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Kasper Tranberg's "Terzet" marks the second release of his trilogy “Suite Cobra” October 12, 2018 09:30

This album was recorded after a month-long artist in residence at the underground club 5E in Copenhagen and presents an intimate frame for Tranberg’s heartfelt playing, and is a beautiful portray of textures, extended forms, melodic interplay and a deep feeling rooted slow grooves and repitition.The interplay in the Terzet finds its foundation in 25 years of friendship and collaborations.

More info here


Number 2 in Silence Trio series by Jakob Davidsen is out! September 28, 2018 09:00

Silence Trio 2 by Jakob Davidsen feat. Sissel-Vera Pettersen & Randi Pontoppidan is out on CD and digitally. 
Silence Trio 1, which came out last year, received several great reviews, and was chosen by The New York City Jazz Record as one of the most remarkable releases of 2017 worldwide.

More info here

 

 


ZAV - Zeuthen/Anderskov/Vestergaard "Out of Spectacle" out on vinyl September 21, 2018 11:11

“Out of the Spectacle” is the crystallisation of a continuing collaboration between three Danish improvising musicians from three different generations, that places itself somewhere between textural improvisation, expressive free jazz and abstract soul. Together the three musicians create a non-conceptual and bodily music that meets the audience in a both challenging and atoning way, emotionally multidimensional and spacious. They have developed a personal interplay where influences, dynamics and intentions float freely between each other, melt together in synergy and explode in abstraction, and where the aim is to create space instead of filling it up. A sort of reconciliatory blues to the great spectacle.
More info here.

Q aka Qarin Wikström new solo debut is out on vinyl! August 31, 2018 09:00

Q has combined her history in freely improvised and abstract music with the rich tradition of Swedish songwriting, while playfully blending genres, references, and influences into her own singular vision. Clear, catchy pop-like melodies join futuristic protest songs, ritualistic forms, and hypnotic polyrhythms, warning us of something ominous but also offering a light at the end of the tunnel. Innovative and divergent, Q’s beautiful and sometimes challenging music brings to mind David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy and Nico’s “The Marble Index.”

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Mikkel Mark Trio "Healing" out on Vinyl! July 06, 2018 09:00

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Kasper Tranberg: Strawboss June 15, 2018 10:35

With his album, Strawboss, Kasper Tranberg debuts his new international sextet and also marks the first release of the upcoming trilogy “Suite Cobra”.
“Strawboss” is an exciting frame for Tranberg’s heartfelt playing, and is also an explosion of improvisations based on Tranberg's compositions which focus on tonal constructions, abstract soundscapes, longer forms and grooves.

Out today on CD and digitally! https://bit.ly/2Mqe5UK

 


Rosor och Tulpan spiller musik af Evert Taube out today on CD! June 07, 2018 22:24

Rosor & Tulpan consists of six musicians who have been major players on the Danish music scene through the last twenty years. Since 2008 they have been playing a large number of concerts, performing the everlasting music of legendary swedish national bard, Evert Taube (1890-1976). Now their debut album is released: Rosor & Tulpan – spiller musik af Evert Taube.

The songs about love, ventures and nature are eternal, and is interpreted by Rosor & Tulpan with equal amount of respect and curiosity. Quivering guitars, warm clarinets, swaying accordion and Swedish folklore vocals when at it’s finest.


Peter Jensen & DR Big Band "Crystal Palace" is out on LP and digitally May 25, 2018 07:00

Crystal Palace is about the attraction of abandoned places and the poetics of eroding surfaces. Conceived as an exploration of a sonic architecture in an advanced state of decay Crystal Palace takes the listener through six locations of an imaginative ruined structure. With the haunting images of the dying city of Detroit as a backdrop Peter Jensen sets out to create a milestone and a manifesto for future work.

Release date: 25-05-2018

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Johanna Sulkunen Sonority - KOAN - out May 11, 2018! May 11, 2018 11:43

On her third album Koan, Johanna Elina Sulkunen has launched a new solo project called Sonority.  The project invites to a multilayered travel of sounds of a human voice mixed with electronics and touching on life’s big questions.  The name of the album, Kōan means: a paradoxical anecdote or riddle without a solution, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and provokes enlightenment.  

All the sounds on the album are based on vocal sounds and field recordings from Japanese Buddhist temples and manipulation of them– electronically.

Read more and purchase here.


