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September 24 , 2004

GARBAREK WINS NORWEGIAN PRIZE

Jan Garbarek has won the Honorary Prize 2004 of the Arts Council of Norway.

From the jury’s citation: “Throughout a wide-ranging career, Jan Garbarek has made a major impact on musicians and audiences throughout the world... From his starting point in African-American jazz music in the early 1960s, he established a reputation with a personal and original way of playing, which captured the attention of both the Norwegian and the international music communities. His creative output and his central standing amongst Norwegian musicians in this period helped establish a solid foundation for the development of jazz and improvised music in Norway from the 1970s until today.

“Jan Garbarek has revealed new timbral potential for both the tenor and the soprano saxophone and his sound has influenced musicians around the globe. His international orientation in collaborations with musicians from different cultures has powerfully contributed to new musical expression in diverse genres.”

The Arts Council of Norway’s Honorary Prizes have since 1968 been awarded to individuals whose creative contribution is deemed essential for Norwegian art and culture. Previous winners have included actress Liv Ullman, composer Arne Nordheim, playwright Jon Fosse, and many others.

Jan Garbarek’s new recording “In Praise of Dreams”, was released on September 27th.