I’ve just added a bunch of new (and old) albums to my discography page – June and July will be busy release months for me so stay tuned… XO
Some Vinterjazz action as I balance rehearsals and first performances of HAIR at Østre Gasværk 🎭😱🤩 along with working on some semi secret projects I’m dying to share 🙏🌋🤯 see you out thhhair:
February 4th, 8pm @ Spisehuset 1820 (fberg)
February 6th, 7pm @ Café Plankton (Den Blå Planet)
February 9th, 9pm @ Paradise Jazz Club (Huset)
ARTUR TUŹNIK SEXTET – TUŹNIK/FERM/KIMESTAD/HÄNGSEL/VAHT/ALBERTSEN
February 12th, 4pm @ Promenaden 1932 (fberg)
NEW ALBUM OUT NOW!
STREAM AND DOWNLOAD IT HERE ON THE PLATFORM OF YOUR CHOICE
AUTUMN’S DARLING, my new release on Stunt Records and Sundance Music, leans heavily into my rural upbringing in Maine and features a deep roster of creative voices and riveting, country-curious storytelling.
In April of 2021, co-producer Mads Brinch Nielsen and I set up shop in the Sauna Studio in Frederiksberg, Denmark, and invited 10 of our favorite multi-instrumentalists to join us on our mission of bringing 12 songs to life – 10 of which would make it onto the final album. The recording process was inspired by the Daniel Lanois / Mark Howard productions for Bob Dylan and others, with everyone in the same room, and some musicians switching instruments on different songs to achieve different sounds. Everyone brought their creativity, open-mindedness, and unique musical gifts to the studio for five days of rehearsing and recording.
After some wildly creative instrumental dubbing, mixing, and editing sessions, Marie Fisker came into the same studio to add her sultry, soulful voice to the songs, which brought the sound of AUTUMN’S DARLING together. Marie and I have worked together in various contexts over the years, including singing a duet on my previous album and playing together in the critically acclaimed Cabin Project in 2014.
I wrote all the songs and lyrics on this new album – a few of them are proud collaborations with musicians who also appear on this recording. This is also the lyrical/vocal debut of Levon which was written as an instrumental by our dear departed friend, Nicolai Munch-Hansen (1977-2017). The subject material varies from carefree fun to nightmarish survival – the writings of Cormac McCarthy influenced several songs’ lyrics. Genre-wise, there are sweet, steamy country ballads; pop tunes with insistent driving beats; swinging folk songs; and smoothly polished, classic rock-inspired tunes. Each piece has its unique approach and adds something special and specific to the album.
A HUGE THANK YOU to my Stunt Records and Sundance Music team and family for making this happen (especially Peter Littauer, Søren Friis, and Laura Littauer), to Rasmus Meisler for his brilliant illustrations, to Kenneth Heiberg for capturing the spirit of the album in the design, to THE BAND (Ace, Jakob, Hyhne, Funch, Silas, Hein, Ralle, Adrian, and Jeppe – this is your album!), to Marie for lending her transcendently beautiful voice to my music and life yet again, to Emil Thomsen for spectacular masters, and to Mads “Hippie” – for setting this project into motion with the best birthday present ever and for his patience, playing, and production throughout the process.
NED FERM – vocals, keyboards, percussion, flute, saxophone, etc
MARIE FISKER – vocals
MADS BRINCH NIELSEN – vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion, etc
RUNE KJELDSEN – guitars, keyboards
JACOB FUNCH – guitars, keyboards, vocals, percussion
JEPPE BRIX SØRENSEN – guitars
MADS HYHNE – trombone, keyboards, percussion
ANDERS CHRISTENSEN – bass, piano
JENS HEIN – bass, guitars
SILAS TINGLEF – drums, bass, guitars, percussion
JAKOB HØYER – drums, percussion
RASMUS VALLDORF – percussion
ADRIAN AURELIUS – percussion
1. Giving Me A Reason (Ferm/TInglef)
2. Gone Gone Gone (Ferm)
3. Song of Rest (Ferm)
4. There Is No Escape For Me (Ferm/Christensen)
5. Levon (Munch-Hansen/Ferm)
6. The Only Hotel in Hell (Ferm/Christensen)
7. Irene (Ferm/Tinglef)
8. Stepping Stone (Ferm)
9. Tonight (Ferm)
10. Marry Me (Ferm)
“Tonight” – the 3rd single from my upcoming album – is out now!
