Ingebrigt Håker Flaten

Citizen of the world - musically and otherwise - playing virtuoso double bass.


Norwegian bassist, improviser, composer and leader. Since the early 1990s he has been at the forefront of contemporary improvising musicians both in Norway and internationally. An innovative player of both double bass and electric bass, he studied at the highly regarded jazz programme ‘Jazzlinja’ at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. He first came to attention as a member of the groups The Source and Element, and later co-founding Håker Flaten in Atomic. Over the course of his career, the bassist has crossed borders, both musically and geographically–these explorations eventually took him to the USA, where he has lived since 2006, returning to Norway in 2020. Because of this constant moving, he nurtured old and fostered new collaborations and interactions with musicians, both veterans and rising stars, active in local communities. He has toured all over the world, leading in groups such as Icepick, I.P.A. and the Dave Rempis Percussion Quartet. He was previously a core member of the power jazz trio The Thing (also co-founded by Nilssen-Love and Mats Gustafsson), as well as Free Fall.  In addition, he frequently performs solo and in duos. Both as part of a group and on his own, he has collaborated with many great musicians such as Joe McPhee, David Murray, Peter Brötzmann, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, Frode Gjerstad, Neneh Cherry, Mette Rasmussen, James Blood Ulmer, Bugge Hamid Drake.

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / Mikołaj Trzaska / Paal Nilssen-Love
Sokołowsko Jazz meets Punkt Festival 2024
The second edition of Sokołowsko Jazz, in collaboration with Norway's PUNKT, will present stylistically diverse projects.