In releasing an album entirely of his own music, Guitarist, Lutenist and composer
Lars Hannibal reflected upon an extraordinary – and somewhat unorthodox musical
career. While studying classical guitar and lute with the great masters of the
art, Hannibal lived a rich double life playing in a variety of bands and creative
ensembles in artistic foment of ‘60s and ‘70s Counter Cultural Århus. It was during
this time that Hannibal began finding his own creative voice, exploring the
exciting intersections between Baroque and Classical form, the direct earnest
expression of Danish folk music, the ear-pleasing appeal of popular song and the
expressive possibilities of modal jazz.
Hannibal has also found great joy in arranging music for the different ensembles
he’s performed with, resulting in hundreds of arrangements for various instrumental
combinations with guitar. Finally, as one of the most active musicians in
Denmark, Hannibal has been a champion of living composer, including many of
Denmark’s finest, including Jørgen Jersild, Palle Mikkelborg, Herman D. Koppel,
Thomas Koppel and Vagn Holmboe.
When assembling this program, it was only natural that Hannibal would draw on
both his original works and his arrangements of Danish song. As a special treat,
Hannibal, ever the mutli-faceted musician, the Neo-Classic composer, the pop
songsmith, the faithful arranger of Danish folk song also takes pride in being Hannibal
the Poppa, with his daughters, Agnete and Amalie and his life-long musical
companion, his former wife Michala Petri joining him on his musical journey!
(Quartet Photo- Svend Withfelt)