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Jacob Karlzon

Swedish jazz pianist and composer Jacob Karlzon has been compared to luminaries such as Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, and Sweden’s own legendary Jan Johansson. Karlzon’s playing style oozes technical brilliance, rhythmic and harmonic complexity with a perfect feeling for form. Karlzon describes what drives him:

“We are a modern people with a long history, and it is precisely this which I want to reflect in my music. I am fascinated with the possibilities of new technologies but I also need warmth and a connection with the earth in order to feel happy.”

For a piano virtuoso, he likes to add edge; metal and electro all have their place in his music as well as folk songs from his Swedish homeland

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

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 ...

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Claes Janson

Claes Janson is one of Sweden's truly broad-based artist, if not a jack of many trades. He sings rhythm and blues, jazz and songs, he interprets the popular versifiers Cornelis Vreeswijk,Povel Ramel, Carl Michael Bellman and Evert Taube, he's part of everything from small groups to big bands including such well known ones as Good Morning Blues, Ohman&Janson VSOP and Velvet Boys. Through the past 30 years he has also collaborated with Sandvik Big Band, Mel Lewis Orchestra,Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Norrbotten Big Band,Monday Night Big Band, Bohuslan Big Band, Nogenja, NDR Big Band Hamburg, BRT Big Band Bryssel, Danish Radio Big Band,Georg Riedel,Arne Domnerus, Nils Landgren, Ulf Wakenius, Joe Newman, Harry Edison, Hank Crawford, Red Mitchell, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Witherspoon, Georgie Fame and others

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Anders Hagberg

Anders Hagberg – flautist · saxophonist · composer · professor of musical performance Critically acclaimed and innovative virtuoso Anders Hagberg is a unique soloist on a variety of flutes and soprano saxophone. His musical synthesis, combines the improvised freedom of jazz with an archaic Scandinavian lyricism and influences from his longtime collaborations with Oriental musicians. Creative, and with instrumental mastery, these elements are merged into a profound and personal expression. Improvisation and boundary crossing collaborations are the hallmarks of Anders, and his projects often includes artists from various genres and cultures as well as other art forms such as dance and visual arts He has been touring worldwide with his own groups and as a soloist with Yggdrasil, Mynta and New Jungle Orchestra as well as musicians like Marilyn Mazur, John Tchicai, Anders Jormin, Vikku Vinayakram, Shankar Mahadevan to name a few

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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.

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Jon Lipscomb

Guitarist/improviser and audio engineer from Baltimore based in Malmö. With a heavy emphasis on free improv, rock, noise and free jazz, he has performed in the U.S.A. and Europe and has collaborated and improvised with Brandon Lopez, Jarrett Gilgore, Anders Lindsjö, Wendel Patrick, Ole Mofjell, Jaimie Branch, Ian McColm, Amirtha Kidambi, Dave Treut, Anais Blondet, Jason Nazary, Sam Weinberg, Andrew Smiley, Luke Stewart, Zach Rowden, Lea Kurt Kotheimer, Sam Ospovat, Chris Pistiokios, Nick Jozwiak, Ola Rubin and Anders Uddeskog. Projects include Loplop, The Invisible Party, Pantagruelian Quintet, Swedish Fix, Lipscomb Quartet, Whoarfrost, Reina Terror, Windhorse, Start Again Ensemble, ad hoc and solo improvisation.

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Beloveds

Beloveds is a cabaret, a burial ground, a circus, a lullaby. Beloveds is an ensemble that started in 2016 In Gothenburg, Sweden. Composer and singer Channa Riedel uses poetry in order to create music that is intimate, rugged and beautiful. They find inspiration from music such as Liberation Music Orchestra, Victor Jara, Hanns Eisler as well as Swedish and Jewish folk songs. Lyrics are by Palestinian, Swedish, American and Russian poets such as Vladimir Mayakovsky, Juliana Spahr, Stig Dagerman and Channa Riedel.  In October 2019 debut album "Så tar natten dig åter" was released on Swedish indie label Abrovinsch Records

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Channa Riedel

Channa Riedel is a writer, poet and musician. She recently graduated from the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg and the debut album of her band Beloveds was released in 2019. This year she will begin a master’s in Literary Composition at HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design, and is currently working on her first collection of poems. Beloveds is an ensemble that started in 2016 In Gothenburg, Sweden. Composer and singer Channa Riedel uses poetry in order to create music that is intimate, rugged and beautiful. They find inspiration from music such as Liberation Music Orchestra, Victor Jara, Hanns Eisler as well as Swedish and Jewish folk songs

NEWS: RECORDING

Stockholm Pianist Max Agnas releases Komposition VII on Loumi Records

Stockholm Pianist Max Agnas releases Komposition VII on Loumi Records

Max Agnas’s compositions find surprising and elegant ways to express himself within fairly traditional frameworks. You’ll hear captivating and atmospheric ballads next to rhythmical tunes with jingle-like melodies, often with a twist that puts everything into a new light. Although it’s paradoxical to say about a twenty-year-old, Agnas's playing sounds remarkably refined and mature. Having the ...

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Jakob Norgren

Jakob Norgren is a Swedish saxophonist, composer, arranger and big band leader. Main instruments are baritone sax, tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and contra alto clarinet. He started his orchestra, initially named Jakob Norgren Big Band Splash, in 2004 and first released two albums that mixed contemporary jazz with soul/R&B. From 2010 Jakob let the band develop into a pure soul-jazz/R&B orchestra under the shortened name Big Band Splash, while introducing Jakob Norgren Jazz Orchestra (with almost the same members) where he could refine his contemporary jazz writing. Jakob Norgren is the arranger and producer of all his albums


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