From left: Rune Brøndbo (electronics, keyboards, programming); Wetle Holte (drums, electronics, programming) and Håkon Kornstad (saxophone, flutes, flutonet, melodica, electronics, vocals, programming). For most live concerts Wibutee also feature Tor Egil Kreken (electric bass, guitars) and Eyvind Andreas Skeie (guitars, keyboards, electronics)
June 01, 2007 Solo album by Kornstad out now! Be sure to check it out on his website!
October 23, 2006 New albums from Sternklang and Kornstad
Finally Sternklang released his album Transistor Beach with bits of funky electronica that only he kan make. Check it out here! Håkon Kornstad & Håvard Wiik just released their second duo album, The Bad And The Beautiful. Read more here!
September 27, 2006
Håkon Kornstad to China Wibutee's man of the trenches, designer, saxophone player, vocalist is going to China to do three solo concerts. Also, he's participating in the exhibithion KHxHK together with his design hero Kim Hiorthøy. More info here
September 20, 2006 What a great summer this has been! Festival Tour in Canada, playing live for thousands of people in Montreal, king crab fishing in Northern Norway, and the longest Norwegian tour in our band's history are only a few of the things we've done this summer. We are really thankful to all of you who showed up on our concerts, it has been a pleasure meeting you. Keep in touch! Keep on supporting alternative music by going to the concerts of bands you've never heard of. It's the only way we can push things forward!
August 22, 2006 Never have so many meteors fallen over Norway Norway's biggest newspaper Aftenposten reports today that yet another meteor fell over Norway last night, adding up to the rather busy summer of falling stars. Coincidentally, Wibutee has been singing all summer about meteors in the smashingly beautiful "Crash Hit". Check it out on iTunes
August 20, 2006 Sweet Mental Norwegian Tour Confirmed 16 concerts in Norway confirmed for Wibutee's Tour for their latest album Sweet Mental. This will be Wibutee's most comprehensive tour in Norway so far. Hope to see you there!
August 17, 2006 Wibutee members with Anja Garbarek band Anja Garbarek has a new live band, and Wetle and Håkon from Wibutee are joining it, presenting her incredible music for a live audience. First gig will be at Punkt, Kristiansand 24/8 - next one at Rockefeller in Oslo on 15/10. More info here!
August 15, 2006 Wibutee does workshops in Norwegian cities Having used Macs onstage during performances for the last 5-6 years, Wibutee can tell an interesting story on how to use Ableton Live and Logic Pro on their live gigs. Be ready for an artistic approach to the usual clinic, when Wibutee enters Apple Store (Stavanger) 25/8 1600-1700, Hagstrøm Musikk (Bergen) 26/8 1400-1600. More cities coming up.
June 24, 2006 Interview with Kornstad on Canadian Net radio Wibutee are coming to Canada, and Håkon was interviewed by Iceberg Radio. Go here to listen
May 29, 2006 Bergens Tidende review of the Bergen show You can read it here (in Norwegian, sorry...)
May 28, 2006 New Wibu-Tee's! New T-shirt designed by our inhouse designer Kornstad. It is available in green, red and grey. For sale on our concerts, and shortly you'll be able to get one online too :-)
May 26, 2006 «Sweet Mental» out in 170 web stores Now you have the opportunity to download our album «Sweet Mental» from your favourite web music store. If that is iTunes, you will have to wait a couple of more weeks, but if you can't wait - find your shop here: Phonofile
May 21, 2006 Wibutee on Norwegian Morning Television Joined by Anja Garbarek, Wibutee will perform «The Ball» live on TV2’s «God Morgen Norge» tomorrow May 22. Check in at 7:30am (or 9:15am).
May 21, 2006 Performing live in studio in Kanal24 In the programme «Ny Norsk» Rune, Wetle and Håkon will tell about how they make their music. They will also improvise live in studio. Kanal 24 9pm on May 26.
May 16, 2006 Anja Garbarek to feature on two concerts We're so happy to finally announce that Anja Garbarek will perform the song “The Ball” from Sweet Mental with us at our release party at Parkteatret in Oslo on May 23. She'll also join us at Nattjazz in Bergen on May 27. Don't miss this! Get your tickets here!
