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The Aarhus Jazz Orchestra (AJO) is one of Scandinavia’s leading big bands, performing more than 70 concerts annually. AJO started out in 1977 as Klüver’s Big Band, under the leadership of Jens Klüver, and is today funded by the Danish Arts Council. Under its new Artistic Director Lars Møller AJO has developed its musical profile towards being a creative contemporary Big Band strongly influence by American, European and World Music roots. The band has performed in Europe and USA with a many of the most important jazz musicians of our time. In 2011 and 2012, concerts have included a three-week tour of USA with Grammy-winner Kurt Elling, concerts with guitar icon John Scofield and drummer Bill Stewart, with pianist Mulgrew Miller and Jeff Ballard. Musicians like Thad Jones, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Abdullah Ibrahim, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Carmen Bradford, Deborah Brown, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer and Kenny Werner have all performed with the band. In recent years AJO has done projects with Kala Ramnath and Abhijit Banerjee from India and musicians from Gambia in cooperation with Jon Balke and Geir Lysne. Since one of the band’s most important objectives is to enhance the knowledge and enjoyment of jazz among young and old alike, an important part of Aarhus Jazz Orchestra activities is aimed at elementary and high schools.

Live Dates

25/11/2015   Lars Møller modtager H.C. Lumbye-prisen
Komponisten, dirigenten og saxofonisten Lars Møller er netop blevet tildelt H.C. Lumbye/Agerby legatet for bl.a. sin jazzsuite ”ReWrite of Spring”, som Dacapo udgav på CD i september.
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05/04/2016   Gapplegate Music Review

LARS MØLLER: REWRITE OF SPRING
"It is a triumph for all, nearly breathtaking in its strength and breadth, performed with magnificance and filled with compositional brilliance. Strongly recommended!"
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08/03/2016   Downbeat Magazine

LARS MØLLER: ReWrite of Spring
4/5 Stars

"Danish saxophonist Lars Møller's ReWrite Of Spring is a soaring, sprawling conception, combining exquisite detail with monumental vision."
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17/02/2016   All About Jazz

LARS MØLLER: ReWrite of Spring
5/5 Stars

"The collection as a whole is an ambitious project, brilliantly conceived and performed by world-class artists."
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05/02/2016   Weekendavisen

LARS MØLLER: ReWrite of Spring
"At værket netop omsættes til jazz, er helt i Stravinskijs ånd. Lars Møllers arrangementer er præget af en kontrolleret voldsomhed og en formidabel spilleglæde, som sættes i relief af den blændende amerikanske sopransaxofonist David Liebman."
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10/12/2015   Jazz Weekly

LARS MØLLER: ReWrite of Spring
“This might be the best results yet of melding the harmonies of classical music with the improvisations and rhythms of jazz. Bravo!”
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23/10/2015   Blogcritics

LARS MØLLER: ReWrite of Spring
"If you’re in the market for an intelligent reimagining of one of the great works of modern classical music, ReWrite of Spring is an album you want to hear."
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28/09/2015   Politiken

LARS MØLLER: ReWrite of Spring
5/6 Hjerter

"Stjernegod, rå og flot bigbandofring"
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25/09/2015   Århus Stifttidende

LARS MØLLER: ReWrite of Spring
5/6 Stars

"Jazz Orchestra byder Stravinsky op til dans uden at forarge"
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03/09/2015   Magasinet Klassisk

LARS MØLLER: ReWrite of Spring
5/6 Stars

"Langt mere end blot en omskrivning. Der er tale om et selvstændigt og stærkt engagerende værk"
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Discography

ReWrite of Spring
ReWrite of Spring
Lars Møller

CD 8.226117-18 (2015)


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