Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (born 1971, Oppdal, Norway), Austin, Texas. Acoustic and Electric Bass!
Ingebrigt studied Jazz at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim, Norway, from 1992-95 with bassplayer Odd Magne Gridseth. Since ’95 he has been a professional musician. Ingebrigt started off his musical adventures in the mid nineties bustling jazz scene in Oslo around the club Blå, established by visionary tastemaker Martin Eia Revheim. By that time Ingebrigt was already doing extensive touring and recording with the groups Element (with Gisle Johansen), The Source (with Trygve Seim), Close Erase (with Christian Wallumrød), The Trio (with Dave Liebman), SAN (with Zim Ngqawana, RIP!) and Bugge Wesseltofts’ new conception of jazz. In early 2000 he met and started working with reed players Mats Gustafsson (SE) and Ken Vandermark (US) which led to many of the collaborations Ingebrigt is still part of today.
Ingebrigt is currently focusing on his work in the Scandanavian ensembles Atomic and The Thing, both of which have toured Europe, Japan, Australia, Latin America, Canada and the U.S. regularly over the past two decades. He also leads his own groups Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Chicago Sextet (NO/US) & The Young Mothers (US) and is a member of the bands Dave Rempis Percussion Quartet (US), Sun Room (US), Plutonium Farmers (US), Joe McPhee/Håker Flaten Duo (US), Frode Gjerstad/Håker Flaten Quartet (NO/US) and Scorch Trio with Mars Williams (FIN/US). In addition to these ensembles Ingebrigt is also currently collaborating with Nate Wooley (US), Chris Corsano (US), Dennis Gonzalez (US), Tristan Honsinger (NL), Remi Alvarez (MX), Milo Tamez (MX), Ken Vandermark (US), Franklin Kielmeyer (CA) and Bobby Bradford (US).
Håker Flaten represents a special era in Norwegian bass tradition. Inspired by Jimmy Garrison, Richard Davis and William Parker, as well as European bassists such as Barry Guy, Dave Holland and Peter Kowald, he provides a historical continuity of the instrument’s tradition in improvisation. Ingebrigt’s bass playing also draws energy from his deep roots in the Norwegian avant-garde jazz scene of the 60’s and 70’s represented by key figures such as the famed Jan Garbarek, Arild Andersen and Terje Rypdal, as well as the lesser known pianist, Svein Finnerud, and bassist, Bjørnar Andresen.
Today, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten is one of the great ambassadors of the Norwegian sound, carrying this strong tradition further, both musically and geographically. He is constantly pushing and challenging himself and seeking out collaborations that hold a promise to lead to new and unheard territories. Ingebrigt has participated on more than 150 recordings and is also the co-founder and owner (together with his wife Andrea Lorena) of the Austin based ’new initiative’ record label TektiteRecordsCooperative.