The Firebirds

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Last Show: Wednesday 13 th September 2017

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

The Firebirds is a trio named after Igor Stravinsky's 'Firebird', and consists of three of Denmark’s most interesting improvisers who interpret music by iconic composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Carl Nielsen, Tchaikovsky and Rimskij-Korsakov in their own original way. They draw on references from genres and styles as diverse as jazz, surf, free improvised music, blues and much more.

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“Not just one of Europe’s most interesting drummers but one of Europe’s most interesting musicians”

Jazz Journal (on Stefan Pasborg)

Renowned drummer, composer and bandleader Stefan Pasborg put the trio together in 2011 whilst artist-in-residence at Jazzhouse in Copenhagen, Denmark. Throughout his life Stefan has had a close relationship to, amongst others, Stravinsky's music, as his mother was a former ballet dancer at the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, and some of his earliest musical impressions came from the 'classical' world. It is the encounter between jazz related and improvised music, and the fully notated music that Stefan wants to establish. The music is delivered with a deep respect for the originals and a serious take on the interpretations – but, also with a great deal of humor.The result is a completely distinctive sound.

Band Lineup

Anders Banke (saxophone & clarinet)

Anders Filipsen (keyboards)

Stefan Pasborg (drums)