Being a proud Dane, it is my real pleasure to share this information with you and I hope you get the chance to experience the exciting developments that all these Danish musicians/artist offers in the continuation of Jazz Music for now and its bright future. Tomorrow the Danish trend will continue with an exclusive in-depth interview with one of these exciting and forward-thinking young Danish artists. A Big shoutout to Natasha at Baxter PR for her diligence and collaborative support.
London’s annual celebration of contemporary Danish music, Sounds of Denmark, returns this October with a special ‘revisited’ programme. Featuring some of the standout artists since its inception in 2016 and hosted once again at PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Dean Street, the festival will highlight the depth and breadth of today’s Danish jazz scene featuring everything from traditional Nordic jazz influences, powerhouse large ensemble sounds, funk fusion, nu-jazz electronica, and more.
Set for Sounds of Denmark REVISITED 2019, which takes place across four days from October 16th– 19th, are Morten Schantz Godspeed, the synth-based piano trio with a modern, funk-fuelled sound, Makiko Hirabayashi Trio featuring former Miles Davis Group percussionist Marilyn Mazur and bassist Klavs Hovman, nu-jazz electronica outfit Hess is More with their catchy melodies and infectious beats, and timeless jazz trio Hess/AC/Hess Spacelab. Award-winning pianist and composer Kathrine Windfeld returns for the second year running with shows in London and Dorking’s Watermill Jazz Club, this time with her sextet ensemble in what will highlight her in-demand compositional prowess, and Snorre Kirk Quartet will showcase the American tradition with a Nordic twist.
Sounds of Denmark is an ambitious Danish jazz project in the UK and an exciting musical partnership between the two nations. PizzaExpress Jazz Club is known for breaking artists in Britain before anyone else, including the likes of Gregory Porter, Diana Krall and Norah Jones whom all made their UK debuts at the venue. The project was launched in 2016 as a collaboration between JazzDanmark, PizzaExpress Jazz Club and Sue Edwards Management with support from the Royal Danish Embassy in London. Sounds of Denmark is just one of the many initiatives planned for 2019/2020 throughout the UK, with support from the Danish Arts Council and the Ministry for Culture & Palaces, which includes an exchange programme between Manchester and Aalborg and Aarhus.
Here is the quick ticket link for all shows and are now on sale now:
Once again my thanks to Natasha at BaxterPR in London for the continued support and working relationship she has with all our team @ Jazz In Europe Media.
One good resource to follow Danish jazz artists is JazzDanmark.
Writer: Pia Sonne-Schmidt
Photo credits: Per Lange – and (c) info: all rights go to original recording artist/owner/photographer(s).
Last modified: October 2, 2019