Klingra trio live from Faroe Islands

Last weekend we had the opportunity to perform a show during Vetrarjazz (Winterjazz) in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. We did the show in a trio format, with Dánjal on piano and vocals, Heðin playing his setup of modular synths, lap steel, guitar, electronics etc, and yours truly on the second piano, syntheziser and Moog bass.

We did a livesession for the national radio as well and due to quarantine restrictions, it wasn’t possible for us to come to the radio, but we made a setup from a house near by from where we streamed it live. Here’s a video from that:

Afenginn shows cancelled – new Klingra trio show

Last week the restrictions were prolonged until end of February here in DK and we had to postpone three Afenginn shows that were scheduled for “Winterjazz” in week 6 around the country. I’ve been looking very much forward to playing these concerts together with the good old Afenginn crew, but hopefully we’ll get a chance later in the year. Hopefully!!

At the moment cultural events are happening on the Faroe Islands, and our brand new ensemble Klingra will do a show in Tórshavn on Feb 27th. We’ll perform as a trio with Dánjal, Heðin and yours truly as the lineup. That’ll be exciting!

Music for piano and electronics

Last weekend I got the opportunity to play a house concert at a private event in Copenhagen. I did it together with Roma, who also does the sound and electronics in both Afenginn and Klingra – aaaand we share a house, so it was pretty staright forward to get this started. And it also grew into a pretty big setup with piano, electronics, multilayer looping, alto horn, etc…I’ve been working on a project for solo piano for some time and have a good amount of material for this, so it was really cool to get it played live in this setup. It was so much fun and we’ve been scheduling both rehearsals and recordings to continue down this path. Another new page to investigate!

New band: Klingra

Based on the album “Klingra”, which is the latest album from Afenginn, I’ve decided to start a new band that will focus on the musical expression and direction from that album. The band is also called Klingra. It means “circle” in faroese. The members are all musicians that I’ve worked with before in Afenginn and on the Klingra album.

I’ve been writing on this in the second half of 2020 and the music to the first album is now done. I’m very excited about getting this going!

www.klingra.dk

Carl Prisen 2017!!

Two nominations to Carl Prisen 2017

A few days ago I received a phone call from Carl Prisen 2017 letting me know that I am so lucky to be nominated for two awards. “Composer of the Year” in the Roots category and “Talent of the Year”. I feel very honoured by this recognition of my work! The award show is on April 24th – fingers crossed!

See all the nominees at: http://musikforlaeggerne.dk/de-nominerede-til-carl-prisen-2017-er-nu-offentliggjort/

Four Danish Music Awards!

This has been a crazy week for me. A week ago I attended the Danish Music Awards – Folk, where I was nominated as “Best Composer” and Afenginn’s OPUS as “Best release” – and received both awards!

Then a week later we were nominated in Danish Music Awards – World for OPUS again: “Composer of the Year”, “Live-act of the Year” and “Album of the Year”and received the two first ones. So two composer awards, best live act and best album for OPUS. I’m very honoured and proud!

Thanks a lot!

Arrangements on new Aske Jacoby album

The fabulous Aske Jacoby has a new album out! It is called Luna Plena Super Me and was released by Sony Music on April 16th this year. I had the big honor to write string and brass arrangements on a couple of tunes on the album and I’m really happy, impressed and a bit blown away by the whole album actually. It’s really really good and the productions is just amazing! Tony Scherr on bass, legendary Jim Keltner on drums and Aske Jacoby on guitar and vocals + guests here and there. It’s available on vinyl and CD here

Thumbs up, it’s worth every penny!

Composer’s grant from Danish Arts Foundation!

I have received a grant from the Danish Arts Foundation for continuous compositional work over the next year. I am very happy and grateful for this honor and will keep doing my best and working on new music. The road as a self-employed composer/musician is uncertain most of the time, and getting a grant really is a big help in the day to day financial struggle. Grateful, happy, inspired and proud!