The sound of the North. Norway and the European Jazz Scene

Co-edition with Auditorium

With a gentle yet incisive approach, with a warm humour and a deep admiration for the music and musicians and for all those who work so hard in the music industries, for sound engineers, labels, venues and management, Luca Vitali has produced the classic and important history which needed to be written. Fans of Norwegian jazz around the world will welcome this new English translation. But this is more than a history book, this is a view from abroad, one person’s journey of discovery told through his own experiences and his encounters with musicians, writers, journalists, promoters and record labels. The author has gone to Norway not to intrude or take away its musical treasures, but, with humility and respect, to uncover and reveal the riches which are enduring, the creative and human spirit of a seemingly quiet and reserved nation which, actually, has so much to say and so much to give.
Fiona Talkington

Luca Vitali (Bologna, 1967) writes about jazz and beyond in AllAboutJazzItalia, Il Giornale della Musica and InSound, and is a contributor to Il Sole 24 Ore’s monthly magazine IL and to Radio Città del Capo. He is one of the founding members of Europe Jazz Media – a community of jazz journalists, media professionals and broadcasters – and is the Italian representative for their monthly initiative EJM-Chart. He has organised various contemporary music and performing arts events, and since 2010 he has worked as one of the artistic curators of Bologna’s Angelica Festival. For several years he has collaborated on a regular basis with various Norwegian institutions in Italy (Royal Norwegian Embassy, Royal Norwegian Consulate in Bologna), as well as with Jazzforum, Music Norway, Listen To Norway and Jazznytt.