Tonight is a duet with the great Marie Fisker, who lends her voice to this album and lifts every song with it. As a tune, it’s pretty straight-ahead and I wrote it just before we recorded, thinking about what the album already had and what it still needed. The lyrics don’t have any special hidden coded message, but people are welcome to choose their adventures and interpretations. We went pretty deep and romantic with the production on this one.
Ned Ferm – vocals; Marie Fisker – backing vocals; Anders Christensen – piano & DX7; Mads Hyhne – synth pad; Mads Brinch Nielsen – falling synthesizer; Silas Tinglef – left acoustic guitar; Jens Hein – right acoustic guitar; Jeppe Brix – choppa electric guitar; Rune Kjeldsen – smooth electric guitar; Jacob Funch – bass, clavinet, backing vocals; Jakob Høyer – drums; Rasmus Valldorf – tambourine
music & lyrics by Ned Ferm
WELL, I NEED YOU – I NEED YOU TONIGHT
CAN YOU HEAR ME CALLING?
THERE’S SOMETHING THAT JUST AIN’T RIGHT
I BEEN SO LONELY TODAY
NEED MY ONE AND ONLY TO SAY
I’M WITH YOU TONIGHT
WELL, I’M WASTED – I’M WASTED TONIGHT
THE BOTTLE IS LONG GONE
WITH THE DISAPPEARING LIGHT
I BEEN SO THIRSTY TODAY
SO PLEASE DON’T HURT ME JUST STAY
DON’T LEAVE ME TONIGHT
WELL, I WANT YOU – I WANT YOU TONIGHT
ALL I NEED TO KNOW
IS THE SAME THING IN YOUR MIND?
YOU’VE BEEN TEASING MY HEARTSTRINGS TODAY
OR ARE WE JUST PLAYING THE GAME?
COME ON, LOVE ME TONIGHT
late Oct – Nov – Dec 2022!
Hope to see you at one of these final concerts of 2022!
w/ MARIA FAUST SACRUM FACERE “ORGAN” – REFORMERT KIRKE (GOTHERSGADE 111) – 4pm
NED FERM QUINTET “AUTUMN’S DARLING” – JAZZCUP (GOTHERSGADE 107) – 4pm
w/ CTM/DAWDA/KIELSGAARD – MUSIKHUSET KBH (VESTERBROGADE 59) – 8pm
w/ PABLO HELD/CARLOTTA ARMBRUSTER/CHRISTIAN RAMOND/ROBERTO GATTO – LOFT (KÖLN) – 8:30pm
RELEASE OF 2ND SINGLE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM “AUTUMN’S DARLING” (STUNT)
w/ MARIA FAUST SACRUM FACERE – ERSTA KYRKA (STOCKHOLM)
BIRTHDAY TRIO (ACE/FERM/HESS) – GADSTRUP BIBLIOTEK (NYVEJ 40, 4621) – 4PM
NED FERM “SPENT ALL THE MONEY” – PARADISE JAZZ CLUB (RÅDHUSSTRÆDE 13) – 8:30pm
RELEASE OF 3RD SINGLE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM “AUTUMN’S DARLING” (STUNT)
HOMIES – 20_14 floor @ distillery. DOUBLEBILL W. ML Buch @copenhagendistillery @20_14escho #20_14escho
first reviews of HEART IN HAND are in!
REVIEWS AND RESPONSE TO HEART IN HAND!!!
9/10: music; 9/10: sound
“The impressionistic exuberance of these compositions and the epic breadth of their implementation are just as captivating as the collective search for sound by the extremely symbiotic quartet.”
