Best One-Man Jazz Show

Håkon Kornstad

Staff Pick

It’s been almost a year, but I’m still trying to wrap my head around Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Håkon Kornstad’s performance at Spoleto 2014. Not only is he a masterful tenor saxophonist and a bona fide tenor opera singer, but he’s a fearless experimenter. In a broad-ranging show that incorporated everything from Gluck’s “O del mio dolce ardor” to an Andrew Bird-worthy whistling solo, Kornstad used a low-tech turn-of-the-millennium looping interface to build a one-man band complete with delicate percussion and a few wailing solos. He’s clearly the type of guy who chooses to do nothing the easy way, and it’s paying off now as he comes out of formal opera training with a bizarre and beautiful arsenal of musical instruments. If Kornstad ever comes back to Charleston, buy yourself a ticket and prepare to be dumbfounded.
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