Jens B. Christiansen (piano, würlitzer & electronics)
Søren Stensby (violin/guitar)
Emil de Waal (drums) – at times replaced by Jonas Kardyb
Helene Tungelund (harp/vocals)
Line Felding (cello)
Maria Jagd (violin)
Kristian Hoffmann (lap-steel & guitar)
Andreas Markus (upright Bass)
We are aware that venues around the world have different needs and budgets so we’ve made it possible to vary the amount of people performing with the ensemble. Please talk to the booking agent about this.
Tech Rider: Rumpistol Ensemble Sextet Tech Rider (right click to save).
Link to “ISOLA” album: https://rumpistol.lnk.to/isola
Link to “After The Flood” album: https://lnk.to/qDRylr7C
Presskit: rumpistol_ensemble_presskit (right click to save).
Isola Press Page: https://jazzfuel.com/project/rumpistol-isola/
With industry plaudits including Gilles Peterson and musical comparisons to composers such as Nils Frahm and Max Richter, award-winning Danish producer, film composer, electronic musician and pianist Jens B. Christiansen (aka Rumpistol) releases his 7th solo album ISOLA on April 1st, 2022.
Characterised by his meditative and cinematic sound, the album sits in a beautiful space somewhere between ambient music, jazz and neo-classical stylings.
Expanding on the quartet line-up of his critically acclaimed 2020 release After The Flood (2020), Isola adds two leading musicians from Denmark’s vibrant jazz scene to the mix: Kalaha’s Emil de Waal on drums and Jonathan Bremer of Bremer/McCoy on upright bass.
The pair add a jazz-infused edge to a project which has evolved alongside Christiansen’s own career; emerging 20 years ago as a well-respected solo artist and electronic music creator, Isola showcases a composer adept at merging instruments, styles and individual musician personalities in his music.
Part of this evolution can be attributed to the stress-related burn-out that Christiansen experienced in 2018 which radically changed the way he works.
“Isola is the latin name for ‘island’ which shares the language stem with the word ‘isolation’” he explains. “It not only refers to the state that the world has been in the last few years, it also refers to the basic conditions of every human being and a newfound need for grounding and a reconnection with nature.”
Such is the organic approach to the music that the additional guest appearances – of which there are several – come from all over the musical spectrum.
Ukulele master Tobias Elof adds his magic, whilst classical vocalist Nina Smidth-Brewer breathes life into three tracks. Folk singer Jullie Hjetland sings on Slumre Slojfer (Lullaby Loops) while the ghost of pop singer Kill J can be found on the closing track.
Not to mention Christiansen himself, whose credits alongside piano include guitar, synths, bird sounds, accordion, wurlitzer, mellotron & vocals…
In essence, Rumpistol brings together the many facets of a career which includes the band Kalaha, computer games, dance, theatre and film scores into a sound that brilliantly defies easy classification.
During his concerts, Jens B. Christiansen will share stories about the course of his burn-out and about how he fought his way back to reality.
“ISOLA is a work of great intimacy with moments of impressionistic orchestral grandeur and tender, even pastoral jazz expression.” – Truth and Lies (UK)
”A career defining album.” – The Letter (UK)
”I may just mark it as Rumpistol single strongest work to date” ”I think this album is absolutely fantastic and has a strong shot at being my favorite album of the whole year.” – The Wonky Angle (US) (9.3 ud af 10)
“Organic, tactile and unstoppable … Alluring and sensually beautiful”” – GAFFA (DK)
“God damn did it hit me like a ton of bricks! Every track conveys this sense of aching sadness and loneliness that takes me into som kind of post-apocalyptic world. Like an abandoned city that’s been reclaimed by nature and I just have no freaking words for it. It is astonishing just how much emotional power this project had for me. Just completely swept me off my feet … Excellent Stuff!” – The Wonky Angle (US)
“Delightful, somehow strangely intense and damn well produced” – Music Dances When You Sleep
“A beautiful and quite varied piece of musical landscape.” – Tor Hammerø (NO)
”The imagination is a wonderful thing, and if one allows it to run free, the music of “Isola” creates its own story and has the capacity to take the listener on their very own personal journey.” UK Vibe / Mike Gates (UK)
“Nothing short of magnificent.” – Papas Vinyl Corner (US)
“Each listen evokes new respect and appreciation” – DJ Maggie (US)
“Beautiful album, a delicate composed piece of art. Emotional and compelling… an intimate story telling” – DJ Nanda (DK)
“Derrubado por um forte estresse, cujos sintomas começaram a bater após um show no Rio, em 2018, ao lado do BaianaSystem, ele teve que pausar a carreira e se desligar de tudo, em vários sentidos. Sem conseguir olhar para uma tela de computador, reencontrou o piano da infância como forma de expressão. Nele, compõs as 12 faixas do disco, que trocam as elaboradas criações eletrônicas anteriores por um minimalismo enriquecido por violinos, cellos e um raro órgão de cristal. Foi assim que, depois da inundação, Rumpistol se reergueu. E caminhou, suavemente.” – Calbuque / Resenhas Miudas (BZ)
Hotel Cecil (Copenhagen), Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Midsommerfestival (Præstø), Rigshospitalet (Copenhagen), Xenon, Huset (Copenhagen), Galgebakkens Beboerhus (Albertslund), Stairway (Vanløse), Jazzhus Montmartre (Copenhagen), Engelsholm Højskole (Bredsten), Radar (Aarhus), Huset (Aalborg), Dexter (Odense), Forbrændingen (Albertslund), Frelser Kirke (Aalborg), Trekroner Kirke, Hovborg Kirke, Strandhotellet, (Sandvig, Bornholm), Grimhøjgård (Aarhus), Klein (Copenhagen), Enghave Plads (Copenhagen).