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BIOGRAPHY
 

Håkon Berre (b. 1980) - Norwegian drummer and composer, currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he works as a freelance musician and educator. Håkon is also an active member of the record label & musicians collective Barefoot Records, where Håkon is one of the co-founders. Håkon has degree in music science & music technology from Oslo University, and a rhythmical diploma exam from the Academy of Music in Esbjerg, Denmark.

Håkons playing is characterized by an inventive and energetic drumming, using a rich palette of sounds from a wide diversity of trash and objects, and sometimes also incorporating real-time electronics into his playing. This can be heard on a discography spanning 43 CD's and LPs', and has brought him to numerous clubs and venues in countries like Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, USA, Holland, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Bosnia Herzegovina, Madagascar, Switzerland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine with musicians like Peter Brötzmann, Phil Minton, Axel Dörner, John Tchicai, Petter Wettre, Peter Friis-Nielsen, Martin Klapper, Kasper Tranberg, Simon Spang-Hanssen, Liudas Mockunas, Stephan Meinberg, Thommy Andersson, Sture Ericson, Hilmar Jensson, Michael Jefrey Stevens, Mikko Innanen, Tobias Delius, Roland Ramanan, Susana Santos Silva, Jamie Branch, Fred Lonberg-Holm, John Dikeman, Walter Wierbos, Daysuke Takaoka and Peter Evans.

Festival gigs include festivals such as Copenhagen Jazzfestival, Århus Jazzfestival, JazzKaar (Tallinn), JazzQ (St. Petersburg), Pori Jazz (Finland), Vilnius Jazzfestival, Kongsberg Jazzfestival, Sarajevo Winter Festival, Odense Summerjazz, Ribe Jazzfestival, VMU Jazz Connections (Kaunas), Sõru Jazz Festival (Hiumaa), BlowOut Festival (Oslo), Jazz im Lohmühle (Berlin), Creative Sources Festival (Lisbon), Nordischer Klang (Greifswald), Jazz and More Festival (Sibiu), Alandia Jazz Festival (Mariehamn), Nordklang Festival (St. Gallen), Festival d’Emergències Musicals (Banyoles), NovaraJazz Festival (Italy), Midtsommer Jazz (Flensburg), Peronas Jazz Festival & Mama Jazz Festival (Vilnius), Skandaløs Festival (Neukirchen), MadaJazzcar (Antananarivo), Jazz by Volga (Yaroslavl), Kiev Spring Festival (Ukraine), Druskomanija Festival (Vilnius) and MontMusic Festival (Barcelona).

Håkon was invited as an "artist in residence" at the international MadaJazzcar festival in Antananarivo, Madagascar in 2009 and at the NovaraJazz Festival in Novara, Italy in 2018. He is also an active part of the Danish Arts Council's "house artist" system, with numerous concerts and workshops in Danish schools and educational institutes.

Håkon has composed and arranged music for several theater performances and art exhibitions, and has exhibited series of interactive sound installations at art museums in both Denmark and Germany. Håkon received the annual Art Scholarship from Nord-Trøndelag County in Norway in 2014.

 


CURRENTLY ACTIVE WITH THE FOLLOWING BANDS & ARTISTS:


- Ytterlandet                                                                  https://ytterlandet.bandcamp.com

- TEETH                                                                          https://soundcloud.com/haakonberre/sets/filipsen-m-ntzing-berre

- Ericson/Nästesjö/Berre Trio                                      https://soundcloud.com/haakonberre/sets/ericson-n-stesj-berre

- Mockunas/Mikalkenas/Berre Trio                             https://soundcloud.com/haakonberre/mockunas-mikalkenas-berre-live-in-vilnius

- Aram Shelton/Håkon Berre Duo                                 https://aramshelton.bandcamp.com/album/bygning-g

- Klapper/Berre Duo                                                     https://soundcloud.com/haakonberre/sets/klapperberre-duo

- Efstathiou/Berre Duo                                                  https://youtu.be/tOEmRhBPklE

- Raindogs Celebrating Tom Waits                                 https://www.facebook.com/raindogs.info

- Susanne Arnesen & Synnjadrag                                  www.susannearnesen.com