May 16, 2006 Wibutee in “Kulturbeitet”, NRK P2 Listen to Rune and Håkon talk about the new album here (choose 16/5)
May 15, 2006 Wibutee in “Musikkmisjonen”, NRK P3 listen to Wetle and Håkon talking about finding back their juvenile musical spirit while making Sweet Mental. Go here and choose 15/5...
May 11, 2006 Two “Tracks of the Day” the tracks «Travel With You» and «Two With Nature» will be Track of The Day in Jazz category on GarageBand. This happens May 16th and 18th. Check in and vote for us!
May 10, 2006 Wibutee live at Harald Are Lund Norway's radio guru of electronic and underground music, presents Wibutee and our new album Thursday 11/5, at 8pm, Norwegian Broadcasting Radio P3. Listen to it again and again here!
May 10, 2006 New preliminary site up & running until we get our highly interactive and new site up we introduce this, based on the platform of our previous album "Playmachine". You will find press and news updates here, as well as the traditional Wibutee Listener, playlisting tunes from our fresh album. Enjoy!
«Superb young and skronky Norwegian Jazztronica outfit» Time Out
«Long-time exemplars of the Norwegian electro jazz scene, Wibutee have composed a dizzyingly varied record with Sweet Mental.» Exclaim.ca
«Energien sparker og refrengene oser av feelgood. Fyll sommeren med Wibutee!» Groove.no (6 of 7)
«Wibutee er et av de hippeste fenomenene i norsk musikkliv – uansett sjanger. «Sweet Mental» bekrefter at bandet har tatt ytterligere steg i retning seg sjøl.» TV2 Nettavisen (5 of 6)
«Når så musikerne selv utfordrer egne grenser, og følger hjertets mange alternative impulser med en slik fintfølende presisjon som her, er det bare å gi seg over og ta i mot» Aftenposten (5 of 6)
«takket være et stramt grep om produksjonen og en bunke melodiøse låter, kan dette bli albumet som gjør at Wibutee når ut til et enda bredere publikum» Moss Avis (4 of 6)
«Wibutee klarer å være rare, lekne og eksperimentelle uten å gi slipp på tilgjengeligheten – det blir aldri for sært. Håkon Kornstads røffe barytonsax gir låtene edge, og lydbildet er glassklart uten å bli sterilt.»
Dagsavisen (5 of 6)
«Wibutees album “Sweet Mental” er en plate som overrasker. Jeg hadde ingen forventninger da jeg satte på denne skiven med ni spor. Sannelig får man seg en herlig opplevelse der bandet bryter musikalske grenser.» Haugesunds Avis (5 of 6)
«Wibutees fjerde album er så tøft at det nesten ikke er til å tro. (...) Noen mener Wibutee ikke spiller jazz. Jeg vil snu på det, og si at om noe musikk er jazz av i dag - ja, så er det sånn musikk som Wibutee spiller.» Puls.no
«Musikk som med et variert lydbilde vekker lytterens nysgjerrighet: Hva kommer nå? Som regel ikke hva du venter»
Dagbladet (4 of 6)
«Sweet Mental framstår som en rendyrket nytelse i systemsatt lekenhet - fengende som første dag i skoleferien, lekker som den fineste dama på vindusrekka»
Varden (5 of 6)
«du verden for ei plate Sweet Mental har blitt. Med sterke saksofonarrangement, suggererende trommegroover og en sound som får tankene til å vandre hen mot Jaga Jazzist blir en ofte fengslet av trioens skeive, sære, men samtidig tilgjengelige toner»
Hamar Arbeiderblad (5 of 6)
«Hemningsløst fengende. (...) Platen er definitivt Wibutees beste og mest helstøpte til nå.» Bergens Tidende (5 of 6)
«No more crises please: The world needs Wibutee.» BBC
«One of the most impressive of Oslo’s current creative wave, and certainly the boldest ‹new conception of jazz› to come out on Jazzland so far.» The WIRE
«Wibutee is the finest group going that combines jazz and electronics» JazzTimes
«Now the music reaches beyond dancing, beyond listening and becomes, in the richest sense of the word, an experience.» AllAboutJazz
«If Bowie had abandoned pop and rock after his Berlin years, and instead of making ‹Let's Dance› had knuckled down to saxophone practice and formed an arty jazz band, the Norwegian based Wibutee is what he might have sounded like by 2004.» Stylus Mag