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ILK and The Lake Radio will be transmitting live from Copenhagen, Denmark with intense concerts and engaging musical discussion. The radio programming will be in Danish but the music will be comprehensible to anyone with open ears
Despite the odds the frontrunners from the artist collective ILK will feature 12 concerts with original avant-, improv- and jazz related sounds this summer. Join us July 8-11 and enjoy LIVE music in an intimate, yet corona-friendly setting at our favourite spot, the old slaughterhouse ‘5e’ in Copenhagen’s meatpacking district.
Jacob Anderskov: ANTERIOR CURRENT. Solo, studio recording.
About ANTERIOR CURRENT: Jacob Anderskov takes on European 20th century modernism. In the optimal studio setting of The Village, he recorded note-by-note versions of modernist pieces and free improvisations around them. However, the sonic approach is far from a regular composed new music piano album: The microphones, preamps and converters were chosen for their warmth, not any idealized “neutrality”. _ Press release: JA_Anterior Current_Press_UK – EPK for ANTERIOR CURRENT
Stream or download here: https://orcd.co/anterior-current
Jacob Anderskov: IMPRESSIONS OF BOWIE: Solo, live recording.
About IMPRESSIONS OF BOWIE: Pianist Jacob Anderskov, having released numerous acclaimed albums with his own compositions, turns to the music of David Bowie. Recorded live in concert, the album captures Anderskov solo on Fazioli Grand Piano and prepared piano. It is a solo piano take on very well known songs, the approach being one of radical remakes, not loyal renderings. _ Press release: JA_Impressions_Of_Bowie_Press_UK – EPK for IMPRESSIONS OF BOWIE
Stream or download here: https://orcd.co/impressions-of-bowie
Boelger is a collection of sci-fi and psychedelic instrumental landscapes that surrounds vocal stories about our relationship with living and dying. The music is created in a unique collaboration where the different band members are connected and able to improvise with each others sounds. Together this creates a delicate mix between electronic manipulated sound, acoustic sound, and field recordings. The inspirations are diverse and come from a.o. ambient, serial music, krautrock, west-african and east-asian music.
Listen on your favourite streaming service here
(The EP is only available digitally)
February 20th-23rd + 27th
Wonderful and wild growing music will flourish in KoncertKirken and the old meatpacking district of Copenhagen during Vinterjazz 2020.
Once again the frontrunners at ILK artist collective and record label has set the scene for an adventurous 4+1 day program. This year primarily at H15-studio - a new intimate venue in the old meatpacking district. During the course of 16 concerts the ILKs will present original music played by special occasion ensembles, original groups and an impressive array of international and local guests including Axel Dörner (DE), Christof Kurzmann (AT), Nina De Heney (SE), Martin Klapper (CZ), Maria Faust (EST), Øyunn (NO), Gianluca Elia & Domen ice Villani (ITA), Egil Kalmann (SE), Ståle Liavik Solberg (NO), Guoste Tamulynaite (FI), Ole Rømer (DK), Lars Andreas Haug (NO), Niklas Fite (SE) a.o. + the ILKs themselves and a few surprises.
The H15-studio space appeals to sonic investigations and several acts will be experimenting with quadrophonia, misc. multispeaker-set-ups and more in the realm of surround-fields.
As a special treat the Sunday 23rd afternoon program holds three short movies created by ILKs in collaboration with different directors and artists. The shorts will be shown at the H15 studio widescreen, high end projector and Turbosound equipment intertwined with live acts.
On February 27th The ILK/BlowOut PULS series 2020 opens with a double concert at KoncertKirken feat: Tamulynaite/Fite/Kalman/Solberg (NO/LT/SE) + Faust/Haug/Bruun (DK/EST/NO)
This is ILK at its best: An unpredictable and intense melting pot of tradition, avantgarde and innovation delivered with a burning love for the music.
Both KoncertKirken and the H15-studio bar offers a great selection of beer, wine and drinks. At the H-15 restaurant you can enjoy an excellent meal before or in-between concerts.
See the entire program and updates here:
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The ILK Vinterjazz sessions are supported by:
Statens Kunstfond, Nordic Culture Fund/PULS, KODA’s Cultural Funds, Goethe Institut Dänemark, Wilhelm Hansen Foundation and JazzDanmark.
ILK is an artist-run label and collective of 21 musicians and composers reflecting the vibrant scene of Copenhagen, releasing new music hybrids, avant-, improv- and jazz related sounds by artists acknowledged as innovators on an international scale.
