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Mattias Nilsson

Mattias Nilsson

Feb 3rd 2017 @ Tango y Vinos

Copenhagen, Denmark
I Was There
"The music of Jule Styne" w. Anna Louise Andersson & Mattias Nilsson
Friday, February 3rd, 2017
4:00 PM
Tango y Vinos
Copenhagen, Denmark

Anna Louise - vocals / SE
Mattias Nilsson - piano / SE

Jule Styne was a composer who, with lyricist Sammy Cahn, wrote many hits during the 1940s, including "I've Heard That Song Before", "I'll Walk Alone" and "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" He then moved to Broadway, with credits such as Gypsy, Funny Girl, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Bells Are Ringing. In both phases of his career, he displayed a talent for writing songs crafted for specific singers, such that they were introduced and popularized by artists including Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Ethel Merman, and Barbra Streisand.

ANNA LOUISE ANDERSSON can be described as a powerful, multifaceted and sensitive singer. Her voice has been praised as “full, strong and warm” by jazz singer Cassandra Wilson. Swedish born Anna Louise is currently living in Stockholm but has also lived in London, Los Angeles, where she attended the “Applied Music Program at Santa Monica College, and most recently in New York where she graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan 2011. A year later she moved back to Sweden after 6 years in the US. Her education, inspiration and influences from these places can be heard in her music that has elements of Jazz, R&B, Blues and Afro-Latin music. Anna Louise has shared stages with Roy Hargrove, Mark Whitfield, James Genus, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie and in Sweden Peter Asplund, Håkan Broström, Bernt Rosengren, Karl Olandersson, Hans Backenroth, Calle Bagge and Isabella Lundgren, to name a few. She has been featured as a soloist with big bands and other constellations, as a back vocalist, as a leader for her own band and has also performed on TV shows in New York, Sweden.

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.

The internationally acclaimed and award-winning Swedish pianist Mattias Nilsson (b.1980), 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), "Nilsson now must be counted among the best in Sweden on his instrument.” (OrkesterJournalen).

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 is also written about in Jazzflashes (UK), DIG Jazz (SE) and SaltPeanuts (Nordic/Baltic). It was followed by an international release tour in France, Sweden and the UK.

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