Kjetil Mulelid Trio

Photo by Jonathan Vivaas Kise




This is my own piano trio with musicians that are involved in some of Norway's most interesting jazz bands such as Norwegian grammy winner Hegge and nominated  Megalodon Collective, Wako and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. We play modern acoustic jazz, and our music is a mixture of compositions written by myself and pure collective improvisations.

The Kjetil Mulelid Trio released their debut album in late 2017 on Norway's prestigious Rune Grammofon label, a trademark that stands for a major deal of the best experimental electronic, jazz and improvised music from Scandinavia. The trio have since their first release marked themselves as some of Norway's foremost jazz musicians with an active concert agenda in much of Europe. Their acclaimed sophomore album What You Thought Was Home, was released in August 2019 on the same record label. Pianist Kjetil Mulelid’s compositions expertly balance the energetic, rhythmically complex and harmonically rich music with beautiful, evocative melodies.

Kjetil A Mulelid - piano

Andreas Winther - drums

Bjørn Marius Hegge - double bass 

“The pace, mood control, the lyricism of the tone control and this always present sense of spirituality is almost like a Holy Trinity in the Bible. Perfection you can Feel, even if it goes beyond your imagination or descriptive capabilities” - G Point Audio (UK)

“However, while Kjetil Mulelid’s piano plays a starring role, and he plays with a maturity beyond his years, his rhythm section adds layers of magical music as well as textures and tones.” - Dereksmusicblog (UK) 

The Kjetil Mulelid Trio plays lyrical, ballad-oriented jazz, and they’re not afraid to play pretty.” - The Absolute Sound (US) 

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KMT (photo, Natalie Sandtorv)

We have released two albums on Rune Grammofon (2017 / 2019). Both heavily praised by the international jazz press.

Read more about the releases here:

- Not Nearly Enough To Buy a House (rune grammofon 2017)

- What You Thought Was Home (rune grammofon 2019)

"The performances are perfect in every respect, both those by the pianists and the rhythm section, which supports the leader amicably gracing him with a lot of breathing space and even leaving him completely solo at times. The ensemble camaraderie is marvelous at all times and the trio performs as one spiritual body, combining their talents into one faultless union." - Adam Baruch (IL)


"Best of the year" - Jez Nelson, Jazz FM (UK)

"Impressing” - Lars Mossefinn, Dag og Tid (NO) 

"The performances are perfect in every respect" - Adam Baruch (IL)

"Offering listeners beautiful variations and nice moments" - Etherreal (FR)

"A collection of interesting, and very beautiful tunes" - Audun Vinger, DN (NO)

“Another Norwegian piano trio sounding absolute amazing” - SoulandJazz (UK) 

"A beautiful discovery: a trio with great melodic charm" - Claude Loxhay, Jazzhalo (BE)

“Some of the most captivating music I’ve heard in quite some while” - Jazz Journal (UK)

"They mixes together sparse zen-funk and folk song-based vernaculars" - Jazzwise (UK)

“The feeling of inspired freedom in between a great melodic framework.” - Vårt Land (NO)  

“Unbelievable that the musicians in the trio are all between 25 and 30" - Written in Music (NL)

“This is music that breathes a pastoral atmosphere (...)played with elegance” - Vital Weekly (NE)

“The interplay of this trio, as well as the touching melodies testify to great mastery” - Plattentests (DE)

"It took me several listens to fully realise just how magical this album is" - Andy Hamilton, The Wire (UK) 

“Sound as if they could improvise freely together as easily as playing compositions.” - All About Jazz (INT)

"Mulelid and his two equally young colleagues reveals timeless quality" - Volkmar Mantei, Baby Blaue (DE)

”Rune Grammofon puts the list high and Kjetil Mulelid Trio is far away to tear - very far.” Tor Hammerø,  (NO)

"This trio is really speaking with its own voice and they left me with huge hunger for more." - G point audio (UK)

“A great album, and further testament to Norway's thriving musical culture” - International Piano Magazine (UK)

“Kjetil Mulelid Trio is probably one of the most interesting acoustic jazz trios in Norway these days” - Stemmegaffel (NO)

"Free improvisation and perfectly interlocked compositions give the proverbial handle every second" - Musikreviews (DE)

The Kjetil Mulelid Trio plays lyrical, ballad-oriented jazz, and they’re not afraid to play pretty.” - The Absolute Sound (US) 

“They sound like an incredible good constellation. The trio has huge potentials ahead of them in the future!” - Ivan Rod (DK)

“Mulelid's playing is magical. Subtle, playful and then powerful, he sets out his melody lines. Impressive” - Dick Hovenga (NE)

"As pretty and elegant as something Bill Evans trio might have performed at the Village Vanguard” -Ron Schepper, Textura (CA)

"We must commend this outstanding trio for its original exploration of the possibilities of the trio" - Fritz Balwit, Audiophile Audition (US)

“This trio may not found yet a solid, concrete home but in their own special way have created a true musical haven.” -  Eyal Hareuveni (IL)

"Wealth of motifs, exchanges and great interaction art without the maximumistical deviation of the tasteful." - Olav Opsvik, Jazznytt (NO)

“Maybe I'm just easy these days, but this album is so gorgeous and beautiful that it's difficult to critisies it." - Maren Ørstavik, Jazznytt (NO)