During the Copenhagen Jazzfestival July 2017 I will be part of 2 different ensembles that both make their débuts presenting a lot of new and interesting music.
July 12th it’s the “Bebiandi – Postkort fra Mellemrummet” – a septet.
Paradise Jazzcafe, Huset 21:00
Lisbeth Diers, Thommy Andersson, Pernille Bévort and Signe Bisgaard are the 4 composers and band leaders.
4 composers create one concentrated musical idea – a postcard – and sends it to the other 3.
3 postcard are received by each composer that uses the postcards as inspiration for writing 3 new compositions.
7 musicians prepare and rehearse the music for the premiere.
12 new compositions with shared take-off will create an evening of music with a joint story.
Pernille Bévort: composition, tenor- and soprano saxophone, bass clarinet and alto flute; Fredrik Davidsson (S): trumpet/flugelhorn; Lisa Stick: (DE): trombone; Ida Nørholm: cello; Signe Bisgaard: composition, piano; Thommy Andersson: composition, bass; Lisbeth Diers: composition, perc/drums
This evening I will premiere 3 compositions: Bebiandi, Totur fra Vanløse and Kort og Godt
July 14th at Koncertkirken, Blågårds Plads 20 – 21 I’ll perform with the new Maluba Orchestra (Marilyn Mazur, Fredrik Lundin and Kasper Bai).
Fredrik Lundin (mezzosoprano- and tenor saxophone, flute and bass flute) Peter Fuglsang (alto saxophone, flute and clarinet) Pernille Bévort (tenor- and soprano saxophone, alto flute and bass clarinet) Jesper Løvdal (baryton saxophone, alto flute, clarinet and contrabass clarinet) Tomasz Dabrowski (trumpet and flugelhorn) Maj Berit Guassora (trumpet and flugelhorn) Mia Engsager (trombone) Annette Saxe (bass trombone and tuba) Kasper Bai (guitar and conducting) Makiko Hirabayashi (piano and keyboard) Klavs Hovman (double bass and electric bass) Emil de Waal (drums and electronics) Marilyn Mazur (percussion and conducting)
I’m very glad to see that my contribution to this new release is mentioned in this Cd review by Patrick Hadfield. “Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band” is a live recording from the DR Concert Hall with the Big Band featuring the legendary drummer Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones).
I was part of the DR Big Band on this project – called in with very short notice as a sub on the alto and soprano saxophones.
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want is taken fast and tight, with Presencer’s flugelhorn leading the melody over the band riffing. The Hammond-like organ creates a funky feel. Pernille Bevort extended solo on soprano sax ramps you the excitement to a climax”
Read the whole review here…
You can also listen to a couple of the tunes on Spotify:
You can’t always get what you want (me on sopsax solo among others):
Molasses (me on alto solo among others)
Here is a little video from our very nice concert at Paradise Jazzcafe in Copenhagen 15. feb. 2017. We play my tune “Tiny Hesitation” and it’s performed by my octet “Radio Bévort”:
I have updated my profile on the site All About Jazz.
Here you can find 2 interviews and several reviews from the archive.
The latest review was released december 28. 2016
“There’s long been the feeling that Bévort’s talents deserve greater acclaim and much wider exposure. Which Craft?, another compelling addition to her impressive discography, once more makes the case for Bévort as an original composer/arranger and a fine instrumentalist. Her craft, rooted in tradition yet of subtly contemporary outlook, is definitely worth tuning in to.”
– Ian Patterson
Link to my profile
“The many different instruments represented by her group, Radio Bévort, underline a rich palette of sounds where saxophones, flute, guitar, drums, piano and accordion contribute to a jazz sound that seems to draw inspiration from all around the world. For instance, “Nine is Fine” starts out with intimate tango-romanticism from Francesco Cali‘s accordion, but soon transforms into an advanced funk piece with polyphonic horn voices. ” –
The whole review: Review – Which Craft – By Jakob Baekgaard
The very first review of the new Cd “Which Craft?” arrived on the releaseday June 17th 2016.
