The National Museum of Denmark
Ny Vestergade 10
1471 Copenhagen

PART 1 (Talk): "Murakami's jazz world"

Before becoming an ultra-renowned best-selling author, selling millions of books sold worldwide in over 50 languages, Haruki Murakami passionately ran a jazz club in Tokyo. Hence the strong presence of jazz throughout his authorship. Join us and these three notables to explore the deeper connections between jazz, Murakami, and Japan.

Japan is a country full of paradoxes. Some would argue that Murakami is completely alien to the rigid and highly disciplined Japanese society. And on the surface, it may also seem strange that an improvised and spontaneous art form like jazz is so popular in Japan. But maybe it's precisely the lack of freedom and a longing for spontaneity that makes the Japanese so attracted to and fascinated by jazz. In any event, it is not surprising that Murakami found his way towards jazz at an early stage in his life. With a mind that can produce books like his, it seems almost inevitable. Most jazz musicians will probably agree that Murakami's writing and thought patterns constitute a perfect representation of jazz, in the way the elements of his stories interact with one another and the way he allows one thought to lead on to the next. That's exactly how jazz works. 


Mette Holm (Murakami's Danish translator)
Michael Solgaard (Cultural Editor, Børsen)
Niels Lan Doky (extensive long-term jazz relations with Japan)

Note: The talk will be in English

PART 2 (Concert): A jazz portrait of Murakami

Comprised of the great Swedish pianist Calle Brickman and the Danish twin brothers Tobias and Nikolaj Dall on respectively bass and drums, the Brickman Dall Trio has spent several years developing a repertoire which is directly derived from jazz references in Murakami’s books. All members of the trio are not only huge Murakami fans but also belong to the elite of Scandinavian jazz artists today. We are proud to present their jazz portrait of Murakami. Don’t miss this premiere which will directly follow the preceding talk and without any intermission in between.


Calle Brickman (piano)
Tobias Dall (bass)
Nikolaj Dall (drums)

Saturday, November 24th, 2018 at 2:30 PM 
Total duration of talk and concert 105 min. without intermission. 
Doors open 30 min. prior to showtime. 

Preliminary setlist (subject to change)

-Theme from Beethoven's 7th symphony (intro)
-Norwegian Wood 
-A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall (Dylan)
-Five Spot After Dark
-My Favourite Things
-Sweet Lorraine
-Only A Paper Moon (reference to 1Q84)
-Star-Crossed Lovers
-Here Comes The Sun
-The End Of A Love Affair
-South Of The Border 

This show is a part of the AUTUMN JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018 presented by the Niels Lan Doky International Jazz Collective at the National Museum of Denmark on November 23, 24 & 25. For full program and ticket prices visit

All concerts and talks/concerts purchased individually: DKK 395

Students, youth under 18 and retirees: DKK 195 (50% discount). Documentation to be presented at the entrance (student card, Danish social security card or picture ID with birthdate or other relevant documentation). Discount only valid for individual concerts and talks/concerts - not for film, day tickets or full festival tickets.



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