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Lotte Anker

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Lotte Anker was born 1958 in Copenhagen. As a child and young she studied classical piano but took up the saxophone and improvised music in 1980, primarily influenced through the music of John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter but also the more experimental jazzscene in Scandinavia at that time. She has studied music at the Copenhagen University from 1980-84 and par-ticipated in several courses and workshops lead by e.g.: Joe Henderson, David Liebman, John Tchicai, Marilyn Mazur, David Murray. As a composer she is mostly selftaught but has a degree in composition from Rhytmic Conservatory, Cph. Compositionclass led by Bob Brookmeyer as well as danish contemporary composers such as Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgren, Svend Hvidtfeldt-Nielsen, Hans Abrahamsen. Lotte Anker has played in various danish/scandinavian groups e.g.: Marilyn Mazurs “Primi Band" ,Two Bass-Hit, Saxmachine (saxophonequartet), Jazzgroup 90, Art-Out, Marilyn Mazurs “Summerquartet” etc

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Week Of Surprise 2021

Read "Week Of Surprise 2021" reviewed by Martin Longley


Week Of Surprise Stadtgarten/Christuskirche Cologne, Germany October 11-16, 2021 In the usual times, Week Of Surprise would be Night Of Surprise, with all of its sonic wonderment compressed into a kaleidoscopically overlapping sequence, where chance encounters were actively encouraged. In virus times, a more sober incarnation came into ...

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Aurelijus Užameckis: Signals

Read "Signals" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius


Signals is a debut solo album from one of the most promising Lithuanian double bassists, Aurelijus Užameckis, who recently graduated from Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. He is a member of jazz rock band Džiazlaif and also a leader of the international ensemble, The Young Immigrants. During his career Užameckis has shared the stage ...

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Article: Album Review

Hernâni Faustino: Twelve Bass Tunes

Read "Twelve Bass Tunes" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It may come as a bit of surprise to learn Twelve Bass Tunes is the first solo recording by Portuguese musician Hernâni Faustino. Having already been heard as the anchor in the stellar RED Trio, Rodrigo Amado's Wire Quartet, José Lencastre's Nau Quartet and with musicians such as Lotte Anker, Jon Irabagon and Ernesto Rodrigues, to name ...

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Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Fred Frith

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Fred Frith" reviewed by Martin Longley


The Moers Festival in Germany celebrates its 50th anniversary during this year's edition, between 21st and 24th of May. The English guitarist Fred Frith was always a frequent player at this festival, particularly during the 1980s, whether with Massacre, Skeleton Crew or playing bass with John Zorn's Naked City. In comparatively more recent years, he appeared ...

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Benoit Delbecq: The Weight of Light

Read "The Weight of Light" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Parisian pianist & composer Benoît Delbecq has not recorded a solo album in more than a decade. His collaborations are with impressive company including Tim Berne, Tom Rainey, Lotte Anker, Mark Turner, Steve Argüelles, Gerald Cleaver, Marc Ducret, Gerry Hemingway, Mary Halvorson, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Kris Davis. It is Davis' Pyroclastic Records that Delbecq calls ...

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Patrick Brennan/Maria do Mar/Ernesto Rodrigues/Miguel Mira/Hernâni Faustino/Abdul Moimême: The Sudden Bird of Waiting

Read "The Sudden Bird of Waiting" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Portuguese violist Ernesto Rodriques has appeared as a leader/co-leader on almost two-hundred recordings. He has recorded with The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, the Luso-Scandinavian Avant Music Orchestra, and several other ensembles. Rodriques was in Lisbon in 2018 when Portuguese native Abdul Moimême and American saxophonist Patrick Brennan were recording their duo venture Terraphonia (Creative Sources Recordings, 2019). ...

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Article: Jazzin' Around Europe

The alpine Saalfelden 2019 experience

Read "The alpine Saalfelden 2019 experience" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Saalfelden? For those who don't already know, it is a small Austrian town in a magnificent alpine landscape in the Pinzgau, 70 km west of Salzburg, famous for its jazz festival in August and January and popular as a vacation and sport area. Character The festival has a great 40-years history having built a ...

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Joao Lencastre: Parallel Realities

Read "Parallel Realities" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Portuguese drummer João Lencastre titled his release Parallel Realities because upon initial listening you might get a notion this music is tether-less free improvisation. But upon further spins, an order appears from the farrago. How that order is generated is, well, the magician's art of pulling a rabbit from his hat. Parallel Realities follows ...

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Article: Album Review

Thomas/Butcher/Solberg: Fictional Souvenirs

Read "Fictional Souvenirs" reviewed by John Sharpe


Free improvisers favor ephemeral lineups more than most musicians. They keep things fresh and present new challenges. But most improvisers are also fond of particular groupings or connections. That's definitely the case with the British pairing of saxophonist John Butcher, keyboardist and electronicist Pat Thomas and Norwegian drummer Stale Liavik Solberg. They have worked together in ...


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