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Acoustic Sense has thrilled many audiences far and wide with their atmospheric and colourful music - and the orchestra is appearing just as colourful with its line-up, consisting of a world/jazz guitarist, a classical cellist (who is a genuine improviser), a jazz bassist and an African percussionist.

John Sund formed Acoustic Sense in 2001, together with cellist John Ehde, bassist Morten Lundsby and percussionist Ayi Solomon. Their debut CD “New Gems” arrived in 2003. It was well received by the reviewers and it was nominated by Danish World Awards, in the “Best CD of the Year” category, 2004. Acoustic Sense is occasionally working with different guest musicians and on “New Gems”, they had a rewarding cooperation with the Serbian accordionist, Lelo Nika.

The music of Acoustic Sense can be difficult to attach with a label, but to categorize it as World/Jazz, would probably be the closest one gets, although it might be best off described as original music, with its own personal and unique style, emerging from composer John Sund’s lifelong experience with all kinds of musical styles and combinations.

On the musical journey, the orchestra leads its audience on, one experiences everything from beautiful Nordic tones, to a strong rhythmic drive - from simple, soulful melody-lines to energetic power.
Even if the music occasionally skips
“into the wilderness”, the musicians are always capable of demanding the attention of its audience, due to their genuine presence.

The members have worked with some of the top musicians on the Danish and international jazz and world music scene, including: Marilyn Mazur, Palle Mikkelborg, Thomas Clausen, Danish Radio Big Band, Pierre Dørge’s New Jungle Orchestra, Randy Brecker, Moussa Diallo, and many more…

Individually and together, they have toured world wide, and recently Acoustic Sense played at the Beijing International Jazz Festival, where they soon became the main attraction of the festival.

This formation that John Sund has come up with in Acoustic Sense is just as rich on facets as the music itself…
By Ulrike Kress www.jazzdimensions.de
John Sund 6 & 12 string guitar

Debuting at the age of 18, he was commissioned as a soloist together with the Danish Radio Big Band, led by Palle Mikkelborg, in a work written by pianist Thomas Clausen. John was one of the first “jazz” artists to receive the prestigious Jacob Gade’s Grant in 1977, (this grant is primarily reserved for classical artists) and Danish jazz-reviewer Boris Rabinowitsch called him “a discovery of a Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen’s dimension”.

He has worked and recorded with numerous of groups and artists including
Creme Fraiche Big Band (since reformed), D.R. Workshop-group/Palle Mikkelborg, Thomas Clausen, Debbie Cameron, Ben Besiakov, Bo Stief, South Indian violinists Ganesh & Kumaresh, Lelo Nika, and Somalian “Real World” recording artist Mariam Mursal.

As a composer he has, among other things, written an extended work for the Danish Radio Big Band, which was released on Olufsen Records (John Sund & The Danish Radio Big Band: “A Fusion Symphony”), where he also is featured as the main soloist. Moreover his discography includes: “Special Venture” - self titled (Intermusic 1999),
“Special Venture” - Twice” (Intermusic 2007), “John Sund & Acoustic Sense - New Gems” (Cope Records 2003), and as co-leader; “World On A String” - self titled (Cope Records 2004) “World On A String – Second Outlet” (Calibrated 2009).
John Ehde cello

John Ehde was born in Stockholm, Sweden and was educated at the music conservatorium in Århus, Denmark by Professor Asger Lund Christensen. Throughout his long career, besides his work as a classical musician, which includes LINensemble, The Wiener Philharmonic, Wiener State Opera and as a soloist with The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra etc., he has worked and recorded with jazz-artists such as Palle Mikkelborg, Pierre Dørge’s New Jungle Orchestra, Copenhagen Art Ensemble. And more recently Jacob Davidsen’s Mangfoldighed, which include the British saxophonist Ian Bellamy.

Ehde’s artistic life is marked by versatility: Solo concerts accompanied by piano or orchestra, chamber music, intensive work with contemporary music, performances as a conductor and improvised music.
Morten Lundsby double-bass

Morten is a versatile and sought after bass player. He covers many various musical styles ranging from jazz to folk, from pop to world music and children's music etc.

He has played and toured with numerous artists and he performs regularly with
Stine Michel, Peter Bom, World On A String, Acoustic Sense and as bass singer with the vocal groups Touché and Singers.

Morten is a graduate from the Rhythmic Music Academy in Copenhagen and has studied with legendary
Niels-Henning Oersted Pedersen, Hugo Rasmussen and Swedish Anders Jormin amongst others.
Ayi Solomon percussion

Ayi Solomon was born in Ghana, Africa. He came to Denmark in 1982 together with the orchestra ìClasique Vibesî, in connection with the early Afro-Festival in Copenhagen. By the end of the festival, Clasique Vibes went to Germany with a one-year contract, where they played German and American concert venues.

The orchestra returned to Copenhagen the following year, to fulfil a Scandinavian tour, but fascinated and inspired by the new environment and its varied musical styles, Solomon decided to stay in Denmark working with Danish musicians.

He immediately caught attention with his extraordinary percussion skills and has since worked and recorded in many different constellations including
New Jungle Orchestra, Palle Mikkelborg, Match Brothers, Moussa Diallo Band, Dalia Faitelsonís Global Sound with among others Jerry Bergonzi, Randy Brecker and Adam Nussbaum. Additionally, he is highly esteemated as a cultural provider of African music and history, playing around one hundred school-concerts every year.
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