The Danish saxophone player, composer and conductor Lars Møller is a leading Scandinavian jazz figure. After living in New York 1987-89, playing with a number of the legendary jazzmusicians, Lars Møller spend several prolonged periods in New Delhi in the early 90´s assimilating the highly emotional Indian classical music. As a composer he delicately combines his knowledge of the jazz tradition with the melodic Nordic tradition and a very broad awareness of the long history of European classical music.
In this new quartet Lars Møller combines his longtime and mature musical collaboration with guitarplayer Thor Madsen with one of the most outstanding, young and dynamic bass and drums teams in Europe - Robert Landfermann and Jonas Burgwinkel. The repertoire includes new tunes based on a creative ”quarter-tone” approach to the saxophone. The band has a unique blend of american influeces combined with a free an intuitive approach to collective improvisation.
Lars Møller, born 1966 in Copenhagen – tenor sax.
Student of David Liebman (85-89) and at New School, N.Y. (87-89). Studied Indian Classical music in New Delhi (89-93). As a bandleader he has played and recorded with Jimmy Cobb, NHØP, Billy Hart, Geri Allen, Buster Williams, John Abercrombie etc. and released 8 CD’s including grammy awarded ”Kaileidoscope” 2000. As a soloist he has performed with Hermeto Pascoal, Jon Balke, Bobo Stensson, Anders Jormin, Martial Solal, Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Tom Harrel, Toots Thielmans and Kasper Willaume. Member of The Danish Radio Big Band since 2002 (leave of absence 2006 to 2009). Works extensively as composer/conductor with The Orchestra (Big Band, Copenhagen), Brazilan Scandinavian Jazz Orchestra (Sao Paolo/Copenhagen 2006-7), EBU Big Band/EYJO (2007). DR Big Band. Awarded the presigeous 3 year grant from The Danish Arts Council 2006.
Thor Madsen, born 1970 in Chicago – guitar.
Degree from Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium 1998, Copenhagen and studied with Wolfgang Muthspiel, David Liebman, Kenny Werner and George Garzone in N.Y.
Played/reforded internationally with Nublu Orchestra, Butch Morris, Graham Haynes, Kenny Wollesen, Jesse Murphy, Avi Bortnick, New York based “Lemon” and “Wax Poetic”, Sarah Grabow, Fredrik Lundin, Jeppe Saugman aka. Abdullah S. and Trine-lise Væring.
Working extencively as a producer including, Norah Jones and Erik Truffaz. Work a a composer includes the danish feature film Guldhornene (2007). Lives in Copenhagen / N.Y.
Robert Landfermann, born 1982 in Oberwinter near Bonn – bass.
Studied with Dieter Manderscheid and others in Cologne.
Played internationally with Charlie Mariano, Markus Stockhausen, Joachim Kühn, Simon Nabatov, Rudi Mahal, John Taylor, Claudio Puntin, Axel Dörner, Jiggs Wigham, John Schröder, Rhani Krija and Paul Heller.
Can be heard on a number of recordings on lables like ACT, Enja, DoubleMoon, Frantic Loops Records, CMO and Blue Concept.Lives in Cologne.
Jonas Burgwinkel, Born in Aachen 1981.
Studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston with Ralph Peterson and Jamey Haddad. Played and recorded internationally with Mark Murphy, Lee Konitz, Antonio Farao, John Taylor, Nils Wogram, Gerd Dudek, Phil Harper, Jasper Blom and others. Lives in Cologne.
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