Busy spring: touring and releasing new album!
Haven't been writing anything here for a long time. Simply been a little too occupied with other stuff.
Embarked my spring tour on February 23rd in Copenhagen, DK, in a blizzard! The show was sold out but not all the attendants made it through the storm. If they could they would have witnessed the debut of a new constallation, namely "The Swedes meets The Danes" aka Fredrik Landh (Bass, SE), Micke Dahlén (Drums, SE), Rune Funch (Gtr, DK) and me. Wonderful combination of talent and the different musical upbringing of the two Scandinavien countries. Not everyone know this but there is a remarkable "cultural difference" in the way Danes and Swedes approach the music. My goal will always be to try and connect as many people of this earth as possible and music is a perfect forum for doing exactly that.
The constallation maintained for the first leg of the DK tour - from Feb 23rd thru March 23rd. Then we did a concert at Örebro Konserthus (SE) with an all-swedish band (Fredrik, Micke + guitarist Clas Olofsson). For the second leg (April 1st thru May 4th) we got back to an all-danish outfit with Rune, Assi Roar (Bass) and Kristoffer Sonne (Drums) Kristoffer has been living and working in London for the last 20 years with artists like The Pretenders, James Morrison, James Blunt a.m.o. but has recently moved back to DK. What a great musician he is! So musical, so awake and such a great listener. So happy to have worked with him!
Along with all this I managed to find the time to take the recordings from our show in November 2016 at O Gib, a wonderful club in Montreuil-Sur-Seine just outside Paris, to the legendary Sweet Silence Studios North to mix and master it with the even more legendary producer/sound engineer Flemming Rasmussen who, among lots of other stuff, produced the four first Metallica albums. Actually Flemming appear on 16th place on a list of alltime greatest producers. Pretty cool, I reckon. It goes without saying that what he did with these live recordings truly sounds amazing. He is a genius as well as a great friend. The album is released on CD and will be released on vinyl September 2017. You can read a review of the album here: http://www.zicazic.com/zicazine/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=14033
Back on the road, the last week of April we had a couple af substitutes for Rune and Kristoffer, the young and gifted gentlemen Joel Gjærsbøl Pedersen (gtr) and Asger Møller (Drums). Both of them super musical and dedicated to the music. A lovely encounter.
On May the 5th I went to Cambridge, UK, and played three shows with a "Cambridgian" rhythm section, the fabulous Fabian Bonner (bass) and the irrestistable Ian Griffith (drums) a lovely pair of blokes, sensitive and musical, as well as damn good company. We finished at our favourite Cambridge venue The Flying Pig, which showed itself as lovely as ever.
Back home for a little over a week, then off to France on May the 19th to do eight shows in and outside Paris: solo, duo and quartet - either with two guitars (guitarist Xavier Derouin) or gtr/keys (Keyboardist Johan Dalgaard). Also did a duo show with the Israeli guitarist Daniel Misrahi.
One of the many wonderful experiences was playing with an all-french band. Being the only Dane somehow felt very liberating. No strings attached to the past, only the present mattered, and what fantastic players: bass player Laurent is among the absolute best bass players I've ever worked with: steady as a rock and at the same time with a totally developed sensitivity that enables him to be free musically and lead by his super sharp intuition. He is somehow also able to play whatever's needed to connect all the different tempraments in a given constallation which is the mark of a true master. I bow my head in awe and respect. And having that kind of bass player next to him French master drummer Raphaël Chassin - who also appears on the Live In Paris album - really showed me what he's made of: a nasty groove combined with a bunch of different sounds and textures, not unlike a certain mr. Keltner, and a never failing determination to make the absolute best possible of the songs. He understands the moods and messages of the songs, even the hidden ones, better than most people I know. I was really moved by playing with these cats - and of course Johan Dalgaard who is just amazing both on an artistic and a humanic level. He seems to know my music better than I do myself and is a 100% supportive towards all people. An example of compliance. I must not forget American drummer Jeff Broudreaux who played the last show with us and brought some of his New Orleans background into the music which worked absolutely excellent! Great musician and great friend as well.
Johan Dalgaard is not only a great musician; he's also a producer in demand these years and by virtue of this he invited me to play a studio session with French icon singer/songwriter/composer Alain Chamfort. Alain could be described as the French equivalent to Leonard Cohen; deep voice, low key songs, a great lyricist both melancolic and humourous and a good looking gentleman. I played on seven of his beautiful songs and really enjoyed it. Hope to do more of that later in life…
Will be back with more as life developes…
Just finished a tour in France. Did the first leg back in November with my band, this time consisting of Rune Funch - gtr, Johan Dalgaard - keys, Assi Roar - bass and Raphaël Chassin - drums. We did four gigs in Paris and one in Charleville-Méziéres. The music worked really well and the band went from really good to even better day by day. We had people in the audience who were there back in May and now came back for more as people who'd come to see the first show would come back the day after. They really seem to like what we do in France. Such a pleasure.
