Thirteen artists and ensembles who have created unique pieces of music have been nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2021. They include vocalists, folk musicians, a trumpet player, a pianist, a multi-instrumentalist and a DJ collective. The nominees represent a wide spectrum of Nordic music, spanning everything from opera, classical music, jazz and folk to house and pop.
Verneri Pohjola (born 1977) is one of the most creative, distinctive and respected European jazz soloists, an expressive trumpet virtuoso, master of the slightest subtlety and effect, composer with a unique sound, improviser and bandleader. For more than a decade, Pohjola has enjoyed a magnificent career full of international tours and releases.
In Pohjola’s recording career one can see a constant progress: from an excellent debut album (Aurora 2009) he has moved towards an increasingly mature and perfected core of jazz. Pohjola’s latest quartet album, The Dead Don’t Dream (2020), can be seen as the high point of his solo career to date.
In addition to Pohjola soprano Anu Komsi and guitarist Peter Hägerstrand represent Finland among the nominees.
Winner to be announced on 2 November
The winner of the Nordic Council Music Prize 2021 will be announced together with the winners of the other Nordic Council prizes on 2 November in Copenhagen during the Session of the Nordic Council. The winner will receive the Northern Lights statuette and DKK 300,000.
About the Nordic Council Music Prize
The Nordic Council Music Prize was first awarded in 1965 and recognises the creation and performance of music of a high artistic standard. The prize is awarded on alternate years to a work by a living composer in one year and an individual performer or group the next – as is the case this year.
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