In 1998 the folk music department opened at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense and in 2001 after a year of preparation course in Holstebro I was accepted into the Academy. There was only 3 other students in my class: a Russian singer, an Australian fiddler and the boy from the school bus!!! Every morning for 10 years I stood next to Kristian Bugge at the bus stop without talking. And now we were in the same class and had the same interest in Danish traditional music. Then the duo Jensen & Bugge was formed. At the academy I took accordion classes with Carl Erik Lundgaard, Lilian Vammen and Swedish Lars Holm. But studying folk music is as much a study in life as well so the lessons some times lasted for days with talks, dance, music and gigs in the whole country.
Kristian and I traveled around in Jutland and visited Karl Skaarup from Thy and Peter Uhrbrand from Fanø among others. To meet the person and see some of the connections between people, nature and music was so fascinating that I applied for an extra year at the academy just to visit musicians from Thy to Christiania. It resulted in meeting 80 different musicians in their homes.
A couple of months before the final exam at the academy I talked to an old friend, Charlotte that I knew from my childhood music school. She asked me about my own compositions. Hmmm there were quite many compositions but I kept them in the drawer.