Announcing new Berlin-based group

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So I am starting out 2015 being pretty excited about a new group of mine. Yet to be named with a decent name! - it is a Berlin based chordless quartet, with the following fantastic musicians: Silke Eberhard on alto sax, Geoffroy de Masure on trombone, Roland Schneider on drums and myself. I am really enjoying writing music for this group and working it out with the band, and without making too many promises I think we will be recording and playing out live very soon. So stay tuned!! :) 

Downbeat's 'Best of' 2014


Read more...The band and I are happy and proud to also be on Downbeat's 'Best of' list for 2014! We are in the NEW 4 1/2 stars category and they printed our cover as well. Thanks Ziggy for a great design:) 

Here is the link to Downbeat

Best of 2014!!!

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'So Many Roads' has made it on to 2 'Best of 2014' lists!

Here is a link to the Village Voice 10 best jazz albums of 2014: click and we are also selected by The New York City Jazz Records Best of 2014 in the category BEST NEW ALBUM.  I am so happy that my work is appreciated! :-)

Fall news

Had a great, inspiring and productive week in Competa, Spain, writing on new music and forming new project ideas. Read more...

 

Then followed of a few fun gigs in Berlin - see pics on the Media Gallery page, - and a week at Marian's Jazzroom in Bern, with Molly Ringwald, Peter Smith and Roland Schneider.  What's next?

Deutschland Radio Kultur

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Here you can listen to a mini portrait of me, by journalist Jonathan Scheiner; a brief introdution to my music and my groups. An appetizer hopefully :-)

Today BJU's '7x7' is out

Read more...Earlier this month we, the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, held release concerts in New York and Baltimore for our new album. The street date is today, and if you haven't done so yet, please chceck it out. It is a really fun band, everyone bring in compositions and the instrumentation with two drummers gives us all a kick! Listen here or here

Other news: BJU, JazzTimes, ...

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In between nice new reviews of 'So Many Roads' - yes, there is also one in JazzTimes in August and a couple of others coming in just now - I'd like to remind you that the Brooklyn Jazz Underground is releasing our 2nd collective album in August. We have CD release shows during our annual festival in NYC, on Agu 14th, 9:30 pm at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, and at An Die Musik, Baltimore, on Aug 15th, 8 & 9:30 pm. 

During the BJU festval I will be playing with my quartet on Aug 12th, 8:35pm, at Smalls, where also 4 other BJU bandleaders will perform with their groups. A strong encouragement from me to come and check that out, it will be a great, great evening!!

'So Many Roads' 4 ½ stars in Downbeat

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This week two new nice reviews came in for Double Life.  One of Denmarks largest papers, 'Politiken' printed a great review which you can read here - calling the production and the project for 'a beautiful realization of ideas' and compliments both the compositional integration of the jazz group and the string quartet, and the excellent execution of the music by both sections of the group.  

Then I also received a review which will print in the August edition of Downbeat. I am not posting that quite yet, but I am really happy about it. We got 4 1/2 stars, and the music is described as a 'life-affirming suite' and a 'tune-rich, 36-minute suite in which jazz and classical elements are beautifully in sync'. 

 

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