Nils Landgren isn't a name only to be found among "the top
rank of European jazz trombonists" (Der Spiegel). He is also
one of the wide-ranging set of artists to be found on the European
jazz scene today. "A musical omnivore" (Frankfurter Allgemeine
Zeitung) and "a marvel of flexibility" (Jazzthetik), whose
interests and output cover many bases: whether the man with the
red trombone is performing one of his frenetic concerts to enthusiastic
fans with his grooving Funk Unit, singing with "hypnotic charm"
(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), devoting himself, in collaboration
with Esbjorn Svensson, to the reworking of Swedish folk songs, or
celebrating chamber music or big band jazz - all reflect the many
sides of the same person.
His concerts from Stockholm to Beijing have been met with ecstatic
acclamation. In duo with pianist Esbjorn Svensson, he has elevated
Swedish folk music to the level of subdued works of art. As the
artistic director of the 2001 Berlin Jazz Festival, he designed
a state of the art presentation of Scandinavian trends and moods.
In May 2002, Nils was honored with the 'Tore Ehrling-prize' by the
Swedish Society Of Popular Composers for "his outstanding contribution
to spread Swedish jazz music around the globe".
Nils came to Hong Kong with a wealth of talent from the current
music scene in Sweden including two vocalists, Rigmor Gustafsson
and Viktoria Tolstoy. 'Music Beyond Borders' became the platform
for him to continue his mission.
Rigmor's engagements have ranged from working with several Big
Bands to leading various small groups. After moving to New York
in 1993, she started working in various jazz clubs in the NYC area
and formed the Rigmor Gustafsson Quintet, recording 2 CDs. In 1996
she formed a Swedish quintet with whom she recorded her third CD
"Rigmor Gustafsson Live". In 2002 she was signed to the
German record company ACT. Her latest CD "I will wait for you"
with Nils Landgren, the Fleshquartet and others, has recently received
"The Jazz Award" in Germany.
Viktoria Tolstoy is at the age of 29, already a highly celebrated
and respected international jazz vocalist. Her numerous success
stories are all a product of her explosive natural super talent.
On her new album "Shining On You", she is assisted by
the likes of jazz greats Esbjorn Svensson, Toots Thielemans and
Nils Landgren. Viktoria has been saluted by the media wherever she
has landed since she first grabbed that microphone.
Other members in the line-up included Karl-Martin Almqvist, tenor
saxophone; Thobias Gabrielson, bass; Jonas Ostholm, piano and Wolfgang
Their performance rocked a packed Studio One ending with a well-deserved
standing ovation. The concert is here for you to have a listen.