ILK welcomes a new member - cornet and trumpet player - the one and only Kasper Tranberg! April 17, 2018 12:11

Photo: Mike Højgaard - http://neue.pink

Kasper Tranberg (b. 1971 in Denmark) is a composing improviser who plays cornet and trumpet and likes poetry.
Kasper took up the trumpet at the age of ten and was playing in local march and brass bands soon.
Early studies with Prof. Søren Emtoft from The Royal Conservatory of Music, Denmark. Aged 19 Kasper began studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, US where his main teachers were legendary Herb Pomeroy and trumpeter Greg Hopkins. In 1993 Kasper returned to Copenhagen and got his first major gig with Mercer Ellington at The Duke Ellington Conference in 1994.
At the same time guitarist Niclas Knudsen and Kasper had formed the quartet “When Granny Sleeps” which recorded three successful albums with a.o. David Liebman and Ray Anderson. The band toured in Europe and also performed at The Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival in New York, US.

In the late 1990’s Kasper and guitarist Jonas Struck formed the band BUGPOWDER with space-trombonist Mads Hyhne and drummer Laust Sonne. The hard hitting unit recorded two albums, performed quite a bit and was nominated to a Nordic Music Council Award for the album “Autoabsence” released on Kaspers label Bugpowder Records formed in 1998.
Kasper also worked and recorded with many important Danish artists like : Pierre Dørge, Ib Glindeman, Hugo Rasmussen, Lars HUG, Bent Jædig, Paul Banks, Swan Lee, Mew, Fredrik Lundin, T.S Hawk, C.V. Jørgensen, John Tchicai, Savage Rose, Jesper Zeuthen and Jakob Anderskov among many others.
Kasper performed and recorded as a sideman with international artist like : Marc Ducret, Steve Swallow, Tim Berne, Michael Blake, Django Bates, Tyshawn Sorey, Gianluigi Trovesi, Yusef Lateef and Adam Rudolph.

https://kaspertranberg.com


ILK Vinterjazz at Koncertkirken February 01, 2018 14:37

Another year of Vinterjazz and ILK crew on board, this time playing at the popular venue at the heart of Nørrebro, Koncertkirken!

ILK has set up a dazzling program over the course of 4 days with guests from home and abroad. Sten Sandell (S), Niklas Fite (S), Martin Klapper (CZ), Rob Luft (UK), Jesper Zeuthen (DK), Susanna Santos Silva (PT), Herman Müntzing (S), Ståle Liavik Solberg (NO) among others ... and of course the ILKs themselves. An unpredictable and intense crossroads of tradition, avant-garde and innovation powered by their burning love for the music.

As a special addition to our 2018 Vinterjazz program, ILK will in collaboration with the sister association Blowout in Oslo and supported by the Nordic Culture Fund “PULS” present a series of Scandinavian exchange concerts. The first two hit Copenhagen Sunday, February 11th with Lene Grenager, Torben Snekkestad, Steen Sandell among others. More will follow in spring 2018.

Program

Thursday 8th of February
19:30 - SØREN KJÆRGAARD SOLO
20:30 - MANISCALCO/BIGONI/SOLBORG (DK/IT)
21:45 - NIGHT REPAIR (DK/IE/SE)
23:00 - NEWCLEAR

Friday 9th of February
19:30 - MARK SOLBORG SOLO
20:30 - SIMON TOLDAM TRIO (DK/NO)
21:45 - ERICSON/KLAPPER/FITE (SE/CZ)
23:00 - HERMAN + Q (SE)

Saturday 10th of February
19:30 - SACRIFIED
20:30 - LUFT/WESTERGAARD/BRUUN (DK/UK)
21:45 - LIFE AND OTHER TRANSIENT STORMS (PT/DK/SE)
23:00 - THE FIREBIRDS

Sunday 11th of February
16:30 - FYR OG FLAMME
17:30 - ZAV (Zeuthen/Anderskov/Vestergaard)
Soup break
20:00 - PULS 1 (DK/NO) - Sten Sandell + Torben Snekkestad + Lene Grenager + Ståle Liavik Solberg
21:30 - PULS 2 (DK/NO) - Lotte Anker + Kjetil Gutvik + Per Zanussi

More detailed info about the program: http://jazz.dk/vinterjazz-2018/arrangoerer/8834/

Koncertkirken will be serving drinks & there will, as always, be ILK records for sale. Sunday the 11th, there'll be served warm winter soup during the concert break.

Tickets:
Adult 120 / Student 80
4 day partout 400 / 250

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ILK is a free-spirited record label and music collective that reflects the unique and lively scene in Copenhagen. ILK represents new music, hybrids, avant-garde, impro and jazz-related sounds from innovative artists of international format.

