is a spirited quartet (Thomas Johansson, trumpet; Kristoffer Berre Alberts, saxophone; Ola Høyer, bass; Gard Nilssen, drums) that plays energetic jazz of the finest brand. With over one hundred live-performances and three studio albums, the quartet positions itself as one of the strongest additions to the Norwegian jazz scene. The members are amongst the most sought after young jazz performers in Norway today. They all have marked their position in several other constellations, such as Bushman’s Revenge, Puma, Team Hegdal, SAKA, Zanussi 5, Friends & Neighbors, Honest John, and The Heat Death. After extensive touring in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Portugal , USA and Japan, Cortex was bestowed with praise by international critics upon release of their third album, Live!. “Gard Nilssen and bassist Ola Høyer,” Margasak writes in the Chicago Reader, “provide sleek, muscular propulsion for Johansson, one of the most agile and robust trumpeters I've heard in years, and saxophonist Kristoffer Alberts; the horn men blow tart unison melodies, then break apart to deliver high-velocity improvisations that fall somewhere between the tempo-shifting alacrity of John Zorn´s Masada and the harnessed chaos of Hal Russell´s NRG Ensemble.”