Virtuoso Tenor Saxophone
In April 2011 Marius Neset released Golden Xplosion, an album that
led to the saxophonist and composer becoming one of the most talked
about newcomers on the European jazz scene in recent years. At just 25
years old, he was described by Terje Mosnes in Norway’s Dagbladet as
“the most talented Norwegian saxophonist since Jan Garbarek in the
1960s”, but it is the maturity in both his writing and playing, combined
with the extraordinary energy and commitment he puts into every
performance which really impresses.
Released on the British label Edition Records, and featuring a
stellar lineup of Django Bates (keyboards), Jasper Høiby (bass) and
Anton Eger (drums), Golden Xplosion won 5-star reviews from the
Guardian, Telegraph and Irish Times in addition to rave reviews in
Danish Magazine, Jazz Special and Norway’s Jazznytt, praising both the
virtuosity and musicianship of the compositions and performance.
“Marius Neset combines Brecker’s power and Jan Garbarek’s tonal
delicacy, but has a vision that makes all 11 originals on this
sensational album feel indispensable, and indispensably connected to
each other. Neset is on his way to being one of the biggest new draws on
the circuit” – John Fordham (Guardian*****)
Born in Bergen, Norway, Neset moved to Copenhagen in 2003 to study at
the Rhythmic Music Conservatory where he met British musician Django
Bates, who became a hugely important figure in the early part of Neset’s
career. Bates was quick to notice his talent, asking him to join his
stoRMChaser big band and, later on, his small group Human Chain. Neset’s
main project since 2005 has been JazzKamikaze. With its eclectic mix of
jazz, rock, electronica and classical music, the group has had great
international success playing concerts in Europe, Asia, North and South
America and Africa.
In July 2011, Neset won the prestigious JazZtipendiat Prize, awarded
to a musician of outstanding capabilities. This substantial monetary
award will be used to create new music with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra
to be performed at Molde Jazz Festival in 2012.
Throughout 2011 Neset toured extensively throughout Europe, including
performances at Molde, Copenhagen, Cork and Manchester Jazz Festivals
as well as a hugely successful 8-date UK tour. His debut London concert
at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho in September, was recorded for national
broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and saw every major UK jazz journalist attend
to see him perform to a sell-out crowd.
“Twenty-five-year-old saxophonist Marius Neset is a marvel.
He makes his instrument dance like a gazelle and soar like an eagle, and
he’s an ingenious composer too” – Ivan Hewitt (Telegraph*****)
With a nomination for best newcomer at the Danish Music Awards in
November, a run of 30 European performance dates and the German release
of Golden Xplosion planned for early 2012, in less than a year Marius
Neset has developed into one of the leading new names in European Jazz.
“Mark the name. At 25, this Norwegian saxophonist will surely
be a major figure on the European jazz scene if this astonishing – and
astonishingly personal – album is any indication”. Ray Comiskey – (Irish