While taking a break of more than two years, dozens of new creative projects and a baby were born, but now Selvhenter is bursting with energy and music again. From 2020 on, they will play their intense live shows in a trio line up consisting of Maria Bertel (trombone), Sonja LaBianca (saxophone), and Anja Jacobsen (drums), and in February 2021 they will play at ALICE as a part of the Vinterjazz Festival!
The fascinating music of Selvhenter is based on the foundation of polyrhythmic patterns laid down by the drums. Simultaneously, the horns intertwine in heavy riffing, pop-like melodies and textures of sound. They are often manipulated by the use of effect pedals which gives the music a special timber of multiple amplified overtones and frequencies. As a result, the group’s sound is beautiful, energetic and danceable. It brings forward associations of rock, pop, noise, drone and improvisation – but also influences from the percussion music of Africa and Southeast Asia as well as modern minimalist composition.
The three members of the band are all well-known musicians on the Copenhagen experimental music scene, active in bands, performance groups and solo projects such as Meshes, Ymers Pizza, Frk. Jacobsen, Gud Er Kvinde, Valby Vokalgruppe and Sonja Labianca. At live concerts, Selvhenter is always curious, focused and full of energy.
In 2010, the members of Selvhenter founded the art collective and record label Eget Værelse (a room of one’s own) – a platform for the projects they create together or individually.