Jamaahladeen Tacuma, Randi Pontopidan, Martin Fabricius, Jens Jefsen and Ole Theil. Jaming at Summersion 2014
There is autumn in the air and summer is coming to an halt here in Copenhagen.
And what a summer! Besides the beautiful weather, this summer was one of the greatest. Again this year I got to attend Summer Session, a week long gathering of professional Danish jazz musicians under the guidance of some of the greatest players in the world. I was in Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s class, playing free and funky jazz – having a great time. In the afternoons the instructors rotated and I got to meet and play with them all. One meeting in particular was very special to me. Playing with Brian Blade for an afternoon was one of the greatest musical experiences I’ve had. He’s the nicest guy in the world, which I’m sure is an important reason why he makes the music and everybody he plays with sound so great. When we shook hands after playing he said “you give me good vibes”. Being a human who also happens to play the vibraphone, that’s a wonderfull compliment:0) But the truth is, it all came from him. I was so inspired and smitten by his open, caring, humble and generous nature that I could only feel love. For the music and for everybody in the room. Thank you mr Blade.
Another great musical experience was our concerts at Copenhagen Jazz Festival. For some time we’ve had Mathias Heise on harmonica with us, but this year, guitarist Neff Irizarry also joined the group. Neff’s guitar playing took us all to new nights and both evenings ended with a standing applause and a sense that something truly great had happened. Afterwards I asked Neff to join us on our upcoming album and he added some wonderful guitar tracks to the album, making it sound even more complete.
Theese days I’m mixing and mastering our new album, which will be named “Out of the White”. If you join my mailing list, I will make sure to let you know when it’s out. I can’t wait.
Good vibes to you all.
Bebe / Fabricius DUO at Copenhagen Vinter Jazz Festival 2014, Metronomen
It’s officially spring and about time I do a small update of what’s been going on.
This winter I played at Copenhagen Jazz Festival with my Trio, again, featuring the young harmonica virtuous Mathias Heise. Thanks to everybody who showed up. As all ways, we had a great time.
I also played a concert during the festival with Søren Bebe. He’s one the greatest pianist i know and it’s my hope the we will get a chance to play again soon.
And finally… I have just recorded my third album. This time with my trio and Mathias Heise as a featured guest. Now follows some time with mixing and mastering, making cover art and all the other things that are involved when making an album. Release date is set to mid November.
Now You See It… In 2012, Danish artist Bjørn Ignatius Øckenholt made a wonderful live-drawing inspired by one of my songs from the album The Speed of Why with Chris Lavender. (see video below) He put the video on his Facebook page as an invitation of sorts or maybe more like a glove waiting to be picked up. This summer, 2013, Bjørn Ignatius Øckenholt was guest staring Martin Fabricius TRIO at Copenhagen Jazzfestival and we have just had our first duo performance together.
I have a strong feeling we will share the stage again sometime soon.
This summer I’ll be playing at Copenhagen Jazz Festival, The Heerup Museum and the New Note Festival, and every concert will be different.
Friday the 5th of July I’ll be playing with my trio, Jacob Hatholt (dr), Christian Hougaard Nielsen (Bass) and special guest Tomas Trullson (alto sax) at Nørrebro Bryghus.
The following night (Saturday July 6th) we will have Kasper Tagel on bass and guitarist Thomas Maintz will do us company along with artist Bjørn Ignatius Øckenholt who will be doing live drawings to our music.
Sunday at 2 pm July 7th, pianist Søren Bebe and I will play our first duo concert together at The Heerup Museum. The video above is from one of our rehearsals.
Finally, Mathias Heise, will join the trio with his harmonica as special guest when we play at the New Note Festival at Hillerød Library August 10th at 4 pm.
This summer is going to me truly exciting for me, and not two concerts will be the same. I hope you’ll have the opportunity to come and experience all these talented people unfold their magic.
Once in a while a musician comes a long that inspire me to seek out new teritories. Bill Frisell is a such a musician. Bill’s Will is not a typical song from my pen, you could say that it has been written under the influence… the influence of Bill,- hence the title.
This video is from our concert last summer at the Heerup Museum, the first with the wonderful Jacob Hatholt behind the drums.
Martin Fabricius, Lew Soloff, Bryan Campbell, Edward Perez and Claes Brondal
I just returned after a great week i NYC. It was a crazy week with lots of great music. I frequented Smalls, The Garage, Bar 55 and Cornelia Street Cafe, I got to sit in the pit at the Lion King and watch some of the greatest NYC players work, I went to Boston and visited Berklee college of Music where i studied in the nineties and finally, I got to catch up with my old friend Claes Brondal who runs a jam session in Sag harbor on Long Island. This night he had brought Lew Soloff, who played with Blood Sweat and Tears, Frank Sinatra and everybody worth mentioning. I was lucky enough to have him play on one of my songs, When Sharks Bite,- now that was a great night!
This summer I had the great fortune of being at Danish Jazz’ Summer Session a summer camp for professional jazz musicians. If you look carefully You’ll see me in the top right,- maybe you can spot some of the other players too. Among the teachers this year was Enrico Pieranunzi, Joe Lovano, Tyshawn Sorrey and Lage Lund.
This summer I’ll be playing live at Helsingborg Festival (Sweden), the Heenry Herup Museum, Vor Frelser Cathedral as well as 3 concerts at Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
Here’s an overview:
29/6: Martin Fabricius SOLO in Vor Frelser Kirke – medidative music in one of the most beautiful churches in Scandinavia
1/7: Martin Fabricius TRIO feat. Mathias Heise at the Heenry Heerup Museum. Enjoy the music and the beautiful art of Henry Heerup.
5+6/7: Martin Fabricius TRIO feat. Mathias Heise at Nørrebro bryghus: Great beer – great music
14/7: Composers summit with Søren Bebe, Kasper Tagel and Martin Fabricius at Homemade Records. This is the first time we’ll play together. Each of us are bringing 2-3 original compositions to the session…. everything can, and hopefully will, happen.
26/7: Martin Fabricius TRIO feat Mathias Heise at Helsingborg Festival – Sweden (the jazz stage): This is first outdoor concert of the trio – the weather is bound to be nice!
I’m very excited about this summer’s program and hope to see you at one or more of the concerts.
This is an evening I’m looking extremely forward to. Not only is it great to be invited to play at the Copenhagen Vinter Jazz Festival, the lineup itself is very exciting for me. Christian Hougaard Nielsen, who plays on my first CD, when Sharks Bite, is back. He’s a wonderfully imaginative and extremely gifted bass player who masters the melodic and virtuosic playing style of his former teacher NHØP. Behind the drums is Anders Ramhede. As a jazz drummer, Anders has a rather unusual “day time gig” being rockstar in the Danish rock band Magtens Korridorer…. but armed with a set of brushes and sat behind a small jazz drum kit he works absolute magic. Finally, but not least, the young and extremely talented harmonica player, Mathias Heise, will be joining us. Mathias is this years receiver of the 40.000 kr music award, Rødovre Music Award…. well, the city of Rødovre are lucky to be associated with such talent as are we.
We’ll be playing music from my two CD’s, When Sharks Bite and The Speed of Why as well as some new pieces I’m looking forward to present to you.
I hope to see as many of you as possible for a night of good music, excellent beer and if you’re hungry, great food.