LARS MØLLER Composer, saxophone player, conductor.
Background and artistic profile:
The Danish saxophone player, composer and conductor Lars Møller (b. 1966) is a leading Scandinavian jazz figure. After living in New York 1987-89, playing with a number of 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 American jazz tradition with the melodic Nordic tradition and a very broad awareness of European classical music. He is a truly contemporary jazz composer and musician, who easily includes electronica, choir and world infuences in his music. The result is a unique lyrical and forceful personal expression. As artistic director of Aarhus Jazz Orchestra fom 2012 to 2015, he successfully developed this professional bigband (supported by the Danish arts Counsil) in to a creative voice of the 21st century - most notably on the “ReWrite of Spring” CD feat, David Liebman and Marilyn Mazur.
Saxophonist: He has played/recorded with Jimmy Cobb Group, Hermeto Pascoal, Jon Balke, Bobo Stensson, Anders Jormin, Martial Solal, Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Tom Harrel, Toots Thielmans, Katrine Madsen, Kasper Villaume Quartet, Sound of Choice Ensemble, The Danish Saxophone Quartet (“classical”) 2005-9 and various other Danish artists. He has performed regularly as a solo-player with The Danish Radio Big Band since 2002. He has also worked as a composer and soloist with leading Danish and European orchestras including European Broadcasting Union Big Band, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra and Athelas Sinfonietta, Copenhagen.
Composer and conducter: He has worked with EBU Big Band, Danish Radio Big Band, The Slovenian Radio Big Band and Choir, The Croatian Radio Big Band, Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and various Scandinavian Big Bands, Orchestras and Choirs. Performances in Europe, USA, China and Brazil. Artistic director of The Orchestra (Copenhagen) from 1997 to 2011.
Lars Møller quartet: In 2008 Lars Møller formed a Danish/German quartet with Thor Madsen (guitar), Robert Landfermann (bass) and Jonas Burgwinkel (drums). Previously he has released 9 CD’s in his own name with Geri Allen, Buster Williams, Billy Hart, NHØP, Jimmy Cobb, John Abercrombie and others. He has performed with his bands in Europe, China, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and at the Blue Note in New York.
Lars Møller Big Band CD’s:
-“ReWrite of Spring” w. Aarhus Jazz Orchestra feat David Liebman and Marily Mazur, DaCapo 2015.
-“Episodes” w The Orchestra, Calibrated Records 2011.
-European Youth Jazzorchestra /EBU Big Band 2008/9.
-Brasilian Scandinavian Jazz Orchestra w Magno Bissoli and The Orchestra. Axis 2007.
-DR Big Band and Jomi Massage: Skandinaviske klagesange”. Playground 2006.
-The Orchestra: “Beats and Big Band” Cope/Calibrated 2003.
-The Orchestra: “New Skies” DaCapo 2001.
-The Orchestra: “Noxx” DaCapo 1998.
-The Orchestra: “Smoke Out” db 1996.
Lars Møller “smallgroup” CD’s:
-“Phobia” Stunt 2010 w. Thor Madsen, Robert Landfermann and Jonas Burgwinkel.
-“Jazzpar concerts” Stunt 2004. w Geri Allen, Buster Williams and Billy Hart.
-“Centrifugal” Stunt Records 2001. STUCD 01142
-“Kaleidoscope” NAXOS/JAZZ (86022-2) – Grammy Award 2000 (DK), best Jazz-CD.
-”Colours”, Stunt Records 1997. STUCD 19711 with John Abercrombie.
-”Circles” Stunt Records 1996. STUCD 19611
-”Cross Current” Stunt Records 1995. STUCD 19504 grammy-nominated.
-"Pyramid" Stunt Records 1993, Grammy-nominate. STUCD 19302 with Billy Hart.
-"Copenhagen Groove" Stunt Records 1989. STUCD 18902 with N.H.Ø.P. and Jimmy Cobb.
-Special award from the Danish Arts Counsil for the CD “Episodes” 2011.
-1 Prize for best Big Band Composition. International Jazz Composers’ Symposium in 2008.
-3 year work grant from “The Danish Arts Counsil” 2006.
-Jazzpar bandleader 2003 w Geri Allen, Buster Williams and Billy Hart.
-The Danish Grammy for best CD 2000 (Kaleidoscope – NaxosJazz).
-The JASA award 2000 (critics and journalists).
-The honorary prize from The Danish Jazz, Beat and Folk Composers Society in 1998.
Education: -BFA in jazz from New School 1987-89, New York - apprentice of David Liebmann 85-90. -Indian classical music (New Delhi 1989-93).Several prolonged periods, studying the “Shenei”. -Composers Workshop with Bob Brookmeyer, Copenhagen 1996-98 -Conducting 2002-05 with Frans Rasmussen, Morten Schuldt Jensen. -Counterpoint etc. from 2005-06.
Jazzpar Concerts 2003 with Geri Allen, Buster Williams and Billy Hart.
1994-2001 Lars Møller Group with Jacob Christoffersen (piano), Thomas Ovesen (bass) and Ole Theill (tablas
Concerts in USA (Blue Note, New York oct. '99), China (Beijing Music Festival oct '98), Australia, New Zeeland, Hong Kong, Canada,
Russia, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Iceland and Denmark.
Own groups with John Abercrombie, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Hart, Thomas Clausen, Alex Riel, Mads Vinding, Jesper Lundgård.
TV, Cable and Radio appearrences in Europe, China, India and USA.
Co-leader of Beats & Big Band and The Orchestra
Conductor of Tip Toe Big Band
Featured soloist with
Jimmy Cobb Sextet (New York)
Hermeto Pascoal Group
Kaspar Willaume Quartet
Katrine Madsen Quintet
Sound of Choise
Monday Night Big Band
The Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra
European Broadcasting Union Big Band
Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra
Klüvers Big Band.
Resident of New York from
1987 to 1989
Club appearances at:
Jazzcenter of New York,
Jimmy Cobb Grop,
Holmes Brothers (blues band)
and Sahib Shihab Big Band.
Work as a composer includes
Grammy for best Jazz-CD in Denmark 2000 (Kaleidoscope - NaxosJazz)
JASA-award 2000 given by The Danish Jazz media Society (Critics etc.).
Honorary prize from Danish Jazz Beat and Folk Authers Society (DJBFA) 1998.
Member of "Den 3. Vej" (Composer-group/ Orchestration workshop).
Graduate from 2 year composers-workshop with Bob Brookmeyer , Copenhagen 1998.
Graduate (BFA) from New School, New York 1989.
Studied Indian classical music on the reed-instrument "shanei", New Delhi winters
Close apprentice of David Liebman from age 17 to 22.
First public performance as a pianoplayer at age 9.
Currently teaching at The Rythmic Conservatory, Copenhagen.