ILK is:
Anders Banke, Anders Filipsen, Francesco Bigoni, Jacob Anderskov, Jakob Davidsen, Jeppe Skovbakke, Jesper Løvdal, Kresten Osgood, Laura Toxværd, Lotte Anker, Mark Solborg, Nils Bo Davidsen, Peter Bruun, Peter Danstrup, Qarin Wikström, Simon Toldam, Stefan Pasborg, Stephan Sieben, Sture Ericson, Søren Kjærgaard & Torben Snekkestad

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ILK Sessions at Koncertkirken are supported by:
Statens Kunstfond, PULS, DJBFA, Københavns Kommune, JazzDanmark and Swedish Arts Council.

The special nordic PULS collaboration concerts are supported by Nordisk Kulturfond. More will emerge at Mandagsklubben, Copenhagen and MIR, Oslo during the spring 2018.

The concert with LIFE AND OTHER TRANSIENT STORMS is organised in collaboration with KoncertKirken.


Sekten - "Music for Exercise" out on the 1st of December 2017 December 01, 2017 09:49

Now you can be the proud owner of the headband filled with music written and packaged to be listened to while exercising - developed by the Scandinavian music and performance ensemble Sekten. You can plug your favorite pair of headphones or earbuds right into the headband, put it on, and listen to the music while you sweat, or plug the unit into a large sound system via mini-jack cable if you want to share it while you work out as a group.

This is Sekten’s take on how workout music could (and should) be, and the music on this headband unit has been created specifically for the purpose of being listened to while exercising.

Listen on Spotify

More info: www.sekten.nu


Anderskov Kinetics: Mysteries - out digitally Nov 17, 2017 November 15, 2017 15:10

Release date: Digital: Nov 17, 2017, LP: February 2018.

Jacob Anderskov's Kinetics has been playing intensively around northern Europe since its formation in 2014. The tour up to this recording started in London, featuring the legendary Evan Parker, and passed through several countries before ending at LOFT in Köln, where this album was recorded. Side A of the LP is the end of the first set, side B is the opening of the second set. So you could argue that the 7 compositions on the album are done in one long take.

(The band name) Kinetics, a branch of classical mechanics, is concerned with forces on bodies in motion. This no matter if these bodies be drones, drum sticks or planets – and relating to as well the movement through a terrain as that through outer space to another planet. (The album title), Mysteries, points beyond the physical domain, and into our interpretations of the forces behind the physical phenomena. It suggests an opening towards realms bigger or more incomprehensible than ours. To phenomena that will exist when we are no more here.


Ran Blake & Kresten Osgood's new album "The Dorothy Wallace Suite" is out! October 20, 2017 09:54

This is the much awaited duo album of Danish drum innovator Kresten Osgood and American piano genius Ran Blake. The Album is out on 180g vinyl in a limited amount of 300 cps. More info here.


First autumn release 2017 - Orbit Stern & Q "These Open Waters" September 15, 2017 08:00

These Open Waters came out 15th September, 2017.

"Orbit Stern & Q is navigating a musical sea where maps have not yet been drafted, yet it feels like the group knows where it's heading. There is a goal and it is breaking norms and moving boundaries." (Dala-demokraten, SE)

More info here.


Silence Trio 1 - out today! June 16, 2017 12:33

The first edition in “Silence Trio Series”, silence trio 1 is out 16th of June 2017. It is a meeting between three significant musicians from the Nordic contemporary music scene, Jakob Davidsen, Torben Snekkestad and Hasse Poulsen.

More abut the release here.


Omdrejninger: S/T is out today! May 26, 2017 11:18

Omdrejninger is a project concieved by sound-installation artist Christian Skjødt and composer, and guitarist Mark Solborg aiming at investigating and challenging the listening experience for both musicians and audience. A site-specific work for ensemble, space and loudspeakers.

“..a sensation of a spatial instrument with the powers to lift and take off with all of us.” - Laura Berivan Nilsson, Omlyd

Available as a limited super deluxe double 180g vinyl album + visual renditions (video) + photo-poster, CD or digital version. More info here.

 


Damaztra: Flag of Time - A wild flower of music with colours, scents, thorns and shapes of all kinds... Out today! May 19, 2017 03:17

Danstrup, Mazur and Tranberg have long ago made themselves known in widely different contexts – from the very top of jazz musicians to the more humble, experimenting venues.

On their debut album, the three musicians unfold themselves in a breath taking, vibrating room, and both the collective as well as the individual efforts are noteworthy. The depth and clarity in the overall sound makes the music present, and the musicians have taken themselves on an astonishing journey where nothing is inevitable.

More info here.

