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Morten Schantz

Morten Schantz

Jazz pianist
Morten Schantz
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Jazz pianist
Is Jazz musician Musician Composer Pianist
From Denmark
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 19 October 1980, Aarhus, Aarhus Municipality, Central Denmark Region, Denmark
Age: 39 years
Star sign LibraLibra
Genre:
Jazz
Instruments:
Piano
The details

Biography

Morten Silberg Schantz (born 19 October 1980) is a Danish jazz pianist.

Career

Morten Schantz in 2014.

Schantz was raised in Kalundborg, where he started playing classical piano at the age of 6 years but eventually had motivation problems in early adolescence. While getting a new and inspiring teacher, he got back motivation and was introduced to jazz. He was quickly inspired by bands and musicians like Weather Report, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, David Sanborn, and Herbie Hancock.

Schantz formed his first trio as band leader in 1997, and they got the opportunity to play gigs at local clubs and released their first demo album Cantaloupe Island, the year after. In 1998 he formed The Marten Schantz Segment including his earlier so inspiring teacher, Mikkel Uhrenholdt (saxophone) and Jesper Thomsen (drums).

In 2001 he joined the band Mikhalized where he contributed the debut album Jazz Muffin (2003) In 2005 he started the highly acclaimed band JazzKamikaze with musicians from Denmark, Sweden and Norway, and that same year they received the award Young Nordic Jazz Comets. They have performed at jazz festivals around the world.

In July 2015 his band Godspeed debuted at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival venue Huset, Musikcaféen in Copenhagen, Denmark. The band is a trio with Marius Neset and Anton Eger. The album Morten Schantz Godspeed with Marius Neset on sax and Anton Eger on drums was released by Edition Records in January 2017. In All About Jazz, Roger Farbey wrote, "Godspeed unceasingly rewards repeated plays and easily qualifies as one of the most exciting and engaging recordings for a long time. Schantz has surely now found his true métier."

Awards and honors

  • 2005: Young Nordic Jazz Comets, within the band JazzKamikaze

Discography

As leader

  • 2014: Unicorn (Calibrated Music)
  • 2017: Godspeed (Edition)

With Schantz Segment

  • 2006: Return From Exile

Collaborations

With Mikhalized

  • 2003: Jazz Muffin

With JazzKamikaze

  • 2005: Mission I (Stunt)
  • 2007: Travelling at the Speed of Sound (Stunt)
  • 2008: Emerging Pilots (SevenSeas)
  • 2009: The Revolution's in Your Hands (SevenSeas)
  • 2010: Supersonic Revolutions (SevenSeas)
  • 2012: The Return of JazzKamikaze (Stunt)
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https://web.archive.org/web/20130614013130/http://mortenschantz.com/
http://mortenschantz.com
https://web.archive.org/web/20110226173523/http://www.mortenschantz.com/cv.html
http://www.mortenschantz.com/cv.html
http://gaffa.dk/anmeldelse/19187
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=36236
http://www.challengerecords.com/products/1333439225
http://jazz.dk/en/copenhagen-jazz-festival-2015/concerts/13702
https://www.allaboutjazz.com/godspeed-morten-schantz-edition-records-review-by-roger-farbey.php
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