“When we’re working on a piece I’ve written, I usually bring it in to the band and at that point I let go of it, and sit back and watch them tear it apart in often very unexpected ways. “
Christian Windfeld: “[our music] is real-time composing and the free-flow of ideas and emotions – an extremely democratic and very accessible music that will calibrate your ears and tune you into the sounds that constantly surround you”.
” These guys didn’t live to play music. They lived because they played music. Music literally kept them alive.”
“I would describe it as heart music. There is much complexity in the harmonic and rhythmic structures, however the intention behind any compositional or arranging decision is first and foremost about evoking an emotional response for myself and in the process hopefully the listener. The music is visual and visceral, it’s about dancing and embracing the heavy groove of living.”
“It’s very appealing to have the songs stripped down to essentials and realize that they’re still working.”
“Jazz was never a career option for women and that we’re still catching up to our male counterparts, in terms of numbers, but significantly this is changing.”
“I don’t want to be a cliche or an anachronism, but, at the same time, I just really love so much the 40s & 50s music, fashion, poetry, and so on.”
“I think the best kind of award is the one you can’t give. It’s the one that you get from being intimate with music. The award comes when you listen and the hair on the back of your neck stands up, your skin shivers with ecstasy, you cry because there can’t be anything more beautiful than this right now. Anyone who can hear is capable of winning that award, all they have to do is listen.”
“We definitely have a sound that draws from heavy rock music and certain aspects from ambient music too. A lot of the pieces on the album have their own characteristic and mood about them; some are definitely more folk sounding, whilst others can be very raw and aggressive, and then others have a sort of ‘chamber ensemble’ sound about them. It’s not a straight-ahead jazz group by any means.”
“In no way did any of us want to honour or glorify the concept of war, so we were quite burdened with the seriousness of the task at hand: honouring historical happenings and putting a voice to these concepts and people’s experiences from this time”.