The Danish saxophonist and composer Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen has led an uncompromising and antiauthoritarian career in a relentless quest for brutal honesty and innovative musical visions.
She has been particularly active in the free improvisation scene in New York, where she is the front woman and artistic leader of the postpunk band Sweet Banditry, one half of the well-traveled duo The Home of Easy Credit with husband Tom Blancarte and a member of the Gauntlet Quartet with tuba player Dan Peck, trumpeter Peter Evans. In addition to her work with other groups, she spends a great deal of her energy working on her solo saxophone performances, which include electronics and vocals.
She is originally from Toftlund, but has lived in cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin and New York, continuing to spend much of her time in the latter. She is educated in jazz saxophone at the Conservatory in Amsterdam with clarinet and flute as secondary instruments. When she is not teaching at the Musik og Teaterhøjskole, she is most often performing abroad or engaging in political discussions.
She is married to the American bassist Tom Blancarte, the other music teacher at the school. Together they have a daughter, who you often see running around school halls.