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Jazz drummer, percussionist, improvisor, composer & community musician

Benita Haastrup: There was always a lot of music in my childhood home. My father is a jazz musician and my mother loves jazz – and the free expression of jazz and the colors and moods that jazz draws on have also become my way of expressing myself.
Music is my way of communication – playing with and listening to fellow musicians and audiences – a stream of music being created and exchanged between people that transforms into moods and feelings.
I believe that music can heal us and penetrate into areas not accessible by words and concepts.

 

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“It is some of the best music I’ve heard! Well-written and catchy tunes, where the melody tunes are played by Kaare Munkholm’s airy and hovering vibraphone with Jens Skou Olsen’s elegant bass and Benita’s sparkling and elastic drums dancing around – a shere pleasure to listen to.” Jazz Special 2017

Nominated for two Danish Music Awards 2017 – Jazz album of the Year & Composer of the Year. Going North is a 16 page CDBOOK with photos from our trio tours in Norway. (Click to buy!)

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Mørkefjell is the second part of Benita Haastrup’s Nordic CDBOOK Trilogy. The title melody (meaning Dark Mountain) is inspired by the artist Karin Grünbergers water color painting on the front cover. The ten original compositions takes the listener on a journey through the mountain range, down into the deep of the earth and back up and out again.

Mørkefjell is a 16 page CDBOOK with photos from our trio tours in Norway – and the music is an original take on the New Nordic Trio Jazz. (Click to buy!)

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Hvælv is the third release in the Going North Trilogy series by the Benita Haastrup Trio. The title track Hvælv (a poetic reference to the bow-like feeling of the stars in the night sky) is inspired by the view from the top of the Gullsvåg Fjell in Norway depicted on the front cover. Once agai, the ten original compositions takes the listener on a journey – but now we are going home from the hights of the utmost north to the plain fields of Denmark.