 


Aladdin's dream - Firebirds play Carl Nielsen is out 28th of April 2017! April 28, 2017 07:00

The Firebirds' second album "Aladdin's dream" is out! The album is a tribute to the Danish composer Carl Nielsen, and the trio hereby continues their work with arranging classical orchestra pieces into their own unique blend of impro, surf, blues and avantgarde.

More info: https://ilk-music.myshopify.com/products/firebirds-aladdins-dream


Shitney - "Earth Core" is out today! February 10, 2017 07:00

Get it on CD, digitally, or go for the limited edition of 50 pink, heart-shaped soaps with a wasp inside and a download code included.

Release show - friday 10. 2. 2017, 21:30 at 5e - RSVP.

More about the album here.


ILK Sessions at 5e // Vinterjazz 2017 January 29, 2017 23:25

Join us for our ILK Sessions at 5e during Vinterjazz 2017!

ILK has put together a wonderful program over three weekends with guests from home and abroad. Thomas Lehn (D), Thomas Morgan (US), Scott Dubois (US), Gerbhard Ullmann (D), Shitney, Kasper Tranberg (Denmark), Susanna Santos Silva (PT), P. O. George Jonas Müller, Lift ... And, of course, ILKs themselves. An unpredictable and intense intersection of tradition, avant-garde and innovation delivered with a burning love for music.


Program:
Fredag d. 3. Februar
SNEKKESTAD / BRUUN DUO · SCOTT DUBOIS GROUP: DUBOIS / ULLMANN / MORGAN / OSGOOD (US/D/DK) · KLÖKKEBLÖMST · ERICSSON / OLSSON / BERRE

Lørdag d. 4. Februar
KASPER TRANBERG TRIO: TRANBERG / DAVIDSEN / RIFBJERG ·
ANKER / LEHN (DK/DE) · ERICSSON / TOLDAM

Fredag d. 10. Februar
PHOENIX CITY! · SHITNEY (RELEASE) · JACOB ANDERSKOV “CONTINUUM”

Lørdag d. 11. Februar
JAKOB DAVIDSEN + LIFT · JACOB ANDERSKOV CENTENNIAL PART II ·
JESPER LØVDAL + P.O. JØRGENS

Fredag d. 17. Februar
SØREN KJÆRGAARD SOLO ·
MANISCALCO / BIGONI / SOLBORG + SUSANA SANTOS SILVA (ITA/DK/PT) ·
FANDENS VANDBÆRERE

Lørdag d. 18. Februar
JONAS MÜLLER / JESPER LØVDAL / PETER FRIIS-NIELSEN / CLAUS BØJE ·
LAURA TOXVÆRD 18 GRAPHIC SCORES · KJÆRGAARD / BRUUN / WESTERGAARD

All concerts begin at 20:00
Entrance - 100 DKK per evening
Pay with cash or MobilePay


Konkyhlie is out today! October 21, 2016 12:14

Konkyhlie consisted of four young musicians from Copenhagen and the older, now deceased saxophonist Christian Kyhl.
The music is all improvised and moves between the beautiful and the ugly, the wild and the sensitive, the abstract and the plain.

Release party is tomorrow October the 22nd and the album is available here.

 


Kresten Osgood Trio "Live in Gothenburg" is out today! September 30, 2016 12:19

Their debut recording from the concert at the great Nefertiti Jazz Club in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2013. Recorded live by Swedish National Radio.

The release will be celebrated with a concert at Mandagsklubben at 5e on October 31st with special guests!

Stay tuned for more live dates!

Read more info and buy the album


Moonbow - "When the sleeping fish turn red and the skies start to sing in C major I will follow you till the end" is out 23rd of September! September 20, 2016 21:57

MOONBOW is an international septet playing freedom music full of pure energy, levitating improvisations, ecstatic grooves, and unforgettable themes.
The band consists of seven accomplished, internationally recognized improvisers from five different European countries. It was founded in early 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark, where their paths suddenly crossed. The music for MOONBOW was composed by the bass player Tomo Jacobson, but the imperative of working with the band was to give the band members freedom to shape the material their own way, fully engaging their unique, strong, and diverse creative intuitions.

MOONBOW is:
Danielle Dahl (NO) - sax,
Mads Egetoft (DK) - sax,
Maciek Kadziela (PL) - sax,
Lucas Leidinger (DE) - piano
Anton Jansson (SE) - guitar,
Tomo Jacobson (PL) - double bass
Kresten Osgood (DK) - drums

Read the Salt-Peanuts review in English here & All About Jazz review here.

Read more info and buy the album