NEW ALBUM 'KONTINENT' OUT ON ACT!

On November 13, 2020 the discovery label ACT has released the new album Janne Mark, Kontinent with Arve Henriksen:

“With this second release on ACT singer, songwriter and hymnist Janne Mark presents a kaleidoscopic travelogue from her pilgrimages in life and art. KONTINENT is a soaring departure from PILGRIM (2018) and documents the expanding collaboration with musical miracle worker Arve Henriksen.”

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LIRA (SE) - MARCH 2021

En oas för själen att vila sig vid.

“Det vilar ett speciellt slags allvar över denna produktion, ett allvar av det attraktiva slaget som har med behovet att beröra att göra.”

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NORDIS (DE) - MARCH 2021

Crystal clear complexity.

A rich arsenal of musical instruments gives the calm emanate voice of this singer the complexity for a complete work.”

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JAZZ THING (DE) - FEBRUARY / MARCH 2021

Epitome of tender intimacy.

“Kontinent” lives from the calm, luminous singing power of the main protagonist: The notorious Kate Bush comparison, for once it actually makes sense.”

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JAZZSPECIAL (DK) - FEBRUARY 2021

This deeply original album carries two signatures: Janne Marks and Arve Henriksens.

“Janne Mark and Arve Henriksen blasts – in musical terms – time and space”.

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JAZZPODIUM (DE) - FEBRUARY 2021

One of the most remarkable albums of 2020.

“Eine Brückenbauerin”.

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JAZZWISE (GB) - FEBRUARY 2021

Powerful and memorable, this is music for the ages.

EDITOR’S CHOICE****

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POLITIKEN (DK) - DECEMBER 24, 2020

An elaborate spiritual odyssey.

Nordic tones with an international reach, which emphasizes that the collaboration between the Danish singer and the Norwegian maestro with the sensitive overview is exemplary.” 

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DAG OG TID (NO) - DECEMBER 24, 2020

An important record.

A well-developed Danish-Norwegian collaboration leaves its mark.

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JAZZNYT (DK) - DECEMBER 4, 2020

A streak of masterpieces.

“If I had my arms far above my head in connection with the Pilgrim album in 2018, then I will have to mount arm extensions this time.

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JAZZPODIUM (DE) - DECEMBER 2020

An extraordinary album.

An emotionally moving sound experience.”

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STEREO & FONO (DE) - DECEMBER 2020

Most beautiful.

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With a clear, angelic voice, Janne Mark takes you into spheres that you should be able to immerse yourself in.

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GAFFA (DK) - NOVEMBER 2020

A little masterpiece.

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“Dane Janne Mark’s new album is masterful, touching, innocent.

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KRISTELIGT DAGBLAD (DK) - NOVEMBER 27, 2020

Sparkling songs from cold regions.

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“The singer and composer Janne Mark has with “Kontinent” created a breathtaking album that feels like a long poem you want to move into.

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KULTURNEWS (DE) - NOVEMBER, 26 2020

Characteristically Mark and Henriksen.

“Kontinent is an exploration of the world.”

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JAZZ ESPRESSO (IT) - NOVEMBER, 24 2020

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

“A fascinating journey into different worlds, linked by Mark’s (beautiful) voice, by the successful arrangements and by jazz as a language that unites everything in a new and original whole.”

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SALT PEANUTS (NO) - NOVEMBER 2020

Gorgeous!

Arve Henriksens’ delicate and beautiful trumpet playing glides along with Marks vocals as if they had never done otherwise.”

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CULTURE JAZZ (FR) - NOVEMBER 2020

Radiantly clear. In these ethereal landscapes, it sometimes appears that souls seem more alive than the living!

“Janne Mark’s clear diction, and the apparent simplicity that emanates from it, works wonders and offers the listener, through its harmonious expressiveness, a pure moment of contemplative introspection.”

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PARIS MOVE (FR) - NOVEMBER 2020

Indispensable!

“Sometimes there are albums that reveals moments of ecstasy and contemplation, as is the case here with this very beautiful album by Janne Mark.”

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LONDON JAZZ NEWS (GB) - NOVEMBER 13, 2020

Lovely and delicate.

Mark’s intimate vocal style at times resembling a Danish version of Norma Winstone or late period Kate Bush is beautifully counterpointed by the whispery softness and vocal expressiveness of the trumpet of Arve Henriksen.“

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PILGRIM GERMAN SONGBOOK RELEASE AT STRUBE VERLAG (DE) - FEBRUARY 2020

Neun Lieder für Gemeindegesang und Chor.

“Entstanden durch eine Zufallsbegegnung im Kloster Loccum. Wir freuen über diese schöne Ausgabe!”

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MUSIK UND KIRCHE: EIN NEUES LIED (DE) - SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2019

Musik und Kirche – Die Zeitschrift für Kirchenmusik.

“Zunächst unbemerkt von der kirchenmusikalischen Öffentlichkeit sind im vergangenen Jahr einige neue Lieder aus Dänemark eingewandert. Im Juni 2019 war die Sängerin und Komponistin Janne Mark (*1973) dann zu Gast auf dem Dortmunder Kirchentag gewesen – im Gepäck die Lieder ihres Albums „Pilgrim“, das 2018 beim renommierten Jazzlabel ACT erschienen ist.”

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EIN ZUFLUCHTHAUS STEHT HIER (DE) - JUNE 2019

Offenes Singen, Kirchentag Dortmund 2019.

“Beim Kirchentag werden sieben Lieder der Jazz-Sängerin zum ersten Mal auf deutsch zu hören sein. Es sind hochpolitische Lieder, die sich gegen den restriktiven Umgang mit Asylbewerbern wenden.”

