Anne Mette Iversen                 

Anne Mette Iversen

Anne Mette Iversen

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Danish bassist Anne Mette Iversen, has lived and worked out of New York City since 1998. Ms Iversen has fivereleases out as a leader, whereof two are double albums, and several tours in Europe and the US, incl. performances at esteemed European jazz festivals in her bag.

Ms. Iversen leads 5 groups. Her long running Anne Mette Iversen Quartet & Quartet +1, the new Ternion Quartet , the Poetry of Earth project and the group Double Life which consists of above-mentioned quartet+1 and the string quartet 4Corners.

Ms. Iversen has worked extensively as sideman and performed with world class musicians in and out of New York City.  She has curated and performed at events for the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington DC and for The Danish Consulate General in NYC. Ms. Iversen holds a BFA degree in Jazz Performance from The New School, NYC, and is a former classical piano major at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Denmark. Her work as a composer also expands to classical music and cross-over between jazz and classical; among others with recent works for choir, string group and jazz bass. She is a founder and current member of the musician’s organisation Brooklyn Jazz Underground.

Ms. Iversen is considered an important voice as a composer, leading the way for modern, contemporary jazz composition, and was 'Composer in Residence 2016' for Norrbotten Big Band (S).

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Anne Mette Iversen Quartet +1: Round Trip (2017)

Originally the meaning of ‘round trip’ was to return to the starting point via a different road. Anne Mette explains, “when I wrote the tune 'Round Trip’, it was about a deep and heartfelt wish I had to return to my two sons, who I had left in another country for a few days. As this album and this music came about, ‘round trip’ then became a key idea for the album. In the sense of coming home, it describes the feeling I have every time I play with this group. It refers to the many (round) trips we have taken together over the years, but also how much we have grown as a band, musicians and persons, and how we, no matter where each one of us is placed in the world, get together to make music and share our experiences. Even on a personal level I see the many round trips in our journey through life and music.” Round Trip is simply jazz on a high level, a feeling of unity and togetherness that can be otherwise hard to find. 

Ternion Quartet: Ternion Quartet (2017)

The Ternion Quartet plays music that is energetic and fun. Like fireworks; the music offers a tremendous display of colors and moods. Rooted in the tradition of jazz, swing and improvisation, the compositions give ample room for the virtuosic improvisers to express their creative personality; and with the experience, maturity and flexibility of the musicians the music can change direction on the fly and is constantly new, fresh and renewed again. Compositionally the music is based on a linear and horizontal concept, allowing the individual instruments' melodies to conduct the harmonic map, whenever that is desired. The aim is for the full emotional spectrum of being human to be expressed by these outstanding musicians and improvisers. 

Anne Mette Iversen Quartet: This Is My House (2006) & Many Places (2008) & Milo Songs (2011)

Anne Mette Iversen Quartet

Anne Mette Iversen Quartet

The Anne Mette Iversen Quartet has played and performed together for over eight years. Consisting of amazing musicians and improvisors; saxophonist John Ellis, pianist Danny Grissett and drummer Otis Brown III, plus Iversen herself, the band includes some of the most sought-after young musicians on the jazz scene today. Together they have recorded and released This Is My House, Best of the West + Many Places and Milo Songs that have all been unanimously received with high praise from all corners of the world. 

 

 

Double Life: So Many Roads (2014) & Best of the West (2008)

Double Life - So Many Roads

Double Life - So Many Roads

So Many Roads, the grand new album from bassist/composer Anne Mette Iversen's Double Life, to be released on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records on April 22, is a very personal recording for Iversen.  

The music on So Many Roads has the ability to conjure up and provoke emotions, feelings and vivid images.  In a word, it is picturesque.  Good art transforms within the listener, viewer or reader, to become a deeply personal experience and bring them on a journey as well.  "It is my hope that the art, the music, on this album is strong enough to give the listener an experience that sends them on their own personal journey; and therefore, in this context, my personal journey is irrelevant," commented Iversen. 

The music on So Many Roads is quite unique in that it utilizes a one-movement compositional form, and boasts an exquisite balance of integration and interaction between the string group and the jazz group.  Take note of the musicians’ excellent blend, and exchange of ideas and emotions.

