Raw talent is rare, and if you’re looking for someone who on top of having an extraordinary talent has put in the years and years of practice and focus necessary to become a true master of his or her craft, you’re down to just a handful of people around the world.
In Denmark when I was growing up, there were a few such representatives of the absolute world class of musicians. One of them is a guitar player called Aske Jacoby. He has been active since the early 80’s, has played on more than 400 records and has toured with some of the best acts in Denmark. I have strong memories of seeing and hearing him play as a teenager and just marveling at the sounds coming from his amplifier. Witnessing such powerful playing at a young age was inspiring to the point that it made me dream of becoming a musician one day myself.
A few years ago I became acquainted with Aske through social media. He has established himself as a talented singer/songwriter over the past years, and has made some great albums as a leader in trio with two other members of that rare breed of absolute excellence, Tony Scherr and the legendary Jim Keltner. We randomly talked about maybe setting up some gigs for him in Paris one day. Now the loose talk has turned into hard fact, and we have four club gigs coming up at the end of May.
Aske is bringing some of the top representatives of the Copenhagen music scene, and I’ll be joining them as well. My old friend from back when I just arrived in Paris in the late ’90’s, the brilliant drummer Raphaël Chassin, will be with us on three of the gigs. From my Danish/French perspective this project really makes a lot of sense, and I believe there is a real chance of building a bridge between the music scenes in Paris and Copenhagen.
I sincerely hope that a lot of you will come out and see the shows, and that you’ll appreciate Aske as much as I do. Thanks in advance for your support! And thanks to our friends at the Fondation Danoise who have been instrumental in making these events happen.
We are a few weeks into the tour now with Louise Attaque, and the response from the audience has just been overwhelming. The energy is incredibly positive, I’ve rarely experienced such kindness and warmth from the crowd. The guys in the band are generous and fun, and the songs speak to some of the best sides of the human nature, so I suppose there is a logic to the fact that the band draws a positive, open-minded audience. Still, it’s a privilege to be a part of.
If you like music in any shape or form, and if you have 15 hours to spare, you should check out this extraordinary series of lectures by Leonard Bernstein from 1970. It is a true tour de force. The level of musical sensibility, historical knowledge, analytical capacity, musical and linguistic virtuosity, wit, passion and most importantly the ease with which he transmits some very complicated concepts in easily understandable and unpretentious terms is truly awe-inspiring. A master at work.
Most of the time, one of the hardest things in this job is to manage times and calendars – options moving around, cancelled gigs, postponed events, last minute proposals etc. But things have fit well together this month – the available days in the Louise Attaque schedule coincide with a few TV promotional things with Keren Ann for her cool upcoming record, “You’re Gonna Get Love”, produced by Renaud Letang. Here’s the title track from the record from last Friday’s “Ce soir ou jamais” on France 2.
I’m very proud to have been associated with a brand as cool as Nord for many years now. I strongly believe they are the best keyboard instrument makers around. That is why it is such an exceptional honor to have been picked for artist of the month on their website. I am indeed in very good company with these guys and their amazing roster of artists.