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Morten Olsen   (Born 1961)

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Born in 1961, Morten Olsen began his career in electronic jazz-fusion, and since then has charted his own course through the perilous seas of modern music. In the early 1980s, while other young composers still grappled with conflicting ideologies of their art as science or as Zen Buddhism, he focused his attention on the present and practical, leading an electric jazz quintet and composing its entire repertoire.

As co-founder in 1990 of the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, one of Denmark’s leading ensembles, he was well aware of the challenge to composers confronted by conflicting perspectives of the new. Even so, his vocation at this time was to train as a double-bass player at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, gaining its diploma in 1992.

Furthermore, Morten Olsen has more recently applied his skills to learning the electric guitar, a part he takes in the recording of In a Silent Way (2008).

The evidence, therefore, is of a composer gifted with patience in his search for identity and an authentic voice, who in the best professional tradition – Nielsen, Dvořák, Bach – has learnt his craft in the school of actual doing. Engaged with musicians making music, he has since 1993 also created a corpus of works that range from solo instrumental pieces to orchestral and choral essays.

Live Dates

06/06/2013   Koncert og release: Be My Quiet Friend
Dacapo Records og Edition·S inviterer til releasekoncert for albummet Be My Quiet Friend
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30/06/2012   Flensborg Avis

Eva Østergaard: Spaces and Places
"Musikken er kompleks og spændende, og mange steder også rigtig smuk."
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01/07/2009   Fanfare Magazine

Morten Olsen: In a Silent Way
"I do think Olsen merits [...] more attention than I've given to others of similar avant-garde persuasion in the past."
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18/11/2008   Jydske Vestkysten

Morten Olsen: In a Silent Way
"Morten Olsens musik er virkeligt anbefalelsesværdig."
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17/02/2005   Politiken

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4/6 Hjerter

”Frounbergs 'Saxo' er vild og spændende musik, der med en intenst ekspressiv … atmosfære arbejder sig cyklisk gennem forskellige tempi og saxofontyper - en fascinerende energi”
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Discography

Be My Quiet Friend
Be My Quiet Friend
Morten Olsen

CD 8.226532 (2013)

Morten Olsen, composer, bassist and guitarist in many genres, combining jazz fusion and performance with scored music

Spaces and Places
Spaces and Places
Bruun, Agerfeldt Olesen, Snekkestad, Holmen, Olsen

CD 8.226573 (2012)

Brand new solo works, played by a single flute in the unique medieval abbey church at Løgumkloster.

In a Silent Way
In a Silent Way
Morten Olsen

CD 8.226525 (2008)

24 gongs and Miles Davis haunt the all-round artist Morten Olsen’s new works

A fall from the perfect ground
A fall from the perfect ground
C.W. Christensen, M. Olsen, N. Rosing-Schow, K.I. Jørgensen, I. Frounberg

CD 8.226537 (2008)

The French ensemble Alternance plays Danish music from the 21st century

Trash
Trash
S. Christensen, Danielsen, J. Holmen, Kanding, M. Olsen

CD 8.226513 (2006)

Remixes and experiments that make the accordion sound as it has never done before

Dif:rq!
Dif:rq!
Frounberg, Hørsving, Teglbjærg, Olsen, Rasmussen

CD 8.226515 (2004)

The French cult phenomenon Meta Duo plays new works for electronics and saxophone


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