After that I went back to DK and did two solo shows before returning to Paris on November 29th - my birthday. Spent the evening accompanied by Steak Frites & Pomerol. Brilliant birthday! The next day I embarked my four-day solo tour as opening act for the wonderful French artist, Tété. We did Paris, Caen, Alençon and Brest. Tété draws a really good crowd of warm and sweet people who were carefully listening to what I did and poured their love and support back all over me. Thank you Tété for having me on board and thanks to all Tété's fans who made this tour an adventure to remember. I'm sitting in the van writing this heading back to Paris from Brest. Gonna take it slow tomorrow then the next day go and rehearse for a radio show with the English-Parisian crooner Hugh Coltman. I also have an appointment in a studio as we have a live recording with the band from our show at O Gib in Montreuil. Will spend a couple of days editing and mixing the multitrack recording and maybe release some of it along with a forthcoming French release of Luna Plena Super Me. We also video'ed the show, so, who knows, the music might come with a little movie…more to come…
ON THE WAY TO PARIS! 🇫🇷
C'est vrai! C'est une grande féte! Going to Paris tomorrow morning to play four shows with great musicians from both DK and FR. Very exited! If you are around you can catch us at:
05.22.16: @ 8:30 pm, Féte de la Cité, Fondation Danoise, Cité Universitaire
05.23.16: @ 9 pm, Les Nautes (Bastille)
05.25.16. @ 10 pm, Le Baiser Salé (Chatelet)
05.26.16: @ 9 pm, Aux Petits Joueurs (Lilas)
Á bien tôt!
At this point I'm working my way towards the release of my new album, Luna Plena Super Me, on April the 16th. The artwork is done and sent to be printed, radio interview with both national and regional radio stations are piling up, adverts and video teasers are being made and soon a music video for the song My Heart Is A Muscle will be ready. Lots of work still ahead, though! Will be playing promo shows in record stores, yes, they do still exist, at least if we are talking vinyl. I am also preparing a tour around DK to talk to all kinds of local medias such as newspapers, radio and TV stations, web-tv etc.
In May I will be going to Sweden to play a few gigs with my beloved Swedish friends and bandmates, Micke, Clas and Fredrik. Awesome players and such a joy to hang with in general. Pretty exited about getting to play the new material with the guys!
Right after that I will be playing a Festival on the Danish island of Fanø and then straight to Paris, France, to play for week. Late spring in Paris, can you imagine? It's gonna be absolutely lovely. If things turns out the way I hope for we will be joined by the wonderful and world class US drummer Jeff Ballard who is 1/3 of Brad Mehldau's trio and has been living in Paris for about six years now.
Will be back soon with more news and maybe reviews and stories from the road. Stay happy and healthy!
Another busy and exciting year is coming to its conclusion. Lots of new adventures has been experienced and new friends and connections has been made, among them my very joyful and promising collaboration with my new Swedish band, Guitarist Clas Olofsson, bass player Fredrik Landh and drummer Micke Dahlén, with whom I did gigs at the Live@Heart Festival in Örebro, Sweden, this year. Happy to announce that we are preparing a tour in Sweden May 2016.
Al Lindrum and I formed a Dance/Trance duo and did a version of the titlesong of my latest album, Chant. It got released late August 2015 by Music For Dreams and seems at this point to stand a fair chance of getting airplay on DK National Radio P3.....
In June I went to L.A. to meet up and record with the mighty Tony Scherr and the one and only Jim Keltner once more. Felt about twice as good as the first time, as we knew each other this time and interacted much more like a band. Love those guys - and Morgan Stratton, the engineer at Sunset Sound, too! I came back home with 10 songs (in the end I left one out) and then worked them good together with my beloved friend, producer and drummer Jakob Høyer. We did sound treatments and overdubbed strings, horns and a little keyboards and handed it to Flemming Rasmussen to mix, which he did beautifully - as always. Finally, I took it to The Cutting Room, Stockholm, Sweden, to get it mastered properly by the great Björn Engelmann. The album is going to be called Luna Plena Super Me and is to be released in the early spring of 2016. Can't wait! So proud of that album!
A new and exciting collaboration seems to be coming from Paris, France, where I'm about to start working with keyboardist Johan Dalgaard, originally from DK but has been living and working in France since 1998. He and I and a Parisian rythm section are to play a handful of shows in Paris May 2016, right before the Swedish tour!
Also, an English band lead by bass player Fabian Bonner is gonna start working. We will be playing a two weeks tour in the southern half of England in the end of August and the beginning of September 2016.
Last, but not least, I aim to play solo promo shows spring 2016 in conjunction with the album release, as many festivals in Denmark with my great Danish band (Rune Funch - gtr, Daniel Franck - b, Jakob Høyer - dm) as we possibly can and a DK tour, also with the band, in October/November 2016. Look forward to it all!
I hope to see you all out and about listening to great live music with me and my band(s) as well as many other exciting bands and solo artists. Until then: Take good care of yourselves and each other and a merry christmas and the happiest new year ever to all! XO, Aske
MY NEW ALBUM HAS NOW BEEN MASTERED!
Sitting at The Cutting Room, the reknowned mastering studio in Stockholm, Sweden, enjoying the beauty of this Scandinavian October day, and trying to take it in: My new album has now been mastered! Relief and a perculiar sense of emptyness has taken over. But i'm not done yet! Have to figure out a great cover for the album! Well, right now I'm gonna take a stroll through this lovely city and pop in to some nice winebar and have myself a nice glas of wine - I think I deserve a tiny bit of celebration after all!
NEW SINGLE OUT NOW!
Release! This calls for celebration! My song, title track of my latest album, Chant, has been released today as a dance track! This rendition of the song, made by the dynamic duo Jacoby & Lindrum, comes in a dance version as well as a Deep Mix and a Dub Mix. Available for downloading and streaming on iTunes and Spotify now! Check it out here: https://itunes.apple.com/dk/album/rechant-single/id1039828085