The Norwegian jazz scene has been incredibly prolific over the last four decades and the constant emergence of creative young musicians who manage to carve a niche for themselves on the international stage is further evidence of its dynamism. Comprised of Anja Lauvdal on piano, Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson on acoustic bass and Hans Hulbækmo on drums, Moskus is a young Norwegian acoustic jazz trio without a leader, all members contributing equally to compositions.

Already playing in separate indie rock bands, the musicians initially met at the Trondheim Conservatory of Music. Their début album Salmesykkel was released in August 2012 on the Norwegian Hubro label.

Moskus Trio - Salmesykkel (2012)
Moskus Trio – Salmesykkel (2012)

Introducing themselves as a chamber jazz outfit, Moskus alternate between energetic improvisations and slower melodic pieces. A quiet, introspective and cinematic ballad like the superb self-titled track brings the band’s music closer to post-classical ambient minimalism than a “classic” jazz trio. But in the context of Norwegian jazz, who’s to say what a jazz trio should sound like?