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Anders Jormin

Anders Jormin was born 1957 in Jönköping, Sweden. After intense studies, he left Musikhögskolan in Göteborg with diplomas in double-bass and improvisation / pedagogy in 1979.

Today as a doublebass-player and composer, AJ is a frequent and highly respected performer on the international concert scene. As a musician in great demand, AJ has recorded and toured with many of the legends in jazz. Among others : Gilberto Gil, Lee Konitz, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Don Cherry, Charles Lloyd, Mike Mainieri, Joe Lovano, and Jack deJohnette, as well as Kenny Wheeler, Albert Mangelsdorff, Tomasz Stanko, Dino Saluzzi, John Surman, John Taylor, Mark Feldman , Paul Motian, Joey Baron, Tom Rainey , Jon Balke, Vertavo string quartet , Ann-Sofi von Otter, Norma Winstone and Marilyn Crispell. For many years, AJ was also a front figure in one of Scandinavias foremost ensembles, "Entra".

AJ today performs regularly all over Europe, USA/Canada, and Japan, but has also for shorter periods performed and studied ethnic music in Cuba and Mocambique. At the present AJ is a member of Bobo Stenson trio, and the unique swedish group "dr Dingo". AJ is also constantly creating new projects of his own. AJ is an "ECM recording artist"

As a composer, AJ has a rich production for various ensembles in contemporary jazz/chamber music. Among his commissioned works are:

for I.S.C.M - "Jord"

for SAMI -"Post scriptum"

for Gothenburg int. Jazz Festival -"Eight pieces"

for Swedish Radio (SR) - "Ytterligare åtta", "Silvae"

for Stockholm - 98 - "Utkast"

for Musik i Västernorrland - "Rävjakten" (for woodwind quintet/childrens choir)

for H.M. the queen of Norway - "Skogar-hav"

for Mats Bergström - "Three angels"

for the cathedral of Västerås,Sweden - "Bortom"

for Sundsvall Chamber Orchestra - "Scores of winterlight"

for Umeå Sinfonietta - "Whitman intonations"

In Sweden, AJ has been given several prizes and awards, such as the rare "Jan Johanssson - award". His solobass recording "Alone" won "Record of the year - all categories worldwide" in 1991. He is three times winner of the swedish "Grammy" - award for best jazz recording.

On a part - time basis, AJ has for almost 25 years been a teacher of doublebass and improvisation at Musikhögskolan in Göteborg, where he has participated in building up a strong jazz department. AJ is also a lecturer much in demand at clinics, master-classes and workshops all over Europe. 1995 AJ was given a professorship at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. 2002 he was given a professorship also at Musikhögskolan in Göteborg, Sweden. AJ is, as the first contemporary improviser ever, a member of the swedish Royal Academy of music and he was 2003 given the title "doctor honoris causa", together with Esa-Pekka Salonen and Georg Sokolov, at Sibelius-academy,Finland.

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"The sound he gets, the fills he executes, his soloing ability in and out of chord changes is amazing. For me he is one of the world's greatest bassists."

(Dave Liebman, Hunters and Gatherers)

"Jormin is a treasure - everything a bassist should be"

(Down beat, USA)

"Formidable Jormin's mastery came through in his solointroductions. He is one of the finest living jazzbassists, whose instrumental command and intonation are so seamless, he makes it look easier than it is. He is a virtuoso, but deep, natural musicality prevents him from grandstanding".

(Los Angeles Times)

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Poems for Orchestra

Losen Records
2019

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Between Always And...

Swedish Society
2013

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Ad Lucem

ECM Records
2012

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Aviaja

Footprint Records
2006

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Aviaja

Dragon Records
2005

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