|Morten Schanz. Photo credit: Nicolas Tobias|
Morten Schantz’s latest album “Godspeed” (Edition) has received rave reviews. Schantz is in the London area for two dates in late March. In this interview with Mary James (*) he looks forward to being back here:
London Jazz News:Why you are looking forward to playing Hitchin Club 85 and The Vortex?
Morten Schantz: London is an absolute favourite city for me and I am sure the late night show at the Vortex will be explosive. I have actually never been anywhere outside of London so having the chance to perform a show in the countryside of England is quite interesting for me. I have a lot images in my head from all the TV series that we can watch here in Denmark about the English countryside. I am a fan of England and can’t wait to meet the audience through my music. I hope they are ready for an adventure into the future!
LJN: Why is it called Godspeed?
MS: Godspeed is about a leap into the unknown, about risk taking and seeking new territories, musically speaking. At the same time to embark on this journey with top quality musicians that are also curious about making each night count.
LJN: Tell us about the band…
MS: Stefan Pasborg is one of my favourite drummers and he has established himself as one of Europe’s most innovative drummers ranging from avantgarde to pop. James Mainwaring is likewise a musician who is extremely talented and who is on a mission, breaking down the borders of genres. I have never played with him before which will make these nights even more exciting.
(*) Mary James, who lives in Gloucestershire, is a jazz promoter working with Morten Schantz and others. Twitter @maryleamington
Saturday 25th March Club 85 Hitchin, 8pm
Sunday 26th March, The Vortex, 11pm