Wolf Kampmann, STEREOPLAY magazine
“This is a stunning record, which I know a lot of work has gone into. It’s work that has certainly paid off, resulting in an album that’s this good. The musicians invite you into a playful, floating game, and we get absolutely beautiful music… A wonderful release!”
Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts
Saxophonist Ned Ferm and drummer Kenny Wollesen combine tradition and avant-garde in a beautiful way… At its core, this is free jazz, but the multi-instrumentalists have added additional layers with individual piano tones, vibraphone lines, and percussion. The result is an open form of fusion.
-RALF STIFTEL, Westfaelischer Anzeiger, Hamm
(featured in Le Monde’s weekly album selection)
With melodies that share a common thread of clear writing, the album Heart in Hand, recorded by a quartet led by Kenny Wollesen and Ned Fern, leads into a series of tranquil musical landscapes… All mindful of the sound of the ensemble, to create subtle links, playing between jazz improvisation and composition… From the whole emerges a constant charm, a musician’s invitation to the imagination.
-Sylvain Siclier, Le Monde
“From the opening track Sonny Boy we are bathed in a hovering atmosphere. Jazz here has ethereal colors between psychedelic and ambient music. The album is an excursion into changing musical territory through the inventive interludes of these folk-inspired compositions.”
Jean-Francois Convert, textes-blog-rock-n-roll
COPENHAGEN JAZZ FESTIVAL 2022
COPENHAGEN JAZZ FESTIVAL 2022
25th of June
4pm – FERM / GREGERSON / KIELSGAARD
@ Sundbyøster Kirkegaard
30th of June
11:30pm – HOMIES
2nd of July
9pm – FERM / MUNDT / FORCHHAMMER
@ Christianshavns Beboerhus
11:30pm – w/ARTUR TUZNIK SEXTET
4th of July
5pm – w/BIRDIE OMEN
5th of July
3pm – FERM / NILSSON / AC
@ Gården og Gaden
6pm – FERM / AC / HESS
@ Apollo Bar
9pm – FERM / FRYLAND / SKOVBAKKE
6th of July
3pm – FERM / KJÆRGAARD / SKOVBAKKE / NILSSON
@ Gården og Gaden
7th of July
3pm – FERM / ROEMER / AC / HØYER
@ Gården og Gaden
8th of July
11pm – w/KRESTEN OSGOOD’S QUINTET
10th of July
6pm – FERM / AC / HESS
@ Apollo Bar
9pm – FERM / AC
AARHUS JAZZ FESTIVAL
12 – 13 – 14 – July
FERM / AC @ Jazz Cruise
More info on more concerts coming soon!
LEVON out now!
Music by Nicolai Munch-Hansen
Lyrics by Ned Ferm
My dear departed friend Nicolai wrote this song as an instrumental jazz hymnal that we recorded on his album ÆTER back in 2013. I wrote lyrics to the melody and we would often sing it together but this is the first time it will be heard in this form by ears outside of direct family and close friends.
I wrote the lyrics while thinking about Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian (or the Evening Redness in the West) which is both beautiful and terrifying. Levon Helm is of course one of the greatest musicians of all time.
This song now combines elements of all of these references and memories and tributes. Marie’s vocals add a warm yet haunting churchiness to it while Mads Hyhne plays a legendary trombone solo and I think the overall atmosphere does justice to the music while bringing the story in the lyrics to life.
Ned Ferm (vocals, keys), Marie Fisker (vocals), Mads Hyhne (trombone), Mads Brinch (Rhodes), Rune Kjeldsen & Jacob Funch (guitars), Anders Christensen (piano, bass), Jakob Høyer (drums)
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OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNIN’ – single out FRIDAY!
A bright moment on the horizon!
OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNIN’ – the first single from my and Kenny Wollesen’s album entitled HEART IN HAND with Anders Christensen and Rune Kjeldsen – arrives on Friday.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW to pre-save the song on your streaming service(s) of choice:
Big thanks to Kenny, Ace, Rune, Mads Mølgaard, Emil Thomsen, Paul Wilson, Gunhild Jarwz, Annett Ahrends, Peter Littauer, Søren Friis, Laura Littauer, Sundance Music, and KODA!