Coming up: 2 new releases in 2021
I have written and recorded 2 new projects this spring and they will be released on vinyl in August and November 2021 on the ILK label.
The 6-voice female choir GLAS has recorded 12 compositions (and lyrics) of mine to be released August 2nd: Landene Som Forsvandt (The Vanished Countries). Based on author Bjørn Berges book ‘Nowherelands, an Atlas of Vanished Countries 1840-1975’, I have written 12 songs as imaginary songs of freedom and uprising, as fictional anthems or hymns of praise.
This is my first collection of songs for a choir, and for GLAS in particular and I have learned a lot since I started out in 2019. As a composer I have a taste for clustered voicing, odd meters and juicy stuff, and GLAS has been working hard to get the best out of my songs. They are difficult, spicy and with a touch of folk song, pygmean singing and jazz. To be released in November: Absolute Danstrup, which is a fictional compilation album featuring 11 tracks with changing musicians on every track, featuring some 24 artists. For Danes the title might refer to the Minister of Culture, who found herself in a shit storm for admitting that she as a young girl fancied Absolute Music 2, a very popular compilation in the 1980’s. But this is not the case. It is a comment to the compilation album as such, and to its ideological negotiation absolute music meaning music in its purest form, non-programme music. While the Absolute Music CD’s in the 80ies where purely commercial with no message or direction, Absolute Danstrup is the contrary: personal experiences and statements, mostly conceived during my 5-week stay in hospital with Covid-19. It also reflects the #metoo situation in Denmark and the Trump era.
Radio podcast about John Tchicai
The Danish Radio (DR) has made a very interesting podcast about Danish Jazz, hosted by drummer and fiery soul/soul brother Kresten Osgood. In the newest episode they focus on my musical mentor, the late John Tchicai. And I am interviewed in this hour long programme. It’s in Danish, and you can find it here: https://podcasts.apple.com/dk/podcast/farlige-toner-historien-om-dansk-jazz/id1499452475?l=da&i=1000479202709