Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2019

Selvhenter is back!


After a break where a baby and dozens of other creative projects were born, Selvhenter is bursting with new energy and music. From 2020, Selvhenter is ready to play their intense live shows as a quartet consisting of Maria Bertel (trombone), Sonja LaBianca (saxophone), Jaleh Negari (drums) and Anja Jacobsen (drums).


The fascinating music of Selvhenter is created by a foundation of strong polyrhythmic patterns from the two drummers while the horns intertwine in heavy riffs, pop-like melodies and textures of sound. The horns are often manipulated by the use of effect pedals which gives a special timber of multiple amplified overtones and frequencies. As a result the sound of Selvhenter is beautiful, energetic and danceable. It brings forward associations of rock, pop, noise, drone and improvisation – but also influences from the percussion music of Africa and Southeast Asia as well as modern minimalist composition.

The four members of the band are all well-known musicians on the Copenhagen experimental music scene, active in bands, performance groups and solo projects such as Meshes, Ymers Pizza, Frk. Jacobsen, Gud Er Kvinde, Valby Vokalgruppe, SOLW, Jaleh Negari and Sonja Labianca.


At live concerts Selvhenter is always curious, focused and full of energy. Through the past few years they have gained an impressive curriculum of concerts played at clubs and festivals all over Europe and Japan, including Wels Unlimited 26 festival, Jazz Gallery Nickelsdorf, Steirischer Herbst (AT), Super Deluxe, Bears, Pepperland, Metro (JP), Café OTO (UK), Kongsberg Jazzfestival (NO), Iceland Airwaves (IS), B-Sides Festival, Bad Bonn Kilbi (CH), Theaterformen Hannover (DE), Flow Festival (FL), Jazz är Farligt, Folkets Park Malmö (SE), Zomerparkfeest (NL), Skanu Mežs Festival (LV), Sonic Protest (FR), Taktlos Festival, Jazz Jantar (PL), Click Festival, Mayhem, G((O))NG Tomorrow, Copenhagen Jazzfestival and Roskilde Festival (DK).


Selvhenter is signed with booking agency Planet Rock. Contact:


In 2010, the members of Selvhenter founded the art collective and record label Eget Værelse (a room of one’s own) – a platform for the projects they create together or individually, see: