Janne Mark
ACT, 2020

November 24, 2020

Kontinent is Janne Mark’s second album for ACT.

In 2018 ACT released Pilgrim, the first album by Janne Mark, a singer who offered an interesting blend OF hymns (traditional or composed by her) and jazz. In fact the component of sacred music (the gospel) was a constitutive element of African American music. The result was a record of great interest: as the singer herself said “the church is the house of slowness, I’m interested in the sounds of slowness and silence, the sound of the world in the form of a church”.


Two years later the same themes are still at the center of Kontinent: the singer is accompanied by Arve Henriksen on trumpet and electronics, Nils Øklandagli strings, Henrik Gunde on piano, harmonium, mellotron and vibraphone, Esben Eyermann on double bass and Bjørn Heebøll on drums. Once again they present a mixture of traditional music, classics of Danish folk, a poem by Naja Marie Aidt, and a Celtic lullaby Taladh Chriosta together with Mark’s original music.

The result is a fascinating journey into different worlds, linked by the (beautiful) voice of Mark, by the successful arrangements (which highlight the great timbral variety of the group) and by jazz as a spurious language that unites everything in a new and original whole. 

An album of particular beauty that expresses well – as in Mark’s intentions – the sounds of slowness and silence.



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