Intersections between research, art, and life
Born and raised in 1973 in a suburb to Copenhagen. Grew up in a single parent household, marked by my mother’s strength and love, her curiosity for the world and the word, her penchant for Mahler, Grieg and The Who, and her unfailing belief in her daughters and in doing your very best.
Was never much of a suburbanite, though. Have lived in London and New York with a passion, but every time I return to Copenhagen it seems to imprint itself on me deeper and deeper. There are moments of turning just that corner or coming across just that vista that makes my heart break and grow back together again within the space of a heartbeat.
I have finally embraced the fact that I can’t seem to escape music as the central force in my life – although the literature geek in me insists of large chunks of time as well.
2004 – a PhD fellow in American Studies at University of Copenhagen. 3 years of complete and privileged geekdom later I got my degree with a thesis on jazz in American culture round the turn of the 21st century.
A postdoc in jazz as a cosmopolitan vernacular that morphed into a study in jazz festivals. Which essentially translated into 3-4 years of getting paid to go to jazz festivals…. Yup, it was as cool as it sounds.