We just finished two great days in the studio recording what will become my next release as bandleader & composer.
We recorded a 6-pieced suite that I have written based on the Aztec's Creation Myth "El Quinto Sol / The Fifth Sun". In this project I am collaborating with the great artist Rama King Nash as well as the anthropologist Max Suaza.
Apart from yours truly, the band consists of Jakob Sørensen on trumpet, Jesper Løvdal on tenor, baritone saxes & clarinet, Raphael Gimenes on acoustic guitar, Yohanier Ramón on percussion, Snorre Kirk on drums. We recorded in the old radio danish radio building with great sound engineering work done by Henrik Holst Hansen. I'm planning on releasing the whole thing in November, so stay tuned!
Photo taken by Frank Robert Larsen (frlfoto).
I'm very happy to be playing a few concerts this spring and summer with the Lasse Mørck Quartet.
Beginning in April we play a concert on the 17th at the famous Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen, after which we'll visit the beautiful Danish island Bornholm, playing at Muzikhuset, Rønne on the 22nd. On the 29th of June we'll be visiting home soil at the new Svendborg Jazz Festival and then finally we'll feature on the Copenhagen Jazz Festival at Jazzcup on the 10th of July. Hope to see you there!
After the winning ceremony last friday where I won the Young Jazz Composer 2018 competition, the national danish news channel interviewed me, and made this reportage of the event.
This is very surreal.. On the 19th of January, I was declared the winner of this years "Årets Unge Jazzkomponist" competition. The evening concert was performed by the amazing DR Big Band which was conducted by Nikolai Bøgelund. He had also done an amazing big band arrangement of my winning composition "Tezcatlipoca".You can read about it right here.
Up above is a picture of me with the two other amazing finalists Artur Tuznik and Jens Mikkel Madsen, the very deserved winner of the Leo Mathiesen Prisen 2018 Daimi, and the vice chairman of DPA Jørgen Thorup.
Photo by Kim Vadskær.
It's with great great joy, that I can announce that I'm the lucky receiver of Jazznyt Prisen 2017 for my debut album: "Imagining Places I've Never Been".
AND, on top of that, I'm also very very happy to announce that for the second year in a row (and three in total) I will participate as a finalist in DPA's Young Jazz Composer 2018 Competition. The show will take place the 19th of January in DR byen, Copenhagen, together with the incredible DR Bigband. Tickets can be bought here.
Since my last update, my new (although not so new anymore) album has gotten several mentions. To name a few, it got a 4-star review in Berlingske (danish newspaper), it got featured in the spanish Tomajazz Podcast, it was well recieved by Tor Hammerø and Salt Peanuts. It even had a brief stint in the top 5 of the Top 200 Jazz list on Itunes i Mexico!
Apart from that I've had so much positive response coming from all sides, and for that I am very grateful!
The first review of my new album has come in! It's written by danish jazz blogger Niels Overgaard, and can be read right here.
I am also very happy to have my album selected as "Album of the Week" at the Danish Radio P8 Jazz channel.
Now I have a webshop! Yes!
It is not only possible to buy the brand new vinyl in real physical form, BUT you can also buy a T-shirt* with the awesome drawing by Asmus Helms.
*Note: the sombrero isn’t included.
I picked up my new debut album "Imagining Places I've Never Been" in the porsche, and it is now available on YOUR favorite digital service!
Check it out right here here.
A shout-out to Cactus for great modeling work.