This month, Danish collective Alawari will release their eponymous debut album on April Records, united by a passion for rebellion and freedom of expression.
Classical and jazz music collide as the septet who aim to challenge the listener’s expectations creates a sound all their own while simultaneously drawing upon the multilayered heritages of both genres through rapid-fire, free jazz improvisation juxtaposed with lush classical arrangements.
A few of my favourites from the upcoming release include ‘Sunes Hit’, ‘Stone’, the deliciously distorted ‘Elegi’, as well as the rebel-rousing closing track ‘Revolution’.
Alawari consist of Sune Sunesen Rendtorff (piano), Carlo Janusz Becker Lauritsen (trumpet & flugelhorn), Jonatan Melby Bak (Double Bass) Asger Uttrup Nissen (alto saxophone), Simon Forchhammer (drums), Frederik Engell (Tenor Saxophone), Eigil Pock Steen (Live processing & sampling).
The collective share their new track, ‘Sorg Part 1’. A hypnotic and brooding jazz track featuring trumpets and flugelhorns duelling with tenor saxes against mournful piano notes and crashing drums. Musically balanced and well-produced, this is an excellent modern jazz recording.
Listen to the track below, and look out for the album later this month.
9.Sorg Pt. 2
10.Sorg Pt. 2
Alawari LP is due for release on 23rd April via April Records. Pre-order from Bandcamp.