Danish bassist Anne Mette Iversen arrived in New York City in 1998, where she produced much of her contemporary work, using the organic staccato beats of her adopted city as inspiration. The summer of 2012 she relocated to Berlin, which provides other outlets for jazz musicians and new opportunities.
Ms. Iversen has 11 releases out as band-leader, including one as composer and artistic director for Norrbotten Big Band (S).
She tours regularly in Europe and the US, with performances at esteemed clubs and jazz festivals. She leads her long running jazz quartet: ‘Anne Mette Iversen Quartet’ which in recent years has evolved into a quintet: Anne Mette Iversen Quartet+1 ; the Berlin based group Ternion Quartet ; Double Life – the collaboration with her jazz quartet+1 and 4Corners string quartet and the Poetry of Earth project. Furthermore she performs as guest composer/guest conductor for different big bands.
She has worked extensively as sideman and performed with world class musicians in and out of New York City and Berlin. She has curated and performed for the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington DC and for The Danish Consulate General in NYC. For 2016 Ms. Iversen was Composer in Residence for Norrbotten Big Band (S).
Ms. Iversen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Performance from The New School, NYC, and is a former classical piano major at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Denmark. She is a current member of the musician’s organization, Brooklyn Jazz Underground , and co-owner of the label Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records.
In the area of education is Ms. Iversen is equally impressive, currently Professor of Jazz Composition and Arrangement at the Institute for Music at Osnabrück University for Applied Sciences, and was previously docent at the Film University Konrad Wolf in Babelsberg, in the Sound department.
Ms. Iversen is considered an important voice as a composer, leading the way for modern, contemporary jazz composition. Whether composing for small groups, big bands or crossover ensembles, her unique and personal voice shines through. She has with great success integrated jazz and classical musicians, and while the majority of her works are within the jazz realm; she also composes music that more likely defines as classical music.