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October 8, 2016

For the love of
crossover

For the love of
crossover

Miruna Dumitrascu
CONCERT REVIEWS

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Jazz improv meets poetic piano meets contrasting vocals meets the Low-Fi home concertgoers at KW3.

The Danish crossover jazz duo spellbinds listeners as the narrative kicks off with Clara’s electro-pop piano arrangements and Jeppe’s oscillating woodwind sounds, shaking up the leaves in the winter garden. What seemingly starts as a sneak peek into a little universe of a playbook coming to life turns out to be a candid discourse about climate changes, relationship and breakups, lazy sundays and all the things that we keep bumping into throughout our lives.

A repertoire formed of Clara’s older and newer songs, as well as Jeppe’s newest project, unravels in front of our eyes and ears as the room is slowly immersed in the night light. Pieces like “Umbrella” or “Sunday” joyfully, yet bitterly uncover the story behind a common inanimate object or the dullness of a Sunday morning that carries the simplicity of the little things around us. The artists’ interventions in between the songs stay as unpretentious as the minimalist piano mirrors the fragile lyrics, especially when a verse like “We’re all made of the past” haunts the room for a while.

The saxophone finds its place somewhere on the floor and the keyboard is abandoned as Clara and Jeppe decide to sit down and drive us right down in the dumps. The tempo slows down in a natural way and, in the most delicate manner, we circle in and out of  Jeppe’s newly acoustic work.

Jazz improv meets poetic piano meets contrasting vocals meets the Low-Fi home concertgoers at KW3.

The Danish crossover jazz duo spellbinds listeners as the narrative kicks off with Clara’s electro-pop piano arrangements and Jeppe’s oscillating woodwind sounds, shaking up the leaves in the winter garden. What seemingly starts as a sneak peek into a little universe of a playbook coming to life turns out to be a candid discourse about climate changes, relationship and breakups, lazy sundays and all the things that we keep bumping into throughout our lives.

A repertoire formed of Clara’s older and newer songs, as well as Jeppe’s newest project, unravels in front of our eyes and ears as the room is slowly immersed in the night light. Pieces like “Umbrella” or “Sunday” joyfully, yet bitterly uncover the story behind a common inanimate object or the dullness of a Sunday morning that carries the simplicity of the little things around us. The artists’ interventions in between the songs stay as unpretentious as the minimalist piano mirrors the fragile lyrics, especially when a verse like “We’re all made of the past” haunts the room for a while.

The saxophone finds its place somewhere on the floor and the keyboard is abandoned as Clara and Jeppe decide to sit down and drive us right down in the dumps. The tempo slows down in a natural way and, in the most delicate manner, we circle in and out of  Jeppe’s newly acoustic work.

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As his low-key voice sinks the entire interior garden in complete silence, anyone would feel ashamed to rub their shoes on the floor.

For a moment there, as Clara’s voice chimes in, you feel like you might resurface, but no; it gets deeper and darker, while you, in the bluest state of mind, just sit there and embrace it. 

Remainders of the tunes drift away slowly and peace is gently restored with playful vocals and prominent saxophone sounds melting together as the duo exposes more tracks from the 2010 album. “The Devil May Care” wraps up the bittersweet night, brimful of them moody, vibrating tunes.

The juxtaposition of their musical personas, as well as that pinch of self-irony that never did anyone any harm, transfers all the way to the Q&A session. Jeppe’s quirkiness complements Clara’s straightforward rhetoric, boosting a bit the awkwardness that floats in the air, but that’s what makes the evening even more compelling: artists confronting their audience and engaging in a micro-debate about the essence of their music. I mean, that’s why we’re getting together, right?

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Listen to Clara’s music on Spotify and Jeppe’s music on Spotify, or book them for a concert in your living room on Low-Fi’s website.

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