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John Sund & Acoustic Sense

John Sund (6 & 12 string guitar) Debuting at the age of 18 he was commissioned as a soloist together with the Danish Radio Big Band, led by Palle Mikkelborg, in a work written by pianist Thomas Clausen. John was one of the first "jazz" artists to receive the prestigious Jacob Gades Grant in 1977, (this grant is primarily reserved for classical artists) and Danish jazz-reviewer Boris Rabinowitsch called him quote: “a discovery of a Niels Henning Oersted Pedersen’s dimension”. He has worked and recorded with numerous of groups and artists including: Creme Fraiche Big Band (since reformed), D.R. Workshop-group/Palle Mikkelborg, Thomas Clausen, Debbie Cameron, Ben Besiakov, Bo Stief, South Indian violinists Ganesh & Kumaresh, and Somalian “Real World” recording artist Mariam Mursal. As a composer he has, among other things, written an extended work for the Danish Radio Big Band, which was released on Olufsen Records (John Sund & The Danish Radio Big Band: “A Fusion Symphony”), where he also is featured as the main soloist. Moreover his discography includes: “Special Venture” - self titled (Intermusic 1999), “John Sund & Acoustic Sense" - "New Gems” (Cope Records 2003), and as co-leader; “World On A String” - self titled (Cope Records 2004), "Special Venture" - "Twice" (Gateway 2007), "World On A String" - "Second Outlet" (Calibrated 2009), John Sund & Ayi Solomon - "Duometric Events" (Calibrated 2009) Acoustic Sense - "Absorption" (Gateway 2010), John Sund - "The Open Road" (Exlibris/Storyville - 2011), SUND SHASHANK PHALGUN - "Here & Now" (Gateway 2012).
Lelo Nika (accordion) Lelo Nika (Serbia) was born in Yugoslavia. He started playing accordion at age 5 with his father as a tutor and was nominated as a Yugoslavian champion at the young age of ten. Moving to Denmark in 1970, where he among other things began to work with bassist Bo Stief. With his background in Gypsy music combined with an amazing technique and imagination, he brings out things never heard before in accordion playing. He has competed twice in the Accordion World Championship and won both times. He has his own group that plays music with focal point on the Gypsy-music tradition and works in so many constellations. Has on several occasions has worked with Joe Zawinul, who without false modesty has called him “the worlds greatest accordion player”. Latest solo CD release: Lelo Nika “Beyond Virtuosity” (db-productions, 2000)
John Ehde (cello) was born in Stockholm, Sweden and was educated at the music conservatorium in '...rhus, Denmark by Professor Asger Lund Christensen. Throughout his long career he has, besides his work as a classical musician, which includes LINensemble, The Wiener Philharmonic, Wiener State Opera and as a soloist with The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra etc., also worked and recorded with jazz-artists such as Palle Mikkelborg, Pierre Dørge’s New Jungle Orchestra and Copenhagen Art Ensemble. Ehde’s artistic life is marked by versatility: Solo concerts accompanied by piano or orchestra, chamber music, intensive work with contemporary music, and performances as a conductor.
Ayi Solomon (percussion) was born in Ghana, Africa. He arrived to Denmark for the first time in 1982 together with the orchestra “Clasique Vibes”, in connection with the early Afro-Festival in Copenhagen. By the end of the festival, Clasique Vibes went to Germany with a one-year contract, where they played German and American concert venues. The orchestra returned to Copenhagen the following year, to fulfil a Scandinavian tour, but fascinated and inspired by the new environment and its varied musical styles, Solomon decided to stay in Denmark working with Danish musicians. He immediately caught attention with his extraordinary percussion skills and has since worked and recorded in many different constellations including: New Jungle Orchestra, Palle Mikkelborg, Match Brothers, Moussa Diallo Band, Dalia Faitelson’s Global Sound with among others Jeery Bergonzi, Randy Brecker and Adam Nussbaum. Moreover he is highly esteemed as a cultural communicator in connection with his untiring work playing school-concerts. Thommy Anderson (double-bass). As a jazz-bassist in the Copenhagen music-milieu, Swedish born Thommy Anderson is a busy man. He is working with among others: New Jungle Orchestra, Josefine Cronholms IBIS, Dalia Faitelson Common Ground, Pelle Fridells GO JAZ’, Bjarne Roupé Group, Anders Blichfeldt "UNO", Dynamite Vikings, In Medias res. He has toured worldwide in numerous contexts.