Meet Anne Mette Iversen: A former student in classical piano at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Iversen went on to study bass for four years at the Rhythmic Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark, and graduated in 2001 from The New School University with a BFA degree in Jazz Performance.
Iversen has resided in New York City for nine years. During this time, in addition to leading her own groups, she has performed with many prominent artists. Iversen also freelances in many diverse settings, including classical orchestras. To say that she is thoroughly trained and experienced in many musical languages is an understatement.
As a composer Iversen has developed her own unique and personal style that has come out of a talent for unifying jazz music with European classical music. Iversen has received several grants from the Danish Art Foundation, among others, to reward and encourage her work.
Your sound and approach to music: Find your own voice and speak with it.
The first Jazz album I bought was: Ella Fitzgerald, Singing the Duke Ellington Songbook
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? Honesty in and to the music.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Making it known to young people/children.
What is in the near future? Presenting new music with my quartet in June, at Urban Meadow in Red Hook and at The Jazz Gallery. Performances on Aarhus International Jazz Festival (Denmark) and Pori Jazz Festival (Finland) in July, with various groups.
I am also Music Director/Organist at West Side Presbyterian Church in Englewood, where we are planning a jazz concert series for the fall of '09.
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!