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Konvoj Ensemble. Sweden tour november 2014. Malmö, Gothenburg, Västerås, Stockholm   

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Konvoj Ensemble feat. Evan Parker and Sten Sandell will be touring sweden with 4 concerts in sweden 4-7 november 2014. Premiering a composition 'MIRA' with an animated graphical score by Ola Paulson & Jakob Riis

4/11, Inter Arts Center, Malmö. Arr. Frim/Syd and Jazz i Malmö
5/11, Nefertiti, Göteborg. Arr. Levande Musik.
6/11, Culturen, Västerås. Arr. Nya Perspektiv
7/11, Kulturhuset, Stockholm. Arr. Frim and Sound of Stockholm

Evan Parker (UK) - tenor and soprano saxophones
Lotte Anker (DK) - soprano and alto saxophones
Ola Paulson (SE) - tenor and barytone saxophones
Liudas Mockunas (LT) - bass saxophone and bass clarinet
Sten Sandell (SE) - piano
Jakob Riis (DK/SE) - laptop
Anders Uddeskog (SE) - drums

MIRA is a further investigation into animated graphical notation for improvising ensembles, which Ola Paulson and Jakob Riis started with the work "Colors of" from 2012. The development of MIRA is done in the project "Inter Labs (To Work Between - To Act Among)" which is supported by Kulturbryggan and Inter Arts Center... Read more

"Det glömda modersmålet". Nordisk Salong, Dunkers kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden. 24 oct 2014 - 15 jan 2015

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"Det glömda modersmålet" ("The Forgotten Mother Tounge") is an soundinstallation by Elisabeth Moritz. The installation includes a new composition by Jakob Riis, commisioned by - and based on the ideas of Elisabeth Moritz.

The installation "Det glömda modersmålet" was chosen by a jury to be included in the exhibition "Nordisk Salong 2014" at Dunkers kulturhus in Helsingborg, Sweden. The opening will be on friday, october 24th 18:00-20:00, and the exhibition will be open from 25 october 2014 - 15 january 2015.

All sounds in this work are generated from a recording of E. Moritz mother reading the text "Die Vergangenheit als Gegenwart" by Martin Walser, where the melodic and harmonic structure of the lullaby "Wiegenlied" by Franz Schubert are shining through, and creating a framework for choosing sinusoidal tracks to follow in a re-synthesis of sounds generated from the recording. The composition is presented in an 8 channel soundsystem with specially designed loudspeakers.

Thanks to JC Morrison for invaluable input on the loudspeaker construction.

Mads Emil Nielsen & Jakob Riis @ Den Nye Lyd, Sort/Hvid, Cph, October 16th, 2014, 22:00

Mads Emil Nielsen and Jakob Riis were both involved as co-composers in the The Nielsen Movements production The "Transformer" that were playing at Caféteatret, Copenhagen in the spring of 2014. Now the theatre have undergone a name change to Sort/Hvid, and meanwhile the two electronic musicians have been preparing a second infusion of their musical setup for a duo concert at the concert series "Den Nye Lyd". Here Mads Emil Nielsen and Jakob Riis are connecting their serrated outfits in an improvised, dynamic and airborne joint action.

Mads Emil Nielsen - analog modular synthesizer.
Jakob Riis - laptop, electronic feedback and processing.

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New Nordic Sounds @ Victoria, Nasjonal Jazzscene, Oslo, Norway, october 10th 2014, 20:00

Liudas Mockūnas Trio:

Liudas Mockūnas (LT) - reeds, Arnas Mikalkėnas (LT) – piano, accordeon. Håkon Berre (NO) – drums.

Maria Faust Jazz Catastrophe:

Maria Faust (EST) – reeds, Tobias Wiklund (SE) – trumpet, Sture Ericson (SE) – reeds, Lars Greve (DK) – reeds, Morten Pedersen (DK) – piano, Adam Pultz Melbye (DK) – bass, Håkon Berre (NO) – drums.

