Image from the concert in Taranto, Italy with Anders Engen (centre) and Eivind Aarset (left).

Image from the concert in Taranto, Italy with Anders Engen (centre) and Eivind Aarset (left).

German Music Critics´Award

Dark Star Safari Nominated for the Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2019

The Dark Star Safari album by Jan Bang /Erik Honoré / Eivind Aarset / Samuel Rohrer is along with Flying Lotus, Tim Hecker and Lambchop - nominated for the German Music Critics' Award (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik) as Electronic / Experimental album of the year.

Deutschen Schallplattenkritik is an independent organization of 156 music critics and journalists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Results will be announced on 14 August.


Jan Bang is Artist In Residence at Enjoy Jazz in Germany

Festival director Rainer Kern has announced Jan Bang as AIR at Germany´s biggest jazz festival. The residency includes collaborations with the legendary classical contemporary Ensemble Modern, duo concert with Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset and concert with Dark Star Safari - the newly formed band with Erik Honoré, Samuel Rohrer, Eivind Aarset and Bang. There will also be a PUNKT live remix of the Norwegian Trondheim Voices who will also be performing at Punkts 15th Anniversary Edition in Kristiansand.

Punkt Festival

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15th anniversary of the Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Norway. goto:

PUNKT 2019 is the 15th festival edition, connecting voices of memory with future sounds, and expanding the festival’s venues to include the Sørlandet Art Museum, the Kilden Performing Arts Centre and the city’s cathedral Domkirken, in addition to Kick Scene. A limited number of earlybird 3-day passes are available now, see below for details.

Thurston Moore comes to Punkt 2019 with the Thurston Moore Ensemble, the quartet will perform at Kick Scene on Friday 6 September. Thurston Moore will also take part in this year’s Punkt Seminar, curated by David Toop.

Bugge Wesseltoft's Scandinavian supergroup Rymden with former Esbjorn Svensson Trio rhythm section Dan Berglund (bass) and Magnus Öström (drums) will close the festival at the Kilden Performing Arts Centre.

Guitar innovator Steve Tibbetts performs in the cathedral with Marc Anderson, preceded by an organ concert by Ståle Storløkken and the vocal ensemble Trondheim Voices performing “Folklore”, composed by Helge Sten and Ståle Storløkken.

First encounters: Punkt 2019 presents Dai Fujikura's Shamisen Concerto (Orchestra version World Premiere) performed by Japanese shamisen virtuoso Hidejiro Honjoh and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, and the debut concert by Dark Star Safari, a new band project by Jan Bang, Erik Honoré, Eivind Aarset and Samuel Rohrer who release their debut album in May.

Since its founding in 1980, Frankfurt based Ensemble Modern has been among Europe’s leading New Music ensembles. On Punkt’s opening day, the ensemble will perform at the Sørlandet Art Museum, a concert that will also provide sonic material for the aforementioned performance by Dark Star Safari.

Also at the art museum: Under the moniker Azkadenya, string duo Vilde & Inga meets Sidsel Endresen. Azkadenya plays free improvised music with acoustic instruments, amplified to acheive a more rough and intense expression. Later in the festival, Sidsel Endresen & Jan Bang will perform a duo concert at Kilden.

Guitarist Kim Myhr plays at Kilden with his project You | me, featuring David Stackenäs, Håvard Volden, Adrian Myhr, Tony Buck, Ingar Zach and Hans Hulbækmo.

More concerts, Live Remixes and seminars will be announced later.

Punkt at Born Creative Festival

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My good friend and composer colleague Dai Fujikura is the artistic director of the Born Creative festival at the Metropolitan Theatre in Tokyo, Japan.

Arve Henriksen w/Jan Bang / Eivind Aarset / Erik Honoré


Arve Henriksen: Towards Language

Jan Bang Eivind Aarset Erik Honoré

Punkt 15th Anniversary program has now come to a complete. For more info, please visit

Punkt 15th Anniversary program has now come to a complete. For more info, please visit

Melt Trio with Jan Bang

Instants (Trautom Records)


New live album released by the Berlin based Melt Trio with special guest Jan Bang. Taken from a live performance at Xjazz in Berlin and now released as a live album.

Dark Star Safari

Child of Folly

New single out  now. 

Arjuna releases the new single Child of Folly by Dark Star Safari on April 26. Taken from the forthcoming album Dark Star Safari released on May 10 2019.

Dark Star Safari

Review in German Westzeit Magazine´s May edition.

English translation:

"Yes, the drummer is Swiss, but basically this dark star journey is another proof of the greatness of the Norwegian impro- + jazz- ?, no matter: music scene! Jan Bang, Erik Honoré, Eivind Aarset, Samuel Rohrer - these are all sonorous names, but what hatched here in the fabulous Berlin Candy Bomber Studio, is more than the sum of the individual gifts. And fortunately, during the first session, Jan Bang came up with the idea that the gently flowing improvisations could also be used to singing. Because the man can sing - his voice gives the ambient basic scaffolding several additional dimensions, it effortlessly consists of the hovering scraping of guitar sounds, harmonic synth pads and electro-disturbances as well as delicate percussion. Mordechai or November's Child are special highlights of this disc that stay in your ear for a long time. So is sustainable songwriting."

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Dark Star Safari album reviewes

"powerful, song-based compositions." -

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 Reviewed in Freq:

 “The noticeable lyric from the tranquil “White Rose” is “music is harder in the future”, and I can’t help but ponder over that thought. This quartet feels as though it has taken it upon itself to take music entirely out of what we would recognise as the Western tradition, to strip it down to emotion and feeling, relying on their intuition as to what works best and pursuing that unfailingly. It is a thing of great vision and also great beauty. You would be wise to snap it up quick.” –

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Reviewed in

"As a debut album, Dark Star Safari is a clear indication that this quartet has a promising future ahead of them, producing innovative and original music. The prospect of their second album is already mouth-watering". - John Eyles, Allaboutjazz

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Dark Star Safari

Resilient Star single out now

Resilient Star, the first single release from the forthcoming album by new band project Dark Star Safari is out on Samuel Rohrer´s Berlin based label Arjuna Music.

Album release: May 10, 2019


Zavalloni / Puglisi / Bang

Concert in Florence

Performing tonight with Italian singer Cristina Zavalloni and pianist Fabrizio Puglisi in Florence.