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Pontus de Wolfe: The Genre's First Responder

Read "Pontus de Wolfe: The Genre's First Responder" reviewed by Jim Worsley

When we think of first responders, are thoughts immediately go to firemen, policemen, medical personnel, military, teachers, counselors, and such. As we should. Their tireless efforts and selflessness will always stand tall in our minds. There are, however, first responders in other walks of life as well. Meet pianist, composer, and arranger Pontus de Wolfe, music's ...


Daniel Borgegård Älgå

Multi-instrumentalist (sax/clarinet/flute/keyboards/electronics) working in the field of experimental jazz/improv. Living in Stockholm. New release with band Rekon -


Leif Jordansson

I am a composer, sound artist, writer, singer, guitar player, arranger and more. Also artistic director of The Great Learning Orchestra and guest teacher in the art of listening. I am also a musician and singer in different constellations such as: FCOC (electric guitar), BAD LIVER (vocals, guitar, banjo and piano), THE STRING THEORY (acoustic and electric guitar), MISOK (string instruments and electronics), REKON (acoustic and electric guitar). I give lectures in the art of listening and how to cope with sounds in daily life.


The trio composed by pianist Stefano Falcone, drummer Giuseppe D’Alessandro and bass player Ilaria Capalbo outlines an idea of music that is eloquent and purpose-driven, originating from the band’s cohesive sound and strong creative urgency. A fearless attitude to improvisation and extemporary practices together with grounded composition work make up for a bold sound that strikes as being equally fresh in approach and rooted in the idioms of jazz tradition and classical European music. The personalities of the band members, who have been collaborating in other projects for the last few years, are different yet complementary: Falcone’s intellectual, narrative piano playing is met by Capalbo’s expressive intensity and keen sense of melody while D’Alessandro’s chiseled, sensitive drumming brings to the foreground the propulsive force and rhythmic variety of this ensemble. The first recorded work of the trio is a concept album dedicated and inspired by the life and vision of jazz pianist Lennie Tristano, which includes elaborations and arrangements of some of his tunes as well as original compositions by all band members.


Viktor Skokic

Composer, arranger and bass player based in Stockholm, Sweden, mainly focusing on contemporary jazz and improvised music, with a strong emphasis on rhythm and an exploratory approach to melody and harmony. Writing music for small as well as large ensembles, Viktor is always aiming at fully exploiting the potential of the format at hand.

Apart from working in the field of contemporary jazz, Viktor regularly appears as an arranger and bass player in a wide range of contexts, all the way from experimental indie to children's music.


Andreas Hellkvist

Expressive, virtouoso and playful – words commonly used to describe the artistry of Swedish Hammond organ player Andreas Hellkvist. Rooted in the soul jazz tradition he has developed a unique style of his own. With his two hands on the manuals and stops and a rarely seen left foot groove on the pedals he utlilizes the full potential of the Hammond B3. Andreas discovered the Hammond organ in his late teens during the organ jazz revival of the 90s. There and then, he decided to focus entirely on this instrument, to learn all the ins and outs and how to use it in its entierty. The soul jazz originating from the organ scene of the 60s were his first inspiration and still remains the core of his playing, but his current style reflects a significantly wider spectrum of influences


Erik Borelius

Erik Borelius, guitar-player, singer and composer, has worked professionally with music since 1986. During these 34 years he has released thirteen albums, eleven through his own company and two during his time at EMI. In 1994 Erik received a Swedish Grammy for the album “SexTioTvå” – the best instrumental album in 1993 and the first recorded under Erik’s own label EB Music. The following year he was nominated with the album “Duende”. Erik’s music is often described as a peculiar blend of styles and as a guitar player he is praised for using his outstanding technique in a tasteful manner. In 1984 Erik sent a demo to EMI


Johannes Burström

Johannes Burström has been working professionally as a composer, musician, sound designer and programmer since 2006, when he got a bachelor's degree from department of jazz and improvised music in Malmö, Sweden. Besides playing the double and electric basses, he's also a prolific composer for stage and film and works as a programmer within audiovisual media.


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