October 5-8, 2017
Philadelphia

Cortex

Thomas Johansson, trumpet
Kristoffer Berre Alberts, saxophone
Ola Høyer, bass
Gard Nilssen, drums

Cortex performing live. Image by Peter Gannushkin.

The “high-velocity” (Chicago Reader) quartet Cortex is one of a new generation of ensembles emerging on the Norwegian jazz scene. Made up of trumpeter Thomas Johansson, saxophonist Kristoffer Berre Alberts, bassist Ola Høyer and drummer Gard Nilssen, the group melds influences from fiery 1960s free jazz to more intricate contemporary composition. Their music is energetic and robust, simultaneously heavy and agile, flowing as a bird of prey in open air and defying gravity.