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Ingebrigt Flaten

Austin, TX         

Born in Oppdal, Norway in 1971, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten exploded onto the European avant-garde jazz scene in the mid-’90s. He came to jazz slowly and determined his career choice in the course of his three years at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim, Norway (1992-1995) under the tutelage of bass player Odd Magne Gridseth. After his move to the US in 2006, he has become one of the hardest working bassists in jazz, having appeared on more than 150 albums both as a sideman and as a leader. In acknowledgment of his burgeoning output, Ingebrigt has been listed in the Downbeat Magazine Annual Critics Poll as a Rising Star and Established Talent on both acoustic and electric bass for three straight years (2012-2014).

Haker Flaten’s work with his own bands in the US, The Young Mothers and the IHF Chicago Sextet, as well as with his Scandinavian outfits The Thing (with Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustaffson), Atomic, Free Fall, and Scorch, have put him at the center of a large pool of improvisers with strikingly different modes of operation. This work is augmented by his continued involvement in Chicago’s creative music scene (where Haker Flaten lived from 2006-2010) with the groups Sun Rooms and Dave Rempis Percussion Quartet, and in his work in duo formats with creative music legends Joe McPhee, Evan Parker, and Norwegian saxophonist Håkon Kornstad. Further, Haker Flaten has collaborated and performed with acclaimed musicians from around the world including: Chick Corea, Neneh Cherry, Nate Wooley, Peter Evans, Joe Lovano, Ken Vandermark, Chris Corsano, Hilmar Jensson, Andrew DeAngelo, Tony Malaby, Nasheet Waits, John Scofield, Tyshawn Sorey, Dennis Gonzalez, Alvin Fielder, Chris Potter, Fred Anderson, Paul Lytton, Kidd Jordan, Hamid Drake, and Bugge Wesseltoft, just to mention a few…

After relocating to Austin in 2010, Haker Flaten formed the Texas-centric, The Young Mothers, which includes drummers Stefan Gonzalez (Dallas) and Frank Rosaly (Chicago), trumpeter/rapper Jawaad Taylor and saxophonist Jason Jackson (Houston), and guitarist Jonathan Horne (Austin). The group speaks to Haker Flaten’s interest in working with local musicians, cultivating music and relationships in his home region, and spreading this work to audiences and art markets around the world. The Young Mother’s recently played to great acclaim at the 2015 Jazz em Agosto Festival in Lisboa, Portugal.

For more info: Ingebrigt Haker Flaten website


Theme from Fanny & Alexander (Benjamin Britten: suite for cello solo, Op. 87), live at Vortex Theater 25th Birthday Gala, Austin TX. January 10th, 2014.

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Ingebrigt Haker Flaten’s The Thing collaborates with Neneh Cherry at Heineken Jazzaldia 2012.

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Blue Coronet

From the 2012 CD “Brookly DNA” by Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and Jo McPhee. Released on Clean Feed Records – 2012. Recorded direct to two-track at “Systems Two” in Brooklyn by Max Ross on July 13th, 2011. Mastered by Joe MMarciano at “System Two”. Produced by Joe McPhee and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten. Executive production by Trem Azul.

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