Morten Schantz is a pianist, composer and bandleader born 1980 in Aarhus, Denmark.
In January 2017 he released his first international album, "Godspeed", on Edition Records, his 9th overall having previously released 4 as a soloist and 4 with JazzKamikaze. Schantz has won several awards based on his work with JazzKamikaze where he is the primary songwriter as well as receiving two grammy nominations for his solo work, most recently as "Jazz Composer of the Year" for "Morten Schantz: Unicorn".
A founder member of the award-winning pan-Scandinavian group JazzKamikaze, Schantz hits with a fantastic new band featuring long-term collaborators and original JazzKamikaze members Anton Eger (Norway/Sweden) on drums and Marius Neset (Norway) on saxophones.
With ‘Godspeed’ the trio idiosyncratically stamp their bold imprint on the music in typically dynamic and imperious fashion creating music full of euphoric riffs and blissful melodic hooks.
Utilising an impressive array of electronics with all the predictable skill and virtuosity at their command this trio generate some of the most vibrant music to burst onto the European jazz scene in recent times.
Founder of Edition, Dave Stapleton said “On my first listen to Morten’s album, I was immediately drawn to the compelling and exciting nature of his music. Of course, the playing demanded the highest virtuosity and skill, but it was compositional power, intricacies and rhythmical complexities that commanded my attention. The Edition team is very excited to work with Morten and help him to build a wider international audience.”
Morten Schantz added “I can’t wait to become part of the Edition family. I’ve worked with and followed many of the label’s artists and I’m excited to be part of their story and ambition and looking forward to becoming involved with an already world class group of musicians!”
Those familiar with the work of Eger and Neset (from Phronesis and Marius’ own groups) can expect the usual fireworks, but add the compositional talent and individual skills of Schantz and this trio assumes even greater prominence, bursting at the seams with energy and spirit. It won’t be long before Morten is demanding in his own right the kind of attention the likes of Anton and Marius have garnered in previous years. ‘Godspeed’ is Weather Report (in its original and most creative form) for the techno generation.
Winner of "Ung Jazz" w. JazzKamikaze 2005
Winner of "Young Nordic Jazz Comets" w. JazzKamikaze 2005
Winner of Getxo Festival: Audience Choice w. JazzKamikaze 2006
Selected as spearheads in the International Launch of Danish Jazz between 2007-2009
Nominated for a Danish Jazz Grammy as Jazz Composer of the Year for "Morten Schantz: Unicorn" 2014
Nominated for a Danish Jazz Grammy as Newcomer of the Year for "Schantz Segment: Return from Exile" 2007
Finalist at "Karrierekanonen" (National song contest hosted by Danish Radio P3) w. GENUS 2012
For more info on JazzKamikaze please visit www.jazzkamikaze.com