Janne Mark writes in the here and now, she is socially aware and committed, and in her work she draws on the freedom of jazz and all of the breadth of the Scandinavian folk tradition. And that is how her songs have established their place outside the canon of sacred music and in the secular space. As she explains herself, “the music of ‘Pilgrim’ is written for people who are unfamiliar with the church as well as for those who know it well.” The music of the Christian church and jazz have always been closely related. Spirituals and then gospel music were both a fertile nurturing ground for jazz and an important source of inspiration.
Janne is from Denmark, a church musician and one of Europe’s most compelling new hymnwriters. We in WGRG have had the pleasure of getting to know her over three conferences, first on Iona in 2016 and then in Glasgow in 2017 and again in 2019.
44 mins running time