Den Sorte Skole is a sample-based producer and composer duo from Copenhagen, Denmark, founded in 2004 by Simon Dokkedal, Martin Højland and Martin Fernando Jakobsen (on leave since 2011).
By sampling obscure records from all over the globe, all possible genres and all times, Den Sorte Skole takes the listener on a trip through time and space. Imagine a parallel world where ancient ghosts and future robots communicate through heavenly spirituals and poisinous rhythms.
Their aim is to open new worlds of sound and music to people. Celebrating our cultural differences, but also finding the interconnections between them. They are driven by a fascination of the unknown and place themselves in between mainstream and avantgarde. Den Sorte Skole’s work could be described as a prism or kaleidoscope in continuous dialogue with our forgotten musical treasury.
Live, their performances unfold as dark symphonic trips through samplers, turntables and effect-machines. They usually perform as a duo, but also compose classical symphonies, work with choirs and live musicians from around the world. For many years they have been pushing boundaries for audiovisual performances together with acclaimed Danish visual artists like Dark Matters, Obscura Vertigo and Steen & Hejlesen.
In 2017 Den Sorte Skole was awarded the Crown Prince Couples Cultural Award by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. This award is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards in Denmark.