New impro trio arrived: Norwegian/Danish The Living Room

The Living Room.I am really excited to have this trio with me to Jazz Ahead as in the year to come. The trio is feat. Some of the most exciting talents from the Scandinavian jazzscene.  They released their latest album "Still Distant Still"  on ILK MUSIC in november 2011. An album receiving really good press, and still building up. 

Torben Snekkestad has explored vast areas of music in a conscious and open-minded way. Ranging from classical playing with the Copenhagen Saxophone Quartet and as a featured soloist with symphony orchestras and sinfoniettas to alternative jazz and improv with London Improvisers Orchestra, the ECM featured Trygve Seim Ensemble and the Danish free jazz group Spring, he has performed with artists like Barry Guy, Andrea Parkins, Koichi Makigami, Evan Parker, Jon Balke and Cikada String Quartet. 
"Conic Folded is a fully formed collection of saxophone and improvisational mastery" - Allaboutjazz (US) on Torben Snekkestad`s solo album "Conic Folded" (ILK 153CD)

Thomas Strønen is one of Norway´s most prolific drummers, known from his involvement with Food (with Iain Ballamy), Humcrush (with Ståle Storløkken), Parish (with Bobo Stenso), Pohlitz (solo), Maria Kannegaard Trio and other projects where he often takes on the role of composing, arranging and sometimes producing. Thomas Strønen is a featured recording artist for both ECM and Rune Gramofon.
“Immaculately produced, with each percussive hit and textural fleck seeming to exist in a sonic environment all its own, the album has a sensuality and spaciousness that is utterly irresistible” - The Wire (UK) on Thomas Strønen's “Pohlitz” CD

Since Søren Kjærgaard won the Nordic Young Jazz competition in 2000 and Danish Radio Jazz Prize in 2004, he has grown to be one the leading voices of the vibrant Danish jazz scene, performing internationally with a.o. Fred Frith, Peter Brötzman, Herb Robertson, Tim Berne, Michael Blake and Jim Black. He has released eight albums as a leader on ILK including three albums with his critically acclaimed trio featuring bassist Ben Street and iconic drummer Andrew Cyrille.
“Kjærgaard is a rising talent worthy of inevitable acclaim. Those looking for a new voice on the keys would be advised to delve further into his ever growing discography” - Cadence Magazine

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