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I NOSTRI CD JAZZ INTERNAZIONALE (IT) - DECEMBER 2018

Ten tracks that are to be the master of a reflexive music.

“In short, an album that makes us know a musician of great depth, fascinating, mature, with an exquisite sensitivity and great writing skills. Furthermore it confirms Arve Henriksen as one of the most outstanding personalities of today’s jazz scene in Northern Europe.”

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PRÆMIERING STATENS KUNSTFOND / DANISH ARTS FOUNDATION AWARD (DK) - DECEMBER 11, 2018

Præmiering ‘PILGRIM’ Statens Kunstfond / ‘PILGRIM’ awarded by Danish Arts Foundation.

“Janne Mark har de senere år markeret sig stærkere og stærkere som en fantastisk salmedigter og komponist, og på sin seneste udgivelse “Pilgrim” forløser hun denne kunst i fornemt samspil med bl.a. den norske trompetist Arve Henriksen.”

“Janne Mark has over the past years marked herself stronger and stronger as a fantastic hymn writer and composer, and with her latest release “Pilgrim” she redeems this art in distinguished interaction with, among others, the Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen.” 

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MARLBANK - ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2018 (UK) - NOVEMBER 25, 2018

Marlbank, Albums of the year 2018.

“Numinous hymnal surprise of the year from a talented singer with a unique timbre.”

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JAZZNYTPRISEN / JAZZNYT AWARD (DK) - NOVEMBER 15, 2018

JAZZNYTPRISEN 2018 tildelt af Niels Overgård.

“Janne Mark laver musik til nutiden. Den er et samlingspunkt. Et sted hvor man samler sig. Hvor man finder ro. Janne Mark laver også musik til eftertiden. Det er langtidsholdbare salmer der fortjener at blive brugt og hørt af mange mennesker.”

“Janne Mark makes music for the present. It is a meeting point. A place where one gathers. Where one finds peace. Janne Mark makes also music for the posterity. It is longlasting hymns that deserves to be used and heard by many people.”

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JAZZSPECIAL (DK) - SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER 2018

Sang- og salmeskriver af Guds nåde.

“Med et musikalsk udtryk der kan betegens som “melankolsk dur”, ligger musikken på Janne Marks udgivelse PILGRIM langt fra, hvad andre danske vokalister udgiver. Sangene/salmerne indeholder en dyb melodisk enkelhed, inderlighed og skønhed.”

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TOR DE JAZZ / TOR HAMMERØ (NO) - AUGUST 19, 2018

Uendelig vackert.

“Pilgrim” har det meste i seg til å bli et album som vil sette spor etter seg både nå og i mange år fremover. På den eneste hymnen Mark ikke har skrevet her, “Gå stille og tyst”, formidler hun det jeg håper ikke skal skje med musikken sin. Jeg håper nemlig at hun skal bli hørt av mange – både troende og alle oss andre. Janne Mark har nemlig noe viktig å melde.”

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ORKESTERJOURNALEN (SE) - AUGUST 3, 2018

Uttrycket är oförställt, röstklangen luftigt stjärnklar.

“En långsamhetens lov, där sångerna blir till snöflingor som singlar ned i slowmotion, mot gatlampans gula sken.”

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JAZZSPECIAL (DK) - MAY & JUNE 2018

Himmelrummet åbner sig en smule og tilværelsen giver pludselig mening som aldrig før.

“Med ‘Pilgrim’ har Janne Mark og hendes musikere præsteret et af de smukkeste, væsentligste, mest personlige og vigtigste vokalalbum længe hørt herhjemme. Tak for den gave!”

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JAZZVIEWS (GB) - APRIL 2018

Delicate, inspiring and uplifting.

“The haunting musical phrases combine the mix of sadness and hope that is the Easter story. This just goes to show that, contrary to popular belief, the Devil doesn’t get all the best tunes.”

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JAZZWISE (GB) - APRIL 2018

Warm, contemporary folky delivery.

“The unique voice of Arve Henriksen is close to being Marks’ singing partner.”

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JAZZTHETIK (DE) - MARCH & APRIL 2018

Dänische Kirchenlieder per Mail.

“Janne Marks unverstellte Stimme ist ein Teil der Faszination ihrer Musik.”

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WORLD MAGAZINE (US) - MARCH & APRIL 2018

New releases.

“Pilgrim is a showcase for the hauntingly lovely contemporary Christian hymns of Janne Mark and confirms both her orthodoxy and her sincerity.”

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UK VIBE (GB) - MARCH 26, 2018

(4/5)

“This project has a gentle reposing quality where folk fans will feel very much at home.”

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BERLINGSKE (DK) - MARCH 22, 2018

*****(5/6)

“Når ord og toner smelter så smukt sammen, som Janne Mark og Arve Henriksen formår at gøre det, ja, så kan man da næppe andet end åbne ører og sjæl og overgive sig.”

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MAGAZINE 7 (SE) - MARCH 2018

7777 (4/5)

“Janne Mark succeeds in combining the sacral with Scandinavian folk music and jazz and creates new life in the hymnal tradition.”

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JAZZPODIUM (DE) - MARCH 2018

Jazz-Vocals – Domäne der Damen.

“Zauberhafte Musik.”

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JAZZNYT (DK) - FEBRUARY 5, 2018

Janne Marks stemme sammen med Arve Henriksens trompet er i særklasse.

Ambitionsniveauet er tårnhøjt og holder hele vejen. Janne Mark må være den første danske sangerinde der lanceres internationalt, hvor der synges på dansk.”

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LEIPZIGER VOLKSZEITUNG (DE) - NOVEMBER 28, 2017

An entirely convincing cd.

“With her glass-clear voice and the intensity of – only virtual – simplicity Janne Mark aims right in the middle of the soul.”

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