Jazz-Club A-Trane Berlin
Nils Landgren is doubtlessly one of Europe’s most successful jazz musicians. Fans and observers of the 58-year-old Swede are already wondering whether his days might have more than 24 hours. Critics have nominated him as the hardest working man in show business. When “Mr. Redhorn,” the man with the red trombone, is not touring with his legendary band Funk Unit or other projects bearing his name, he works as a producer and talent scout or is found passing his know-how on to his students. In the German capital, he has made a name for himself as the artistic director of the JazzFest Berlin. It is not least his versatility which is admired in this musician, who began playing drums at the age of six and discovered the trombone for himself at 13: apart from hardcore jazz, he is devoted to Swedish folk music – or he might record romantic and idiosyncratic Christmas songs, as he did on his album Christmas With My Friends. In cooperation with Doctors without Borders, Nils Landgren’s Funk Unit supports a music education project for children and teenagers in one of the largest slums of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi.
The percussionist Malin and the saxophone player Karolina Almgren, two sisters from Gothenburg, have been performing together as “Sisters of Invention” since 2013. This combination brings out their qualities as musicians and arrangers. 2014 saw the release of their second album, Navigating, following Om & Om Igen. Not even in their mid-twenties, the two Swedish sisters have written arrangements for the Arctic Youth Jazz Orchestra and performed at the Fife Jazz Festival in Scotland. Today, they also work for the Bohuslän Big Band, with whom they will be touring in the autumn of 2015 as well.
Pianist Fanny Gunnarsson is from Malmö, where she also graduated with a diploma from the local music academy in 2014. She discovered jazz while still a student. In the meantime, she has long made a name for herself as a pianist and singer and founder of the Fanny Gunnarsson Quartet. As a songwriter, Fanny Gunnarsson combines contemporary jazz with pop music; her debut album Same Eyes As You led to invitations for her quartet to the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival and the famous jazz club “Fasching” in Stockholm.
This past year, Lisa Wulff, born in Hamburg in 1990, completed her studies in music education in jazz and jazz-related music in Bremen, during which she majored in E-bass and acoustic double bass. Since then, she has been studying for a performance degree in Hamburg. Lisa Wulff takes to the stage not only as a bass player, but also as a singer. Furthermore, she composes and founded the Lisa Wulff Quartet, following her experiences with her own bands such as Kalís, Greenroom and takadoon. Concerts beyond the German borders have taken her all over Europe and to China.
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For the “Classic meets Jazz” project on August 21 at Konzerthaus, Nils Landgren has invited four young female jazz musicians to Young Euro Classic. The evening before, he will give a “preview concert” with them at Berlin’s famous jazz club A-Trane. The percussionist Malin and the saxophone player Karolina Almgren, two sisters from Gothenburg, have been performing under the name “Sisters of Invention” since 2013. Not even in their mid-twenties, the two Swedes have already written arrangements for the Arctic Youth Jazz Orchestra. The pianist Fanny Gunnarsson is from Malmö, where she also graduated from the Music Academy. She discovered jazz while still a student. In the meantime, she has made a name for herself as a pianist and singer and founded the Fanny Gunnarsson Quartet. Last year, Lisa Wulff, born in Hamburg in 1990, completed her study in jazz education, majoring in electric bass and acoustic double bass, and ever since, she has continued her artistic education in Hamburg. The unique evening unites a group of talented young jazz musicians and is presented by Nils Landgren.