Jacob Karlzon Trio in Utrecht (NL)
Feb
17
4:00 PM16:00

Jacob Karlzon Trio in Utrecht (NL)

Jacob Karlzon piano
Morten Toftgård Rambsbøl bas
Rasmus Kihlberg drums


Times are changing, and inevitably so is music. However, musicians of a special kind are needed to stay in step – and in tune – with these changing times. One of these visionaries is the Swedish pianist Jacob Karlzon. 
  
On NOW, Jacob Karlzon tells a story. The pieces belong together like in a suite, and yet they are so different that each one also stands alone. In their contradictory entirety they can describe a complete day with all of its happy and frustrating moments, its light and shadow, its shifts between chaos and calm. In every song he finds a new way of fusing electronic elements like synthesizers and computers with the acoustic bedrock of his piano, accompanied by Dan Berglund (also known from Esbjörn Svensson Trio and Tonbruket) on the double bass, and long-time collaborator Robert Mehmet Ikiz on the drums. For the pianist there is nothing contradictory about taking a fish out of the river and then putting it in the freezer. He can enjoy a mountain stream by day and in the evening still go on Facebook. In his radical positivism he reveals himself to be a “virtual romantic”. “We live in high-tech times. I’m always thinking about the crossover points between technology and nature. We are and remain organic beings. Technology is part of our environment. How can we use it to save our planet? That’s exactly what I want to ask in my music. It’s always about combining both worlds.” 
  
The crossover points between analogue and digital moments stand out in Karlzon’s music as much as the hinges between pop and jazz and the seams between memory and visions of the future. Karlzon’s background is in jazz, but also grew up with hard rock and ’80s pop music. NOW is a completely new style of CD, because it does not just follow the conventional album concept, but deliberately plays tribute to the playlist experience. “I’ve never been interested in the jazz tradition as such,” explains Karlzon. “But what does still interest me about jazz is how it functions as a form of communication. You can express exactly the same thing one way on one day, and completely differently the next day. It will never be the same. But ultimately it always remains music.” 
  
Karlzon himself describes NOW as a melancholic dance album, although his melancholy is anything but backward-looking. Our world, he sums up succinctly, is changing. As an artist he has a choice to mourn the supposedly good old days or to find a way of positively dealing with the way things are permanently changing. “I have to accept things for the way they are, and many things are unfortunately not changing for the better. Personally I find it better to concentrate on the positive aspects of these changes. I don’t want to exclude anybody; I want to involve as many people as possible. My music isn’t complicated. I don’t want to aim our music at insiders who know everything about a particular genre. Instead I want to invite people from different generations and backgrounds to enjoy our music.” 
  
The formula that Jacob Karlzon could conform to in his music does not yet exist. Together with his producer Lars Nilsson he is entering unchartered waters. He sees his studio as a laboratory in which every imaginable influence from life and art flows together and triggers a reaction. “It’s more important to me that my music makes sense than that it obeys certain rules.” Jacob Karlzon is an artist with an unerring instinct for what is doable, and NOW is his musical credo.


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AdHD in Rotterdam (NL)
Mar
9
3:30 PM15:30

AdHD in Rotterdam (NL)

THÓMAS JÓNSSON - keyboards
ÓMAR GUÐJÓNSSON - guitar & bass
ÓSKAR GUÐJÓNSSON - saxophone
MAGNÚS TRYGVASON ELIASSEN - drums


There are bands where every album is a step into the unknown. There are others whose development is a reliable and consistent expansion of their terrain. The latter applies to the Icelandic musicians’ collective ADHD. 

It is almost impossible to describe their concerts along traditional musical parameters. A performance by these four Vikings is always an all-encompassing ritual, a magic potion of incantation dance and a phenomenon of nature. When keyboarder THÓMAS JÓNSSON, guitarrist and bass player ÓMAR GUÐJÓNSSON, saxophonist ÓSKAR GUÐJÓNSSON, und drummer MAGNÚS TRYGVASON ELIASSEN are on stage, the ordinary Middle European mortal will get at least a vague sense of how the island people in the very north of Europe have been able to survive the long and icy winters through the centuries. – They simply produce their energy out of themselves. 

This unbridled stream of human vibration, which overrides all perimeters of genre and fascinates jazz fans as much as rock fans and ravers, follows a most ancient human desire, whose non-verbal impulse is older than any language and yet is entirely rooted in the present. The expanse of the cosmos and the infinity of time culminate in this happening of total music, as well as a profound mysticism of free imagination and an unflagging confrontation with contemporary issues. 

The Gesamtkunstwerk ADHD cannot be quite captured in words. This sublime timelessness in the here and now can only be experienced.


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AdHd in Amsterdam (NL)
Mar
10
8:30 PM20:30

AdHd in Amsterdam (NL)

THÓMAS JÓNSSON - keyboards
ÓMAR GUÐJÓNSSON - guitar & bass
ÓSKAR GUÐJÓNSSON - saxophone
MAGNÚS TRYGVASON ELIASSEN - drums


There are bands where every album is a step into the unknown. There are others whose development is a reliable and consistent expansion of their terrain. The latter applies to the Icelandic musicians’ collective ADHD. 

It is almost impossible to describe their concerts along traditional musical parameters. A performance by these four Vikings is always an all-encompassing ritual, a magic potion of incantation dance and a phenomenon of nature. When keyboarder THÓMAS JÓNSSON, guitarrist and bass player ÓMAR GUÐJÓNSSON, saxophonist ÓSKAR GUÐJÓNSSON, und drummer MAGNÚS TRYGVASON ELIASSEN are on stage, the ordinary Middle European mortal will get at least a vague sense of how the island people in the very north of Europe have been able to survive the long and icy winters through the centuries. – They simply produce their energy out of themselves. 

