Tor Einar Bekken, better known as Dr. Bekken, is a pianist, composer and entertainer – and a veteran and stayer on the Norwegian blues scene. He has a major in music with a dissertation on New Orleans’ piano tradition, and based on this has created his own expression that often mixes both jazz, blues and boogie woogie traditions. Dr. Bekken is also a lyrical ballad interpreter and is also not afraid to mix folk into the music. In August he was awarded the blues award during the Notodden Blues Festival.
Bekken has performed at major festivals in Norway and the rest of Europe, both as a soloist and as a musician for foreign artists. Here at home, he has in recent years worked particularly with the harmonist Richard Gjems, but he also frequently appears in other constellations. He comes to Svalbard with drummer Torgeir Baadsvik from the Trondheim band Madcap Flyers.
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