A small village in Jutland, Denmark was the birthplace and home for Morten as he was growing up. As a child he took piano lessons and performed in local musicals. During his high school years he played in different pop and rock bands and as he grew older he got involved with several a cappella projects, choirs and vocal groups. He graduated with a Masters degree in Rhythmic Choir from the Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg and has sung and worked with a variety of choirs in Denmark and beyond.
Before he became a member of The Real Group in 2010 he was a member of Vox11, Postyr Project and VoxNorth, all Danish groups exploring new directions in a cappella performance. This helped to develop his understanding of some of the technical aspects of capturing and delivering a cappella performances. As a result he brought with him some ideas of new dimensions for The Real Group’s performances, such as the incorporation of a loop-station to assemble multilayer rhythmic accompaniments. Morten has also become heavily involved in the recording and mixing process in The Real Group’s own studio and has contributed new songs and arrangements to their repertoire.
Inspired by the genius of Bobby McFerrin, Morten has engaged in a number of improvisational projects with other a cappella singers, and enjoys the way that these exercises stimulate creative approaches and generate new ideas. Morten and Katarina, together with some of their Finnish a cappella colleagues from Rajaton, and Denmark’s Vox North have participated in several workshops and concerts under the heading ’Songs of the Moment NORDIC’ in 2013 and 2014.
When he is not on stage, rehearsing in the studio or travelling to a concert venue, Morten loves cooking (and eating) with friends, spending time in the South of France, drinking good coffee and walking the streets of Stockholm. His listening patterns are eclectic, ranging from Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald to Peter Gabriel and the soulful sounds of Laura Mvula. Of his experiences since touring with The Real Group he has a special memory of their 2013 visit to South Africa; the smiles and spirit of the people they met there made a major impact on Morten.