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Scope Festival, GE
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
From the harsh chill of his native land comes warm music that springs from the rich and varied traditions of Swedish folk music, hymns and native composers. The art of improvisation melts this Swedish legacy with the jazz piano tradition, giving him a unique vehicle of expression that is entirely his own. "Nilsson is more than just an extraordinarily talent"..."With this new album, he definitively places himself as a composer and piano soloist at world-class level."..."a style that's very much his own: warm, sensible, empathetic and lyrical." (Lira, SE) MATTIAS Nilsson, the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Swedish pianist, melts together the tradition of jazz piano with the Nordic tonal language, which gives him a musical landscapes with totally new shades of color. With a very warm, personal touch in mind, Nilsson adds to his palette of musical colors the rich and varied traditions of Swedish folk music, hymns, native composers, and not least, his original compositions. "...some might want to place him among the Swedish pianists that followed after Jan Johansson, but Nilsson is so much more than that" (Salt Peanuts, Norway). Dreams of Belonging (2016) his first release as leader, is a solo work that features eight Swedish folk songs, hymns, more modern pieces and three original Nilsson compositions, plus a ‘classic’ John Hartford cover. The album represents the culmination of a long journey for Nilsson, and the discovery of an individual voice, combined with a deep-seated love for the music of his homeland. The album received five stars (5/5) in Ystads Allehanda (SE) and Kristianstadsbladet (SE) and has also been praised international as well. It was followed by an international release tour in France, Sweden and the UK. Mattias has toured and performed in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Poland, Spain, Holland, Croatia, Turkey, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Zambia, Egypt, United States and Latin America with regular visits to Chile where he also was invited by the Swedish Embassy in 2011 to play for the Swedish Prime Minister´s on his first visit to the country. Press "Nilsson is more than just an extraordinarily talent"..."With this new album, he definitively places himself as a composer and piano soloist at world-class level."..."a style that's very much his own: warm, sensible, empathetic and lyrical." (Lira, Sweden) "Pianist Mattias Nilsson's solo debut successfully blends a classical approach with improvisational freedom and imagination." (***** 5/5, Ystads Allehanda, Sweden) "Mattias Nilsson is a responsive pianist who goes from strength to strength."..."must now be counted among the best in Sweden on his instrument." (OrkesterJournalen, Sweden) "Touch, phrasing and blending with keyboard and pedal are among Nilsson’s strong suits. They are valuable assets in the performance of his lyrical title tune." (Rifftides, United States) "It's almost a spiritual experience to listen to the pianist Mattias Nilsson in his 'Dreams of Belonging'. With delicate brush strokes, Mattias paints images of chalets, mists, shadows, intense sunlight, and all shades in between. The music is a mix of folk, Peterson-Berger, Swanerud and Mattias himself, but with a focus on the lyrical and heartfelt." (Folkbladet, Sweden) "...some might want to place him among the Swedish pianists that followed after Jan Johansson, but Nilsson is so much more than that." (Salt peanuts, Nordic) "What a musician, he owns such a great sense for the mystique of the black and white keys." (SydÖstran, Sweden) "Whether he plays Swedish folk music, classical music, pop, hymns or jazz he is brilliant and elegant and, not least, sensitive both in grants and phrasing." (Orkesterjournalen, Sweden) "Mattias has a musical language that is his very own with a personal, harmonic and melodic imagination that are both slightly different and impressive". (DIG Jazz, Sweden) "It's a beautiful record that blends jazz and Swedish folk music"..."is worth several listens!" (Jazz Flashes & The Vintage Bandstand, United States) Website: www.mattiasnilsson.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/MattiasNilssonMusic Spotify: https://goo.gl/yAh3Ut YouTube: https://goo.gl/P6qwJ2