Ned Ferm has an impressive resume replete with the requisite modern jazz and avant-garde bona-fides, having performed with Roswell Rudd, Tyshawn Sorey, Ben Street, Mark Guiliana as well as luminaries of European Jazz (Jakob Bro, Jacob Anderskov, and his wife Maria Faust to name just a few). In the past few years, however, Ferm has gravitated towards more expansive and folk-oriented projects. His debut as a leader Spent All the Money (Stunt Records) could fairly be described as country, combining Ferm’s unique vocals with folk-jazz instrumentals.
Like Spent All The Money, Ferm’s current project blazes new paths, drawing on minimalist, electronic and ambient instrumental music, but always with a focus on patience, space and organic sound. Ned developed the material during a series of duo concerts with Italian master drummer/pianist Emanuele Maniscalco, but this performance at The ArtsCenter will mark the world premier of this new music adapted to a quartet format.
Two-time Danish Grammy winner Ned Ferm has performed or recorded with John Parish, Mark Howard, Roswell Rudd, Airto Moriera, Jorge Rossy, Ben Street, Tyshawn Sorey, Jakob Bro, Jacob Anderskov, Kresten Osgood, Thomas Morgan, Mark Guiliana, Warren Smith, Steve Swell, Teitur, Kira Skov, Maria Faust, and many more.
“Ned Ferm plays a multitude of instruments, but is known mostly for his excellent saxophone playing … he has become an institution in and unto himself.” – Copenhagen Jazzhouse Program, July 2015
“Ferm is a brute-force player who favors hard-angle skree and sickening drone, yet he also lets rip with plenty of passages both lyrical and mellow; the man’s no dunce, and he wrings grace out of the horn where you’d least expect it.” – Dustin Krcatovich, The Quietus, December 18th, 2015