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Lina Nyberg: The Clouds

Read "The Clouds" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In a career spanning almost three decades--her first release, Close (Prophone), with Esbjörn Svensson, dates from 1993-- vocalist, composer and arranger Lina Nyberg has worked with many of the finest musicians in the Swedish jazz scene to create a truly formidable body of work. Nineteen albums later, her creativity shows no signs of abating. In fact, with The Clouds, a project featuring a tentet of first-rank colleagues, Nyberg is poised to reinforce her place at the vanguard of chance-taking European ...

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Lina Nyberg: Terrestrial

Read "Terrestrial" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Idiosyncratic to the core, ambitious beyond measure, and knowing no idiomatic limitations, since the early 1990s Swedish vocalist and composer Lina Nyberg has captivated and surprised listeners with the astonishing range of her unique artistic vision. She has performed with a “who's who" list of Swedish musicians, from iconic figures like Esbjörn Svensson and Palle Danielsson to out-leaning players like Mattias Ståhl, Magnus Broo, and Torbjörn Zetterberg. Her repertoire and arrangements are consistently imaginative and courageous, and her regular band--pianist ...

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Lina Nyberg: Aerials

Read "Aerials" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

There are very few musicians who dare to expand their artistic vision with every new project as Swedish vocalist-songwriter-composer Lina Nyber. Aerials, is the her second installment in a trilogy of albums that offers her unique perspective about the world, the elements and the music itself. Nyberg began the trilogy with the double album The Sirenades (Hoob, 2014), that featured her songs composed for her quintet and the Norrbotten Big Band, sketching poetic images of cyber-seas, monsters and waves. On ...

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Lina Nyberg: The Sirenades

Read "Lina Nyberg: The Sirenades" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swedish vocalist Lina Nyberg's new album The Sirenades, her 16th since her debut twenty years ago, is her most ambitious project to date. The title word she invented derives from three words--Sirens, the ancient Greek ones who deceive you and make you forget your mission; Sirens, the long warning horns at war time and Serenade, a song to perform for someone you love--reveals much about Nyberg's innovative and highly personal art. It is playful and whimsical but also thoughtful and ...

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Lina Nyberg: Palaver

Read "Palaver" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Few artists can evoke poetic musical images of such strong and diverse personae as Brazilian singer, composer and political activist Caetano Veloso, Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, French impressionist composer Claude Debussy, American author Paul Auster, American innovative architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Persian Sufi poet Jelâluddîn Rumi on a single album. Few could manage to wrap these fascinating characters with an engaging, left-of-center musical outfit. But Swedish singer/composer Lina Nyberg is indeed a unique artist. ...

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Lina Nyberg: The Show

Read "The Show" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The thirteenth release of Swedish jazz singer and composer Lina Nyberg marks her twentieth anniversary as an artist. This live recording from the small Theater Studio Lederman in Stockholm highlights Nyberg's theatrical flair as a vocalist, a kind of a highly creative staged concert. Nyberg writes in her liner notes that she always envied dancers and actors who can enhance their expressions through lighting and set design, and for this show she managed to enlist a light designer an animation ...

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Lina Nyberg: Tellus

Read "Tellus" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swedish vocalist Lina Nyberg, like other Scandinavian jazz singers such as Jeanette Lindström, Solveig Slettahjell and Torun Eriksen, brings a rare quality to the music that has become harder to find on the other side of the Atlantic: sensual maturity, candidness, and an admirable insistence not to comply with market rules which tend to target conservative and inattentive listeners. Nyberg, who has performed with some of the best Swedish jazz musicians (including Palle Danielsson, Anders Jormin and Esbjörn Svensson), can ...


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