Marius Neset

Marius Søfteland Neset (born 2 January 1985 in Os, Hordaland) is a Norwegian jazz musician (saxophone) living in Copenhagen. He is known from collaborations within the jazz bands "People Are Machines", "Kaktusch", "JazzKamikaze" and Django Bates projects "StoRMChaser" big band and "Human Chain".[1] He is the son of music teachers guitarist Terje Neset (b. 1959) and pianist Anne Leni Søfteland Sæbø (b. 1961), and the brother of the vocalist Anna Søfteland Neset (b. 1987) flautist Ingrid Søfteland Neset (b. 1992).[2]

Marius Neset
Marius Neset at the 2018 Kongsberg Jazzfestival
Marius Neset at the 2018 Kongsberg Jazzfestival
Background information
Birth nameMarius Søfteland Neset
Born (1985-01-02) 2 January 1985 (age 36)
Os, Hordaland
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsTenor saxophone
Soprano saxophone
LabelsACT Music
Associated actsJazzKamikaze
People Are Machines
Human Chain


Neset holds a Master's degree at the Copenhagen Rhythmic Music Conservatory 2008, and finished Soloist studies under the guidance of Django Bates among others, at the same place in 2010. The same year he toured with the Klüvers Big Band performing their Rolling Stones project, with whom he did a gig at the Kongsberg Jazzfestival.[1]

The debut album under his own name was Suite for the Seven Mountains (2008). Neset called the band "People Are Machines", including Magnus Hjorth (piano), Petter Eldh (double bass) and Anton Eger (drums), accompanied by a string quartet. On his 2nd solo album Golden Xplosion (2011), receiving rave reviews from The Guardian,[3][4] Telegraph and Irish Times in addition to Danish Magazine, Jazz Special and Norway's Jazznytt. The critique Ian Patterson of The Guardian comments in his review of Golden Xplosion: "Marius Neset, the 25-year-old Norwegian saxophonist who surfaced in the UK last year with Django Bates (his teacher and mentor at Copenhagen's Rhythmic Music Conservatory), not only combines Brecker's power and Jan Garbarek's tonal delicacy, but has a vision that makes all 11 originals on this sensational album feel indispensable, and indispensably connected to each other. Bonuses include an inspired Bates on piano and synths, and the formidable Phronesis rhythm section of bassist Jasper Høiby and drummer Anton Eger."[3]

In 2012 Neset collaborated with the violinist Adam Bałdych on the album Imaginary Room within "The Baltic Gang", including Jacob Karlzon (piano), Lars Danielsson (double bass), Morten Lund (drums) & Verneri Pohjola (trumpet). The third solo album Birds (2013) was called "a heady concoction that surprises at every turn and enthralls in its stirring ensemble passages and epic scope", by the All About Jazz reviewer Ian Patterson. Here Neset is accompanied by Ivo Neame (piano), Jim Hart (vibraphone), Jasper Høiby (upright bass), Anton Eger (drums), Ingrid Neset (flute & piccolo flute), Daniel Herskedal (tuba), Bjarke Mogensen (accordion), Tobias Wiklund (trumpet), Ronny Farsund (trumpet), Peter Jensen (trombone) and Lasse Mauritzen (French horn).[4][5] The reviewer of NRK Jazz states: "He abolishes the border between jazz and symphonic music and elevates thus both genres to unprecedented heights.[6] He signed up for the label ACT Records in 2013.[7] His first ACT release "Lion" (2014) together with the "Trondheim Jazz Orchestra" reached international acclaim as one of the most important large ensemble albums of 2014. Marius Neset's new quintet album "Pinball" was released on January 30, 2015 on ACT.



Solo albumsEdit

With Daniel Herskedal

Collaborative worksEdit

Within JazzKamikaze

  • 2005: Mission I (Stunt)
  • 2007: Travelling at the speed of sound (Stunt)
  • 2008: Emergin pilots EP (SevenSeas)
  • 2009: The revolution's in your hands EP (SevenSeas)
  • 2010: Supersonic revolutions (SevenSeas)
  • 2012: The return of JazzKamikaze (Stunt)[1]

Within People Are Machines

With Django Bates

  • 2008: Spring is Here (Shall We Dance?) (Lost Marble), within StoRMChaser Big Band[1]

With Ole Amund Gjersvik

  • 2011: Duo Improvisations (Acoustic)

With Adam Bałdych & The Baltic Gang

  • 2012: Imaginary Room (ACT)

With Dave Stapleton

  • 2013: Flight (Edition)

With Esbjörn Svensson Trio e.s.t.

  • 2016: E.S.T. Symphony (ACT)


  1. ^ a b c d e Patterson, Ian (17 December 2012). "Marius Neset: Norwegian Woods – Interview". All About Jazz. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  2. ^ Bruarøy, Kjetil Vasby (24 December 2012). "Musikarfamilie i julestemning" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Fordham, John (21 April 2011). "Marius Neset: Golden XPlosion – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Patterson, Ian (17 December 2012). "Marius Neset: Birds – Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  5. ^ a b Marsh, Peter (2013). "Marius Neset Birds Review". BBC. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  6. ^ a b Wicklund, Erling (30 April 2013). "Marius Neset – Birds Review" (in Norwegian). NRK Jazz. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Marius Neset signs to ACT". MusicNorway. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Superb, Marius Neset!". Moldejazz. Archived from the original on 6 July 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Trondheim jazzorkester og Marius Neset" (in Norwegian). Vossajazz. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  10. ^ Woodard, Josef (July 2016). "25 for the Future / Marius Neset". DownBeat. Vol. 83 no. 7. Chicago. p. 33. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Daniel Herskedal Marius Neset Duo". Archived from the original on 23 May 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.

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Preceded by
Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson
Recipient of the Sildajazzprisen
Succeeded by
Marte Maaland Eberson
Preceded by
Karin Krog and John Surman
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Team Hegdal
Preceded by
Susanna Wallumrød
Recipient of the Kongsberg Jazz Award
Succeeded by