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 five  releases 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 3 groups. Her long running Anne Mette Iversen Quartet, the Poetry of Earth project and the group Double Life which consists of above-mentioned quartet, the string quartet 4Corners and trombonist Peter Dahlgren.

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.  

www.annemetteiversen.com

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. They just finished recording the new Double Life album 'So Many Roads', and a new quartet album is also on it's way!

"Absolutely electrifying...adventurous tunes with plenty of room for superb solos." - The Rochester City Paper

"...this sharp outfit is definitely one to check out."    - Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

"With three [five] stellar albums already under her belt and a quartet that has remained intact for well over five [eight] years, Iversen has a certain vocabulary and meditation with this group that is unique among even the longest running quartets/ensembles." - Stephan Moore, JazzWrap

"Anne Mette Iversen is no longer an up and coming bassist/composer, she is part of the next standard in jazz"..."'Milo Songs' is a definite must listen for everyone." - Stephan Moore, JazzWrap

"A powerful artistic achievement, a jazz musician's/-composer's manifestation."           - GAFFA

"There's an amazing amount of variety in this inspired extrapolation on a child's inspiration. Interplay within the quartet is consistently alive on a high plane of delight and imaginative nerve." - The Indianapolis Star

"Child's Worlds with Iversen taking a solo might be the highpoint of this excellent set with Grissett and Ellis shining as well and Brown being terrific in pushing this performance forward." - In a Blue Moon.

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. 

So Many Roads was composed specifically for Iversen's group Double Life, which consists of her long running quartet, the Anne Mette Iversen Quartet, featuring John Ellis (soprano & tenor saxophone), Danny Grissett (piano), Otis Brown III (drums & cymbals) and special guest, the outstanding Swedish trombonist Peter Dahlgren, of the Norrbotten Big Band (who also appeared on the bassist's very first recording, On the Other Side, ten years ago); plus, the string quartet, 4Corners, featuring members of the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, who also appeared on Iversen's 2008 recording, Best of the West.

Iversen's band members always claim that the critically acclaimed bassist/composer has a quick turnaround time with her new recordings.  This may seem to be the case due to her unblinking dedication to her craft, her professionalism and her admirable skill at seeing a highly creative project through to accouchement.  However, So Many Roads has in fact been nearly five years in the making.  "I remember clearly when I first sat down and wrote the first notes in our apartment in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  It was the section that gave the thematic material which became the theme that connects the piece, and characterizes the entire musical journey," explained Iversen. 

So Many Roads, "started out with the idea of being a journey through a mythological world, an imaginary description of travel and related experiences, but it ended up being so closely connected to my own personal life and actually describing a very special period and special experience of my life instead," said Iversen.  One could say that a journey, as a theme, has been a part of Iversen's music all along, but So Many Roads became both a premonition and a resolution to 57 months of her own life instead of some fantasy world.  "During the protracted period of creating this album, the subject matter quickly changed from the imaginary to reality!," said 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.

The album opens with a solo bass statement (a way of leading the listener into the composer's universe), before the presentation of the main theme, which comes fully orchestrated and lush, and sets up the framework for the piece.  Out of the main theme grows new themes and songs with their own identities, orchestrated in various ways by selected combinations of the musicians from the jazz quintet and the string quartet.  One example is the lovely ballad, indicated on the physical disc by Chapter Three, which is played by trombone, string quartet and drums.  The music is also characterised by the many transitional sections/elements that serve to connect the piece, but also reveal their own identity.  The evolution of the music throughout the album takes you through states of uncertainty, peace, fun, beauty, stress, running the emotional gamut, similar to what one experiences in life. 

On So Many RoadsIversen sought to strike a fine balance between improvisation and composition, and between the jazz quintet and the string quartet.  The jazz quintet leads by their expertise with improvising, but are also given important written ensemble parts, which they perform equally well.  Conversly, the classical string players contribute to the jazz sections with a deep understanding of phrasing and rhythm.  A wonderful example is the strings' interaction with Otis Brown III during his solo towards the end of the piece.  The carpet they provide for him is full of playfulness and humor, and reflects a strong sense of mutual respect and enjoyment inherent in these musicians’ collaboration, which is apparent on and off the stage/studio.

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.

This theme is underlined in the music particularly in that the string-quartet and the jazz-quartet maintain their identity and individuality throughout the piece. 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 music was conceived while Iversen spent time at an artists’ residency in a thousand year old cloister on the cliffs of Italy’s Amalfi coast. The poems, from Romantic to contemporary, were all chosen as meditations on human nature, and the nature of the world around us. 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.”

Iversen’s music is paired with text from a variety of poetry, both English, and Danish (representing Iversen’s birthplace). “I was given some poems by Danish writer Svende Grøn, and the descriptions of nature, life and human emotions immediately resonated with me in a very meaningful way. Written in a somewhat isolated part of Denmark, Thy, these poems countered the busy city life that I live in New York. So I decided to set them to music, and that became the genesis of Poetry of Earth. I then expanded the poetry search and included English poetry as well; and the poems I chose for my project were, apart from a few, from the Romantic period. Obviously a main subject during this period was nature, so I was thoughtful about picking poems that still felt relevant to our lives in the 21st century.”

With Poetry of Earth Anne Mette Iversen uses poetry and music to explore the notion that when we learn to be present and in the moment, we are open for the inspiration, and the exchange that nature offers us. To contemplate that our experiences (joy, sorrow, pain, etc), also exist in the natural world around us, enriches our existence. Iversen explains, “nature is a guide, a source of inspiration, a source of consolation, a source of pleasure; simply, a source of life that we can draw on.

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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