Daniel Karlsson, piano

:: New album released March 23, 2018

:: Nominated at Grammy Awards 2018, Sweden
best album jazz 2017 for "Ding Dong"

:: Grammy Award 2015
best album jazz 2014 for "Fusion for Fish"

:: Swedish Radio’s Jazz Group of the Year Award 2014

:: Swedish jazz magazine OJ’s Golden Disc 2015

:: Best swedish artist of the Year 2005


Daniel Karlsson is well known for his work in highly merited Oddjob and Magnus Öström Band. He has also been a frequent collaborator with among others Till Brönner, Nils Landgren, Viktoria Tolstoy and Rigmor Gustafsson.
In 2005 he was nominated Jazz Artist of the Year and released Pan-Pan, his first album in his own name.

Christian Spering has also toured with Rigmor and Nils and has also been heard with jazz icons such as Peter Erskine, Bobo Stenson and Jon Christensen.

Fredrik Rundqvist has also, among others, played with Bobo Stenson and Palle Danielsson. In recent years he has most frequently been heard in indie pop star Sarah Blasko’s band.

The three musicians have known each other for a long time and through several previous collaborations. Daniel and Fredrik met when they studied music together in the south of Sweden and got to know Christian some years later when they both relocated to Stockholm.

The trio’s music is described as distinctive and extrovert, clearly influenced by 60s jazz, soul and pop but with a clear Nordic scent.


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About Ding Dong’s album :

On this their fourth studio album the Daniel Karlsson Trio take their art to yet another level. As on their previous three albums Ding Dong is positively jam-packed with original ultra-hip music by prolific pianist, composer and bandleader Daniel Karlsson. The album was recorded during two separate sessions in 2016. The first one just after New Years’ Eve in the dark of winter during a blizzard of snow over the Stockholm archipelago and the island of Runmarö. The contrast couldn’t have been greater than to when the mobile studio was rigged in the Runmarö Concert Hall for a second recording session during the week of bright midsummer nights in June.

We have worked with the same collage/cut up technique on Ding Dong as previously, i.e. the production has started out as regular piano trio recording that has been cut up, resampled and/or, with new overdubs added. But this time there are also tracks like Last Tesoro where Christian Spering has used an effect pedal on his double bass already at the recording stage to set a sound. The title track and the final Passing Fury with its raw live sound from a nightly excursion in a Milesean vibe has also been tinged from the start. One track has made it to the final master without any treatment whatsoever, on Spyder’s Mam the trio appear in their most traditional shape. The minimalistic Streetlight Shadows takes ideas first appearing on At the Feel Free Falafel (the trio’s third album) but this time even further. Concluding the Ding Dong track listing - A Man and His Umbrella - a playful fusion track.
In conjunction with the release of Ding Dong the trio will make a club tour in Germany, Austria and Italy.



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La Presse En Parle

Album Fusion for Fish
”... a real step forward on the European jazz scene.” DN (SE)
”... an absolutely superb energy.” Lira (SE)
” Music like a travelogue.” Schwäbische Zeitung (DE)
”...a very welcome hour of fusion-tinged power jazz.” London Jazz News (GB)
” Beautifully beautiful ” KultKomplott (DE)

Album Das Taxibåt
” In a market where piano trios abound, the Daniel Karlsson Trio stands out as a trio brimming with ideas. His riveting playing and compositional flare mark him out as one of the most exciting of contemporary pianists and states his case as a worthy successor to Svensson..” ”...one of the most exciting of contemporary pianists...” All about jazz (GB)

Album At the Feel Free falafel
Extremely refined and hip ” DN (SE)
Album Ding Dong
”Another bull’s-eye by Daniel Karlsson Trio, one of Sweden’s most creative bands right now” Lira – (SE)
“Five words to sum it up? Riveting. Cool. Playful. Unconventional. Most of all, enjoyable” Rob Mallows, Kind of Jazz (GB)

Live’s reviews
“With Spering and Rundqvist, Karlsson has a trio one can listen to for a long time, and constantly discovering something new” Johannes Cornell, DN Review Live at Fasching april 2017
”there is currently very little other music that gets the most out of the resources used so economically.” Süddeutsche Zeitung (DE) – Review live gig at Unterfahrt, Munich feb. 2017