ACOUSTIC SENSE has thrilled many audiences far and wide with their atmospheric and colourful music - and the orchestra is appearing just as colourful with its line-up, consisting of a world/jazz guitarist, a classical cellist (who is a strong improviser), a jazz bassist and an African percussionist.
Acoustic Sense was formed in 2001 by guitarist John Sund together with cellist John Ehde, bassist Morten Lundsby and percussionist Ayi Solomon. Their debut CD “New Gems” arrived in 2003. It was well received and was nominated by Danish World Awards in the “Best CD of the year” category,
Acoustic Sense has been working with different guest musicians and on “New Gems” they had a rewarding cooperation with the Serbian accordionist, Lelo Nika - whereas their second and latest released “Absorption” (2010) solely is featuring the quartet.
On the musical journey, the orchestra leads its audience on, one will experience everything from beautiful Nordic tones, to a strong rhythmic drive - from simple, soulful melody-lines to energetic power. Even if the music occasionally skips “into the wilderness’ - the musicians are always capable of demanding the attention of its audience, due to their genuine stage presence.
The music of Acoustic Sense isn’t so easy to put a label on, but to categorize it as World/Jazz, would probably be the closest one gets, although it might be best off described as original music, with its very own personal and unique style.
The members have worked with some of the finest musicians on the Danish and international jazz and world music scene, including Marilyn Mazur, Palle Mikkelborg, Thomas Clausen, Danish Radio Big Band, Moussa Diallo, Pierre Dørge’s New Jungle Orchestra, Jakob Davidsen, Bo Stief, Randy Brecker, Shashank Subramanyam, and many more...
Individually and together, they have toured world wide, and played such venues as Copenhagen Jazzhouse, Go Global (2008). In 2007 Acoustic Sense played at the Beijing International Jazz Festival, where they ended up becoming the main attraction of the festival - and in 2010 they were one of the Danish representatives at the World EXPO in Shanghai.
What the press is saying
- “This formation that John Sund has come up with in Acoustic Sense is just as rich in facets as the music itself...“
Ulrike Kress - www.jazzdimensions.de
- "Jazz/world music is a great idea and Acoustic Sense is one of the best of the genre that I can think of.”
Steve Fergenbaum - Wayside Music - USA“
...always with that special touch and awe-inspiring runs across the finger board. That man can play guitar like few...”
Torben Holleufer - GAFFA
- “From the very first musical note, one was aware of something
extraordinary...” (Concert review - Underværket Randers, 2010)
Jan Sisseck - Randers news paper
- “When at its best, it was like magic." (Concert review - Copenhagen 2011)
Henrik Palle – Politiken