MOONBOW







MOONBOW, also known as a lunar rainbow, is a rainbow produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon, as opposed to direct sunlight. It lives in the opposite part of the sky from the moon. MOONBOW is quite rare to be spotted, and is relatively faint, due to the smaller amount of light reflected from the surface of the moon. It is friendly, but firm. It grows freedom on the left side of its upper back.


MOONBOW is an international septet playing freedom music full of pure energy, levitating improvisations, ecstatic grooves, and unforgettable themes.

The band consists of seven accomplished, internationally recognized improvisers from five different European countries. It was founded in early 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark, where their paths suddenly crossed. The music for MOONBOW was composed by the bass player Tomo Jacobson, but the imperative of working with the band was to give the band members freedom to shape the material their own way, fully engaging their unique, strong, and diverse creative intuitions. This way MOONBOW's music always stays alive and forever keeps surprising audiences around the planet earth.


MOONBOW is into, about, and for freedom. It was created and it is executed with an intention to express the conviction that we are all free within, and to inspire earthlings to freedom.


The album comes with an especially written for the occasion poem by the great William Parker. He received an early master of the album and the poem was his response. True story!


MOONBOW is:
Danielle Dahl (NO) - sax,
Mads Egetoft (DK) - sax,
Maciek Kadziela (PL) - sax,
Lucas Leidinger (DE) - piano,
Anton Jansson (SE) - guitar,
Tomo Jacobson (PL) - double bass,
Kresten Osgood (DK) - drums.


Danielle Dahl is a Norwegian composer, performer and improvisor. With her work on extending the sonic possibilities of alto saxophone she reaches to the limits and beyond of what we could call ‘avant-garde’ music. Danielle is internationally glorified for her cutting edge solo psycho-acoustic concerts and her conceptual contemporary classical compositional works.


Mads Egetoft is the king of new Danish tenor saxophone playing. For the past few years this exquisite improviser with his highly individual character has been storming through the various scenes in Europe, leaving deep traces on audience’s sensibilities. Mads’ playing will shake you.


Maciek Kadziela is a Polish alto saxophone master and composer. He knows no boundaries and finds himself very successful within modern jazz, free improv, rap, funk, or folk musics. These days, besides constantly touring, Maciek works on his PhD elaborating on his new, self-invented system of improvisation.


Lucas Leidinger is a Cologne based pianist and composer, by far one of Germany’s finest. He has numerous projects to his credit, including modern-jazz / contemporary-classical crossovers for piano trio and string quartet, or works for his own jazz ensembles. He is a highly in demand pianist in Germany and a multiple awards and competitions winner.


Anton Jansson is a Swedish super guitarist known to the world as a very unique voice within indie pop music. To those who are willing to dig deeper into his career though, he opens like a daffodil presenting a wide range of fabulous projects spreading between free improv and indie jazz. When you sense his vibrant playing you will never look at the world the same way.


Tomo Jacobson is a Copenhagen based Polish double bass player and composer highly recognized for his always diverse, full of life and joy, marvelously delicious free improv based projects. This good-hearted man tours around the globe with his bands as well as solo, always ready to throw a fat bunch of low-pitched sounds at your smiling face.


Kresten Osgood is … there is really no need to introduce him. Probably the best drummer in the world with some of the greatest discographies on this planet. He played with practically everybody who counts in jazz and free improv music world. Beware of out of this world Mr. Kresten Osgood.



Releases:







In 2016 MOONBOW has released an album on the greatest Danish label for creative musics ILK. You can buy it both on vinyls and CDs from ILK's website or directly from Tomo (you can contact me through the contact section of this website). It's also out on iTunes, Tidal, Google Music and Spotify.


Album Reviews:

"This is an album with a big heart, beating strong, and every single sound on this album is served up with an enthusiasm that holds nothing back. This is what unbounded creativity sounds like. (...) This is one of the most exciting albums I’ve heard all this year."

#7 on 'Best Albums of 2016'
(Dave Sumner - Bird is the Worm - USA) ​


"Ambitious set, with its broad sweep and towering heights, moody colors."

