Transatlantic jazz collective NYNDK returns to the scene with The Hunting of the Snark – an album that sets (mostly) modern 20th century classical composers’ works to post-modern jazz music. As such, listeners are treated to engaging versions of Charles Ives’ The Cage, 1,2,3, and Remembrance, Edvard Grieg’s Adagio (from Piano Concerto in A Minor), a Per Norgard serial composition – Voyage Into the Golden Screen and several others, including the title track by Arne Nordheim and pieces composed by members of the group and named after each of the composers whose work has been utilized. Guest drummer Tony Moreno also makes an appearance with the collective.
Does the use of these composers’ work really fit in with modern jazz? The answer is a resounding yes, as the arrangement of these works are mind-bending, multi-layered and offer an introduction into some interesting compositions while also engaging the senses in the present. The Hunting of the Snark is yet another revolutionary recording from NYNDK that takes chances, and cements their status as some of the most innovative jazz artists working today.
The Hunting of the Snark CD ReleaseNYNDK brings together musicians from New York (NY), Norway (N), and Denmark (DK), uniting three places that have significant roles in jazz history. Established in 2003, its founding members are Danish pianist Søren Møller, Norwegian saxophonist Ole Mathisen, and New York trombonist Chris Washburne. Their decision to form this collaborative was inspired by their own experiences of the truly international nature of jazz. Jazz has become a global phenomenon and NYNDK embodies this development, bringing to the mix a combination of refined Scandinavian cool with aggressive New York heat, spiced with a progressive post-modern sensibility.
Presented in conjunction with the Consulate General of Denmark, New York and the Danish Arts Agency’s DaNY Arts.