Konvoj Ensemble:

Ola Paulson (SE) – saxophones, Lotte Anker (DK) – saxophones, Liudas Mockûnas (LIT) – bassaxophone, Jakob Riis (DK) – laptop/ electronics, Anders Uddeskog (SE) – drums, Sten Sandell (SE) – piano.

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Multiversal North - Day 8, at Galleri Ping-Pong , Stora Nygatan 4, Malmö, 17 september 2014, 19:30

Multiversal North is a festival with 12 days of concerts in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Malmö. The concert on day 8 at Galleri Ping Pong in Malmö is co-arranged with Frim/Syd and will present 3 ad hoc constellations of local and international musicians.


Nguyễn Thanh Thủy (đàn tranh)
Anders Lindsjö (guitar)
Jakob Riis (laptop, mixingboard feedback)
Adam Pultz Melbye (double bass)


Dario Fariello (sax)
Ola Paulson (sax)
Olle Wikström (sax)


Utku Tavil (drums, laptop)
Theo Strauss (guitar)
Anatole Petit (drums)
Thiebault Imm (guitar)
Johannes Nästesjö (double bass)

Multiversal is a network, consisting of musicians, artists, performers and spaces around the globe. It has its roots founded back in 2011, as guerrilla actions on the border of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg neighborhoods of Berlin, which in time evolved into an irregular event series that have involved different neighborhoods and realities; live music venues, art galleries, cellars, apartments and streets…

Liquid Nails, live at Martin Bryder Gallery, Nygatan 12, Lund, 23 august 2014, 16:30

...two pieces of alufoil used for loudspeaker preparation at Liquid Nails repetition before the concert at the opening of Mathias Kristersson's exhibition at Martin Bryder Gallery.

Konvoj Ensemble, concert at New Nordic Sounds, Copenhagen Jazzhouse, 22 april 2014, 20:00

An evening with 4 acts:

kl 20:00 - Konvoj Ensemble

   Lotte Anker - alto/soprano saxophone
   Ola Paulson - baritone/alto saxophone
   Liudas Mockunas - bass saxophone
   Jakob Riis - electronics/laptop
   Anders Uddeskog - percussion

Kl 21:00 - Marc Ducret - Liudas Mockunas Duo

KL 22:00 - Maria Faust Jazz Catastrophe

Kl 23:00 - ¡haUtUllin!

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The Cessation Elegy - New release on Lava Thief Records, out on april 7th 2014.

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The Cessation Elegy
A collaboration between Bill Horist and Jakob Riis.

1. Wind, Tar to Baliene Flame
2. The Hidden Terms of Cessation's Elegy
3. Fibrillate - Wishes of the Last Twitch
4. A Rakish Gasp.
5. Who Mourns the Talus Dead?
6. Engines of Exposures Unborn;
7. A Certainty Drowned in the Channels of Memory.

Seattle based guitarist Bill Horist and Jakob Riis embarked together on a short tour of the Northwest US in the Summer of 2009.

Although they had known each other for years (having first met at a festival in San Diego and soon after, performed together in a larger ad hoc group in Tijuana, Mexico) they had never before worked together as a duo.

The plan was simple; each would do a solo set and then they would perform as a duo, wherein Jakob would process, manipulate and extrapolate Bill’s prepared guitar work.

It seemed like a good strategy, but neither expected such a synergistic result and ‘The Cessation Elegy’ is the culmination of this brief encounter. It explores broad sonic boundaries, finding footholds in a wide array of sounds - drone, raag-infused acoustic exploration, straight up noise, abstract folk, doom, electro-acoustic excursions and dolorous ambience.

Limited edition of 100 copies only on CD; the packaging is handmade, with gold ink screen printed onto black card.

