Phronesis added to Sounds of Denmark festival at Pizza Express Jazz Club

Phronesis, one of Europe’s most exciting and dynamic piano trios, are set to make a very rare London club appearance on Saturday 17 September as part of the weeklong Sounds of Denmark mini-festival that runs from 16 to 22 September at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho. Featuring Danish bassist Jasper Høiby, Norwegian/Swedish drummer Anton Eger and British pianist Ivo Neame, the group will play two shows that night, performing material from their most recent album Parallax, which was released in May and marks their tenth anniversary together. The news of Phronesis completing the diverse bill also comes after it was also announced that keyboardist Morten Schantz (who kicks off the festival on 16 September), has signed to Edition Records and will release his debut album, Godspeed, in early 2017.

In what will be his debut UK appearance by emerging keyboard star Shantz and his Godspeed group fuse driving beats, accessible melodies and deep synth sounds, all laced with improvisation, updating the rich electronica of Weather Report for a new generation. The group’s UK debut gig will feature Shantz on keys, Anton Eger on drums and top Brit-jazz saxophonist Julian Argüelles who appears instead of Marius Neset who plays on the album.  

Other names to watch out for include rich-toned tenor saxophonist Jan Harbeck and his Quartet; piano/sax/guitar trio Maniscalco/Bigoni/Solborg in special collaboration with revered British sax titan Evan Parker; vocal/double bass set-up Sinne Eeg & Thomas Fonnesbæk Duo and a double bill of the poetically spaced-out piano trio Hess/AC/Hess Spacelab, and their frenetic jazz/electronic dance band alter-ego, Hess Is More, both featuring drummer Mikkel Hess (see the September issue of Jazzwise for an exclusive interview with Hess). Also appearing are punky, hard-swinging trumpet/sax-led four-piece MAdHAs, and the bewitching singer Cathrine Legardh in a duo with celebrated Scottish pianist Brian Kellock.

The full line up is as follows: Morten Schantz Godspeed featuring Julian Argüelles and Anton Eger (16 Sept); Sinne Eeg & Thomas Fonnesbæk Duo, plus Cathrine Legardh & Brian Kellock Duo (lunchtime); Phronesis (evening,17 Sept); Hess/AC/Hess Spacelab (lunchtime) and Hess Is More (evening, 18 Sept); Maniscalco/Bigoni/Solborg featuring guest Evan Parker (19 Sept); Simon Toldam Trio plus MAdHAs (20 Sept); Jan Harbeck Quartet (21 Sept) and Girls in Airports (22 Sept).


– Mike Flynn
Photo by Peter van Breukelen

For more info and tickets visit www.pizzaexpresslive.com/sounds-of-denmark

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