Anders Banke, Anders Filipsen, Francesco Bigoni, Jacob Anderskov, Jakob Davidsen, Jeppe Skovbakke, Jesper Løvdal, Kasper Tranberg, Kresten Osgood, Laura Toxværd, Lotte Anker, Mark Solborg, Nils Bo Davidsen, Peter Bruun, Peter Danstrup, Qarin Wikström, Simon Toldam, Stefan Pasborg, Sture Ericson, Søren Kjærgaard og Torben Snekkestad.
All orders will be shipped Monday, January 6th
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years from all of us at ILK
Our postman requires 3-6 business days to deliver, so order your avantgarde Christmas presents before Dec. 16th to receive them in time.*
Tidens strøm is a studio recording of songs composed by Laura Toxværd. The lyrics are also written by her and bring elements from N.F.S. Grundtvig’s poem «Nyaarsmorgen» into play. Both inspiration from the Swedish songwriter Bellman and the American free-jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler mixed a linguistic interest in existence, nature and folk culture in the 19th century Norden had an impact on the making of music.
MARIA LAURETTE FRIIS – VOCAL
LAURA TOXVÆRD – ALTO SAX
KRISTIAN TANGVIK – TUBA
KALLE MOBERG – ACCORDEON
KRESTEN OSGOOD – DRUMS
Drapery is a recording of graphic notated songs by Laura Toxværd. The album is a mix of improvisation and composition. About her compositional process she explains: «Sometimes I need something abstract and improvisational, and then I like to design a graphic score where I note this to the musicians. Other times, I see the need for something that has more to do with tones, harmonies and rhythms, and then I note it on music paper.»
LAURA TOXVÆRD – ALTO SAX
GUSTAF LJUNGGREN – VARIOUS STRINGS/GUITARS
PETER FRIIS NIELSEN – ELECTRIC BASS
MARILYN MAZUR – PERCUSSION, DRUMS
Songbook contains texts, lyrics and notations of the two albums Tidens strøm & Drapery. Music, words and images are mutually embedded in each other in the sense that the notations in the songbook can be considered visual expressions of the sound of the albums’ music. And the other way round is the music created from the songbook’s lyrics and notations. The texts in the book tell about the process the entire work went through while it was being created.
Listening to Dear Earthling by Fosterchild is to step into a universe which is deeply sensitive and intuitive, yet highly sophisticated in its proportions and dimensions. Uniting a post-jazz and contemporary music (Echtzeitmusic) -vibration, with a deeply existential introspection, it is the sound of surrendering to things grander than ourselves. In November 2018, Deutschlandfunk’s Harald Rehmann offered the ensemble three days in the large recording room in Cologne. These recordings have now been mixed and mastered - and the dialogical interplay is ignited and igniting.
SEBASTIAN GILLE – SAXOPHONES
KASPER TRANBERG – TRUMPET
JACOB ANDERSKOV – PIANO
DAVID HELM – BASS
FABIAN ARENDS – DRUMS
Hverdagsforvandling (roughly translated as “everyday transformation”) is a 4th solo Release by Nils Bo Davidsen. This collection of pieces ranging from solo fantasies on collages to painstakingly composed soundscapes hints at the fact that if you just do one thing every day – something you have never done before – you can transform your day into a three-dimensional, colourful experience.
"And as he finishes with "Dinner Root", we have been through an exceptionally beautiful journey in the cello's sound universe, which is both exciting, fascinating and beautiful." (Salt-peanuts)
In 1976 Strange Brothers was formed by Simon Spang-Hanssen, Peter Danstrup og Ole Rømer. Later the same year the group won 1st price at the International Jazz Festival in Dunkerque, France, and shortly after saxophone legend John Tchicai joined the band. In the following years the toured a lot in former West- and East Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Two iconic records were made: ‘Darktown Highlights’ and ‘Free Concert’. Critics called the band ‘the white swan of Danish jazz’ and now they're back! The present release "The Bird Next Tree" is shaped by the diversity of the composers and demonstrates a remarkable breadth, versatility and flexibility.
