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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, Spain, Portugal, USA, Holland, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Bosnia Herzegovina, Madagascar, Switzerland, 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, Sture Ericson, Hilmar Jensson, Michael Jefrey Stevens, Mikko Innanen, Tobias Delius, Roland Ramanan, Susana Santos Silva, Fred Lonberg-Holm, John Dikeman, Walter Wierbos and Daysuke Takaoka.

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), Midtsommer Jazz (Flensburg), Peronas Jazz Festival & Mama Jazz Festival (Vilnius), Skandaløs Festival (Neukirchen) 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:


- Ytterladet                                                                      https://ytterlandet.bandcamp.com

- Santos Silva/Wodrascka/Meaas Svendsen/Berre   http://sswsb.tumblr.com

- The Mighty Mouse                                                         www.mightymousejazz.com

- Morten Pedersen 5tet                                                 www.mortenpedersen.com

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

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

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

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

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

- Maria Faust Jazz Catastrophe                                     www.maiafaust.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

- Susanne Arnesen                                                         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 / 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)

- 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)

 

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)

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


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

- 2009 - now : Employed as a drum instructor at Sønderborg Music School & MGK, 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 - now : Guest teacher at Saaremaa Rytmi- ja Improvisatsioonilager (Summer Course in Jazz Improvisation) in Võhma, Estonia

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

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

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