Here is a short extract:
“It´s apparent that Bévort joyfully makes use of the different possibilities she has as composer and arranger when it comes to the many possible combinations of instruments in this ensemble. She shows both overview and reserve of strength. The release is a remarkable and particular delight”
It’s possible to read the whole review here (It’s in Danish) – Jazznyt.blogspot, Niels Overgård
The next review was published a few days later on June 21st 2016:
Here is a short extract:
“It´s a release that shows thought-through integrity and where the melodies are in focus…..the lovely «Heavy Feather» could almost sound like the score for a film…….Altogether «Which Craft?» is a fine release definitely worth listening to from a Danish musician that ought to have far more concerts booked in her calendar – not just in the Copenhagen area but also in Norway, Sweden and Finland”
It’s possible to read the whole review here (it’s in Norwegian):
– Salt-peanuts.eu, Jan Granlie
We played a wonderful concert during the jazzfestival with a special trio:
Bévort, Kjølby, Ankarfeldt.
It took place at Koncertkirken, Blågårds Plads – a very nice room with a great acoustic for this small line up – very transparent and a nice naturel reverb.
It’s possibly to see and hear some of it here
New release with Radio Bévort june 17th 2016
Label: Gateway Music
In 2011 bandleader Pernille Bévort released the double-Cd ”Perfect Organization” with her big ensemble Radio Bévort featuring the internationally recognized bandoneon player Marcelo Nisinman. This release received a lot of positive reviews:
”Bévort and Nisinman’s accomplishment is to merge tango and jazz in passionate embrace to the point where the seam fails to show. On Perfect Organization it sounds as if the two idioms were always meant for each other. What is perfect? Arguably nothing, but this is as close as it gets” – By Ian Patterson. Published on All About Jazz. Sep. 22nd 2011.
“..pictorial music saturated with emotion….it seems to keep on revealing beautiful and fascinating details”… – Thorbjørn Sjøgren, Jazzspecial June 2011
Now bandleader Pernille Bévort has written and arranged a string of new tunes for this colorful, interesting ensemble and this release is Pernille’s 10th release as bandleader/composer. You can find links to itunes etc under Discography…….
Radio Bévort is a colorful ensemble where different nationalities, inspirations and instruments meet. The compositions are inspired by diverse genres of music and indeed by life itself. In the music you can feel the flavor of tango and jazz and also find very free passages combined with very thoroughly written arrangements.
The band’s line-up is rather unconventional with a rhythm section of drums, bass, guitar and accordion/piano combined with 4 woodwinds that “doubles”. This combined with the different compositions and arrangements composed especially for this ensemble, gives the group a special sound with a timbre colored by the woodwind arrangements and the accordion/piano.
In the line-up you find some of the best musicians on the Danish jazz scene of today: Pernille Bévort: tenor- and soprano saxophone; Mariane Bitran: C flute and alto flute; Kasper Wagner: clarinet, alto- and soprano saxophone; Pelle Fridell: bass clarinet and tenor saxophone; Mads Kjølby: guitar; Francesco Cali: accordion and piano; Morten Ankarfeldt: acoustic and electric bass; Bjørn Heebøll: drums
Tracks: Bevarro, Second Pit Stop, Heavy Feather, Minor Details, Nine is Fine, Exit Engelsholm, Who’s Got it?, The Band is On, Tiny Hesitation, Witch Craft, Epilogue – Celebrating Skeleton (all compositions/arrangements by Bévort)
It’s possible to hear short excerpts of the music here:
Last saturday Radio Bévort (my octet) finished our recording session.
We ended with a live session in front of an audience at The Village in Vanløse.
I look so much forward to this release. 10 new compositions played by my wonderful and amazing musicians.
“Radio Bévort” is a colourful ensemble and this time in an octet version which gives me a lot of possibilities as composer/arranger.
And I’m also very happy to annouce that the release concert will take place at the legendary jazz club Montmartre in Copenhagen June 17th 2016. (See my calendar).
We recorded the music a week ago live in studio, me end my big ensemble “Radio Bévort”, (april 28. and 29.).
Now I’m mixing the selected tracks during the next couple of days (may 9,10 and 12)
A couple of photos from the live session – (taken by my son Anders Bévort):
Apart from that project I have been asked to write new music for a Festival in Sydhavnen, Copenhagen – for a sextet. It’s very inspiring to have these different “assignments” in my schedule – and hopefully there will be more to come…..
In the spring we performed a concert with my trio Bévort 3 at Blågårds Apotek in Copenhagen. We were lucky to have the concert recorded and here is a little taste from that evening – very live and a live: