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.
ILK Vinterjazz at Koncertkirken February 1, 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.
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/
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/
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.
Adult 120 / Student 80
4 day partout 400 / 250
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.
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
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 1, 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.
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.
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) ·
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.
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!
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.
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
Toxværd/Toldam/Mazur - Pladeshop & Laura Toxværd Compositions Part 1 & Part 2 - out 1st of July! July 1, 2016 11:34
Laura Toxværd Compositions Part 1 Feat. Carsten Dahl (special guest), Raymond Strid & Jonas Westergaard & Laura Toxværd Compositions Part 2 with Dødens Garderobe are two new White Label Series releases #6 & #7, presenting the final sonic result of Toxvaerd’s artistic research project.
The musicians perform Toxvaerd’s compositions notated as graphic scores which are shown in Toxvaerd’s book Compositions – 18 Graphic scores by Danish publisher Forlaget Spring. The art book with her reflective texts about her artistic process is the final graphic result of Toxvaerd’s artistic research project as an adjunct lecturer at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen. The albums are each released digitally & on 45 numbered, handwritten vinyls.
Pladeshop by Laura Toxvaerd, Simon Toldam & Marilyn Mazur is the album #5 on ILK’s White Label Series released digitally & on 40 numbered, handwritten vinyls. The recording session of this album was the musicians’ first musical meeting.
"Peter Danstrup: Sacrified" is out today! June 24, 2016 12:07
With this collection of unique songs, all inspired by religious subjects and tales, bass player and composer Peter Danstrup stands out as a remarkable player on
the Danish jazz scene. Ranging from the large Reptiles- orchestra with its solid brass core, over the zippy trio Klökkeblömst to now the octet Sacrified, he has composed and orchestrated a wide tonal palette of expressions, adding new releases to his oeuvre every year since 2010.
More info here.
Spotify link here.
Beautiful recycled-paper non-glue cover fresh out the oven! Mark Solborg & Herb Robertson release "Tuesday Prayers" out 10th of June 2016 June 6, 2016 12:09
American trumpet icon Herb Robertson and Danish guitarist Mark Solborg paid a visit to Koncertkirken, an old church in downtown Copenhagen for a duo performance.
That Tuesday evening the music was more calm and contemplative than usual. The large room and beautiful acoustics breathed life into transparent motives, hymns, shouts and expressive textures. Essentially a musical dialogue between friends. Pensive prayers of peace is what you hear on this live-recorded duo album. Music for the quiet of late nights or early mornings.
More info here.
Simon Toldam Trio & The Living Room in the final line-up of the "Opposite Music – Denmark meets Japan" May 11, 2016 00:00
Simon Toldam Trio and The Living Room & Koichi Makigami made it to the final line-up of the excellent musical project run by JazzDanmark and Snyk, "Opposite Music – Denmark meets Japan"! Together with 12 other Danish bands they will perform at the renowned venue in Tokyo - Superdeluxe, switching places with Copenhagen's Jazzhouse for 10 days in May 2017!
Read more in Danish here.
Kresten Osgood & Martin Philadelphy hard-rock record "Omphalos" charged with extra-terrestrial sounds is out via ILK now too (It came out on Martin's own label, Delphy Entertainment Rekords, in Austria last year) with a loads of great reviews!
Record is available here: http://ilk-music.myshopify.com/…/martin-philadelphy-kresten…
ZAKS - Zaks Live at 5e - out April 29th, 2016! April 29, 2016 12:27
Zaks Live at 5e is one set of improvised music recorded live at 5e, the venue that has become the epitome of the ILK collective during festivals. By the labor of a persistent fan these recordings eventually fell in the hands of the band who instantly recognized the magic of the performance. It was something quite unique and now it has made its way on to this album.
The four band members have been playing for years in the larger ensemble Anderskov Accident, but came together for their first quartet performance on July 13, 2014, which resulted in their debut recording: ZAKS Live at 5e.
Jesper Zeuthen - sax
Jacob Anderskov - piano
Rune Kielsgaard - drums
Jeppe Skovbakke - bass
Buy the album here
Stefan Pasborg / Dawda Jobarteh duo - "Stefan Pasborg / Dawda Jobarteh duo" April 15, 2016 14:51
Stefan Pasborg / Dawda Jobarteh duo - "Stefan Pasborg / Dawda Jobarteh duo" is out today!
Versatile jazz drummer and master kora player team up in a unique duo-collaboration combining two different music cultures and creating a melting-pot of styles mixed together into an output based on their mutual love for strong rhythmical shapes, beautiful melodies and the pure energy in music.
Løvdal / Landæus / Danielsson / Gullotti - "Very Well Vol. 1" April 8, 2016 00:00
Løvdal / Landæus / Danielsson / Gullotti - "Very Well Vol. 1" is out!
This is the first release in a series from Jesper Løvdal, exploring the quartet format.