Line up: Morten Hoirup – Gutar/Vocals, Eskil Romme – Sax, Andrzej Krejniuk – Bass, Ditte Fromsier Hockings –Fiddle/Vocals

Himmerland is a group of five traveling musicians, each carrying very different life stories and traditions in our rucksacks.  We come from three regions of Denmark – Bornholm (an island in the Baltic Sea), Copenhagen, and Northern Jutland – and from Poland and Ghana, in West Africa.

We met for the first time at the Halkær Festival in the beautiful wide-skied northern part of Jutland called Himmerland, in Denmark.  This is where Eskil lives on his organic farm, and this is where we were about to perform a small concert to celebrate the release of his solo album ’Himmerlandsmelodier’.

We had all played on the album, but since we had laid down our tracks separately, we had never actually met each other until then. The concert went very well, and not long after we performed at ’Summartóner’, a Faroese festival for new music. That was such a great experience that we decided to form the band ’Himmerland,’ naming it after the place where we first came together.
We compose our own music and infuse it with all the different traditions that run in our blood. Traveling with our music to Europe, Russia, Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand, we represent a Denmark where people from around the world can meet, live together and all contribute to a sweetly simmering cultural melting pot. We hope that you will have fun listening to our new album, and we very much look forward to meeting you some day.

Himmerland is:

Ditte Fromseier Hockings (Violin & vocals)

Ditte is from the small Danish island of Bornholm. She is a remarkable violinist, singer and composer, and she is involved in a wide variety of bands and projects in Denmark and internationally. Ditte is also an associated professor at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts Southern Denmark. She has been touring around the world, with her duo Fromseier & Hockings, and with great Danish bands like Habbadám and Fiolministeriet.

Andrzej Krejniuk (Electric bass-guitar) is from Poland but has lived in Denmark most of his life. He is an extraordinary musician as well as composer, and a outstanding solo player on the electric bass. Andrzej has wide experience from the jazz and world music scenes, performing and recording with international names like “Momento”, “Sound of Polarity”, “Bjonko & Copenhagen Chalgija” and “Lelo Nika” – not to mention his own jazz fusion band, “Abstract Reality”.
Ayi Solomon (Percussion) is from Ghana, but has been living in Copenhagen for many years. Solomon has been recognized as a fantastic percussionist and dancer wherever he has appeared during the last 20 years. He performs and tours all over the world with a large number of top professional bands and projects. Further more Solomon has released two albums with new music in his own name. He is also known from his touring with people like Pierre Dørge & The New Jungle Orchestra, Moussa Diallo Trio and Palle Mikkelborg.

Morten Alfred Høirup (Guitars & vocals) is from Copenhagen. Morten has been traveling the world during his more than 25 years as a professional musician, working with world leading folk musicians. He is the front journalist at Danish folk and roots media, and a member of the board in The Danish Society for Jazz, Rock and Folk Composers. Morten has won several Danish Music Awards (Danish “Grammy”), including “Folk Composer of the Year 2004”, and “Prize of Honor” in 2012. He is known for his work with the Danish duo Haugaard & Høirup and the Danish-Finnish-American trio American Café Orchestra.

Eskil Romme (Soprano sax) is from the Danish island of Funen. Eskil has been mixing traditional Danish music, jazz and related genres during his 30 years of playing. While traveling Scandinavia and the British Isles, he developed his own “North Sea” mix of styles. In 2009 he released the album “Himmerlandsmelodier”, which has been the starting point for this project. Eskil is also the artistic director of the small but exclusive folk and world music venue “Halkær Kro”, as well as of “Halkær Festival”. Eskil is known from his touring with the bands Færd and Kryss.