This band consists of young musicians who have no respect for conventions. They do as they please without looking to what other musicians do. One moment they may plunge into New Orleans compositions from the 1920’s, and the next moment jazz from 1960’s Chicago, playing both styles with equal conviction – while at the same time adding to the music a personal and original touch [....] No doubt the band has a twinkle in the eye, and that they are determined to “conquer the world”.
- Jury, Danish Music Awards Jazz 2015
Horse Orchestra is an important band on the modern Nordic jazz scene. The band members succeed in combining parts of the history of jazz with modern barrier-breaking musical experiments. Classical jazz compositions from 1920's New Orleans here meet freejazz from the '60's as well as modern classical music, and it all ends up in an original, post-modernistic style that has no equivalent on the Nordic jazz scene. Horse Orchestra was consists of seven young musicians from Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and the band is a testimony to a new generation of musicians who master their musical historical legacy and try to help modern jazz music reach new heights.
The orchestra's debut album, Living the Dream, was released in September 2014 and won two Danish Music Awards. In October 2016 Horse Orchestra released their second album, Four Letter Word, to great reviews. This June Horse Orchestra released a new video EP.
Erik Kimestad – trumpet
Ingimar Andersen – saxophones
Petter Hangsel – trombone
Kristian Tangvik – tuba
Jeppe Zeeberg – piano
Nicolai Kaas Claesson – bass
Rune Lohse – drums