 

DISCOGRAPHY:

 

- Hoya : Spacecoke (Major Minor Records 2002 / m.m.001)

- Trille Marie : Mørkevand (TM Records 2006 / TM01)

- Trio Barefoot : Like You (Barefoot Records 2006 / BFREC001)

- Synnjadrag : Himmelen er fortsatt blå (Barefoot Records 2006 / BFREC002)

- Trio CrEePy : Adventurous Instrumental Music (Barefoot Records 2007 / BFREC003)

- The Mighty Mouse (Barefoot Records 2007 / BFREC004)

- Synnjadrag : En påtatt vår (Barefoot Records 2007 / BFREC005)

- Maria Faust Group : Bitchslap Boogie (Barefoot Records 2008 / BFREC006)

- Melbye/Berre/Brötzmann : A tale of three cities (Barefoot Records 2009 / BFREC008)

- EstherOrkester : Why we woo (Barefoot Records 2009 / BFREC010)

- Angel (ILK 2009 / ILK157CD)

- Gyroscope String Trio feat. John Tchicai : Precessions (Gateway Music 2010)

- Maria Faust Group : Warrior Horse (Barefoot Records 2010 / BFREC011)

- EstherOrkester : The Harp & The Fuzzy Kazoo  (Barefoot Records 2010 / BFREC012)

- Synnjadrag : Alltid en ny oktober (Barefoot Records 2010 / BFREC013)

- Synnjadrag & Spiro : Livets Dans (Barefoot Records 2010 / BFREC014)

- Johanna Elina : Our Garden (Divine Records 2011 / JSCD2011001)

- The Mighty Mouse : Live at Glenn Miller (Barefoot Records 2012 / BFREC016LP)

- Angel : Live at KKI (Barefoot Records 2012 / BFREC017LP)

- Susanne Arnesen : Vinterviser (Gateway Music 2012)

- Hautullin : Hautullin (Barefoot Records 2013 / BFREC023CD)

- Various artists : Ears on/Socks off (Barefoot Records 2013 / BFREC027CD)

- Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard : Sikorsky (Hiatus 2013 / hiatus008)

- Peter Friis Nielsen Kalas : Himlen under os (Barefoot Records 2013 / BFREC030LP)

- Anders Jektvik : No som ailt e bra (Warner Music 2014)
- Jeppe Zeeberg : It’s the most basic thing you can do on a boat (Barefoot Records 2014 /
BFREC035lp)

- Jeppe Zeeberg : Riding On The Boogie Woogie Of Life (Barefoot Records 2015 / BFREC043LP)
- Susanne Arnesen : Drømmene forsvinner i November (Susanne P. Arnesen 2015 / SPA001)

- Johanna Elina : Belonging (Eclipse Music 2016, ECD-201633)
- Santos Silva/Wodrascka/Meaas Svendsen/Berre : Rasengan! (Barefoot Records 2016 /
BFREC048CD)

- Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard : SOUND X SOUND - MUSIC FOR 10 HI-HATS (Hiatus 2016 / hiatus_019)
- Morten Pedersen 5tet : Sammensurium (Barefoot Records 2017 /
BFREC051CD)
- Mockūnas/Mikalkėnas/Berre : Plunged (Barefoot Records 2017 /
BFREC053CD)
- Shelton/Tarwid/Jacobson/Berre : Hopes and Fears (MultiKulti 2017 / MPI038)

- Aram Shelton/Håkon Berre : Dormancy (2018)

- Liudas Mockūnas/Jacek Mazurkiewicz/Håkon Berre ‎: Live In Warsaw (Astral Spirits ‎2018 – AS050)

- The Mighty Mouse : Or the man from the river (Barefoot Records 2018 / BFREC056LP)

- Teeth : Open Up (ILK 2018 / ILK286LP)

- Free Percussion (Compilation, Tsss Tapes 2019 / tst 001)
- Ericson/Nästesjö/Berre : Ausfahrt Freihalten (Barefoot Records 2019 / BFREC058CD)

- Halster : Virtuous Mondays (Konvoj Records 2020 / KOR 016-020)

