Streifenjunko make vigorous music with the rare instrumentation of tenor saxophone and trumpet. Espen Reinertsen and Eivind Lønning apply uncommon instrumental techniques to project a spacious sound with nothing else around. They have worked closely together for a long time to present a truly unique repertoire, but have also on serveral occations collaborated with the musicians Keith Rowe, Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Jim Denley, Christian Wallumrød, Sidsel Endresen and video artist Kjell Bjørgeengen. During the last few years, Streifenjunko have played numerous concerts all over the world, including Japan, USA, South-Africa, Australia and most of Europe. Festival performances includes Fri Resonans and Konsberg Jazzfestival in Norway, On the Edge of Wrong Festival in South Africa, Moers Festival in Germany, Sonic Acts in Amsterdam, Cable Festival in Nantes, and the NOWnow Festival in Sydney.
Eivind Lønning and Espen Reinertsen are working together in other constellations as well, most of all in the improvising quintet Koboku Senju with tubaist Martin Taxt, guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama and no-input-ist Toshimaru Nakamura, and more recently in the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble. In addition they have participated in numerous projects with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, playing various commisions by Norwegian and international composers.
Photo by Andreas Ulvo