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Jasper Høiby | Planet B

Jasper Høiby releases his new solo project and album in March 2020 with a monumental ambition, vision and message and kick starts the release of an arc of four albums over the next five years. Each album focuses on four global topics of vital importance – Humanity, Climate Change, Artificial Intelligence and Monetary Reform. Planet B, the project title and title of the first album, is a mix of deep, evocative, thought-provoking voice samples, loops, held together with the open, majestic interplay of three deeply intuitive and creative musicians – Jasper Høiby, saxophonist Josh Arcoleo & drummer Marc Michel.

Cat No: EDN1149 / EDNLP1149
Format: CD /LP / DN / Streaming
CD Barcode: 5060509790838
LP Barcode: 5060509790845
Release Date: 6th March 2020

Jasper Høiby, Bass and Electronics
Josh Arcoleo, Saxophone
Marc Michel, Drums

1 Story Of Self 4.08
2 Reimagine 5.43
3 Consciousness 5.30
4 Interconnectedness 4.56
5 Never Forgotten 5.19
6 The Dinosaur 2.20
7 We Didn’t Earn The Sun 3.59
8 Life Is A Gift 7.32
9 Never Give Up 3.30
10 Reimagine (Outro) 2.23

All music composed and arranged by Jasper Høiby except track 2, (melody by Josh Arcoleo) and track 3 composed by Jasper, Josh and Marc.

About Planet B

Planet B is the new project and title of the first of four albums that sees Danish composer and bassist open up big questions for everyone. Together with the fearless young British saxophonist Josh Arcoleo and adventurous French drummer Marc Michel, Jasper Høiby is shaping adventurous new music to prise open the narrow framework of political debate.

Planet B is shaped by a deeply personal plea that will be recognised by fans of Høiby’s powerful writing for Phronesis and Fellow Creatures. Ecology and justice have long been in his thinking and his music. Planet B pulls this into the open with real conviction: “At this point in time its gotta be about more than making music for music’s sake. Planet B is a conversation about who we are as a people today, how we exist in relation to this earth and to each other, and where we want to go from here. Let us be inspired together and explore what a reimagining of this planet can be.”

Translated into music, Planet B dives into the unknown and embraces each moment with shimmering, fluid, composed and improvised soundworlds that interact with speech samples from some of the brightest, most inspiring thinkers – past to present.  It makes for a dialogue on themes such as ecology, climate and human interconnectedness.

“Debates about money, technology and the environment can feel dry and circular, with complex challenges reduced to catchphrases,” explains Høiby. “Our call is to ask deeper questions about ourselves. We’re creating honest, original music that appeals as much as it challenges. Planet B is alive and evolving and is meant to help us all open up and dig deep – as musicians and listeners.”

“Collectively, we have to think about the entire system, and about how we communicate as people. Now is the time to do that – and we all have our part to play.”

This is a Jazz album with a difference. At its core is the muscular writing that Phronesis fans have come to expect from Jasper Høiby. At the same time, it’s highly-developed art music. The evocative soundscapes, use of loops and ethereal improvisations form a suite of intensely beautiful music, exposing the raw and fundamental nature of the subjects being explored. The compositions offer a sweet balance of pace and depth, offering the listener a chance to absorb and reflect. This is evocative and highly thought-provoking music.

Produced by Jasper Høiby
Executive Producer Dave Stapleton
Recorded at Tornado Studio in Copenhagen in 2019
Mixed by August Wanngren
Mastered by Peter Beckmann at Technology Works studios, 2019

Front cover artwork by Tran Tuan Viet
Artwork design by Oli Bentley, Split

Voice Samples//

Charles Eisenstein
Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein – A Short Film

‘Anytime you wanna understand something. Why is such and such happening? Why is there a biodiversity crisis? Why are we drilling for more oil when its polluting the atmosphere and causing oil spills, why and you ask why? And down a couple of levels of why you always get to money. Yeah I talk a lot about the story of self that every culture has and it answers the question what are you? What is it to be human? So it says that you are this separate being among other separate beings, in a universe that is separate from yourself as well. Like, you are not me, that plant is not me, that’s something separate. And this story of self really creates our world. If you’re a separate self and there’s other separate selves out there and other species out there and the universe is fundamentally indifferent to you, or even hostile. Then you definitely want to control. You wanna be able to have power over other beings and over these whimsical arbitrary forces of nature that could extinguish you at any time. This story is becoming obsolete. It’s becoming no longer true. We don’t resonate with it anymore. And it’s actually generating crisis that is insoluble from the methods of control. And that’s what’s clearing the space for us to step into a new story of self and a new story of the people.’

’We didn’t earn any of the things that really keep us alive, or that make life good. We didn’t earn air, we didn’t earn being born, we didn’t earn our conception, we didn’t earn being able to breathe, we didn’t earn having a planet that can provide food, we didn’t earn the sun. So I think that on some level, people have this inborn gratitude, because on some level we know that we didn’t earn any of this we know that life is a gift.’

‘People are taking a stand and saying  – I do not wanna participate in a system that is destroying life on earth.. It doesn’t make sense. So I’m not gonna do it. That kind of refusal to comply. That kind of trust in values that embrace and serve life, that’s what we need on a mass level.’

Ram Dass (Richard Alpert)

‘If we could truly collaborate with our fellow man there would be enough to go around for the world’

The Power of Now – J Krishnamurti
Public Talk 2 by J.Krishnamurti, Brockwood Park, 1984

‘All of that consciousness is you.. And this consciousness.. is the consciousness of the rest of mankind.’
‘So this consciousness is shared by all human beings.’‘You are the entire humanity… you are the world, and the world is you.’

Grace Lee Boggs — A Century in the World
On Being with Krista Tippett

‘The opportunity that we now have to reimagine everything To reimagine work, to think of it as productive not only of things but of well being, to think of governance in a different way, to think of education in a different way. What an opportunity. What a time to be alive.’

John Lewis – Love in Action 
Julian Joseph (inspired by the words from civil rights activist John Robert Lewis)

‘We’re trying to appeal to the goodness of every human being. And you don’t give up. You never give up on anyone.’

‘You arrest me? You take me to jail? You almost kill me? But in spite of that, I’m gonna still love you.’

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