Best of the West (2008)

Double Life - Best of the West

Double Life - Best of the West

In 2008 Ms. Iversen and Double Life released the 'jazz-symphony' "Best of the West" in 4 movements: East, South, West and North. This music expresses a variety in feeling and emotion that bring into attention the multifaceted world we live in; one which requires open-mindedness and a focus on communication between cultures as a central ingredient in our lives.

Unlike most meetings of jazz and classical music, where one style performs a subservient role, or both styles are diluted beyond recognition, "Best of the West" manages to present each group and style at it's most compelling, while illustrating the beauty of the interactive process and the mutual support.

"Best of the West" was featured on A Blog Supreme / NPR Jazz as part of the article "5 Great Works Of Modern Chamber Jazz" - alongside amazing musicians and composers Wayne Shorter, Brad Mehldau, Chico Hamilton and Dave Douglas.

The movement "West (Menuet)" was selected Song of the Day on NPR Music, in May 2008: 

"Few other arrangers can deter schmaltz when putting strings to swing. And even fewer possess her sense for dulcet harmonies and exquisitely developed form — the patient listener is rewarded with a probing, big-R Romantic, strings-only cadenza at the end. Rarer still is the mind that could put it all together in a way that proclaims itself as the work of an improvising musician. Beauty may be hard to find in jazz, but as Iversen proves, that doesn't mean it's dormant in familiar elements, waiting to be expressed."                                                                                   - Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR Music

Poetry of Earth: Poetry of Earth (double album) (2012)

Poetry of Earth

Poetry of Earth

On March 27, 2012, Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records released, Poetry of Earth, the newest musical creation from the heart, soul, and life of bassist/composer, Anne Mette Iversen. This double CD is a collection of art songs: eighteen English and Danish poems set to a unique combination of extended composition and jazz improvisation. The Poetry of Earth musicians; vocalists Maria Neckam & Christine Skou, pianist Dan Tepfer, John Ellis on tenor saxophone, clarinets and flute, and Iversen herself; are world-renowned as improvisers, and have each developed a personal sound and identity that they contribute selflessly for the realization of this singular music.

The Poetry of Earth project is very close to Iversen’s heart. The songs represent the profound outcome of an artist contemplating our existence and our relationship with nature. Iversen explains, “the overall theme for the music is nature. To me it’s obvious how nature is a big component in our lives; even if we live somewhat removed from it. Maybe because I have spent many years living in big cities and have also been able to spend extended periods of time in places where nature is especially beautiful or astonishing, and where the local lifestyle still relates to and depends on nature; the relationship between humans and nature has been emphasized and upgraded in my book. And speaking about nature I do not only mean the visible physical elements, I also think of the inner nature of our lives on earth and our existence.”

 

Album out April 2014

Album out April 2014

BJUR 041 Anne Mette Iversen's Double Life - So Many Roads (CD)
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Featuring Anne Mette Iversen Quintet and 4Corners string quartet with:

Anne Mette Iversen - bass and compositions
John Ellis - tenor and soprano saxophone
Peter Dahlgren - trombone
Danny Grissett - piano
Otis Brown III - drums
Tine Rudloff - violin
Sarah McClelland - violin
Anne Soren - viola
Mats Larsson - cello

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BJUR 025 Anne Mette Iversen Quartet - Milo Songs (CD)
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John Ellis - tenor saxophone & clarinet
Danny Grissett - piano
Anne Mette Iversen - acoustic bass & compositions
Otis Brown III - drums & cymbals

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BJUR 031 Anne Mette Iversen - Poetry of Earth (Double CD)
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Double album!
Maria Neckam - vocal
Christine Skou - vocal
Dan Tepfer - piano
John Ellis - tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute
Anne Mette Iversen - acoustic bass & compositions

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BJUR 002 Anne Mette Iversen - Double Life - Best of the West + Many Places (Double CD)
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Double album: One disc with quartet and one disc with tutti!
John Ellis - tenor and soprano saxophone
Danny Grissett - piano
Anne Mette Iversen - acoustic bass & compositions
Otis Brown III - drums & cymbal
4Corners string quartet 

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