lotte anker

Photo: Peter Gannushkin

Photo: Peter Gannushkin

Lotte Anker is a Copenhagen-based saxophone player and composer working in the field between experimental jazz/improvisation and contemporary music.

Her music includes both melodic (often twisted or fragmented) elements and more abstract textural material and covers a wide territory from minimal, transparency to dense and dark expressionism.

Lotte Anker has been initiator and bandleader of a number of highly acclaimed collaborations and groups such as Anker, Taborn, Cleaver (w/ Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver), Trio with Sylvie Courvoisier and Ikue Mori, to name a few.

Other recent projects are the 8-piece group What River Ensemble, duo with Fred Frith and a quartet with Johannes Bauer, Clayton Thomas and Paul Lovens.

Lotte has performed at major festivals and concert spaces in most of Europe, USA, Canada, Asia, Africa and the Middle-East and has also played and toured with Marilyn Crispell, Herb Robertson, Tim Berne, Okkyung Lee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Joelle Leandre, Raymond Strid, Sten Sandell, Andrew Cyrille, Phil Minton, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Peter Friis-Nielsen and many others.

Compositional work includes music for both small group and large ensemble and for both contemporary new music and modern/experimental jazz ensembles - and a combination of these.

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...this live set is astonishing powerful...For it’s the combination of these three musicians that defines this record. More than just shared experience and common purpose, rather a sense that music comes not from within us but from a universe of which we are a tiny part. Floating Islands might not help us save the planet but in it’s way it tells us why we should
— Jazzwise/UK 2010

What River

Another co-comission, this time with Wundergrund Festival, it is premiered at HCMF by a specially formed stellar ensemble. Anker aims to connect aesthetics of different musical worlds through musicians with a wide range of background.... In this beautifully integrated, superbly listening collective there is no association of ego.....
A quite magical and intense late-evening performance
— Andy Hamilton, The Wire 2010

"Motion Picture" by Malene Bach. Music by Lotte Anker & Jakob Riis