Marius Neset

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Marius Neset
Marius Neset at "Jazz im Park",
Frankfurt am Main 4 August 2013.
Background information
Birth name Marius Søfteland Neset
Born (1985-01-02) 2 January 1985 (age 34)
Os, Hordaland
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Tenor saxophone
Soprano saxophone
Labels ACT Music
Associated acts JazzKamikaze
People Are Machines
Human Chain

Marius Søfteland Neset (born 2 January 1985 in Os, Hordaland) is a Norwegian jazz musician (saxophone) living in Copenhagen. He is known from collaborations within the jazz bands "People Are Machines", "Kaktusch", "JazzKamikaze" and Django Bates projects "StoRMChaser" big band and "Human Chain".[1] He is the son of music teachers guitarist Terje Neset (b. 1959) and pianist Anne Leni Søfteland Sæbø (b. 1961), and the brother of the vocalist Anna Søfteland Neset (b. 1987) flautist Ingrid Søfteland Neset (b. 1992).[2]


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Marius Neset at Oslo jazzfestival (2015).
Marius Neset
(Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson)

Neset holds a Master's degree at the Copenhagen Rhythmic Music Conservatory 2008, and finished Soloist studies under the guidance of Django Bates among others, at the same place in 2010. The same year he toured with the Klüvers Big Band performing their Rolling Stones project, with whom he did a gig at the Kongsberg Jazzfestival.[1]

The debut album under his own name was Suite for the Seven Mountains (2008). Neset called the band "People Are Machines", including Magnus Hjorth (piano), Petter Eldh (double bass) and Anton Eger (drums), accompanied by a string quartet. On his 2nd solo album Golden Xplosion (2011), receiving rave reviews from The Guardian,[3][4] Telegraph and Irish Times in addition to Danish Magazine, Jazz Special and Norway's Jazznytt. The critique Ian Patterson of The Guardian comments in his review of Golden Xplosion: "Marius Neset, the 25-year-old Norwegian saxophonist who surfaced in the UK last year with Django Bates (his teacher and mentor at Copenhagen's Rhythmic Music Conservatory), not only combines Brecker's power and Jan Garbarek's tonal delicacy, but has a vision that makes all 11 originals on this sensational album feel indispensable, and indispensably connected to each other. Bonuses include an inspired Bates on piano and synths, and the formidable Phronesis rhythm section of bassist Jasper Høiby and drummer Anton Eger."[3]

In 2012 Neset collaborated with the violinist Adam Bałdych on the album Imaginary Room within the "The Baltic Gang", including Jacob Karlzon (piano), Lars Danielsson (double bass), Morten Lund (drums) & Verneri Pohjolaon (trumpet). The third solo album Birds (2013) was called "a heady concoction that surprises at every turn and enthralls in its stirring ensemble passages and epic scope", by the All About Jazz reviewer Ian Patterson. Here Neset is accompanied by Ivo Neame (piano), Jim Hart (vibes), Jasper Høiby (upright bass), Anton Eger (drums), Ingrid Neset (flute & piccolo flute), Daniel Herskedal (tuba), Bjarke Mogensen (accordion), Tobias Wiklund (trumpet), Ronny Farsund (trumpet), Peter Jensen (trombone) and Lasse Mauritzen (French horn).[4][5] The reviewer of NRK Jazz states: "He abolishes the border between jazz and symphonic music and promises thus both genres to unprecedented heights.[6] He signed up for the label ACT Records in 2013.[7] His first ACT release "Lion" (2014) together with the "Trondheim Jazz Orchestra" reached international acclaim as one of the most important large ensemble albums of 2014. Marius Neset's new quintet album "Pinball" will be released on January 30, 2015 on ACT.

Marius Neset
(Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson)
Marius Neset
(Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson)



Solo albums

Duo with Daniel Herskedal

Collaborative works

Within JazzKamikaze
  • 2005: Mission I (Stunt Records)
  • 2007: Travelling at the speed of sound (Stunt Records)
  • 2008: Emergin pilots EP (SevenSeas Music)
  • 2009: The revolution's in your hands EP (SevenSeas Music)
  • 2010: Supersonic revolutions (SevenSeas Music)
  • 2012: The return of JazzKamikaze (Stunt Records)[1]
Within "People Are Machines"
  • 2007: People are Machines (Calibrated Records)
  • 2007: Live Getxo (Errabal Records)
  • 2008: Suite for the Seven Mountains (Calibrated Records)
  • 2011: Fractal (Cloud Records)
With Django Bates
  • 2008: Spring is Here (Shall We Dance?) (Lost Marble), within StoRMChaser Big Band[1]
With Ole Amund Gjersvik
  • 2011: Duo Improvisations (Acoustic Records)
With Adam Bałdych & "The Baltic Gang»
  • 2012: Imaginary Room (ACT)
With Dave Stapleton
  • 2013: Flight (Edition Records)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Patterson, Ian (17 December 2012). "Marius Neset: Norwegian Woods – Interview". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2013-08-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Bruarøy, Kjetil Vasby (24 December 2012). "Musikarfamilie i julestemning" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-11-03. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fordham, John (21 April 2011). "Marius Neset: Golden XPlosion – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-11-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Patterson, Ian (17 December 2012). "Marius Neset: Birds – Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2013-08-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 Marsh, Peter (2013). "Marius Neset Birds Review". BBC. Retrieved 2013-08-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wicklund, Erling (30 April 2013). "Marius Neset – Birds Review" (in Norwegian). NRK Jazz. Retrieved 2013-08-13. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Marius Neset signs to ACT". MusicNorway. Retrieved 2013-11-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Superb, Marius Neset!". Moldejazz. Retrieved 2013-08-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Trondheim jazzorkester og Marius Neset" (in Norwegian). Vossajazz. Retrieved 2013-08-13. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Daniel Herskedal Marius Neset Duo". Retrieved 2013-08-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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