This unbridled stream of human vibration, which overrides all perimeters of genre and fascinates jazz fans as much as rock fans and ravers, follows a most ancient human desire, whose non-verbal impulse is older than any language and yet is entirely rooted in the present. The expanse of the cosmos and the infinity of time culminate in this happening of total music, as well as a profound mysticism of free imagination and an unflagging confrontation with contemporary issues. 

The Gesamtkunstwerk ADHD cannot be quite captured in words. This sublime timelessness in the here and now can only be experienced.


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AdHd in Ghent (B)
Mar
14
8:15 PM20:15

AdHd in Ghent (B)

THÓMAS JÓNSSON - keyboards
ÓMAR GUÐJÓNSSON - guitar & bass
ÓSKAR GUÐJÓNSSON - saxophone
MAGNÚS TRYGVASON ELIASSEN - drums


There are bands where every album is a step into the unknown. There are others whose development is a reliable and consistent expansion of their terrain. The latter applies to the Icelandic musicians’ collective ADHD. 

It is almost impossible to describe their concerts along traditional musical parameters. A performance by these four Vikings is always an all-encompassing ritual, a magic potion of incantation dance and a phenomenon of nature. When keyboarder THÓMAS JÓNSSON, guitarrist and bass player ÓMAR GUÐJÓNSSON, saxophonist ÓSKAR GUÐJÓNSSON, und drummer MAGNÚS TRYGVASON ELIASSEN are on stage, the ordinary Middle European mortal will get at least a vague sense of how the island people in the very north of Europe have been able to survive the long and icy winters through the centuries. – They simply produce their energy out of themselves. 

This unbridled stream of human vibration, which overrides all perimeters of genre and fascinates jazz fans as much as rock fans and ravers, follows a most ancient human desire, whose non-verbal impulse is older than any language and yet is entirely rooted in the present. The expanse of the cosmos and the infinity of time culminate in this happening of total music, as well as a profound mysticism of free imagination and an unflagging confrontation with contemporary issues. 

The Gesamtkunstwerk ADHD cannot be quite captured in words. This sublime timelessness in the here and now can only be experienced.


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AdHd in Brussels (B)
Mar
15
8:15 PM20:15

AdHd in Brussels (B)

THÓMAS JÓNSSON - keyboards
ÓMAR GUÐJÓNSSON - guitar & bass
ÓSKAR GUÐJÓNSSON - saxophone
MAGNÚS TRYGVASON ELIASSEN - drums


There are bands where every album is a step into the unknown. There are others whose development is a reliable and consistent expansion of their terrain. The latter applies to the Icelandic musicians’ collective ADHD. 

It is almost impossible to describe their concerts along traditional musical parameters. A performance by these four Vikings is always an all-encompassing ritual, a magic potion of incantation dance and a phenomenon of nature. When keyboarder THÓMAS JÓNSSON, guitarrist and bass player ÓMAR GUÐJÓNSSON, saxophonist ÓSKAR GUÐJÓNSSON, und drummer MAGNÚS TRYGVASON ELIASSEN are on stage, the ordinary Middle European mortal will get at least a vague sense of how the island people in the very north of Europe have been able to survive the long and icy winters through the centuries. – They simply produce their energy out of themselves. 

This unbridled stream of human vibration, which overrides all perimeters of genre and fascinates jazz fans as much as rock fans and ravers, follows a most ancient human desire, whose non-verbal impulse is older than any language and yet is entirely rooted in the present. The expanse of the cosmos and the infinity of time culminate in this happening of total music, as well as a profound mysticism of free imagination and an unflagging confrontation with contemporary issues. 

The Gesamtkunstwerk ADHD cannot be quite captured in words. This sublime timelessness in the here and now can only be experienced.


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AdHd in Mechelen (B)
Mar
16
8:30 PM20:30

AdHd in Mechelen (B)

THÓMAS JÓNSSON - keyboards
ÓMAR GUÐJÓNSSON - guitar & bass
ÓSKAR GUÐJÓNSSON - saxophone
MAGNÚS TRYGVASON ELIASSEN - drums


There are bands where every album is a step into the unknown. There are others whose development is a reliable and consistent expansion of their terrain. The latter applies to the Icelandic musicians’ collective ADHD. 

It is almost impossible to describe their concerts along traditional musical parameters. A performance by these four Vikings is always an all-encompassing ritual, a magic potion of incantation dance and a phenomenon of nature. When keyboarder THÓMAS JÓNSSON, guitarrist and bass player ÓMAR GUÐJÓNSSON, saxophonist ÓSKAR GUÐJÓNSSON, und drummer MAGNÚS TRYGVASON ELIASSEN are on stage, the ordinary Middle European mortal will get at least a vague sense of how the island people in the very north of Europe have been able to survive the long and icy winters through the centuries. – They simply produce their energy out of themselves. 

This unbridled stream of human vibration, which overrides all perimeters of genre and fascinates jazz fans as much as rock fans and ravers, follows a most ancient human desire, whose non-verbal impulse is older than any language and yet is entirely rooted in the present. The expanse of the cosmos and the infinity of time culminate in this happening of total music, as well as a profound mysticism of free imagination and an unflagging confrontation with contemporary issues. 

The Gesamtkunstwerk ADHD cannot be quite captured in words. This sublime timelessness in the here and now can only be experienced.


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