The Best Jazz Albums of 2016 long list
(Tom Hull - on the Web - retired Village Voice writer and Jazz Consumer Guide creator - USA)


"At times as vulnerably and gorgeously emo as the Dirty Three."

The Good Stuff 2016

(Bret McCabe - All People Sideways - USA)


"Tomo Jacobson’s Moonbow balance between free-form minimalism & an eclectic overflow of extrovert improvisation. Addictively involving stuff and therefore most strongly recommended!”
The Best of…2016
(Jazzismus Was There... - Greece)


"There are some very good things happening musically in Denmark, and MOONBOW is another example."

Favourite Releases of 2016

(One Man's Jazz - continuation of Taint Radio - Canada)


"Like all true artists, Jacobson is on a spiritual quest and the music on the impossibly titled album is filled with hymns and anthems of wild beauty. (...) the leader whose big tone and earthy bass riffs carry the music forward. Jacobson belongs to the tradition of great composer-bassists like Charles Mingus and the aforementioned William Parker. His music is both free and structured, with catchy motifs and solid swing. There is a certain wildness to the music, but as Parker notices, without any anger. Instead, the music whispers, screams and sings with joy, catching an impossible poetic paradox, like the transformation of the elements where water becomes air whose vibrations turns into earthy music filled with fire."
4/4 stars
(Jakob Baekgaard - All About Jazz - Denmark)


"Jacobson's compositions are strong, straight through, and the ensemble is a wonderful, untamed beast. It sound sort of like one of Charles Mingus' small ensembles, if the iconic bassist/composer had embraced—along with jazz—the sounds of heavy metal rock. (...) A distinctive and appealing sound."
4/4 stars
(Dan McClenaghan - All About Jazz - USA) ​


"The pieces that Jacobson has produced here are winding and elaborate, and they require a great deal of attention on the part of the listener. However, the rewards to be reaped are great - like every maze, a prize awaits the patient seeker."
4.5/5 stars
(Derek Stone - Free Jazz Blog - USA)


“In spite of the incredible power of a large ensemble, the music is completely devoid of conflict and wonderfully illustrates the concept of collective improvisation, based on mutual respect and almost telepathic communication between the players. There are many superb individual statements by the musicians involved, but the collective result is definitely more that just a sum of its ingredients.”
(Adam Baruch - The Soundtrack Of My Life - Poland)


"The six-part suite «When the sleeping...» indeed dances and grooves. The septet sound as small big band, playing with intense passion and conviction but also with a great sense of freedom (...) Moonbow compassionate music is not shy of sounding melodramatic on «And the Skies», emotional on «In C Major», and even sentimental as on the introduction of «Start to Sing» or and funky and soulful on «I Will Follow You» and «The End»."
(Eyal Hareuveni - Salt Peanuts - Izrael/Norway)


"Mr. Jacobson obviously spent time writing and arranging these pieces to keep this ensemble on their toes and focused. (...) I especially dig the way Tomo writes for the saxes, often as one harmonies force with strong interaction from the guitar and piano as well. What I find most surprising is that certain solos embrace a more modest, thoughtful aesthetic without going to far out, hence a more laid-back vibe occurs when you least expect and then they expand into more adventurous territory. I get the feeling that is going to take several listening sessions before I figure out where all those buried treasures are lurking."

(Bruce Lee Gallanter - Downtown Music Gallery - USA)


"Pladen fascinerer og holder et højt niveau hele vejen."
(Niels Overgård - Jazznyt - Denmark)


"Denn Musik wäre, so Parker, nicht Musik, wenn sie nicht die Liebezum Leben über alles stellen würde. Mit miesen Resentiments schafft man kein C Dur."
(Rigobert Dittmann - Bad Alchemy #92 - Germany)


“Det ställer krav.”
(Mats Palmquist - Lira - Sweden)


“Takiego albumu chyba jeszcze nie słyszałam. (...) Czuję, jakbym miała w ręku sztuczne ognie.”

(Anna Mrowca - JazzPress 02/2017 - Poland)


"Niecałe czterdzieści minut muzyki charakteryzuje się niewątpliwym nieskrępowaniem i artystyczną swobodą."

(Krzysztof Komorek - Polish Jazz - Poland)