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New Gems

by John Sund & Acoustic Sense

A world/jazz guitarist, a Serbian (Balkan) accordion player, a classical, but improvising cellist and an African percussionist!!! Check also: Sund-Shashank-Phalgun, Acoustic Sense & Glas, Special Venture by same artist.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Along the Way
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2. Right On It
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3. Lelo's Song
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4. Silent Stream
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5. Mutual Vibes
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6. Memory Song
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7. Pulse Chant (Bushman's Cry)
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8. Natures Wheel
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9. Reminiscence
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10. Living Shades
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11. Verve Part 3
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12. Farewell Song
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Acoustic Sense

At times it can be a rather difficult task, trying to pin down something that isn’t easy to label or categorise and the music of “Acoustic Sense” seems to fit into this category. The band is crossing boundaries, literally speaking, a cultural melting pot with an outcome that is quite unique. In this respect “Acoustic Sense” didn’t come to life as an attempt to create yet another “World Band” - here we are rather dealing with musicians whose mutual attraction first and foremost is rooted in their musical abilities, along with a natural desire to communicate.

The line-up consists of some of the finest instrumental performers coming out of Scandinavia:
Danish guitarist, composer & producer John Sund, Serbian Gypsy accordion virtuoso Lelo Nika, Swedish cellist John Ehde, Ghanian percussionist Ayi Solomon and Swedish double-bassist Thommy Anderson.

On the bands musical journey you will wander through Nordic landscapes and then in the next moment be captivated by prime-music with African origins. Balkan- and Gypsy-music melts together with jazz, Latin and earthy grooves. At times you’ll hear classical tones, due to cellist John Ehde, who with his classical background is among the few capable of uninhibited improvisation.

In spite of all these fine remarks, we are most of all dealing with an ensemble of musicians, who play their heart and souls out and combined with an enormous energy, it can at times be quite overwhelming. All this mixed in with the beautiful melodic and atmospheric compositions - well, take a listen.

The Musicians:

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 Ørsted 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” 1995), 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), World On A String "self titled" - Nominated by Danish Music Awards - (Cope Records 2004), World On A String - "Second Outlet" (2009), Acoustic Sense "Absorption" (Gateway Music 2010), John Sund - "The Open Road" - Nominated by Danish Music Awards - (Exlibris 2011), SUND-SHASHANK-PHALGUN - "Here & Now" (Gateway music 2012), Acoustic Sense & Glas - "Reaching Out" (Gateway Music - 2015)

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)
John Ehde 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)

Ayi Solomon 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 Cronholm´s IBIS, Dalia Faitelson Common Ground, Pelle Fridell´s GO JAZ’, Bjarne Roupé Group, Anders Blichfeldt "UNO", Dynamite Vikings, In Medias res. He has toured worldwide in numerous contexts.



to write a review

by Jan Sisseck – Amtsavisen, August 25, 2010 (Danish newspaper)

"Beautiful and intense music"
...From the very first musical note, one was aware of something extraordinary. Indescribable sound-pictures succeeded by african rhythms, Nordic inspired 'light melodies' and something that sounded as jazz standards... And the four virtuoso musicians - three danes and a ghanian - made the whole event turn out to be, not just an extremely beautiful - but also a most meaningful experience.

They achieved that only by their acoustic instruments, guitar, cello and upright bass - and an impressive percussion/drum set-up, which required to be played standing up... ...we can without question claim that all of you who didn't attend this concert, missed out on something big. So now you know in case that Acoustic Sense should return.

By Ulrike Kress/Jazzdimensions.de

John Sund & Acoustic Sense - ”New Gems”
You take one spoonful of Spanish sounding guitar, a pinch of darkish cello, a big lump of accordion sound, in various places some udu and a sprinkle of tinkling. Following you mix all the ingredients, while you add a sufficient dose of acoustic bass and after about 55 minutes, you get the basic substance of New Gems.

It is a really interesting mix when you, while listening to the track “Along The Way”, is able to detect notes that reminds you of “Inchtabookatables” or “Apocalyptika’s” melodies, played by the cello, when the seriousness of these notes after a short while is brightened by the sunny sound from the 12-string guitar. And then subsequently in Lelo’s Song can hear a rousing accordion, which is able to reflect an open landscape while there, in the midst of it all, is a supporting group of musicians…

This formation that John Sund has come up with in Acoustic Sense: Europe (guitars, accordion, cello, bass) Cuba (bass) and Ghana (percussion) is just as rich on facets as the music itself. The place to file this rising music is not easy, not even for their record company Cope Records.
Quotation: “…with it’s mix of jazz, Serbian folk-music, European classical, African and Nordic music, you might as well call it a kind of World-music” – This you can easily endorse.

By Jeppe Struve/Jazz Special, Copenhagen

John Sund & Acoustic Sense - ”New Gems”
When one is capable of combining such varied instruments as guitar, accordion and cello in 13 extremely alternating and varied songs and make it work, then we are dealing with good Fusion music. Trying to label this music, which certainly isn’t easy with its hybrid of jazz, Serbian folk music, European classical, African and Nordic music, it must be as a kind of World music.
Just considering the mix of musicians: a Serbian accordion-player, a classical cellist and a Ghanaian percussionist, makes its own statement.
.....This is a beautiful CD-release.