Emil Brandqvist Trio

 

 

Emil Brandqvist - Drums

Tuomas Turunen - Piano

Max Thornberg - Bass

Fotocredit: Steven Haberland



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http://www.emilbrandqvisttrio.com/

   

Letting the cat out of the bag right away when introducing a new CD might not be ‘stylish’, but the Emil Brandqvist Trio has honestly delivered a masterpiece called “Falling Crystals” (SKP 9135). Over the last few years drummer Emil Brandqvist from Gothenburg, Sweden played his way into the intimate upper ranks of European Jazz; his trio stands for low-key, picturesque, touching melodies and sounds that remain with listeners. Together with pianist Tuomas Turunen from Finland and Max Thornberg from Stockholm on double bass, one of the trademarks for this multinational Scandinavian ensemble has been that the trio eagerly brings in guests to the studio to put the finishing brushstrokes on their audiophonic paintings. Much like designing a portrait, their music builds to reveal more and more layers. On “Breathe Out” (SKP 9115), their first album for SKIP in 2013, it was the Sjöströmska String Quartet from Gothenburg that set gem-like accents. For the following album entitled “Seascapes” (SKP 9128), Emil Brandqvist and his trio invited a number of woodwinds and horns to add greater density to the atmospheric settings: flutes, clarinets, bass clarinets and flugelhorns. That the album earned itself a ranking at No. 14 on the German Jazz Charts can be traced back to the fact that the trio gave a slew of highly acclaimed concerts at festivals such as Palatia Jazz or in Hamburg, Germany. Those live gigs proved that the trio has no trouble fulfilling even the highest of expectations set by audiences accustomed to international acts.

Last year’s concert-goers received an early inkling of how the trio has evolved. “Falling Crystals” enhances the listeners’ range via moods and compositional structures that underscore just how exceptional these three ‘northern lights’ are. The aura and music were sensitively captured by Åke Linton, a Swedish studio legend whose credentials already include work with Bobo Stenson, Lars Danielsson, the Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Magnus Öström, Joakim Milder and Dan Berglund. “The Sea Begins To Freeze” reveals an opening theme reminiscent of film noir in which Emil Brandqvist has revived his collaboration with the Sjöströmstra String Quartet. On the composition by Tuomas Turunen named “A Day In Memories”, synthesizer inserts turn the tables to astonishing effect. On “Longing”, bass-player Max Thornberg lets his bowing display a North African coloring to match the desire in the track’s name. “Shine” is equally surprising: Despite all the Nordic roots, here the trio shows that it too was raised on the kind of Jazz made famous by great trios ‘way back when’ in the USA. The whole album sparkles with solid compositions, a lasting sound where the trio definitively ‘shows its stuff’. In 2016 concert-goers in our latitudes will be able to look forward to more concerts from the Emil Brandqvist Trio than ever before; delightful evenings that may very well close with the bouncy lilt heard on “Through The Forest

   

Emil Brandqvist is a drummer, a composer and bandleader. He is living in Gothenburg/Sweden and is educated at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. He is involved in many different projects both as drummer and composer. Inspiration to his composing often comes as a soundtrack to the nature of Sweden. And the titles of the compositions often come first when the music is performed for the first time and the pictures are starting to move in the mind. The music is often fully arranged but there is a big open window for the trio musicians to make the music live to its full. Emil is also composing music for film and has worked with the score for many different film-projects. Emil is always seeking new ways to express his music and is very interested in exploring the possibilities in new collaborations for his composing and playing.

   

"Those who like Jazz trios should also check out the new record "Falling Crystals" by Emil Brandqvist Trio. Brandqvist is a drummer from Gothenburg and has written most of the music on this exceptionally melodious and beautiful record. He is accompanied by pianist Tuomas Turunen, a Finn with a poetic and lively touch on the keyboard. And lastly Max Thornberg on bass. No one stands out, all impress." Dagbladet, Norway

   

Letting the cat out of the bag right away when introducing a new CD might not be ‘stylish’, but the Emil Brandqvist Trio has honestly delivered a masterpiece called “Falling Crystals” (SKP 9135). Over the last few years drummer Emil Brandqvist from Gothenburg, Sweden played his way into the intimate upper ranks of European Jazz; his trio stands for low-key, picturesque, touching melodies and sounds that remain with listeners. Together with pianist Tuomas Turunen from Finland and Max Thornberg from Stockholm on double bass, one of the trademarks for this multinational Scandinavian ensemble has been that the trio eagerly brings in guests to the studio to put the finishing brushstrokes on their audiophonic paintings. Much like designing a portrait, their music builds to reveal more and more layers. On “Breathe Out” (SKP 9115), their first album for SKIP in 2013, it was the Sjöströmska String Quartet from Gothenburg that set gem-like accents. For the following album entitled “Seascapes” (SKP 9128), Emil Brandqvist and his trio invited a number of woodwinds and horns to add greater density to the atmospheric settings: flutes, clarinets, bass clarinets and flugelhorns. That the album earned itself a ranking at No. 14 on the German Jazz Charts can be traced back to the fact that the trio gave a slew of highly acclaimed concerts at festivals such as Palatia Jazz or in Hamburg, Germany. Those live gigs proved that the trio has no trouble fulfilling even the highest of expectations set by audiences accustomed to international acts.

