Mikkel Ploug (DK) - Guitar
Jeppe Skovbakke (DK) - Bass
Sean Carpio (IE) – Drums
Since the release of their debut album on Fresh Sound New Talent in 2006 Mikkel, Sean and Jeppe have toured all over the world performing in more than twenty countries. The trio has worked with of some of today's greatest saxophonists including Americans Mark Turner and Loren Stillman. Mikkel has recorded 14 albums for renowned jazz-labels Sunnyside Records (US), Fresh Sound (ES), Songlines (CA) and for Whirlwind Recordings (UK).
The trio is building on 14 years of experience interpreting Mikkel’s ever-evolving repertoire, often described as melody driven, highly original in harmonic character, yet very approachable and inviting. Mikkel started on drums at the age of four but switched to the guitar in his teens. He graduated as Master of Jazz Guitar from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Holland with a distinction for his original composition.
Mikkel's latest album “Faroe” was selected for the category “Best Instrumental Jazz Album” in the 2018 Grammy Awards. His solo album Alleviation from 2017 has received more than two million plays on Spotify and praise from all over the world.
The repertoire consists of Mikkel's originals as well as interpretations of Danish composer Bent Sørensen's Nocturners. Bent Sørensen is the receiver of the prestigious Grawemayer Award, also known as the “Nobel price of music” and Mikkel and Bent have worked on the jazz-transition of his music together. See this short film by New York filmmaker T.M Rives about Mikkel and Bent's work http://oddbeast.com/PLOUG-SORENSEN.html
Mikkel Ploug is the latest sensation in European jazz guitar scene with a personal voice and sound that sings - La Vanguardia ES
Masterclass - the danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug is on the way into the Champions League of contemporary jazzguitarists - Jazzpodium DE
- Extreme beauty - Their individual voices dovetail gracefully as saxophone and guitar explore their individual roles and come together to achieve a level of creative flow that’s the goal of any artistic pairing. (Faroe, 2018) Downbeat
"Mikkel’s Alleviations album is simply a gorgeous work of art. “ Prof. John Thomas - Fretboard Journal USA"
..”one of the most intriguing and best-recorded acoustic guitar albums of recent years.” Where so many guitarists fall back on bravura displays of technique, Mikkel Ploug treads an alternative path, one where virtuosity is subsumed to the greater aim of tone production and care in shaping the form of compositions. Alleviation is a work of outstanding musicianship Mark Werlin – US All About Jazz