Friday, February 3, 2017

Benita Haastrup Trio - Going North (GATEWAY MUSIC 2017)

This trio plays music from the heart and finds its rhythmic and poetic power in the many moods, sounds and dynamics that bind us together as human beings. The musical universe of this trio is in constant development and expansion and is inspired by more than 30 years of artistic creation at festivals, in venues and studios around the world – and evey single concert and recording adds new chapters to this journey!

For more than three years now, I have had the great fortune of working with two of Denmark most brilliant jazz musicians and improvisers: Kaare Munkholm on vibraphone and Jens Skou Olsen on doublebbass.

Together the trio has toured extensively in Norway and Denmark – more than three monts on the road each year! – and this has made the trio one of the most tight units ever. The new trio release GOING NORTH coming up this fall showcases this music inspired by the wast nature and people of the high North – 2017 will be another year focusing on this trio…! Here is a short presentation of the members of the trio:

Jens Skou Olsen
Jens plays violoncello and doublebass and has laid down the steady, deep bass floor in every music conceivable – playing, touring and recording with among others Bob Moses, Lee Konitz, Chris Cheek, John Tchicai, Horace Parlan, Marilyn Mazur, Marie Bergman, David Murray, Etta Cameron, Kenny Drew, Harry Beckett, Gregory Hutchinson, Finn Ziegler, Andy Sheppard, Muhal Richard Abrahms, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Hank Jones. Jens is also a writer and P.hd. from Roskilde University.

Benita Haastrup, drums & percussion – is formally trained at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory 1992. She has received the Ben Webster Prize 1998, The Sunset Jazz Hornbaek Prize 2007 for “an outstanding effort in Danish Jazz as a drummer, percussionist and composer”. Finally Benita was awarded a Danish Music Award 2012. Benita has played everything from swing to avant garde, african drum music, classical music, soul, folk, latin…and her creative and colorful drumming is inspired by all creative expressions in our world culture.

Kaare Munkholm
Kaare is one of Denmark’s busiest vibraphonists – he plays with a wide range of Danish and international artists and bands such as Tango orkestret, Gustav Ljunggren, Emil de Waal and Afengin. Kaare is a virtuoso, he is an inspired, innovative and very versatile artist and he always adds new dimensions to the music – vitality, beauty and sharp rhythmic landscapes. He graduated from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen 1992.

Going North
Nordland Moods
Soft Stone
Flowing Flying Drumming
Even Wind
Skrova Up Down
Look Up Stars
I dreamt A Dream
Snow Flow

Kaare Munkholm, vibraphone
Jens Skou Olsen, bass