“With ‘Pilgrim’ Janne Mark and her musicians have managed to produce one of the most beautiful, most essential, most personal and most important vocal albums long heard in this country.” – JazzSpecial (DK)
Janne Mark is a Danish vocalist, hymnwriter and composer, who has embarked upon a path between songwriting, spiritual jazz, hymns and Scandinavian folk with the international album release ‘Pilgrim’ on German jazz-label ACT. She is the first Danish artist on ACT performing in her native language.
She writes in the here and now, is socially aware and committed and this is how her songs have established themselves outside the canon of sacred music and into the secular space. Janne Mark incorporates the urban space into her hymn-writing and has found a unique way to reinvent the Danish hymn-tradition which is a major part of the folk music tradition in Denmark.
“Pilgrim is a portrait of a fascinating artist” – ACT
Inspired also by classical composers like Arvo Pärt and Carl Nielsen and with a passion for great vocalists and songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel and Bob Dylan, she combines these influences into a Nordic sacral songwriting with dimensions where her listeners find themselves in a haven of peace and quiet. The collaboration with unique Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen on ‘Pilgrim’ underlines this with an expression of touching musical poetry between time and space as a result.
“When words and music blend together with so much beauty as Janne Mark and Arve Henriksen have done here, all you can do is open your ears and your soul and surrender.” – ***** Berlingske Tidende (DK)
Janne Mark has performed in Germany, Scotland, Sweden, Austin Texas and all over Denmark. Throughout 2018 she will be touring in Canada, Norway, Germany, Scotland, at the Danish Embassy in Beijing and at Pizza Express Jazzclub in London as part of the festival ‘Sounds of Denmark’.
She is also the main singer at the services held at Brorsons Church, Copenhagen, a church situated in a multicultural area of the Danish capitol.
“Janne Mark aims right in the middle of the soul” – Leipziger Volkszeitung
“The unique voice of Henriksen is close to being Marks’ singing partner. A warm, contemporary folky delivery” – Jazzwise
“This project has gentle reposing quality where folk fans will feel very much at home” – UK VIBE 4/5
“Pilgrim is a showcase for the hauntingly lovely contemporary hymns of Janne Mark” – World Magazine (US)
Janne Mark, vocal
Verneri Pohjola, trumpet
Artur Tuznik, piano
Esben Eyermann, bass
Jesper Uno Kofoed, drums
Deutschlandfunk Kultur, DR 1, DR 2, DR P4, DR P8 Jazz, France Musique, HR2Kultur (DE), OE1 (AT)