Poetry of Earth

Modern Chamber-jazz-art-songs illuminated by high-flying improvisations!

This double CD is a collection of art songs: eighteen English and Danish poems set to a unique combination of extended composition and jazz improvisation. The music was conceived while Iversen spent time at an artists’ residency in a thousand year old cloister on the cliffs of Italy’s Amalfi coast. The poems, from Romantic to contemporary, were all chosen as meditations on human nature, and the nature of the world around us. The Poetry of Earth musicians are world-renowned as improvisers, and have each developed a personal sound and identity that they contribute selflessly for the realization of this singular music.




Poetry of Earth (left to right):
Dan Tepfer - piano, Anne Mette Iversen - acoustic bass & compositions, John Ellis - sax, flute, clarinet & bass clarinet, Christine Skou - vocal and Maria Neckam - vocal.




"It's easy to classify this new recording from bassist/composer Anne Mette Iversen as "Chamber Jazz" but the 2-CD "Poetry of Earth" is really a splendid amalgam of "art" song, well-developed melodic and harmonic ideas, glorious musicianship and poems (in both English and Danish) that speak to the human condition through observations on nature." - Richard Kamins, Step Tempest, - read more here

Listen to Danish National Radio P8 'Jazzoom' feature about the Poetry of Earth music and tour, Nov 2012, here.


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