Drummer Snorre Kirk can rightly be called a versatile musician. The Dane effortlessly switches between mainstream, hardbop or avant-garde jazz, although he is also able to accompany vocalists flawlessly and with modesty. This is a trait that characterizes the best percussionists of this day and age. Kirk built his name on the European jazz scene as a sideman for various Scandinavian top artists. He has also worked with international legends like multiple Grammy winner Diane Schuur, pianist Eric Reed and tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley. Kirk is already an accomplished composer and bandleader, too, and his debut Blues Modernism (2012) was received very warmly by press and fans alike. On the album you can find sultry, melodious ballads and flashy grooves, but always with a hint of the blues. On his latest, soon to be released album, Europa (2015), Kirk again demonstrates why he is one of the most groundbreaking and creative drummers and composers of our times.