Søren Gemmer – Musician/Composer

Interview

Italian magazine Musica Jazz has published an extended interview of SG by Alceste Ayroldi. It covers The Lark, At First, authors John Steinbeck and Peter Watson, Arvo Pärt, and the difference between modern jazz in the US and Europe among many other things.

Mikkelborg

SG will be appearing with the Danish Radio Big Band and Palle Mikkelborg, alongside Marilyn Mazur & Helen Davies, at a one-time-only performance of the concert 'Welcome Ofelia' during the CPH Jazz Festival 2016

Reviews

The Lark released to highly favourable reviews: London Jazz News' Mike Collins among them: "Gemmer’s personality as a writer is stamped all over this set of arresting pieces that demand attention without ever shouting. The playing is effortless, always in service of the mood. An excellent set."

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The Lark - released February 2016

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Second album from Søren Gemmer. With a series of portraits fleshed out in melodic lines THE LARK unites personal experience and collective modern jazz exploration.

Released by WhyPlayJazz, the higly ambitious label for modern jazz and improvised music.

The Lark - Album Cover
"Gemmer’s personality as a writer is stamped all over this set of arresting pieces that demand attention without ever shouting. The playing is effortless, always in service of the mood. An excellent set. "

Mike Collins, London Jazz News (UK)

"It’s the kind of jazz that’s ripe with detail. Gemmer puts forth a range of ideas and succeeds in tying them together. [...] Søren Gemmer's 'The Lark' is a very strong and recommendable album."

Niels Overgård, Jazznyt (DK)

"...the overlapping ideas and motifs accumulate to a profound work of a mature and opinionated composer with a unique voice. Gemmer's affinity with La Cour is quite impressive and both sounding as expanding each other idea, playing in almost telepathic interplay."

Eyal Hareuveni - freejazzblog.org(ISR)

"The miniature portrait, Gemmer has created in Francis Poulenc's spirit, is almost frighteningly precise and shows a very virtuosic and sensitive Danish composer."

Peter H. Larsen - Jazz Special (DK)

"Gemmer has assembled a band that is both technically excellent and where the musicians also appear to enjoy playing together. This, alongside the high quality of the recording, contributes to the sense of space and dynamics in the music and makes for a highly enjoyable piece of modern jazz. Highly recommended."

Phil Barnes - AllAboutJazz (US)

"This is only the Danes second album, and I find myself imagining how far he might take it, considering the rapid development he is displaying here."

Marek Romanski - HiFi i Muzyka (POL)

Debut album at first

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"Søren Gemmer's combination of classical background and american jazz influence is a gem on new CD at first"

Philip Baron - host of Musiq3 on national radio in Belgium - RTBF

Nominated 'Best New Danish Jazz Artist' at Danish Music Awards Jazz 2013
JazzDanmark

“5/6 - Outstanding debut … (that) from an artistic viewpoint has the potential for an international breakthrough.”

Ivan Rod - Gaffa (DK)

"...it turns out, that we are dealing with one of the most promising debuts of recent years."

Marek Romanski - Audio-Video Magazine (POL)

At First' - Album Cover