gunnar halle - trumpet

hallvard godal - saxophone / clarinet

putte johander - bass

per oddvar johansen - drums

Fattigfolket is a Swedish/ Norwegian quartet that gathered in Copenhagen around year 2000. During the last 10 years Fattigfolket has been touring Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Czech Republic and Germany, playing at some of the major jazz festivals, jazz clubs and radio shows.

The third album from Fattigfolket called ”Park” was released in 2011 at the german label Ozella Music. As musicians we are visiting many differrent countries and cities, and we spend a lot of time on travelling by plane, train, bus or car, to an airport, to a hotel, etc. But when we enjoy some hours off, one of our favourite activities is to go to a park. Almost every city has at least one park, where you can find a calm and a quiet place. Some of the songs on this cd are conceived in a park, or inspired by parks we have visited.

Earlier releases are ”fattigfolket” in 2003, and ”Le Chien et la Fille” in 2005, both on danish ILK Music.

Through communication and a balance of compositional and improvisational material, that pays homage to the contemporary jazz tradition, Fattigfolket perform original compositions written by the band members. The music on “park” is also inspired by the rich folk music tradition in Norway, Sweden and abroad.

Fattigfolket means the poor people. As kids we shared the same fascination for stories told by our grandparents about their childhood, and what it was like to grow up in the 1920s and 1930s. Even though they didn’t own much, they shared the little they had. Today we  have a lot, but share very little.

As musicians and jazz musicians, we are not likely to become the riches guys, but we have something we want to share, our music!