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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, and has contributed on over 20 recordings. 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 has brought him to numerous clubs and venues in countries like Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, United Kingdom, France, USA, Madagascar, Holland, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Bosnia Herzegovina, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia with musicians like Peter Brötzmann, Phil Minton, Axel Dörner, John Tchicai, Petter Wettre, Peter Friis-Nielsen, Kasper Tranberg, Simon Spang-Hanssen, Liudas Mockunas, Stephan Meinberg, Thommy Andersson, Hilmar Jensson, Michael Jefrey Stevens, Mikko Innanen, Tobias Delius, Roland Ramanan, Susana Santos Silva and Fred Lonberg-Holm.

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) and Jazz by Volga (Yaroslavl). Håkon was invited as guest soloist at the international MadaJazzcar festival in Antananarivo, Madagascar, 2009.

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 theater performances and art exhibitions, and has exhibited several interactive sound installations at art museums in both Denmark and Germany.

Håkon received the annual Art Scholarship from Nord-Trøndelag County in 2014.

 

CURRENTLY ACTIVE WITH THE FOLLOWING BANDS & ARISTS:


- Angel                                                                       http://angeldk.bandcamp.com

- Maria Faust Jazz Catastrophe                              www.maiafaust.com

- The Mighty Mouse                                                  www.mightymousejazz.com

- Morten Pedersen Quintet                                      www.mortenpedersen.com

- HÄRJA                                                                     https://soundcloud.com/haakonberre/sets/h-rja

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

- TEETH (Filipsen/Müntzing/Berre)                        https://soundcloud.com/haakonberre/sets/filipsen-m-ntzing-berre

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

- ¡haUtUllin!                                                               http://hautullin.bandcamp.com

- Peter Friis Nielsen Kalas                                       https://soundcloud.com/haakonberre/sets/lars-greve-peter-friis-nielsen

- Johanna Elina                                                         www.johannaelina.com

- Raindogs                                                                 https://www.facebook.com/raindogs.info

- Bigoni/Berre duo                                                  https://soundcloud.com/haakonberre/sets/duo-recordings

- Magnus Oseth Quartet                                           https://soundcloud.com/magnus-aannestad-oseth

- Susanne Arnesen                                                  www.susannearnesen.com

- Tahina                                                                     www.myspace.com/tahinamusic

- EstherOrkester                                                       www.estherorkester.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 / bfrec016)

- Angel : Live at KKI (Barefoot Records 2012 / bfrec017)

- Susanne Arnesen : Vinterviser (Gateway Music 2012)

- Hautullin : Hautullin (Barefoot Records 2013 / bfrec023)

- Various artists : Ears on/Socks off (Barefoot Records 2013 / bfrec027)

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

- Peter Friis Nielsen Kalas : Himlen under os (Barefoot Records 2013 / bfrec030)

- 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)
 

COMPOSITION/ARRANGEMENT FOR THEATRE:

 

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

- "Livets Dans" (Susanne Arnesen, 2012)

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

 

SOUND INSTALLATIONS:

 

- "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)


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

- 2006 - ? : Giving private lessons in drums and piano in Copenhagen

- 2009 - 2010 : Employed as a teacher in rhythmics & coordination at KUBA, Copenhagen, Denmark

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

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

- 2011 - 2015: Guest teacher at Saaremaa Rytmi- ja Improvisatsioonilager (Summer Course in Jazz Improvisation) in Võhma, Estonia

- 2013 - 2015: Guest teacher at Den Rytmiske Efterskole, Båring, Denmark

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