A former student in classical piano at The Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, now: bassist Anne Mette Iversen went on to study for four years at the Rhythmic Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark, and graduated in 2001 from The New School University with a BFA degree in Jazz Performance. Iversen has resided in New York City for eight years.
During this time, in addition to leading her own groups, she has performed with many prominent artists including Terri Lyne Carrington, Ingrid Jensen, Ben Taylor, Nina Nastasia, Carly Simon, Don Sickler, Abraham Burton, Sam Yahel, Jeremy Pelt, Freddie Bryant, Marcus Strickland, Jason Lindner, Gary Versace, Mike Moreno, Lea Delaria, and many others.
Iversen also freelances in many diverse settings, including classical orchestras. To say that she is thoroughly trained and experienced in many musical languages is an understatement.
As a composer Iversen has developed her own unique and personal style that has come out of a talent for unifying jazz music with European classical music. In addition to her compositional work for her own groups, she composed "Hvor er din bolig vidunderlig" for the 125 year anniversary of The Danish Church in New York. Another highlight was her being chosen to present music when Denmark hosted 120 United Nations ambassadors, the General Secretary Kofi Annan and Crown Prince of Denmark, His Royal Highness Prince Frederik, at a dinner at B.B. King's Club in New York in 2002. Iversen has received several grants from the Danish Art Foundation, among others, to reward and encourage her work.
Iversen’s second release as a leader “This Is My House” features her jazz quartet and an inspiring selection of her original music. Anne Mette Iversen Quartet consists of some of the most sought after young players on today's contemporary jazz scene: saxophonist John Ellis, pianist Danny Grissett and drummer Otis Brown III.
Having recorded 2 albums (the 2nd set for release in '07) and done 2 tours together, they have developed an intimate knowledge of each others playing; bringing every musical meeting to highly enjoyable performances full of energy and playfullness, though always approaching the music with a serious attitude. Iversen's original compositions are the musical buildingstones for the quartet, and her natural talent for writing melodies and creating exciting harmonies and form structures are the perfect set off for the group and for each musician's improvisations. For Ms. Iversen and her quartet, musical integrity and personal style is paramount, and together they consistently bring these ideals to highest fruition
"This Is My House" is modern acoustic jazz with a true heart and feeling, and this is clearly conveyed to the listener. The cover notes to the album read as follows:
"Why I play and write I cannot explain with words.
The music alone tells the story and therefore the titles are not important.
I want you to create your own titles for my music. Because; what the music means depends on you too. Each song is a story. Not only mine but also these great musicians that play with me, and also yours.
And should you not be able to come up with titles for these stories, that’s fine too.
Maybe they’ll come later or maybe they just don’t need a name to mean anything.
The most sophisticated language is our human emotions and nothing describes them as well as art, music and the nature around us.
I believe one of the most important tasks today is to maintain the nuances in our lives and in our world. To celebrate variety and differences.
Music, and particularly jazz is a great force in doing exactly that.
So if you find no titles suited for my music, I’d like to believe it’s because cannot confine your experience to one word or a phrase. Why should you anyway?
This is your house too!"