Julie kjær’s edgy and thoughtfull playing and ‘dark, otherworldly imagery’ (Jazzwise) has become incerasingly evident around Europe, inhabiting ground between composition and free improv. Experimenting with extended techniques, sound and rhythm she pushes her instruments to their limits.
“…one of the most impressive new voices on the London jazz and improv scene” -Stewart Smith, The Wire July ’16.
She has toured internationally and recorded with Django Bates and StoRMChaser.
Currently one of her main focuses is her trio, Julie Kjær 3, with bass player John Edwards and drummer Steve Noble. Their debut album ‘Dobbeltgænger’ was released in 2016 on Clean Feed Records.
She tours internationally with Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and his Large Unit. She also plays with London Improvisers Orchestra and is a leader and side woman of several other English and Danish ensembles. In autumn 2017 she was commissioned to compose a piece for the prestigious Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. A co-commission with the Danish Festival G((o))ng Tomorrow. She has also been a featured composer by the British Music Collection (2014). She associates herself with prized performers like Mark Sanders, Dave Douglas, Thurston Moore, Louis Moholo-Moholo, John Russel, Dave Liebman, Laura Jurd, ‘Leafcutter’ John, Mira Calix, Veryan Weston and Steve Beresford.