Anne Mette Iversen
Anne Mette Iversen is from Denmark, but has lived in New York since 1998, where, since 2001, she has been leading her own groups and projects. Her ongoing project is the Anne Mette Iversen Quartet; and currently she is also working on a project of “Jazz Art Songs”, for vocal, piano, bass and clarinet. These songs will integrate the tone of Scandinavian hymns and folk-songs with jazz, classical and contemporary music.
Anne Mette has published three CDs as a leader, of exclusively original compositions and has received excellent media reviews and enthusiastic audiences world wide.
As a composer Anne Mette has developed her own unique and personal style that has come out of a talent for unifying jazz music with European classical music.
Her recent work with jazz quartet and string quartet (“Best of the West”) is a highlight exemplifying this, and one track, “West”, was selected NPR’s Song of the Day.
Anne Mette's main outlet for her music is her own groups and projects. She is inspired by many styles of music: jazz, scandinavian folk music, brazilian and classical music. For her jazz quartet most of her compositions stay within the realm of "modern jazz", but for her other projects she can go in a classical direction or crossing boundaries as in the new "Jazz Art Song" project. In all of her music, he aims to find new sounds and develop her personal voice, and she constantly experiments with stretching the boundaries of form, meter, harmony, rhythm and improvisation. Her music is still rooted in tradition, though, and it is important for her that the listener can connect with it on an emotional, direct, non-intellectual and subconscious level.
She has written music for a variety of instrumentations, including choir, chamber ensembles such as brass quintet, cello trio, and flute and piano duo; and for various size jazz groups. She also has scored music for three short films and an Off-Broadway play.