Last year’s concert-goers received an early inkling of how the trio has evolved. “Falling Crystals” enhances the listeners’ range via moods and compositional structures that underscore just how exceptional these three ‘northern lights’ are. The aura and music were sensitively captured by Åke Linton, a Swedish studio legend whose credentials already include work with Bobo Stenson, Lars Danielsson, the Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Magnus Öström, Joakim Milder and Dan Berglund. “The Sea Begins To Freeze” reveals an opening theme reminiscent of film noir in which Emil Brandqvist has revived his collaboration with the Sjöströmstra String Quartet. On the composition by Tuomas Turunen named “A Day In Memories”, synthesizer inserts turn the tables to astonishing effect. On “Longing”, bass-player Max Thornberg lets his bowing display a North African coloring to match the desire in the track’s name. “Shine” is equally surprising: Despite all the Nordic roots, here the trio shows that it too was raised on the kind of Jazz made famous by great trios ‘way back when’ in the USA. The whole album sparkles with solid compositions, a lasting sound where the trio definitively ‘shows its stuff’. In 2016 concert-goers in our latitudes will be able to look forward to more concerts from the Emil Brandqvist Trio than ever before; delightful evenings that may very well close with the bouncy lilt heard on “Through The Forest

 

 
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 On Tour

08/10/2018 - Koblenz - Café Hahn
07/10/2018 - Wetzlar - Pianohaus
06/10/2018 - Essen - Mariengymnasium
05/10/2018 - Bayreuth - Jazzforum
13/09/2018 - Bonn - Beethovenfest
12/09/2018 - Erlangen - E-Werk
04/08/2018 - Herxheim - Palatia Jazz Festival
03/08/2018 - Schloss Elmau
08/07/2018 - Bad Kissingen - Kissinger Sommer
06/06/2018 - Bad Homburg - Kurtheater
02/06/2018 - Hamburg - Elbjazz
26/05/2018 - Billerbeck - Burg Vischering
25/05/2018 - Kiel - Kulturforum
24/05/2018 - Fulda - Kapelle im Vonderaumuseum
09/05/2018 - Illingen - Illipse
08/05/2018 - Kassel - Theaterstübchen
06/05/2018 - Bochum - Christuskirche
05/05/2018 - Langenau - Pfleghof
04/05/2018 - Merzhausen - Forum
03/05/2018 - Karlsruhe - Tempel
13/04/2018 - Wolfsburg - Movimentos
20/11/2017 - Ansbach - Kammerspiele
17/11/2017 - Bad Homburg - Speicher
16/11/2017 - Warendorf - Theater
15/11/2017 - Marburg - KFZ
22/10/2017 - Keitum, Sylt - Teekontor
21/10/2017 - F-Maignelay-Montigny - Jazz au Plateau Picard
20/10/2017 - Dorsten - Leo
19/10/2017 - Mönchengladbach - TIG
28/04/2017 - Bremen - Schlachthof
19/03/2017 - Wetzlar - Das Pianohaus
18/03/2017 - Agathenburg - Schloss
17/03/2017 - Bochum - Christuskirche
16/03/2017 - Neustadt bei Hannover - Schloss Landestrost
26/01/2017 - Bremen - Glocke
20/11/2016 - Helmbrechts - Textilmuseum
19/11/2016 - Langenau - Pfleghof
18/11/2016 - Gießen - Hermann-Levi-Saal, Kulturrathaus
17/11/2016 - Saarbrücken - Jazz Syndikat
16/11/2016 - AT-Innsbruck - Treibhaus
12/11/2016 - Essen - Forum Mariengymnasium
09/06/2016 - Bad Homburg - Kurtheater
20/05/2016 - Neumünster - Jazzclub
28/04/2016 - Karlsruhe - Tempel
26/04/2016 - Kassel - Theaterstübchen
23/04/2016 - Heppenheim - Forum Kultur
22/04/2016 - Lüneburg - Kulturforum
18/03/2016 - Schwäbisch Hall - Int. Jazzfestival
08/11/2015 - Berlin - Schwedische Botschaft
26/09/2015 - Bremen - Sendesaal
24/09/2015 - Kiel - Kulturforum
25/07/2015 - Bad Dürkheim - Palatia Jazz
23/07/2015 - Schloß Lütetsburg - Gezeitenkonzerte Emil Brandqvist
20/06/2015 - Billerbeck - Kolvenburg
19/06/2015 - Hamburg - Birdland
09/06/2015 - Bad Homburg - Kurttheater
09/08/2014 - Bad Bergzabern - Palatia Jazz Festival
04/04/2014 - St. Ingbert - Internationales Jazzfestival
05/12/2013 - Saarbrücken - SR Sendesaal mit SR Rundfunk Orchester
03/12/2013 - Berlin - A-trane
02/12/2013 - Hamburg - ehemals Birdland
 

 Video

Emil Brandqvist Trio - Live in Lüneburg