Danish Bassist Kenneth Dahl Knudsen will return to his native Aalborg in Denmark for a performance with his new band “Tété” on the 31st of October at the Utzon Center. Knudsen stated that the reason he left was “to get away from the comfortable soothing atmosphere the city gave me. I needed to get my ass kicked.” Even since then he has “always strived to come back and play my music as much as possible….. even though I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world with my bass, there is something true and deep about my home city. Its a place filled with memories and a calmness I don’t seem to find anywhere else…..”
Featured Image: Dave Beecroft.
In the press release for this concert Knudsen gave a brief explanation regarding the personal origins of the name of his new band and the musical directions he is seeking to achieve. This is reproduced below:
When I was very little, before I could speak… I somehow managed to give my self a name. A word that I would call out every time I was in need of something. My mom still named me by that name until the day she died…… Tété. I has a joyful ring to it, and I see before me a boy that grew up in a safe, loving place…. With this project i’m trying to find my way back there.
I have written so much sad music the last couple of years, maybe because I’m maturing, but also because my mom was sick. On her deathbed she told me that it was very important, that I live my life to its fullest. That I remember to have some fun.
With that in my mind, and with the childish ringing sound of my callname, I decided to put together a band that can do just that…. they can make me have fun. With the rhythmic influences of Africa, and Latinamerica… the expressiveness of the Jewish folk songs and the harmonic elements of our european tradition, I now have a band that can go anywhere in the music that I want it to…. and hopefully….It can lead me back to Tété.
Kenneth Dahl Knudsen – Denmark – Bass
Uri Gurvich – Israel – Saxophone
Brian Massaka – Congo/Poland – Guitar
Gauthier Toux – France – Piano
Rodolfo Zuniga – Costa Rica – Drums
Date: 31 October 2017
Venue: Utzon Center,
Address: Slotspladsen 4, 9000 Aalborg Denmark
Tickets available: at www.billetto.dk
The concert is supported by JazzDenmark, Kulturkanten and The City of Aalborg