:: 4**** Jazz Magazine (France) ::
Folk - Oddjob - may 2016
:: Grammy Award 2016 (Sweden) ::
Folk - Oddjob - best jazz album 2015
:: Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros 2015 ::
for album Jazzoo - Oddjob
:: Grammy Award 2014 (Suède) ::
for album Jazzoo - Oddjob - best album for kids 2013
:: Nordic Music Prize 2011 :: Best Nordic Album ::
for album X/Y
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Kajfeš’ parents are Croatian. Goran started playing trumpet at the age of 10, first concentrating on classical music but later deciding to focus on jazz. He studied from 1993-95 at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen.
Kajfeš has made two solo albums under his own name. The first one, Home, was released on EMI/Blue Note France. The album was highly successful and was nominated for a Swedish Grammy. On the tour connected with this project he shared the same stage with such well-known players as Nils Petter Molvær, Bugge Wesseltoft, and Wibutee. Goran’s second album, Headspin, won a Swedish Grammy for Best Jazz album of 2004. He has toured with his band Goran Kajfeš’ "Headspin" in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Mexico, Germany, France, Morocco, Spain, etc.
Kajfeš has performed and recorded with many well-known artists, including José Gonzáles, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Mando Diao, Stina Nordenstam, Robyn, Christian Kjellvander, Monica Zetterlund, The Tiny, Moneybrother, jazz musicians Lester Bowie and Jimmy Cobb, Titiyo, Blacknuss, Lisa Ekdahl, Janet Jackson, Sting, and The Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
He has also composed and performed music for film and television. This includes a movie documentary by Swedish director Kristian Petri about Orson Welles’ time in Spain titled "The Well", and the recently completed soundtrack for the Spanish movie "Hoy no se fía, mañana sí".
Goran Kajfeš composed and played music for a book by Swedish writer Fredrik Lindström. He has also been involved with a number of modern dance performances.
Presently he is working with Neneh and Eagle-Eye Cherry on the production of a tribute concert later this year celebrating the music of Don Cherry.
Kajfeš also runs the record label “Headspin Recordings”.
Traces Left Behind by Goran Kajfes &Tropiques - Headspin Recordings
Enso Teaser by Goran Kajfes & Tropiques - Headspin Recordings
"Standing in front of him for the first time at the Luleå jazz festival a few years ago I can confirm it's an exhilarate experience." Brian Morton
about The Reason Why vol.2
"further takes on an eclectic array of music that includes covers of tunes from Africa, Turkey, and Brazil, as well as early-70s prog-rock, and current indie rock (Tame Impala, Grizzly Bear) […] the instrumental band consistently serves up scintillating arrangements that present the work in dynamic, new light. It helps that Kajfeš is surrounded by some of Sweden's best players (jazz heavies like reedists Per "Ruskträsk" Johansson and Jonas Kullhammar and bassist Johan Berthling—with whom the trumpeter plays in Mats Gustafsson's Fire! Orchestra—and the multifaceted rock guitarist Reine Fiske of Dungen)" Peter Margasak
about The Reason Why vol.2
"it seems a bit early to pick an album of the year but this is a very strong contender"
"one of the more exciting, promising musicians on the scene"
"swish, purring, analogue keys, snappy drums and bass and stealthy, trippy horns"
"gloriously psychedelic renditions of prog-jazz tunes"
"sparkling interpretations of the tracks that fired his imagination"
"4/5 Kajfeš and his group have found their own particularly European version of Sun Ra´s Afro-futurism"
"4/5 "sounding like a spacier Jaga Jazzist"
"that old rascal Goran Kajfes of cosmic otherness is back."