Music Beyond Border

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Of Interest 有興趣的話 2006 Sweden Revisited 瑞典

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 Haffner, drums.

Their performance rocked a packed Studio One ending with a well-deserved standing ovation. The concert is here for you to have a listen. Buckle up.





Of Interest 有興趣的話
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