"This is an extraordinary piece of work, a wordless communion in caustic colours and sterling guitar playing... An introspective vibe suddenly flung WIDE OPEN, as it grabs your attention in meaty dives of DOOM, tremors that tonally rot way in bouldering grains... where divisions between each become deliciously blurred and unfold beyond the sum of their parts. A synergy of open thresholds that make for plenty of replays." - . Michael Rodham-Heaps, Freq magazine

"Don’t let the classic 78 rpm-style artwork fool you. Michigan’s Horist (Master Musicians of Bukake) and Danish sonic innovator Riis serve up a thoroughly avant-garde collection of pastoral guitar and fiendishly dark ambience sure to stimulate the senses and have you fingering your ear on occasions as if to unblock the static. Add a collection of song titles that hint heavily at Jungian spiritual imagery and what we have here (hear?) is something rather quite strange but also strangely appealing" - Ian Fraser, Terrascope

“An occasionally unsettling mix of wordless, solo acoustic guitar melded with dense, industrial hum and mysterious Bladerunner acoustics…” - Captain Fidanza, Collective Zine

“Warm guitar works alternate with manipulated tone works, and the result is a diverse album that plays to the strength of each… the beauty has been in the danger.” – Richard Allen, A Closer Listen

Order the physical CD directly from Lava Thief - Digital purchase available @ iTunes a.o.

Transformatoren - premiere March 13, 2014 at CaféTeatret, Copenhagen

"Kønnets utilstrækkelighed er i centrum, når Nielsen indtager CaféTeatret. Karen Blixen er omdrejningspunkt for en forvandling, der tager sit udspring i et opgør med manden og en udforskning af kvinden som fremtidens mulighed.

Som publikum følges vi med Nielsen, i skikkelse af fortællersken Baronesse Blixen, gennem en forestilling om friheden til at være noget andet end alle de andre - og om at sætte sig selv på spil. I processen indflettes en farverig samling af fortællingens kvinder. Medea, Ofelia og Antigone tager alle del i transformationen, og midt i det hele gør Michael Jackson sin entré."

Manuskript og performance - Nielsen
Instruktion - Nielsen & Petra Berg Holbek
Scenografi - Palle Steen Christensen & Ingvild Rømo Grande
Lysdesign, Videoteknik - Morten Kolbak
Lyd og musikproduktion - Mads Emil Nielsen & Jakob Riis
Foto - Sofie Amalie Klougart
Producent - The Nielsen Movement

Spilleperiode 13 marts - 5 april 2014, CaféTeatret, Skindergade 3, 1159 København K

Reviews: Sydsvenskan (in swedish), Politiken (in danish), Teatermagasinet Teater 1 (in danish).

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Amplify the Arab, concerts in Copenhagen and Malmö, january 2014

26 January, 17:00, do-store, Ahlmansgatan 3, Malmö, Sweden. Arr. Frim/Syd

1. Hindi Küchen
2. Carl Lindh
3. Amplify the Arab

16 January, 20:00, Mayhem, Ragnhildgade 1, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1. Teller / Härdig
2. Amplify the Arab


Spotify: Bill Horist & Jakob Riis: The Cessation Elegy // Expanded Botanics: Refugium // Fernandez, Fjellestad, Haco & Riis: Haco Hans Jakob Marcos // Jakob Riis: No Denmark // Konvoj Ensemble feat Evan Parker & Sten Sandell: Colors Of // Liudas Mockunas & Jakob Riis: Uncertain Statistics // O'Leary / Pasborg / Riis: Grønland / Ris och Ros: No Service // Rød Planet //
iTunes: An Auf // Bill Horist & Jakob Riis: The Cessation Elegy // Expanded Botanics: Refugium // Fernandez, Fjellestad, Haco & Riis: Haco Hans Jakob Marcos // Jakob Riis: No Denmark // Konvoj Ensemble feat Evan Parker & Sten Sandell: Colors Of // Liudas Mockunas & Jakob Riis: Uncertain Statistics // Nguyen Thanh Thuy & Jakob Riis: Tranh Improvisation // O'Leary / Pasborg / Riis: Grønland // Ris och Ros: No Service // Rød Planet // Rød Planet: RPM // Bill Horist & Jakob Riis: The Cessation Elegy // The Orchestra plays Jakob Riis: In absence of mind //
Bandcamp: Alarm112 // Bill Horist & Jakob Riis: The Cessation Elegy // Hindi + Riis: Trunking //