Janne Mark: reinventing the hymn in Denmark in the spirit of jazz
Janne Mark writes hymns. And yet there is nothing about her that is stuck in a fusty tradition. She writes in the here and now, she is socially aware and committed, and in her work she draws on the freedom of jazz and all of the breadth of the Scandinavian folk tradition. And that is how her songs have established their place outside the canon of sacred music and in the secular space. As she explains herself, “the sheet music of ‘Pilgrim’ is written for people who are unfamiliar with the church as well as for those who know it well.”
Lyrics in Danish and English, but Introduction and acknowledgement only in Danish!
Distributed by Eksistensen
Cover art by Neo Rauch (detail), “Kleine Unterbrechung” 2017
by kind permission of the artist, courtesy Eigen&Art Leipzig / Berlin