Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker in co-operation with ACT Music
The fact that jazz comes from the USA is well known: Music legends such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk come immediately to mind. European jazz musicians who have achieved an international reputation (such as Michel Petrucciani, Jan Garbarek, and of course Django Reinhardt and Chris Barber) remain the exception. Among them is the Swede Nils Landgren – easily recognisable by his metallic red painted trombone – who studied at the music college in Karlstad and at the university in Arvika from 1972 to 1978. Today he is considered one of the most versatile jazz musicians of his time, also because he has fused pop with jazz, jazz with funk, funk with soul and soul with Swedish folk, sometimes in the form of gentle solo artworks, sometimes as a rousing big band sound. Landgren went from someone known only to insiders as a sideman with ABBA, the Crusaders and Herbie Hancock or as a member of Swedish, Dutch or German big bands, to one of the most famous soloists and band leaders in Europe. His “sound” has significantly helped shape European jazz in recent years. “Mr. Redhorn” first appeared in Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation concerts at the end of October 2012 in a jazz concert held to mark the 25th anniversary of the Philharmonie’s Chamber Music Hall. Now, together with his fellow Swede, the jazz bassist and cellist Lars Danielsson, and the young Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan, he is coming to Berlin again – and because everyone who took part last time enjoyed it so much, he will once again be supported by members of the Berliner Philharmoniker.