SPACE BIG BAND
The Knudsen/Rudzinskis Space Big Band debut album “SPACE BIG BAND” was released October 22, 2021, on Double Moon Records/Challenge Records.
Nominated BEST JAZZ ALBUM 2021
The Latvian Grammy – The Annual Latvian Music Recording Awards!
Nominated NEW JAZZ NAME of 2022
The Danish Music Awards JazzNominated Best Jazz Album
Featured on Europe Jazz Media Chart and included on Lufthansa Group Airlines and Qatar Airways In-flight Entertainment
SPACE BIG BAND is a collaboration between Latvian Saxophonist Toms Rudzinskis and Danish Bassist Kenneth Dahl Knudsen. Inspired by deep space and our history of space knowledge – from Galileo to Hawking, with detours in geological time and Kepler’s planet frequencies – this a retelling of our space history in the universal language of music, a contemporary electro-acoustic jazz suite “Space Big Band” for a contemporary jazz big band.
Project premiere on January 17 & 18 at “B-Flat Berlin” with Berlin-based musician collective. Personnel: Malte Schiller (cond.), Shems Bendali, Dima Bondarev, Jakob Sørensen, Johannes Böhmer (tr.), Dustin Drews, Toms Rudzinskis, Julius Gawlik, Ignaz Dinne, Leonie Freudenberger (sax); Nils Marquardt, Jonas Lindh, Andrej Ugoljew, Alistair Duncan (trb); Povel Widestrand, Sebastian Boehlen, Kenneth Dahl Knudsen, Mathias Ruppnig (rthm sct).
Project is supported by Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation // Toma Rudzinska projekts “Mūzika mūsdienu džeza svītai” tapis ar Valsts kultūrkapitāla fonda mērķprogrammas “Latviešu oriģinālmūzika” atbalstu.
A futuristic playground for contemporary jazz big band, there’s a clear sense of joy, of adventure, of excitement…
Mike Gates, UKVIBE on “Space Big Band” (2022)
[..] a fascinating listening experience [..] with examples of new approach to tonality, arrangement and composition [..] deep aesthetic satisfaction.
This is the kind of 21st century jazz big band recording I’d love to hear a lot more!
Kaspars Zavileiskis, DELFI.LV on “Space Big Band” (2022)
SPACE BIG BAND ON MISSION
FIRST MISSION: January 17 & 18, 2020 at Jazz club “B-Flat” Berlin, Germany
NEXT MISSION: NEW MUSIC & SHOWS 2023