Montagsjazz: Jacob Anderskov’s KINETICS

Jacob Anderskov (p), Adam Pultz Melbye (b), Anders Vestergaard (dr)

…Contemporary Jazz / Odd Grooves & Explorative Interplay.


Jacob Anderskov Kinetics (The Path) [Habitable Exomusics Volume I]
New music composed by Jacob Anderskov.

Kinetics (the Path) is physical, abstract, sensual and energetic. On its own terms it balances between pulse and no pulse, between groove and creativity. Anderskov’s compositions might be more concerned with surface and tactility than on many of his recent releases. You may even ask yourself: Is this his take on making a blues album? Either way, the crucial things in the music are – as always – beat, flow, expressiveness and momentum.

(The title): 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 subtitle) The Path – which also relates to movement – opens the possibility of a more spiritual understanding of the body-in-motion metaphor. That a movement may be a journey, inner or outer.

Anderskov has for many years primarily been working with artists from or above his own generation, but here he turns to two young musicians who could be (and have been) his students. Adam Pultz Melbye was one of the driving forces behind starting up the record company Barefoot Records. He lives in Berlin and has played with Peter Brötzmann, Paul Lovens, Frank Gratkowski, Tony Buck & Mark Sanders. Anders Vestergaard is young enough to have come of age to the sound of Anderskov Accident. Today, he is everywhere on the experimental Scandinavian scene, including Yes Deer, Bravura in the Face of Grief, Boujeloud, Jesper Zeuthen, Michael Rexen, etc.

“Over the last decade or so, pianist Jacob Anderskov has emerged as one of the most exciting and original voices … deeply modern…”
– Down Beat, November 2010.

“Few musicians embody the exciting growth of the Danish improvised music scene over the last couple of decades better than pianist Jacob Anderskov, a true musical polymath whose work has vibrantly expanded the sonic landscape of Copenhagen.”
– Peter Margasak, Down Beat, March 2013

Jacob Anderskov

Jacob Anderskov has as pianist, band leader and composer been described as “belonging to the most extraordinary artists of contemporary music” (Jazz Podium, Germany, May 2010), and has received numerous awards, latest “Danish Jazz Composer of the Year 2013” at Danish Music Awards Jazz.

Anderskov’s music moves effortlessly between improvisation, new music, jazz, and also draws on folklore and classical. It’s clean and dirty. It’s grand and simplistic. It’s unshakable and highly present.

Anderskov has released around 25 albums as bandleader. He has received numerous awards and has been hailed by the international press as an outstanding voice in contemporary music. Anderskov has performed in most countries in the western hemisphere with his own projects. His oeuvre encompasses everything from improvised works in small groups to almost thoroughly composed material for larger ensembles, and from activities routed in the diverse traditions he is coming out of, as well as music obviously moving beyond these traditions.

Among the bands that Jacob Anderskov has previously been forming and leading are ANDERSKOV ACCIDENT, AGNOSTIC REVELATIONS, JACOB ANDERSKOV’s STRINGS PERCUSSION & PIANO, JACOB ANDERSKOV TRIO (in different versions over the years) & JACOB ANDERSKOV SOLO. Anderskov has performed and recorded with numerous outstanding musicians including Michael Formanek, Chris Speed, Airto Moreira, Tom Rainey, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Gerald Cleaver, Paul Lovens, among many others.

In Anderskov’s new band KINETICS, he has turned to a new generation of musicians, once again marking a new chapter in his music.

Photo by Victor Hideo SESC Brazil 2012

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