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First Symposium

First symposium for jazz and improvised music in Sønderjylland/Schleswig-Holstein

May 14, 2017, an international jazzsymposium will take place in Sønderborg. German and danish musicians will meet and discuss music and the conditions for jazz and impovised music in the region.

The symposium precedes a new german-danish jazzfestival, opening later this year. The jazzfestival is a result of a collaboration between Lothar Baur from Flensburg and Niels Præstholm from Sønderborg . ”We hope to create an inspiring platform for new music related projects across the border” Præstholm explains.

The arrangement is closed to the public.

Contact: Niels Præstholm, Tel. (0045) 2424 5870, Mail

Sponsors: The symposium is sponsored by Kong Frederiks-Fonden, Interreg, Statens Kunstfond og Sønderborg Kommune.


Art Ensemble Syd @Gendarmeriet

Art Ensemble Syd is playing compositions by Niels Præstholm at Gendarmeriet in Rinkenæs.

Gendarmeriet is a new local music venue and Art Ensemble Syd is looking forward to visit!



April 1, 2017 (20:00)

Michael Gregory

Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet

Michael Gregory Jackson (guitars), Niels Præstholm (bass), Simon Spang-Hanssen (sax), Kresten Osgood (drums)

March 3, 2017 │ 20:00 – 23:00 │ Musikhuset Dexter, Odense
March 4, 2017 │ 21:00 – 00:00 │ Bartof Station, Frederiksberg
March 7, 2017 │ 20:00 – 23:00 │ Jazz i Halmstad, Sweden


American avantgarde guitar icon Michael Gregory Jackson is playing with his Danish quartet Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet.

Michael Gregory Jackson is a legend among New York jazz musicians. He was a cornerstone in New Yorks loft jazz scene in the 70’s and 80’s, and became famous for reinventing the electric guitarplay. He has performed with the biggest names in jazz, pop, blues and improvised music – genres that have inspired his Clarity Quartet.

Drummer Kresten Osgood has joined the Clarity Quartet. Osgood is well known as one of the most important Danish jazz artitst in the last decades. His musical interaction with Jackson will be a mindblowing experience!

    “After Before is an excellent CD that steams with fresh spontaneous energy and variation, but also leaves place for spacious poetry and some surprising ballads featuring Jackson’s light-textured voice. ‪Especially remarkable is the organic spark that flows between the musicians, and Jackson’s very special, angular and virtuoso approach to the guitar adds a special personality to the recording.”

Christian Munch-Hansen, Politiken
– Denmark 2015


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