SEPTEMBER 14TH – 16TH 2022
Back by popular demand, Sounds of Denmark returns to the UK after a two-year hiatus for its fifth incarnation, presenting a snapshot of one of Europe’s most vibrant jazz scenes. This year’s three-day event introduces captivating and eclectic new Danish sounds at the award-winning PizzaExpress Jazz Club in London and Turner Sims Southampton, who present the opening concert on September 14th.
Svaneborg Kardyb are a multi-award-winning duo from Aalborg in the north of Denmark, who won ‘New Artist of the Year’ and ‘Composer of the Year’ at the Danish Music Awards for Jazz. Drawing on Danish folk music and Scandinavian jazz influences, their music is an exquisite and joyful melding of beautiful melodies, delicate minimalism, catchy grooves, subtle electronica vibes, Nordic atmospheres and organic interplay, all underwritten by the sheer joy of playing together.
Morten Schantz (synth+vocals) and Anton Eger (drums) are well-known names on the jazz and fusion scenes around the world, and have received world-wide critical acclaim with artists such as JazzKamikaze, Phronesis and Marius Neset as well as for their own solo projects. With RKDIA they come together in a burst of colour and rhythm. Armed with technical brilliance and a penchant for the epic, the duo spin up forceful and hypnotic works that inject the free energy of jazz into synth-based electronica and cascading power pop. It’s a sound of its own. One minute it goes to the body in pulsating blows like house music, the next, it envelops you in warm- blooded synth-pop pathos. One plays keys like a god and the other plays drums like an animal.
One of Denmark’s best-kept secrets, saxophonist Pernille Bevort is joined by bassist Morten Ankarfeldt and drummer Espen Laub von Lillienskjold for a set crammed with intimate and imaginative interaction and alluring storytelling. Bevort has been awarded the prestigious Ben Webster prize and carved out a reputation as one of the most in-demand and creative improvisers in the country, performing and recording with many of the top Danish large ensembles. She is also a regular member of the Maluba Orchestra with world-renowned percussionist Marilyn Mazur.
Sounds of Denmark is an exciting musical partnership between Denmark and the UK. 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 one of many initiatives taking place in 2022 in the UK, which includes the launch of ‘Dangerous Sounds’ - an English language version of award-winning podcast ‘Farlige Toner’ (covering 100 years of jazz in Denmark) and a partnership with the Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music.
Thanks to: JazzDanmark, PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Turner Sims Southampton, Sue Edwards Management, the Royal Danish Embassy in London, the Danish Arts Foundation and the Ministry of Culture.