 

COMPOSITION/ARRANGEMENT FOR THEATRE/PERFORMANCE:

 

- "Forvandling" (Teatret OM, 2010/2011)

- "Livets Dans" (Susanne Arnesen, 2012)

- "Julefred" (Susanne Arnesen, 2013 & 2015)

- ”Das Dorf” (TheaterVision 2.0, 2017)

- “Lighthouses - historier fra havet” (Teatret OM, 2019)

- "Rettet Das Dorf" (TheaterVision 2.0., 2019)

- "Vindrose" (Teatret OM/Naturkraft, 2020)

- “Lost Memories” (TheaterVision 2.0, 2021)
- “Kat Fugl Fisk” (Teatret OM, 2021)

- ”Klangpassager” (Metropolis / Københavns Internationale Teater, 2021)

 

EXHIBITED WORKS:

 

- "Mad Captains" (Flensburger Schiffahrtsmuseum, Flensburg, 2010)

- "Wrecks" (Museum Sønderjylland, Aabenraa, 2011)

- "Titanic" (Flensburger Schiffahrtsmuseum, Flensburg, 2012)

- "LP carousel" (WinterJazz Festival, Copenhagen, 2015)
- "Self-playing bike" (WinterJazz Festival, Copenhagen, 2015)
- ”Prepared speakers” (WinterJazz Festival, Copenhagen, 2015)

- “Ping-Fan drum” (Copenhagen Jazzhouse, 2016)
- ”Pizza DJ” (Copenhagen Jazzhouse, 2016)

- "Salene 1953" (Galleri Krebsen, Copenhagen, 2019)


EDUCATION:

 

- 1999: Finishes 3 years of high school with a major in music, dance and drama at Namsos High School, Norway

- 2000: Finishes a 1-year music course at Sunnhordland Folkehøgskole, Norway

- 2000: 1-week seminar in jazz improvisation at Agder Folkehøgskole, Norway, organized by the Norwegian Jazz Federation

- 2001: Examen philosophicum / Examen facultatum (10 credit points) at the University of Oslo, Norway

- 2001: 1-week seminar in Norwegian folk music at the Ole Bull Academy, Norway, arranged by the University of Oslo

- 2002: 2-year Music module (30 credits) at the University of Oslo , Norway

- 2007: Finishes 5-year Rhythmic Diploma Education at the Academy of Music in Esbjerg, Denmark

- Received drumming lessons from drummers such as Ernst-Wiggo Sandbakk, Magnus Forsberg, Per Oddvar Johansen, Wetle Holte, Martin Andersen, Jukkis Uotila, Anders Mogensen and Stefan Pasborg.

 

EDUCATIONAL WORK:

 

- 1999 - 2000: Employed in temporary job as a drum instructor at Namsos Municipal Music School, Norway

- 2002 - 2006: Giving private lessons in drums and piano in Esbjerg, Denmark

- 2003 - 2003: Employed as a drum instructor at Varde Garden, Denmark

- 2004 - 2005: Employed as a drum instructor at the music school “Spillopperne” in Grimstrup, Denmark

- 2009 - 2013: Employed as a conductor for Baggårds Big Band, Copenhagen, Denmark

- 2006 - now: Giving private lessons in drums, piano and combo in Copenhagen

- 2009 - now: Employed as a drum instructor at Sønderborg Music School & MGK Syd, Sønderborg, Denmark

- 2009 - now  Guest teacher at KUBA, Copenhagen, Denmark

- 2010 - now: Active as a part of the "house artist" program under the Danish Art Council with numerous school concerts &  workshops at Danish schools and institutions

- 2011 - 2018: Guest teacher at Saaremaa Rytmi- ja Improvisatsioonilager (Summer Course in Jazz Improvisation) in Võhma, Estonia

- 2012 - 2015: Employed as a drum instructor at FOF, Copenhagen, Denmark

- 2013 - now: Guest teacher at Båring Musikefterskole, Båring, Denmark

- 2014 - 2016:  Guest teacher at Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen, Denmark

- 2018 - 2019: Emplyed as a drum instructor at Kvikmarken Privatskole, Søborg, Denmark