Mathæus Bech is no ordinary bassist: he is an apprentice of the legendary danish jazz musician and former Miles Davis bassist Bo Stief; he has studied classical music at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen; and he has traveled around the United States collaborating with folk musicians like Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert (of Punch Brothers) and Jordan Tice. He unites these influences in a playful and masterful manner, as he strives towards continuing the proud tradition of virtuosic bass soloists, and wishes to show a new generation of music lovers that the double bass doesn’t need to be in the background.
An export drive for seven Scandinavian bands and soloists starts on 26 and 27 August during this year’s Tønder Festival. Since 2012, Folk Spot Danmark has presented Danish folk/roots bands aiming for a wider audience, both nationally but in particular internationally. The drive is organised jointly by SPOT Festival and Tønder Festival, the ambition being to give a lift to Danish folk/roots-music at home and abroad. The SPOT Festival has years of experience exporting Danish music, while Tønder Festival’s expertise lies in the folk and roots genre. Once again this year, eight Nordic folk/roots groups have been chosen by the international jury.