Janne Mark

Numinous travelogues on the borderlessness of melody, finding a way of its own to move the human spirit

Took part in Sounds of Denmark

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ACT artist since 2018 with the release of Pilgrim and Kontinent (2020). Both albums are created in close co-operation with Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen and for the album Kontinent the collaboration is expanded with Norwegian hardanger fiddler Nils Økland. Completed with longtime collaborators Henrik Gunde (pno) and Esben Eyermann (bass) along with drummer Bjørn Heebøll.

International recognized hymnwriter translated into English and German and published in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Scotland.

“I am fascinated by the borderlessness that melody represents. Melodies, when shared among people in communal singing especially, disregard borders and fringes, and have a way of finding a path of their own”. 

Awarded in 2018 with the album Pilgrim by The Danish Arts Foundation, Jazznyt Prisen (DK) and Danish Music Awards Jazz with a nomination for Best Vocal Jazz Album of The Year.

Represented in the prestigious Danish Folk High School Songbook 19th edition 2020 with no less than 6 titles. A cornerstone collection of songs for communal singing founded in 1894 to become an institution among songbooks worldwide, presenting several editions in a straight line until today.

"Powerful and memorable, this is music for the ages. --- Janne Mark knows a thing or two about melody, aware that age-old themes have a reason for surviving – it's because they connect with humanity, so are handed down the ages to coexist alongside new ones that equally have the power to move the human spirit.

- EDITOR'S CHOICE**** Jazzwise (GB) - Stuart Nicholson