Bobo Stenson / piano

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Gábor Simon Konzertagentur exclusively represents Bobo Stenson in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Projects:

- Bobo Stenson Trio. Availability: 25 September - 8 October; 13-19 November; 2 & 3 December 2017; and on request.

- Bobo Stenson Solo. Availability on request.


Bobo Stenson Trio

Lineup: Bobo Stenson (p), Anders Jormin (db), Jon Fält (dr)

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“Stenson takes the piano trio to its next logical stage of evolution, along the path set out by Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. […] But Stenson further liberates the trio concept.” (Thomas Conrad)

 

During his over 40-year association with ECM Records, Bobo Stenson has recorded and performed in blazetrailing, influential projects with Jan Garbarek, Don Cherry, Charles Lloyd and Tomasz Stanko. But it is with his trio music that he has created a new genre of piano poetry, soon showered with praise by critics worldwide. The former lineups included great celebrated musicians including bassists Arild Andersen and Palle Danielsson and drummers Jon Christensen and Paul Motian. Yet, for many critics, the current edition of Stenson’s trio with Anders Jormin and Jon Fält tops all preceding ones.

 

Each concert is a masterclass in attention to detail and in group interaction. And in telepathy, as it were. Stenson’s lustrous pianism, Jormin’s rich round bass tone and every tiny detail of Fält’s drumming are meticulously and magically captured in that unique match of time, sound and mood that defines and distinguishes the Bobo Stenson Trio’s trademark music universe. And their art of seamlessly alternating and intertwining between composition & improvisation and between individual shining & collective band sound is second to none.

 

The Bobo Stenson Trio explore a wide range of material (as on their ECM recordings “Cantando” and “Indicum”). Indeed, wide-ranging repertoire - from classical, jazz and folk music to Stenson’s and Jormin’s own compositions - has become their hallmark. Not only is their eclecticism striking, but also how the trio translate those far-flung sources into their own organic breathing music idiom (of heart-stopping beauty). Characterised by Stenson’s richly atmospheric pianism, Jormin’s dexterous pizzicato and evocative arco work, and by Fält’s highly inventive and colourful drumming.

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Bobo Stenson Solo

“Stenson remains one of the most sophisticated and rewarding jazz pianists on the planet.” (John Fordham, The Guardian)

 

Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson established himself as an outstanding pianist in Europe when playing along with luminaries such as Dexter Gordon, George Russell, Don Cherry and Stan Getz. He has been acclaimed as a key figure in European jazz (and not only) ever since, and has been one of ECM’s preeminent musicians since the early 70’s, becoming a vital force of several groundbreaking groups, either as inspiring co-leader as in the Jan Garbarek/Bobo Stenson Quartet, or as inventive sideman as in Charles Lloyd and Tomasz Stanko’s bands. The core of Stenson’s art, though, has been his trio music and, more recently, also his solo performances.

 

Illustrious jazz critic Thomas Conrad has distinguished Stenson’s recurring source materials: Besides his originals (and very occasional standards), there is almost always an Ornette Coleman tune (“There is total freedom in his melodies”, Stenson says). There are 19th and early 20th century classical pieces (“I’ve always studied classical music”). And there is the Swedish folkloric tradition (“It is material I grew up with. It just comes up sometimes”). But all of his sources are transposed into an immediately distinguishable Stenson harmonic atmosphere with new personal meanings, performed with his distinct sublime lightness of melodic and lyrical touch, and refined sense for time, space, texture and beauty.

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