jazz pianist, organist and composer. Ulvo holds a Masters degree in Jazz and Improvement at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. With his own projects Eple Trio, a jazz trio playing his own original music, he was on a tour in Japan in 2010. He has performed in Tokyo, Chiba, Koba, Kanazawa, Yokohama and Saitama. He is the leader of Ulvo Ensemble and has worked with bands and artists such as Shining, Mathias Eick Quartet, Solveig Slettahjell and Slow Motion Orchestra, Frøy Aagre Offbeat, Karl Segl and Thom Hell. At Vossajazz 2014 he joined Gisle Torvik and introduced his “fjord-jazz” along with Karel Segle and Epletrio, Sigurda Hole and Jonas Howden Sjøvaag.
He has released more than 20 albums, including two solo Light & Loneliness (2011, AIM SoundCity) and Unchangeable Seasons (2016, Soundcanbeseen).
Ulvo is also a photographer.
The pianist and composer Uriel Herman studied classical music. As a result of spontaneous arrangements of rock compositions (eg Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana) he started improvising. “Classical music and classical playing are still close to my heart,” notes the musician, “but what I lacked was the freedom to break free from the form… simply the freedom to improvise, to express freely.” Unlike other top Israeli jazzmen he remained in his homeland and he often resides in Europe and Latin America.
Over the past two years, Herman has toured with his quartet - Avri Borochov (double bass, oud), Uriel Weinberger (saxophone and flute) and Haim Peskoff (drums). Their latest album includes Nirvana and Radiohead arrangements, poems for new melodies and original music. The album has gained international recognition.