"It is very easy to get thrilled about that Strange Brothers are back together." (Jazznyt)
”Stand On Your Feet and Fight” is a new release by Peter Jensen & DR Big Band that deals with Danish colonial history through music and field recordings. The work is intended as a contribution to the debate on how Danmark holds a past as a slave nation and colonial power in its national identity. On the occasion of the centennial of the sale of The Danish West Indian colonies to The United States, The Royal Danish Library asked composer Peter Jensen to write a work for the DR Big Band, based on material from the library's collections. The result ended far from the "calypso project" that the DR Big Band had wanted and the concert performances received mixed receptions with both enthusiastic reviews and furious audiences demonstratively walking out during performances.
5/5***** "Any music that can make one think afresh about the transcendent soulfulness of Coltrane's Alabama or the dialectics of Kierkegaard has to have something special to it" (Jazz Journal)
OMHU is the fourth album by Simon Toldam Trio, where the band presents a series of sonic explorations in slowness, elaborating on the concept of the titular word, which in Danish means “being precise, careful, and conscientious in the execution, treatment, or care of something.” Recorded in the magnificent acoustics of Germany’s Sendesaal Bremen, the trio explores Toldam’s freshly composed material with the utmost OMHU, vibrating presence, and breathless depth.
"It is a different musical approach to the boppers,' but the uncompromising integrity of the aesthetic is the same." (All About Jazz)
Huge congrats to ILK artists Simon Toldam, Qarin Wikström and Jacob Anderskov for their Danish Music Awards Jazz nominations.
They are nominated in the following categories:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Simon Toldam Trio - Omhu
Q (Qarin Wikström) - Up Up Up
SPECIAL RELEASE OF THE YEAR
Simon Toldam Trio - Omhu
ZAV (Jacob Anderskov) - Out of the Spectacle
The award ceremony will take place November 18th. Wish them luck!
You can read more about DMA Jazz here (in Danish)
DownBeat, February 2019:
"Prominent players [in Copenhagen] making a global impact include saxophonist Laura Toxværd, percussionist Marilyn Mazur, trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg, guitarist Jakob Bro and drummer Kresten Osgood."
A few picks form ILK catalogue can now be found on a newly established sync platform Frankly My Dear!
Frankly My Dear is a Scandinavian sync agency that offers a gallery of curated signature songs, non-published recordings & other secret gems by a group of emerging & established nordic composers.
More info at https://franklymydear.dk/
Once again the frontrunners at ILK artist collective and record label has set the scene for an amazing 10 day program at festival hotspot 5e. During the course of no less than 40 concerts the ILKs will present original music played by special occasion ensembles, original groups and an impressive array of international and local guests including Marc Ducret (F), Piero Bittolo Bon aka Spelunker (ITA), Phillip Gropper (DE), Elias Stemeseder (AU), Isak Hedtjärn (SE), Torbjörn Zetterberg (SE), Ole Rømer (DK), Ikue Mori (JP), Sissel-Vera Pettersen (NO), Haruhiko Okabe (JP), Jesper Zeuthen (DK), Gunther Baby Sommer (DE), Lars Greve (DK), Martin Klapper (CZ), Joe Williams (US), Johanna Borchert (DE), Sebastian Gille (DE), David Helm (DE), Fabian Arends (DE), Chris Speed (US), Jacob Buchanan (DK), Susana Santos Silva (PT), Paul Lovens (DE) & the ILKs themselves + a few surprises.
The concerts will take place both outside and inside the old slaughterhouse.
Experimental site specific sound-installations by the ILKs will be at display every afternoon in the cozy alley.
The 5e-bar serves food and liquids.
TICKETS - preferably MOBILEPAY (or cash) at the door:
Afternoon shows at 16:30 - 50 DKK
Evening shows at 20:00 - 120 DKK
All day - 150 DKK
Partout (10 days) - 600 DKK
Find the entire program info below & at jazz.dk/ilk
FRIDAY 5th of JULY
16:30 Jacob Anderskov’s ONTO OCCIDENT
20:00 Solborg / Banke / Heebøll (DK)
21:30 Ericson / Hyhne / Davidsen / Osgood (SE/DK)
23:00 Kresten Osgood Quintet
SATURDAY 6th of JULY
16:30 Snekkestad / Kjærgård Duo (NO/DK)
20:00 ClariNest+Spelunker - Bigoni / Bittolo Bon (ITA)
21:30 All Too Human (DK/F)
23:00 Osgood/Gropper/Stemeseder (DK/DE/AT)
SUNDAY 7th of JULY
16:30 Disgusting Semla (ITA/NO/SE)
20:00 Kontakt (DK/SE)
21:30 Snekkestad Surprise
23:00 Strange Brothers (DK)
MONDAY 8th of JULY
16:30 Korpset (DK/NO/..?)
