Benjamin Koppel

Benjamin Koppel is Danish saxophonist and composer, one of the most award-winning musicians of his generation and known for his versatility and virtuosity.

Koppel’s musical background is deeply rooted in his family and can be as well compared to the musical heritage from the famous Jacksons 5 or even the world known Bach family from Germany. He is the grandson of famous Danish classic composer Herman D. Koppel, and the son of musician and composer Anders Koppel, who had a great success worldwide with the band ”Savage Rose” and is well known for being the greatest Danish beat musician of his generation. The music genre of the family spreads out from classical to jazz and pop genre and Benjamin Koppel masters all the genres with the outmost perfection.

He formed his first band, when he was 15 years old, and has appeared on more than 50 recordings. The variety of his musical collaborations is wide, and has established him as a sought after musician internationally. As a soloist and bandleader, he has performed/recorded with Phil Woods, Daniel Humair, Palle Danielsson, Alex Riel, Miroslav Vitous, Anders Koppel, Inger Dam Jensen, Michala Petri, Adam Nussbaum, Randy Brecker, Chano Dominguez, Phil Woods, Charlie Mariano, Portinho, David Sanchez, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Werner and others.

Selected highlight from recent year’s activities:

• 2012: Organizer of the Danish Jazz festival Valby Winther Jazz Festival
• 2011: Concerts at the legendary jazzclub Blue Note in New York
• 2011: Organizer of the Danish Jazz festival Valby Summer Jazz Festival
• 2011: Artistic Director of Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen
• 2011: Knighted as: Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (French appointed knighthood of culture)
• 2010: Receives the Initiative Award- awarded by the Ben Webster Foundation
• 2010: Organizer of the Danish Jazz festival Valby Summer Jazz Festival, incl. Artist-in-residence program with Kenny Werner
• 2009 Co-organizer of the COP15 Climate Cultural Event in concert “Walden – Singing the Kyoto Protocol”
• 2009 / 12: Participates as a jury member in Danish Radio 2’s acclaimed cultural television program “Smagsdommerne”
• 2007: Receives the Django d’Or Prize – Young Performer Band Leader
• 2004 / 7: Extensive touring in Europe & the USA incl. concerts at Carnegie Hall, Birdland in New York, Jazz festivals, etc.
• 2001: Founds Cowbell Music record company, which publishes jazz music, classical, crossover and pop music.

Cowbell Music releases

Kakophonia
Mad Cows Sing (2002)
Alberte Winding / Benjamin Koppel (2002)
Ritmo! (2003)
Katalogue (2003)
Koppel og Brass (2004)
The Iceland Concert (Nordic Design vol. 1) (2004)
Babop (2004)
The Copenhagen Incident (Nordic Design vol. 2) (2004)
At Large vol. 1 (Standards) (2004)
At Large vol. 2 (Originals) (2004)
Paris Abstractions (2006)
The Reykjavik Recording (Nordic Design vol. 3) (2006)
Pass the Bebop (Phil Woods) (2006)
Hammond Street (2006)
The European Jazz Factory (2008)
Contemplation (2008)
Frostmorgen (Alberte) (2008)
Blues and Ballads (2008)
The Poetic Principle (2008)
Through the Rain (Marie Carmen Koppel) (2008)
At Ease (Bobby Watson) (2009)
Herman D. Koppel 100 Years (DVD) (2009)
Walden (Kenny Werner) (2009)
Adventures of a Polar Expedition (2010)
A Way With Words (2010)
Sax & the City (Jan Rørdam) (2010)
The Suddeness of Inventivity (2011)
Brooklyn Jazz Session (Marie Carmen Koppel) (2011)

As sideman:
A Soulful Evening (Marie Carmen Koppel) (2005)
A Merry Little Christmas (Marie Carmen Koppel) (2010)
Fjerde Til Venstre (Alberte) (2011)
Øst (Tammi Øst) (2011)

Booking contact:
Morten Friis
e-mail: booking@cowbellmusic.dk
Tel.: +45 7026 0807
Mobile: +45 6166 2648