Soft tones from the oil tank: Maja Bugge and her cello

at Manchester, York & Lancaster

In a disused oil tank in Northern-Norway Maja Bugge is bringing out melancholic and dramatic tones from her cello. The echo softens out the sounds and the silence in-between is intense. This summer, the Norwegian cellist and composer is starting an 18-month tour of the UK, inviting  everyone into her world of contemporary jazz.


Maja Bugge was born and brought up in Northern Norway. Even though she now is Lancaster-based, she still finds inspiration in the simultaneously beautiful and brutal landscapes of her homeland. Her music consists of meditative, soft tones in a mix with dramatic turns and everyday sounds. Bugge is balancing her music with the acoustics of the performance space, a good example being the disused oil tank in Vesterålen, Norway, where Bugge recorded the album Shelter – her first solo album.

Her first concert is at the Manchester Jazz Festival 25 July, as a part of Jazz North’s northern line showcase. Jazz North is the development agency for jazz in the North of England, and Maja Bugge is one of the Ambassador Artists carefully chosen by the agency. Free entrance. More information here.

3 September she arrives in York to do a Lunchtime concert at St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel. Information and tickets here.

18 September Bugge will perform on home ground at Lancaster Jazz Festival. Free entry. More information here.


Top photo: Kristin Aafløy Opdan

Where and when:

  • Manchester Jazz Festival – 25 July
  • St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel – 3 September
  • Lancaster Jazz Festival – 18 September

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