20:00 Anker / Mori / Kerbaj + drums tba (DK/JP/USA/LB/DE)
21:30 VéloVélo (DK/NO)
23:00 Anker / Toldam / Solborg / Lovens (DK/DE)
24:00 Kjærgaard/Bruun/Westergaard (DK)
TUESDAY 9th of JULY
16:30 Silence Trio (DK/NO)
20:00 Santos Silva / Greve / Solborg / Lovens (PT/DK/DE)
21:30 Løvdal/Haruhiko Okabe (DK/JP)
23:00 ZAV Zeuthen / Anderskov / Vestergaard (DK)
WEDNESDAY 10th of JULY
16:30 Duo Campanula (DK)
20:00 HAQ (DK/NO/SE)
21:30 Søren Kjærgaard special (DK)
23:00 Anderskov / AC / Høyer - Temporal Allusions (DK)
THURSDAY 11th of JULY
16:30 S.d. Boreas (DK)
20:00 Laura Toxværd solo (DK)
21:30 Maniscalco / Bigoni / Solborg (DK/ITA)
23:45 Lotte Anker & Friends
FRIDAY 12th of JULY
16:30 Pasborg solo (DK)
20:00 Baby Sommer / Jesper Løvdal (DE/DK)
21:30 Fosterchild (DK/DE)
23:00 The Firebirds (DK)
SATURDAY 13th of JULY
16:30 Laura Toxværd Trio (DK)
20:00 Ericson / Klapper / Fite + Joe Williams (SE/CZ/US)
21:30 Q Cycles (SE/DE/DK)
23:00 Faust/Solborg/Tomo/Finsrud (EST/DK/PL/NO)
SUNDAY 14th of JULY
16:30 Ytterlandet - Ericson/Olsson/Berre (DK/SE/NO)
20:00 Speed / Buchanan / Toldam (DK/US)
21:30 Anders Filipsen Trio (DK)
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During This year’s Vinterjazz festival ILK opens a new and exciting collaboration with the legendary Jazzhus Montmartre. Over the course of six Tuesdays from February to April ILK has curated an gathered 12 unique acts especially for this koncert series. Invited special guests include Cæcilie Trier (DK), Thomas Lehn (DE), Evan Parker (UK), Thomas Strønen (NO), Pat Thomas (UK), Raymond Strid (SE), Siv Øyunn Kjenstad (NO) and Sten Sandell (SE).
More info and RSVP links:
12/2: Davidsen/Nørbo Duo + Solborg/Bigoni/Lehn
26/2: Laura Toxværd/Cæcilie Trier + Silence Trio 3
12/3: Parker/Solborg/Bruun + Anderskov/AC/Høyer
26/3: Snekkestad/Kjærgaard + Ericson/Thomas/Strid
9/4: Qarin/Siv + Toldam/Snekkestad/Bruun/Wangreen
23/4: Duo Campanula + Anker/Sandell Duo
From the already vibrant scene of Copenhagen rises a group extraordinaire! A quintet led by Kresten Osgood, one of the busiest and finest European improvising drummers, featuring hand picked selection of the most prolific younger generation improvisers from the local scene. The outcome is ballistic! Their album is as straight forward as it's name suggests, Kresten Osgood Quintet indeed plays jazz, interpreting a wide selection of less known tunes from Dolphy, Monk, Mingus, Ellington, Davis, Jerome Cooper, Elmo Hope, and a few Osgood's originals...
More info: https://ilk-music.myshopify.com/products/kresten-osgood-quintet-kresten-osgood-quintet-plays-jazz
“Welcome to an auditive anarchy where the sound palette is expanded to the extreme”
Scandinavian trio TEETH released their debut album "Open Up" on the 16th of November. A tribute to both electronic music, free improv and sound art on an album that’s been created through improvisation where the bands focus on working as an organism has been manifested.
The trio unites three highly interesting scandinavian musicians within electro-acoustics. TEETH is Anders Filipsen (DK), Herman Müntzing (SE) og Håkon Berre (NO), who on ‘Open Up’ in an organic whole explores objects and auditive textures. The broad variety of soundscapes varies between static moments and noise, extreme dynamics, uneven rhythmical structures, minimalism and scruffy landscapes.
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
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
“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.
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.”
Buy it here
And you can get it right here
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 & 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.