Biography

Morten Schantz - Biography

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, to great critical acclaim all over the world. This was his 10th album having previously released 4 as a soloist and 5 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 two long-term collaborators in drum wizard Anton Eger (Sweden) and jazz phenomenon, 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.

Morten Schantz has toured all over the world with his solo projects and JazzKamikaze in the following countries: Denmark, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Holland, France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Luxembourg, Belgium, Lithuania, Hungary, UK, Ireland, Faroe Islands, USA, Brazil, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Moldova, Tanzania, Morocco and Russia.

Selected press quotes

“Schantz proposes a convincing brand of post-fusion invention… The ghost of Weather Report dances freely here”
DOWNBEAT (US)

“… telepathic interaction between Schantz, Neset & Eger – lifts the album into the realms of the exceptional (and unmissable)… a group that really turn heads”
JAZZWISE (UK)

“Schantz gelingt es hier durchweg, mit seinem beiden Partnern eine hymnische Musik zu kreieren, die Melodisch ist, aber auch über explodierende Freiheiten verfügt, um durchgängig in den Bahn zu ziehen”
JAZZTHETIK (DE)

“Tolle Jazzfusion, nicht nur für die Ravekids-Generation!”
JAZZPODIUM (DE)

“A swirl of exploratory playing”
THE LONDON EVENING STANDARD (UK)

“Morten Schantz is a European jazz name we’re going to get used to hearing.”
THE GUARDIAN (UK)

“Godspeed unceasingly rewards repeated plays and easily qualifies as one of the most exciting and engaging recordings for a long time. Schantz has surely now found his true métier”
ALL ABOUT JAZZ (UK)

“Das Experiment gelingt. So vital kann Fusion klingen”
JAZZTHING (DE)

“Morten Schantz hat mit seinen Bandkollegen ein Konzept entwickelt, das gleichermaßen retro wie futuristisch wirkt. Mit viel Dynamik und Spielfreude kann »GODSPEED« absolut begeistern”
NORDISCHE MUSIK (DE)

“Extraordinary achievement …The last decade was characterized by jazz-rock reminiscences, but mostly it was missing animal energy and originality. I salute Schantz – “Godspeed” as that rare exception”
JAZZPORT (CZ)

“Schantz’s layers of pianos and synths are an atmospheric sounding board for a tight, interactive trio completed by Marius Neset’s virtuosic sax and the pounding thump of Anton Eger’s drums. Rigorous structures focus mood while leaving ample room for the musicians to stretch out.”
THE FINANCIAL TIMES (UK)

Grants

Danish Arts Council
DPA
KODA
DMF
DJBFA
Margrethe Axelsens Fond

Awards

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

Nominations

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)