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June 2008

VRCD 009 "Spring River" med Håvard Graff og Knut Mikalsen er utgitt.

Den unge og lovende jazzpianisten Håvard Graff og den erfarende jazzgitaristen Knut Mikalsen har laget duoplate.

Graff og Mikalsen spiller ellers i hver sin versjon av Sandvika Storband. Det var her de møttes, og spilte senere i en kvartett med blant annet Sture Jansson på bass en stund, før dette duoprosjektet tok form.

Piano-gitar er en gjennomprøvd sammensetning i jazzen. Graff-Mikalsen har allikevel valgt en litt annen vinkling enn vanlig, ved at det meste av musikken er skrevet spesielt for anledningen. Det svinger av det hele uten bass og trommer. Håvard Graff har komponert og har arrangert mesteparten av låtene, mens det er funnet plass til tre standardlåter som er omarrangert.

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March 2006

VRCD 008 "Karbon-Karbon EP" is released.

Karbon-Karbon delivers harmonically complex melodic rock on their self titled debut release.

The EP's five songs was composed under the parole "must sound good on acoustic guitar", but from this basis the songs have been orchestrated with fashionable digital synthesis - though with the purpose of recreating controllable "vintage warm" analogue sound.

The result is melodically strong songs that in intrumentation and soundscape creates a synergy between hitech digital and analogue retro.

With this release Karbon-Karbon also wishes to increase the reputation of guitar solos in alternative rock.

Karbon-Karbon's web site can be visited here:


November 2005

VRCD 007 "Paradoxal Intervention", featuring Louis Stewart and Knut Mikalsen on guitars, is now available.

The CD title invites to a certain peace from the ever increasing sound pressure from the surroundings. Mr Stewart and Mr Mikalsen has chosen to go in the opposite direction on this recording, emphasizing the acoustic sound. The program spans from Spanish via Nordic to American music. 54 minutes of comforting guitar playing.


October 2005
Villa Records' catalog is now available at (track previews and downloads)
    CDON.COM (online CD buying)
March 2005
English web-site available.
Januar 2005
Web-site opened.
December 2004

"Core Business" released - with Louis Stewart (guitar), Egil Kapstad (piano). Terje Venaas (bass) and Eyvind Olsen (drums).

Louis Stewart is, and has been for some time, a leading jazz guitarist in his style of playing. The style in mention has its gravitational centre in the be-bop tradition of playing. His earlier merits include a.o a number of recordings and tours with George Shearing, and he has also toured and recorded with Benny Goodman, Stephan Grappelli, Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes. He has played with Ruby Braff, Brad Mehldau, Bill Charlap., Jim Hall, Pat Martino etc. Louis Stewart was appointed to Honorary Doctor of Music at Trinity University, Dublin in 1998.

He has played in Norway on many occasions, and won the Norwegian Grammy in 1983 with Laila Dalseth . On Villa Records he has earlier contributed on “Good News” (1986), “Du er så rar” (1988) ,”String Time” (1991) and “Joycenotes” (1993).

 On ‘Core Business’ Louis Stewart plays along with some of the best competence in norwegian jazz. Recording with Egil Kapstad has long been a wishful plan for Louis, and the reason is obvious when you hear the result of the recording. The inclusion of two of Louis’ other favourites Terje Venaas and Eyvind Olsen leads in the most natural way to musicianship based on a mutual respect for a common jazz tradition. Time is always first priority in this ‘company’, and followingly it swings from all corners of this CD. Another general item on the agenda are the slightly prolonged improvisations, offering the musicians a somewhat extended variational freedom in addition to their interpretation of the melodic material.

The tunes are: I should care, Equinox, Manhattan, Minority, For all we know, Titmouse blues, Everything happens to me, Gone with the wind, How deep is the ocean, Room 608, I can’t get started/You’ve changed. Playing time is close to 71 minutes , and the recording was made in Rainbow studios in Oslo on October 4 and 5, 2004