EDGE meets jazz
Swedish jazz-pianist Jan Johansson (1931-1968) was a musician with a distinctively courageous sense of combining several styles of music, blending jazz and folk music into his own voice. With his characteristically light touch on the piano, Johansson created a unique and melancholic sound which many listeners associate with Nordic identity and history.
On September 16th 2021 Jan Johansson would have turned 90.
If not for a tragic car accident in 1968, perhaps Johansson would have lived to experience the important musical mark his music has made upon over two generations.
This album stands as a testimony of those effects. A deeply grateful generation of singers and musicians come together across musical genres to celebrate and pay tribute to Scandinavia's biggest jazz icon: Jan Johansson.
The inspiration for this album arose back in 2017, when siblings classical cellist Martha Marie Petri and jazz bassist Matthias Flemming Petri were looking for an opportunity to perform together, despite their differing musical backgrounds.
A common ground was found in their mutual love for Jan Johansson’s music.
The inspiration for 'Dimma' arose back in 2017, when siblings classical cellist Martha Marie Petri and jazz bassist Matthias Flemming Petri were looking for an opportunity to perform together, despite their differing musical backgrounds. A common ground was found in their mutual love for Jan Johansson’s music.
In April 2018 a young jazz quartet and the singers of ENSEMBLE EDGE came together to celebrate Jan Johansson for the first time - and after nearly three intense years of fundraising, music making and planning (especially due to the corona pandemic), we were finally able and allowed to record this album together as one large family.
We hope that our listeners will enjoy the fruit of this rare musical collaboration.
Calle Brickman, piano · Karmen Rõivassepp, vocals,
Matthias Flemming Petri, bass · Andreas Fryland, drums
Michala Petri, recorder · Martha Marie Petri, cello · Thomas Fryland, flugelhorn
16 singers from ENSEMBLE EDGE:
Kristine Mågård, Johanne Sofie Bech Madsen, Nadja Marie Schmedes Enevoldsen, Susanne Cecilie Nielsen, Frieda Funk, Malene Rohden, Martha Marie Petri, Andrea Krüger Holm, Yngve Lyngsø, Erik Buchreitz, Daniel Kjær Holmberg, Troels Geil Thalling, Malte Øster, Severin Martin Korsgaard Thorsen, Gunnar Sigfússon & Gert Bonde Nielsen
- conducted by Mathias Skaarup Sørensen.
Jakob Høgsbro, Matthias Flemming Petri & Martha Marie Petri
Engineer, mix & mastering: Henrik Winther Hansen
Executive manager & producer: Martha Marie Petri
Cover-artwork: Mette Skov // On-set photography: Klavs Kehlet Hansen
Upcoming concerts and events:*
August 31 2021 19:30 // Houlkær Kirke, Viborg:
Dimma - a tribute to Jan Johansson (pre-release concert)
September 17 2021 19:30 // Sankt Lukas Kirke, Aarhus:
Dimma - a tribute to Jan Johansson (official release concert)
September 19 2021 15:00 // John's Hall, Kirsten Kjærs Museum, Frøstrup:
Musical talk about Dimma and Jan Johansson by Martha Marie Petri
April 7 2018 // Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus // RAMA Festival:
ENSEMBLE EDGE & The Jan Johansson Tribute.
July 18 2018 // ATLAS, Aarhus Jazzfestival 30th anniversary edition:
ENSEMBLE EDGE & The Jan Johansson Tribute.
Listen and watch our first 2018-performance of this project below:
Good to know about Dimma
'Dimma' was recorded LIVE.
Rather than a sound studio, we recorded together in the venue John’s Hall at the Kirsten Kjærs Museum from March 18-21 2021.
From the very beginning, our goal has been to invite the listener to experience the raw acoustic sound of this venue, while sharing the music of Jan Johansson - even if this meant taking technical risks.
Throughout the album we present many forms and celebrations
of Jan Johansson's soundscape. Rather than a direct copy of the original performance, we have created:
· New arrangements for jazz quartet and SATB choir, with various solo performers.
· Reconstructions of Johansson’s imaginative improvisations within the following transcriptions:
· Ack, Värmeland and Johansson’s own composition Dimma (arr. Martha Marie Petri)
and Sinclairvisan (arr. Michala Petri).
· A new choir/cello composition Klara Stjärnor by Jakob Høgsbro
dedicated to Johansson.