PRESS RELEASE – 7th July 2016
Edition sign Danish pianist, keyboardist and composer Morten Schantz with his new heavyweight trio featuring Anton Eger and Marius Neset.
We’re very pleased to announce that pianist, keyboardist and composer Morten Schantz is about to bring his hi-octane, heavyweight new album ‘Godspeed’ to Edition Records, the home of innovative European music.
A founder member of the award-winning pan-Scandinavian group JazzKamikaze, Schantz hits with a fantastic new band featuring long-term collaborators and original JazzKamikaze members Anton Eger (Norway/Sweden) on drums and Marius Neset (Norway) on saxophones.
With ‘Godspeed’ the trio idiosyncratically stamp their bold imprint on the music in typically dynamic and imperious fashion creating music full of euphoric riffs and blissful melodic hooks.
Utilising an impressive array of electronics with all the predictable skill and virtuosity at their command this trio generate some of the most vibrant music to burst onto the European jazz scene in recent times.
Founder of Edition, Dave Stapleton said “On my first listen to Morten’s album, I was immediately drawn to the compelling and exciting nature of his music. Of course, the playing demanded the highest virtuosity and skill, but it was compositional power, intricacies and rhythmical complexities that commanded my attention. The Edition team is very excited to work with Morten and help him to build a wider international audience.”
Morten Schantz added “I can’t wait to become part of the Edition family. I’ve worked with and followed many of the label’s artists and I’m excited to be part of their story and ambition and looking forward to becoming involved with an already world class group of musicians!”
Those familiar with the work of Eger and Neset (from Phronesis and Marius’ own groups) can expect the usual fireworks, but add the compositional talent and individual skills of Schantz and this trio assumes even greater prominence, bursting at the seams with energy and spirit. It won’t be long before Morten is demanding in his own right the kind of attention the likes of Anton and Marius have garnered in previous years. ‘Godspeed’ is Weather Report (in its original and most creative form) for the techno generation.
Morten Schantz will perform at the Sounds of Denmark, a week-long Danish Jazz festival at Pizza Express Soho, London on 16th November 2016.
FRIDAY 16 TH SEPTEMBER Show Time 9:00pm / Doors Open 7:30pm
with Julian Argüelles and Anton Eger