SPACE BIG BAND is the Berlin-based contemporary jazz big band project by jazz musicians & composers Danish bassist KENNETH DAHL KNUDSEN and Latvian saxophonist TOMS RUDZINSKIS.

Debut album "SPACE BIG BAND" released on Double Moon/Challenge Records on October 22, 2021Nominated New Jazz Name of the Year
at The Danish Music Awards Jazz
Nominated Best Jazz Album at
The Latvian Grammy Music Awards
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Space Big Band @ Blackbird Studio Berlin

"A futuristic playground for contemporary jazz big band, there’s a clear sense of joy, of adventure, of excitement.. " – Mike Gates, UKVIBE

"This is the kind of 21st century jazz big band recording I'd love to hear a lot more!" – Kaspars Zavileiskis, DELFI.LV

"[..] complex rhythms, unusual wind figures and very ambitious guitar work characterize the varied compositions of this ensemble consisting of 9 nations. Brilliant at tempo, remarkably beautiful when it gets lyrical." – Günter, Na Dann Magazine

"An alternative take on big band music offering highly engaging listening experiences.." – Frederik Ludin, NORDJYSKE

"[..] a fascinating listening experience [..] with examples of new approach to tonality, arrangement and composition [..] deep aesthetic satisfaction." – Adam Baruch, Soundtrack of My Life

"[..]it should not be forgotten that "space" can also simply mean free space, that which the big band grants to some outstanding soloists[..] There is still plenty of room for modern big bands in the contemporary jazz scene. Knudsen/Rudzinskis and the Space Big Band are able to fill it excellently with their debut. " – bak, Concerto Austria

"Not only Bezos and Branson fly into space [..] many original, lustfully polyphonic ideas to hear, abstract constructions, which do justice to the cosmic specification by all means. [..] grounded groove and doesn't shy away from a fusion ballad. It's a major work, a long journey – over 70 minutes of music with relatively few improvisational stretches. Bezos and Branson, on the other hand, had only short flights. " – Hans-Jürgen Schaal, Jazz thing 143

"[..] a powerful electro-acoustic contemporary jazz orchestra where alongside electrifying collective moments there are always spaces for rest, individuality and improvisation." – Christoph Giese, Virgin Jazz Face | Facebook

"[..] conceptually realized from start to finish, harnessing the full band's potential with exceptional attention to detail. Each composition captivates with polished harmony, excellent direction, arrangements and great solos. A great idea for an album implemented with a really impressive result." – Magazin für Jazz Musik

"Rudzinskis' and Knudsen's joint efforts have resulted in an ambitious conceptual jazz big band album." – Eriks Miezis,

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Inspired by deep space and our history of space knowledge, from Galileo to Hawking, with detours in geological time and Kepler’s planet frequencies – this is a retelling of our space history in the universal language of music, a contemporary electro-acoustic jazz suite "SPACE BIG BAND" for a contemporary jazz big band.

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Space Big Band @ Blackbird Studio Berlin

Blackbird Recording Studio Berlin

Playtime: 1h 11min
Genre: Bigband, Contemporary Jazz
Recording: January 19 & 20, 2020

Space Big Band @ Blackbird Studio Berlin

Personnel: Malte Schiller (cond.), Shems Bendali, Dima Bondarev, Jakob Sørensen, Johannes Böhmer (tr.), Dustin Drews, Toms Rudzinskis, Julius Gawlik, Ignaz Dinne, Leonie Freudenberger (sax); Nils Marquardt, Jonas Lindh, Andrej Ugoljew, Alistair Duncan (trb); Povel Widestrand (p), Sebastian Boehlen (guit), Kenneth Dahl Knudsen (bass), Mathias Ruppnig (dr).